It's that time again. Let's hear your DIY/Work place horror stories

It's that time again.

Let's hear your DIY/Work place horror stories

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I bought some lumber

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I winced

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    So this one time back in 1993 I was working in a cola factory that was on an industrial park up north. The factory was a converted textile mill from the Victorian times and was about 600 yards long with 40 yard ceilings and this huge chimney out the side. So I started working there when I were a lad, only 16 mind you. Even so I was straight out of school going from my english and maths classes and now suddenly in an industrial cola factory. It were a good job like and I earned £161.23 per day which was more than the average for my town at the time. This was 1993 however so given the market at the time I was doing very well, especially from being just out of school.
    Anyway, I was tasked with climbing the chimney on my first week there. which was a large victorian chimney about 100 yards high, that's 300 ft for all you non yard people. Now I was a keen swimmer in school having won the regional swimming championships but even so, swimming up 300ft into the air was impossible. Despite the flue gasses being dense, it wasn't dense enough to swim up. Need I remind you that I was 16 at the time and regional swimming champion so I were a spritely lad. But this chimney which was almost as tall as the factory were long was too much to swim up because the flue gasses were dense but they were still gasses. So because I'd just got out of school I were pretty good at physics like. My physics teacher told me that gasses are less dense than liquids and even though I was regional swimming champion at 16 and worked at a cola factory earning £162 per day, I wouldn't be able to swim up a chimney which is as song as the factory is tall.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >/comfy/ workplace horror thread

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Not my personal DIY but I'm living with the consequences.
    I've had the same set of bedroom furniture all my life, same desk, same end table, same chest of drawers, etc. As long as I've had them they were painted white (poorly). Being a retarded kid I figure my parents got them from some furniture store down the road. Growing up I spilled drinks and shit on them, spilled paint and nail polish, carved notches into the wood, etc. Later on in life as I started getting more into DIY i noticed how scuffed and shitty the paint job on my furniture was. I brought this up in a conversation with my grandmother and she reveals that the bedroom set I've been using all my life was hers as a teenager and was handed down from her to my mom and finally to me. My mom, after having me, decided to paint over the beautiful cherry wood and give the now-desecrated antique furniture to a 7 year old with no supervision. Now I'm trying to see about getting them restored.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If it's anything like "grandad's shotgun" that some kid always brings to a gunsmith to restore, let me help you a little. It's not that old, it's not going to be that pretty, they were made by the thousands (or more), and all the good that could be gotten out of it has been gotten now three times. If you want to refinish it all yourself it would be a good project, then you can hand it down again, but you're talking about making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I'm sure it's decent, but it's probably not what you're thinking it is.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Did you miss the part about "beautiful cherry wood", jerk?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That doesn't mean the workmanship was awesome but whatever. Post pics for evaluation and brand if you can find it as some are collectible.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Didn't miss it at all. Also noticed that the only way you said you saw it was because the paint got scuffed and shitty. So all you saw was a tiny bit. Are you pissed that I didn't take the nail polish bait, or are you just stupid? I know that at 17 you think your mom is a total idiot, but there's probably a reason that she didn't mind painting it. Like Anon said, post pics. It may well be worth investing in. Until you do though, it's probably the mass produced 1963 version of what Ikea has today. No disrespect.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Painting it before giving it to a kid is a great idea. It's better it was used as all. People live with their furniture, it's not All museum pieces

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >nail polish
      >passed from gradma, to mom, to me
      London?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Post the side and backs of the drawers. That's the easiest way to see if to see if furniture is worth anything. If it's hand cut dovetails, it's worth keeping and restoring. If it's machine cut dovetails, it's worth keeping, but I wouldn't invest much in restoring. If it's lap joint, it's crap.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tool and die maker at a fab shop here. It's a pretty big shop, probably 200 people and two shifts. We have 6 or so automated laser cutters that load and unload 4x8 sheets with a massive pallet loader. I didn't see the accident, only the aftermath. Apparently somebody noticed a sheet on the pallet sitting crooked so they climbed through the 2 story robotic loader to square up the crooked piece. They tried to time it so they could get in, fix it and get out without stopping the machine. Well he timed it wrong and the loader picked up the crooked sheet and pinched his arm against the chassis of the loader. Someone was able to estop the machine, but it had enough time to break his arm completely. I watched some guy running through the shop with a clearly broken arm. He failed the drug test and was fired

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Should be glad that he is still alive at least...

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >2 story robotic loader
      >Climbing int it while it is on
      Reading stories like this makes me feel better about myself

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Better to live a day as a lion than a life as a mouse

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I was making the comparison of intellect not bravery, but well said.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Machines were mice and men were lions, once upon a time.
          Now that it's the opposite, it's twice upon a time.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    former aircraft mechanic here

    one of the sheet metal guys needed some denatured alcohol warmed up for something I no longer remeber. so he put it in the heat treating oven which was over 500° closed the door.

    about 10-15 minutes later there was a loud explosion that shook the building and blew the door open on the oven. luckily no one was hurt and there was no fire.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      He got fired, right?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The post clearly stated that there was no fire

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The ol reddit switcheroo hyuk hyuk

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Someone cut my lockout off of the panel and I got the living bejesus shocked out of me

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They should legit faces legal action

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's a SOP at my work that if a lockout/tgout has to be cut for literally any reason there needs to be a minimum of 3 supervisors watching and they all have to sign some paperwork.
      If I cut my own lock because I forgot my key I'd probably get suspended.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Used to work for a company that made glass doors and windows, heard a few horror stories from us and other delivery guys from similar companies. One was when a steel A-frame stillage fell off a truck and crushed a guy, another was in our shop years ago where a guy cut off one of his fingers with a circular saw.
    One of the worst we heard was about a guy who was delivering some panes of glass on a flatbed, but they were horizontally on a pallet. He was in the bed, unhooked them, then kinda jumped off the back of the truck to get down and unload them but somehow sliced open the back of this thighs when he caught the edges of the glass. Personally I managed to slice my hand on some exposed metal frame when wrapping it, very smol but deep incisions that just so happened slice a vein, had blood spurting out my hand like a fucking fountain kek

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I didn't use a push stick when using a table saw

    I caught myself on fire with a 2 stroke metal cutting saw when cutting a parking bollard since I stuck the blade all the way in instead of cutting the outside.

    I volunteered to step in a wet hole with a demohammer

    I am dumb.(most horrific story of my life).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why is it bad to be in a wet hole with a demo hammer?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It was electric so I presume he was thinking I would get water in/on the motor and me. Or maybe the cord.
        IDK, luckily only had to get some shit out before they stuck in the bollards.

        https://i.imgur.com/np0OBXf.png

        >hear dripping outside window in my house
        >it's the gutter
        >hasn't rained a couple days
        >climb up
        >it's full of water and gunk
        >look closer
        >it's also full of thousands of mosquito larvae swimming around
        >unclog it
        >next day legs covered in infinitely itchy mosquito bites

        AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >hear dripping outside window in my house
    >it's the gutter
    >hasn't rained a couple days
    >climb up
    >it's full of water and gunk
    >look closer
    >it's also full of thousands of mosquito larvae swimming around
    >unclog it
    >next day legs covered in infinitely itchy mosquito bites

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I love not having any such wildlife in my country

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Your country doesn't have mosquitoes?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Not really, especially not my region, we don't need any kind of screens or repellents. I'd legit be more worried about walking past a frenzied pitbull tbh

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Most I did was be a dumb and and accidentally ricochet a nail into my thumb while I was framing

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I peed in the mud I was using to texture a house so now their house has dry pee molecules in the wall.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I peed in a farmer's field once haha now my pee is in food.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >9th grade
    >tower drill
    >long hair
    you can probably guess what this unholy allience will lead to

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a rusty 2003 mazda on the east coast where they do inspections and won't let you drive a dangerous rez car. Now i'm having to replace every fucking control arm, toe rod, a drivetrain axle, the radiator, the radiator fan, an abs sensor wire, a leak in the exhaust, and an oil leak. The thing runs but the government wants to make sure I don't kill myself and charge me a bunch of money. Where I'm from you can just drive a piece of shit jalopy as long as the catalytic converter is working and emissions can be passed. I hate the east coast so much it's unreal

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >wtf the government is trying to prevent my absolute piece of shit from killing myself and others

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Government regs do plenty of harm and are mostly side deals to allow insiders to flourish their own businesses by meeting the new and unique workplace needs.

        >Oh I think we need new unique special thing for safety but there is no market for my product because it's not a big deal
        >Lobby government friends
        >????
        >Profit

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This particular instance of regulation seems completely reasonable

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The government can fuck itself.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm currently in the middle of a home power source project and finding that, while expensive and likely to catch fire...I'm sooner going to get electrocuted because I can't get parts that meet needs.
    Learning quickly how much of a scam wind turbines are. Cheap pieces of shit generate way to low wattage and catch fire if constantly on. Why are all modern motors and turbines flimsy trash? I need an electrician/engineer to figure out how to make a closed circuit solo socket and genuinely none have been helpful...Aaaand something's burning...

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Someone without relevant skills destroying his tools

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Pretty much, yeah.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >not buying a very reasonably priced yet well engineered solid steel DIY turbine from bubba

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Why are all modern motors
      Stopped reading there.

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