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Old 11-02-2012, 07:28 AM   #1
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Funny Things That Happened On The Job


Haven't had one of these topics in a while.

Two story high foyer has wide crown installed about 12" down from ceiling. Electrician needs to install rope light in the space behind crown. He gets a rolling scaffold but it's too short so he puts a ladder on the scaffold and against the wall. You guessed it, the ladder pushes the scaffold over when he climbs up. He's hanging from the crown moulding! Guys rush in to push the scaffold back and save his @ss.

Next day, we leave him an "ad" about the new an improved crown moulding that can handle up to 300lbs and special "finger grip" profile.

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Old 11-02-2012, 08:32 AM   #2
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Was sanding a cabinet on-site in a bathroom with an orbital sander that has a PSA hook and loop attachment. Been a while since it's been changed I guess because all of a sudden it and the sandpaper attached to it go flying off the sander and in my peripheral vision it looks like it shoots to the right in the room.

Well it was like that scene from "Something about Mary" where Ben Stiller is looking all around the bathroom for something he "lost". I looked all around the room, and I couldn't find the darn thing. I was picking up drop cloths, looking in closets, looking up on shelves, did it attach to my clothes, I even hypothesized that it flew out the open window and looked out there... NOTHING!

Spent about 5-10 minutes looking in the direction I THOUGHT it flew (to the right). I finally give up thinking the room has a mini Bermuda Triangle in it, or that I would "eventually" find it during clean-up, only to look to my LEFT and it is sitting in the vanity sink!

It must have shot to the right and bounced off the wall and landed in the sink...

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Old 11-02-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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Lift driver was trying to set a rafter package from ridge to mid span wall. spotter/helper called in sick so another fella 5'-8",240 lbs (basically a bowling ball) was standing the top plate of the outside lower wall....
Package gets loose, shoots down, hits the front wall that the spotter was on and shoots him up about 3'....... crazy enough and fortunate for the spotter, there was about 20 pieces of starter board leaning out the window below him.... as he came down flailing his arse connected perfectly with the starter board... the boards flexed/tipped perfectly as to allow the spotter to land/walk away like he was never in the air After I got through laughing, I look over and the lift driver was hanging out of the cab puking from nerves. It was like construction circque de soile
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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An old customer asked me to install a cupola on his garage. It was pretty big and took 3 guys to install. At the end of the install the homeowner gives me the recommended roof sealant from the company that he bought the cupola from. So the h.o. and my 2 guys are looking up at me. As I was starting to pump the caulk gun ( and not realizing that I am holding it in between my legs ) the caulk explodes from the tip and shoots all over the homeowners glasses, face and shirt!!! It was like ****o money shot! And of course this sealant came out white and dried clear. We all laughed for good few minutes before finishing. Thank God it was this customer!
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:56 PM   #5
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We were doing siding on a house where there was a knowitall window guy. He insists on bringing us some raggly old scaffolding (that got in the way more than it helped). So the guy I was working with (a total d-bag) had said something about me along the lines of "I hope he falls off a ladder and breaks his neck" to the prime contractor (who basically told him he was a jerk for even THINKING something like that) when he thought I was out of earshot.

So the next day, him and his bad attitude are up on the scaffold which was flogged to begin with, and not set up properly either - and he busts his A$$!!! I watched him go from standing on his feet on the scaffold to landing on his side on the concrete driveway breaking his toe in the process.

I'm not the kind of guy to wish that on anybody, even him - but I did think it was pretty funny karmic justice!
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PAINTER-MIKE who has referred me for 20 years , refers me to a woman " Carol"
she was a flake and a half
she had 5 cats
reclusive type , was just odd ( not bad , but just odd)

PAINTER-MIKE called me a week later , and asks be about another job.

i say
" ok. thanks , but i have to go by that ding-dong Carols house and finish up tomorrow . shes weird one "

PAINTER -MIKE says , nervously chuckling " uh ... Spike , your on speaker , and guess whos house i`m standing in..?'

next i hear " i heard that spike !! your an a##hole!"


i felt like such an a##hole

i had to go back there to finish , and try to apologize
but can you really apologize with any sincerity at that point ?

mike forgave me , and He still laughS at this .
but not a proud moment at all
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We had a lot of 20-something guys doing residential framing. Sometimes the effects of the previous night hadn't worn off in the morning. The boss told us all that if we were still drunk when we got to work, go lay down on the garage slab and sleep it off, figuring that's a better place to be than up on a wall.
One Friday around 10 am the HO-to-be walked into his new garage and 4 guys were flat out on the concrete, snoring.
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we had a know-it-all tile guy. After he tiled the shower wall, he stepped on the lid to the mastic bucket to seal it and flipped the lid ,sending his foot to the bottom of the mastic bucket. priceless.
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we had a know-it-all tile guy. After he tiled the shower wall, he stepped on the lid to the mastic bucket to seal it and flipped the lid ,sending his foot to the bottom of the mastic bucket. priceless.
Is it priceless, because it was mastic...
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:17 PM   #10
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PAINTER-MIKE who has referred me for 20 years , refers me to a woman " Carol"
she was a flake and a half
she had 5 cats
reclusive type , was just odd ( not bad , but just odd)

PAINTER-MIKE called me a week later , and asks be about another job.

i say
" ok. thanks , but i have to go by that ding-dong Carols house and finish up tomorrow . shes weird one "

PAINTER -MIKE says , nervously chuckling " uh ... Spike , your on speaker , and guess whos house i`m standing in..?'

next i hear " i heard that spike !! your an a##hole!"


i felt like such an a##hole

i had to go back there to finish , and try to apologize
but can you really apologize with any sincerity at that point ?

mike forgave me , and He still laughS at this .
but not a proud moment at all
I thought everybody knew better than to call another contractor on spearkerphone anywhere near a customer.
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we had a know-it-all tile guy. After he tiled the shower wall, he stepped on the lid to the mastic bucket to seal it and flipped the lid ,sending his foot to the bottom of the mastic bucket. priceless.
The know-it-all window guys didn't even do a good job. Looked good on the surface, but instead of shimming it in the opening they screwed it straight to one side and shimmed the other. Didn't bother to square anything. They're lucky the windows operated.
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In '91 we set forms with heavy, oil soaked ply and tie rods.
Around 9 am Kevin was talking to the new guy and the new guy mentioned that he wished he had a little something to make the day go faster. Kevin allowed that he was all out, but wanting to help make the new employee feel at home, he went over to the boss's truck and grabbed a half-spent item out of the ash tray.

The next day Kevin had been sent over to the other site, where I was working, and when the boss pulled up, some of us gathered around for a morning constitutional.
The boss says to Kevin "I was just over at the other site. Why the hell did you tell that new guy that my personal ashtray is in the Public Domain?"

Kevin started protesting: "I didn't say that, I didn't say that," but it was hard to hear over guys laughing.
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Most of the good stuff is you got to be there stuff but I'll try one.

I was on a job and the contractor was "persian/iranian" heavy accent. the homeowner was a guy named Bob, but I called him boob because of his wondrous man boobs. Bob has a week vacation and wants to help out on his new home so the contractor gets him to help by putting H clips on the roof sheathing. simple right.

I'm working away and above my head I can see bob sitting cross legged on a collar tie and I hear the contactor saying,"Ok put it in the middle. No bob middle, bob in the middle. Middle bob. No bob, you don't need a tape bob, bob in the middle, JUST CLOSE TO MIDDLE BOB"

Way funnier with the heavy accent
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working for a very attractive customer recently I asked what she wanted to do with all the rocks I dug up and piled in the yard, she mentioned about moving them over there and she would do that

I told her I could do it and it wasn't a big deal

my partner yells "we'll double team it, it won't take too long"

I had to look away and try to keep it together
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A really good friend of mine was working for me on a commercial remodel. He had just been released from prison and had and ankle monitor. The situation was kind of humerouse anyway as we were converting a jail into central dispatch for the the local gustapo.

The local cops loved the guy so him working there was never an issue.

So I have Dave installing a light switch as I was installing trim right next to him. No sooner than he touches the switch his ankle monitor buzzes him. He went ape'chit hootin' and hollering, jumping around. When we realized he had been buzzed by his ankle monitor we both laughed uncontrollably for around 5 minutes.

Later that day I was driving him home. We were BS'ing as usual when his ankle monitor buzzes him again. Still a bit jumpy from the first go round he startles a bit. This time a voice comes on over the ankle monitor. Both of us were shocked! Neither of us knew they could talk to him through this ankle monitor. Watching him talk at his foot was priceless. Needless to say our conversation's changed from that point on.

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