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Old 03-18-2010, 07:23 PM   #41
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I had a guy send a metal fishtape down the wrong pipe one time while pulling home runs to a live panel. This was NC so obviously it was a long time ago.

I had my thumb over the pipe he told me he was sending the tape through and heard it coming. KABOOM. Shorted the conduit to the feeder before the disconnect. We blew the switch on the pole and several houses lost power.

Could have been really ugly had I had my hand a few inches over. I couldn't see well for a day or so.

When we run into each other to this day, we blame each other for that one. (It was his fault) He can't defend himself here.
Must be your fault.

What were you doing with the other hand?
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:31 PM   #42
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Must be your fault.

What were you doing with the other hand?
That's confidential.
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i was an apprentice framer. There was another apprentice working with us. he looked like Jesus and his first day he even showed up with birkenstock sandles (he got sent home). Foreman told him to break down scaffold we built for soffit and fascia. He starts banging the bottom of the plank as hard as he could with his 22 oz hammer. He missed a swing and the hammer struck him square in the face..I just saw a pink cloud. we called an ambulance. it turned out OK but he never came to work again.
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same crew...the boss hires a new foreman. a real burn-out.. We were framing a roof, it was cantilevered and the rafters were sitting on beams. He started installing all the rafters on one side. I was an apprentice, but not an idiot. I told him to make sure we added some rafters to the other side of the ridge. He basically told me to keep quiet....I'm on the ground handing the rafters up. Laughing to myself. 10 minutes later the whole ridge goes down. rafters and all. He went down as well, busted some ribs and busted his head. I called an ambulance and laughed in his face. Literally.
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Same foreman comes back to work a couple of weeks later. Leaves some 2x4 blocks on top of the ladder. goes to move the ladder and the blocks break all his teeth. We never saw him again, until...
My boss gets a call to finish a horror job that's been going on for months. We get there first day and guess who's clearing out his tools ????
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Hey snobnd, what is a rat run? I have never heard that term around here.



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Rat run: A place to walk on a 8 to 12 Pitch roof .

Its supposed to keep me from sliding off the roof (when nailed properly)
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:26 PM   #47
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Years ago I was an assistant supt. and we built a parking garage for Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Vanderbilt, being a high falootin kinda university, had their own inspector. We called him Inspector Gadget. He would come out in a suit and tie and check the slump on the concrete as we filled the 2 yard buckets. (Obviously this was years ago, we were bucketing concrete with a crane. Pumps were just starting to be used) The concrete splatters went all over his suit and tie, he must have had a hell of a cleaning bill.

Anyway, he had a special hook in the office trailer where he would hang his rachet band hardhat. After he would leave in the afternoon we would crank the rachet down about 3 notches. Next morning, hard hat would be perched on top of his head and would fall off every time he bent over. That afternoon we would crank it back 6 notches, and next day it would be sitting down over his ears.

The guy never caught on. He was an idiot.
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My first construction job was with a framer in the mountains of NC. Real knowledgeable guy, but the kind of guy who hooked his truck up to some point loads on a job with a chain to get his last check. One day we were building some forms for a concrete bridge in the middle of nowhere, and another guy who worked with us starts throwing dirt balls at the boss. The boss says quit, but smart guy keeps throwing dirt clogs at him. After a couple more direct hits, the boss points his framing gun at the prankster, and the thrower takes off running. When he gets about 10' away, the boss lets loose with the gun...poppin' like a ma deuce and sending 3" nails everywhere. The guy who was throwing the dirt clogs suddenly hollers and stops running. Turns out one of the nails had caught him right in the elbow and stuck about halfway in. This was at a distance of 20' or so from the nailgun. From then on, no more shooting the guns at people.
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I had a framing buddy who would shoot himself in the thigh with a narrow crown stapler on a bet for a case of beer. Personally I have better ways to win beer.

I've seen lots of guys shoot themself with a nailgun, but the one I won't forget was this kid working on his big brother's crew next to my job. We had pre-fab walls that came with a single plate, so after the walls were up you had to top plate all the walls.

Some fools (like this kid) would walk around on the top plate nailing it off. Well the gun double fired or something & shot the kid thru his big toenail. I hear all this screaming to look up to see this kid trying to maintain his balance as he screams in pain. Big bro & crew bring over a couple of step ladders & cut the plate on both sides of his foot & carry him down. Now they have to get the block off before they can pull the nail so he hangs onto some studs sticking his foot up in the air so big bro can beat the block off his foot, it took a couple of wacks.

When they knocked the block off the kids foot it sucked the head of the nail down inside his tennis shoe so they had to hammer the nail back out a bit to be able to hold it with some pliers. Once they got to this point the worse was over & big bro just jerked the nail right on out. The kid pissed & moaned a bit more then went back to work & finished out the day, he was a tough nut. After that I never saw the kid again.
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Wow! I'm surprised he could maintain his balance after taking a shot through the toe. Outch!
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I did not witness this but my buddy who is an electrician told me about it.He was working on a TI for a furniture store.He was up on a ladder in the back of the store.A guy was at the front near the entrance installing VCT.He had a couple of pylons with caution tape blocking the area he was working.A guy arrived there for a job interview.The flooring guy say's "STOP,go around to the side entrance.There is wet glue here."

Dude totally ignores him and steps over the caution tape and makes his way to the back..Get's about two steps and starts doing the cartoon running in place thing before he falls onto his side....Side of his face,hair all stuck in the glue.
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Framing a job for a large condo project (1980) Each unit had 4 floors + basement.
The guy I was working for had 5 of us helping- Another crew framing the 2nd building - At lunch we would trade jokes and pranks with the other crew.

I guess the other Boss and ours had a bet to finish first, Looser buys the beer! ( we worked rain, snow, shine) 2nd crew 12 to 15 guys came 2 to 3 days a week. We worked our asses off for weeks and get to the 3rd floor "almost time to cut the rafters".... Bam the crew shows up and puts a push on to complete 3fl deck ( dam ) there done by 12 and start to frame all the back walls plywood and all......2pm starting the interior walls........hmmmm they are leaning all the walls on the back and framing like madman......I look over and see a guy remove a 2x4 holding up the back wall........ then another.......Yup you guest it ALL walls fall off the 3rd fl deck Like dominos BA-bam - I just about pissed in my pants laughing (no one got hurt) We start clapping.

It took the wind out of there sails ....US we finished before them and sat drinking a few cold ones while taunting them for a half a day.
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One of LF's stories brought back this memory.

My two helpers (Dale & Jeff) & I were working on a deck/spa/patio job years ago. A young couple were the HO'ers & the lady of the house was hot, I mean playboy centerfold hot.

Well we're pretty far along on the job, just have the patio roof left. I asked the guys to get there early that day so we could lay the shingles before it got too hot. Only Jeff shows up early, so we start laying shingles. As we are laying the shingles we were having a discussion on how we'd get even with Dale for not showing up to do the shingles, (none of us liked laying shingles). So we're going through all kinds of different senario's of how we saw mrs. ho pleasing herself while laying naked in the bed & how she didn't know we were up on the roof & we of course saw the whole deal. Since I knew both the ho'ers worked I wasn't worried about anyone hearing us, but someone did.

Well Dale never showed that day so we never told him the big story about mrs. ho. The next day we were putting the finishing touches up on the job & the neighbor lady sticks her head over the fence admiring the new deck & asked if I could stop over to give her an estimate. Then she mentioned hearing "an interesting conversation yesterday".

I never did go over for that estimate.
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I had a guy drop a cats paw (large one) right onto my skull from a 10' wall while I was bending down picking something up.

I was pulling a nail and had the head snap and the hammer claw came back and got me right in the eyebrow 1/4" lower I probably would have taken the eye.

Had a ladder leaned up to put on truss clips on a 2 story wall (18') I always hated extension ladders but I knew if I could hang onto a truss I would be ok, so I set it up and started climbing up as I get right to the top the bottom starts sliding I reach for a truss and barely miss grabbing it... So I rode the ladder down the wall till it hit a sill 1' off the ground... of course I kept going and smashed my face into the ladder.

Framer nail into my thumb the first day I used a nailgun boss pulled it out and I stayed 2 hours late trying to get ahead.

18 ga 1" nail I was trying to pin a return on some 1/4 round and shot myself in the thumb... Pulled it out and then shot myself again. (I gave up after that)

16 ga 2" nail through the tip of my thumb hit the bone and came through my thumbnail.
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Even with all of these and countless more I have never had stitches or a broken bone

Prank wise we used to nail the guys tool bags to the subfloor when they would go to lunch or the crapper.
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A fire damage renovation job I had a while back working for a company. The homeowner was a slob, didn't take care of his dog, so there were about ten piles of dog s**t on the carpet in one of the rooms. The insurance company said "If you want to live like a pig, we're not going to pay for a new carpet". Then the homeowner said o.k I'm just going to leave it.

So prior to demolition, we had to spread plastic over the dog s**t and start clearing out furniture. The smell to a burnt up house is bad enough, combine that with the smell from his animals and imagine what you get? One guy working inside said it was so bad, he had to wear a respirator the entire day. Fortunately, I didn't have to work inside on this one.
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One of the funniest things I have ever seen, after I realized no one was seriously injured.
These two guys were putting a header in an existing wall . I was in another room and heard one say" You hold it and I'll hit it with the sledge" . I walked in just in time to see one guy on a ladder with the header on his shoulder. The other guy swings ,the first guy flinches just enough to drop the header and get hit in the head with the sledge

Meanwhile the header somehow lands on the other guys foot. He is hopping around yelling at the kid for moving the target, while the kid is on hhis knees holding his head. Amazingly there was no blood or broken bones
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I had a guy drop a cats paw (large one) right onto my skull from a 10' wall while I was bending down picking something up.

I was pulling a nail and had the head snap and the hammer claw came back and got me right in the eyebrow 1/4" lower I probably would have taken the eye.

Had a ladder leaned up to put on truss clips on a 2 story wall (18') I always hated extension ladders but I knew if I could hang onto a truss I would be ok, so I set it up and started climbing up as I get right to the top the bottom starts sliding I reach for a truss and barely miss grabbing it... So I rode the ladder down the wall till it hit a sill 1' off the ground... of course I kept going and smashed my face into the ladder.

Framer nail into my thumb the first day I used a nailgun boss pulled it out and I stayed 2 hours late trying to get ahead.

18 ga 1" nail I was trying to pin a return on some 1/4 round and shot myself in the thumb... Pulled it out and then shot myself again. (I gave up after that)

16 ga 2" nail through the tip of my thumb hit the bone and came through my thumbnail.
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Even with all of these and countless more I have never had stitches or a broken bone

Prank wise we used to nail the guys tool bags to the subfloor when they would go to lunch or the crapper.


You are the man. That was painful and funny
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Here's one.

The electricians on a job years ago forgot to put conduit under a sidewalk for site lighting. 2 of them decide they can drive it with a sledge, so one straddles the conduit and is swinging the sledge between his legs while the other one holds the conduit with hands and his head pretty much up the other guys butt.

The first guy misses the conduit, and smacks the guy behind right between the eyes with the sledge. Broke his glasses in half, split his forehead open, blood everywhere, I was sure he was dead.

He was back at work the next day with 2 black eyes, 5 stiches, and a broken nose. The gash on his forehead was from where the frame of his glasses cut him. Other than that he was O.K. (but still stupid)
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I was working a paint job with shake roofing, helper was above a kitchen bumpout painting some trim. Trim was a dark green colour and siding was a faded peach stucco.

This was the ONLY part of the roof that had and slickness to it, I've never slipped on that kind of roof before with a low pitch.

I see him slip out and catch himself, i boogy on up the ladder to give him a hand, then I slip, then he slips, then I slip

Finally we are both stable, our hearts stop pounding ( though we weren't far off the ground and above grass )

We both watch as out of nowhere the paint can he put down starts to slip, almost in slow motion, nothing we can do, tips sideways, nothing comes out.

Once it hits the gutter it all changes, catches the lip of the can sending it spiralling, paint everywhere on the siding, then hits square on the metal pole of the swingset with one last big shot aimed straight at the siding.

Run down, call another guy to rush over with a pressure washer but he doesn't answer, grab a hose and some cleaning agents.

It starts to rain, thunder lightning, afraid we're going to get hit by a thunderbolt the HO is in her window watching us work in fear. We are still there refusing to let the paint dry out on the stucco and need a full repaint.

In the end she was happy, I'll never forget that spinning can though.
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I always like it when a HO comes home and I just ask them in a soft quiet voice, you were planning on replacing the carpet in your bedroom weren't you?

I also had a can that had spilt on a plastic tarp that had hardened up and I managed to get it off cleanly, once in a while I'd strategically place that in a house to get a reaction.

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