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Old 11-05-2018, 09:52 AM   #21
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Not noticing that one of the rivets on my tape was a little proud and catching on some measurements....

Leaving a helper working on site while I went for materials and not taking the sawzall with me.

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Old 11-05-2018, 10:05 AM   #22
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While framing a basement, the very last tapcon required in thr entire job, drilling into a very obvious (fatigue had set in) water pipe (before the shutoff).

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While framing a basement, the very last tapcon required in thr entire job, drilling into a very obvious (fatigue had set in) water pipe (before the shutoff).

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O man, that reminds me of a good one.

I had just started working for my uncle, and was tasked with installing a few nail plates over some copper heating pipes after the plumber had just finished firing up the boiler so we could have heat for the drywallers.

One of those mfers wouldn't stay put when I banged it into the stud, so me being the genius that I am, decided it would be a grand idea to screw it on (why the f*** do those things have holes in them anyways?)

Well, the first screw went in just fine, but the second one went right through the 1 1/4 copper pipe filled with 140 degree water

I found the shut off in the crawl space, and got the water to stop spraying everywhere, then shakily called my uncle to tell him he needed to get the plumber back out there asap.

That was the winter of 2006, and I still have that piece of pipe around here somewhere.

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I prefer not to call these stupid mistakes. They are learning experiences... My last learning experience involved calling Servpro!
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Doing tear out on a flood job, sleeper floor system on slab on grade throughout house with all interior walls built on top. Turns out the water main ran right up under the plywood and through the edge of the plate. I found it. Fortunately the shut off was in the pump house across the yard, unfortunately in a panic, it took me a long time to figure that out. Made the flood a little worse... now I always locate the shutoff and the breaker panel before I start doing any demo.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:59 AM   #26
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Most recent is showing up on wrong day for install. Job wasn't even ready for me. I even replied "ok" when I was told to come the 12th in most recent email.


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Old 11-06-2018, 02:00 PM   #27
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Whenever I stop thinking about what I'm doing and start thinking about the outcomes I make mistakes. It's a zen thing. Don't think about what you are doing, do what you're doing.

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Thinking is bad for you.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:11 PM   #29
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Years ago made a small duplex out of a garage, framed in the door to the laundry room/bathroom (it was a funky design to say the least), couldn't get the washer or dryer through the door opening, had to tear it out and do it correctly.

A friend of mine around the same time decided to do the plumbing for a project he was working on, didn't know about flux so didn't use any on the copper connections. Called for inspection and the inspector said, 'is it pressurized?' Billy said ,'didn't realize it had to be pressurized' (yeah, he was a bit of a dumba$$).

Anywhoo, he opened the valve and every connection started spraying water, said it looked like a fountain! The inspector was getting ready to retire and thought the whole thing was some sort of candid camera episode but no, it was just a combination of youthful exuberance and stupidity.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:31 PM   #30
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How mush time you guys got ?. do you mean work or life either way we could be here a while .

Back in the 70's I rebuilt a transmission on a Austin 1100 (called here in the US a Austin America) the engine sits on top of the transmission and shares the oil for the trans and engine, so to keep crap out of the trans I put a shop towel across the top of the tranny.

So in my haste to get the job done I failed to remove the shop towel, all went well the trans worked customer paid and left made it about 15 miles before that shop towel got ground up and blocked the oil pick up for the motor and starved the crankshaft of oil and seized the motor.

How about the time I built a Ferrari transmission from the 50's that I got in pieces and no books been apart since the late 50's, put it together great 4 forward I back (now some of you guys might think that's strange Italian's have 4 reverse and 1 forward only thru 1945) customer says after showing the car at Pebble Beach he could not find fifth gear I knew why the left over parts where back in LA I had no idea the trans had 5 forward gears I was use to 4 reverse and 1 forward
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:43 AM   #31
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shot myself in the wrist/shoulder/finger with a nail gun.

slipped with the drill and drilled a wood screw about an inch deep in the part of my thumb/hand that looks like a drumstick.

pulled the forms off an epoxy countertop too soon, left the jobsite for like 3 hours, came back to find epoxy dripped ALL OVER the cabinet doors, in the dishwasher, in every drawer, in the silverware caddy, holy crap it was everywhere and the lady was an hour away from being home. Big U shaped countertop too. I wanted to cry.

gave some lady an estimate for her roof and forgot to add in my labor costs. Couldnt figure out why it was so cheap. measured the damn roof 4 times just to make sure.

DOING ANY CUSTOMER A FAVOR OR TRYING TO WORK WITHIN THEIR BUDGET
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:13 AM   #32
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If it takes more than 20 minutes to fix.....there's a different name for it
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OH THE STUPIDEST MISTAKE EVER...

LETTING A CUSTOMER HELP.

ha i was doing a concrete countertop for this chick one time and her boyfriend was all up in my face like can I get you this, can I do that, can I carry that can I move this... ugh.. It got so annoying that I just started sending him on wild goose chases just to get rid of him. Id say "I just cut this piece of wood in the garage about 4 inches wide with a 45 on one side and I can't find it! Can you look around in the garage for it? i know i just set it down somewhere!" I thought for sure that would keep him occupied but NOOOOO he was back 5 seconds later without it... he just gave up. He was one of those dudes that stand too close to you and are totally in your way every step you make... asking dumb questions, in that dumb relaxed gay voice.. Which is not cute to me at all. Im not the coochie coo flirty type and I can't stand people who do nothing but drugs all day. Like dude, its 2 pm on a Tuesday and you just offered me a tab of ecstasy?? For real. And this dude is trying to bond with me about his whole worthless life... anyway I kinda went off on a tangent sorry.

so I had a cast on my arm and I was mixing up concrete and carrying in the house in 5 gallon buckets... he insists on carrying the bucket for me so i hand it to him and he turns around opens the door, takes a step inside and somehow he stepped on his own flip-flop while he was walking so when he tried to move the other leg, well his body went forward but his legs didn't and he dumps 5 gallons of concrete on his girlfriends white carpet and then fell in it lol. After he cleaned it all up an hour later he comes outside to apologize and tell me what a bitch his girlfriend is for yelling at him when he was just trying to HELP... he leans on the cement mixer leaver and dumps the whole thing out on her driveway. He finally left after that and im pretty sure he was crying. He was a 45-year-old x le bare dancer that had never had a job and was having a hard time dealing with life now that he didn't have women throwing money at him 24 7. And trust me, the chicks that are willing to sit around and do drugs with you all week long at 45 are a far cry from the ones who did it with you when you were 20. And the 20-year-old chicks that are partying now, don't want no old x le bare dancin half fat wrinkled up toothless balding broke ass loser moochin drugs off them now.

Ya know its ok to party if thats what you want to do, but the second you realize youre the oldest one you know... something should click.
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LOL, at least he had social graces...
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Now that is funny.

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Whatta nightmare.

I'm sorry you can't help because my insurance doesn't allow it. As a matter of fact you can't even be in my work area while I'm working. If you do I'll have to leave.

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THATs a good one.
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So here is another learning experience, home has a bump out in front that's the master bath the bump out has a brick fašade, the brick is starting to loose its coupling from the house we go to look I touch the brick to see how loose it is the whole Phucking fašade falls off at my feet.

So customer decides t1-11 is the cheapest and quickest way to repair so we remove the plywood substraight that's rotten, repair a couple of studs and off to races we go.

So when we removed the old plywood I saw that both the hot and cold lines where real close to the outside of the slab and made a mental note, after repairs to the framing we nailed on the t1-11 all went well until I hit the sill plate then after a shooting nail I had a water stream coming out, cat pawed the nails out removed the siding only o find out not only did I hit the cold water pipe but the hot also both dead center .

Also have driven a screw into copper redoing a shower
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I spent several minutes attempting to abrade a reflection out of a Corian countertop once.

Super glued my fingers together.
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So here is another learning experience, home has a bump out in front that's the master bath the bump out has a brick fašade, the brick is starting to loose its coupling from the house we go to look I touch the brick to see how loose it is the whole Phucking fašade falls off at my feet.

So customer decides t1-11 is the cheapest and quickest way to repair so we remove the plywood substraight that's rotten, repair a couple of studs and off to races we go.

So when we removed the old plywood I saw that both the hot and cold lines where real close to the outside of the slab and made a mental note, after repairs to the framing we nailed on the t1-11 all went well until I hit the sill plate then after a shooting nail I had a water stream coming out, cat pawed the nails out removed the siding only o find out not only did I hit the cold water pipe but the hot also both dead center <img src="http://img.contractortalk.com/smilies/sad.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sad" class="inlineimg" />.

Also have driven a screw into copper redoing a shower <img src="http://img.contractortalk.com/smilies/sad.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sad" class="inlineimg" />
You camel toed the nails out.

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