Big Screw Ups

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Blog entry by miles125 posted 04-30-2011 02:28 PM 1737 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’ve all done it. Seen or ourselves commited really bad screw ups in the course of our woodworking. I’ll start by admitting i once knocked over a gallon of contact cement on a customers linoleum kitchen floor. And you don’t want to know what contact cement does to linoleum. Lets just say “it was wavy”. Lol.

I also watched a carpenter drilling a threshold in a door stoop once when the drill slipped. He gets up hollering “I drilled my *$#! I drilled my *$#!”. Then proceeded to pull his pants down to show us all the damage. Luckily it was just a “flesh” wound requiring a few stitches.

Then there was the time i’d just gotten off the phone with an irate contractor, assuring him that his 30 tall wardrobe cabinets that were two weeks late being delivered were lined up to go on the truck. Then seconds later i hear a “Boom Boom Boom” coming from the shop as all 30 cabinets had apparently been lined up just like dominoes. Oh yea. It was bad.

So what’s yours? Lets hear em!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 02:43 PM

Just so that someone may see this and avoid my mistake- about 20 years ago I spent a year building a 10,000 sq. ft. house for the CEO of Milwaukee Tools (as part of the 3 man carpentry crew). I had been a carpenter for a few years, but mostly a framer. I was installing casing on an 8’ solid oak pocket door, and didn’t change the nails on the door side. Yep, nailed that door good. Never did that again, I can honestly say!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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jim C

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 03:19 PM

I never make a mistake. I’m perfect.
Oh never mind.
Not a woodworking mistake but….....
I was replacing a water softener in my house years ago and made the foolhardy assumption to remove the old one and just connect the new one. Well, the in and out valves were reversed. Result was I blew the resin throughout the house plumbing. I was up all night removing and unclogging all the toilet and sink fittings.
My business partner from then on named me ”Wrong way Culligan”

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#3 posted 04-30-2011 03:22 PM

i used to template for granite and i was cutting luan strips on a paper covered floor. it turned out to be finished hardwood underneath. the builder was not too happy with me. Oh and i ran myself over with my truck.

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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#4 posted 04-30-2011 03:38 PM

I watched a roofer trip and drop a bundle of shingles, it slide down the roof hooked the rain gutter and ripped the whole thing right off the house. The home owner was not happy.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 04-30-2011 04:05 PM

People that know my work have seen my welcome tiles

... well the first time I carved the wooden pattern , I misspelled WELCOME as WELOCOME.

(not a uncommon mistake … google it)

I made the plaster mold from the carving, pressed some tiles, glazed them, fired them and framed one at put it on eBay.

I started getting bids and … all-was-well ..,until my 30 yr old daughter noticed the misspelling and sent me a polite email telling me of the mistake.

Seriously embarrassed I pulled the auction.

I broke the plaster mold, scrapped the tiles and remade the wood carving, mold and tiles with correct spelling.

Seriously embarrassed with a bachelors degree and a college 3.79 gpa

google welocome

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Occie gilliam

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#6 posted 04-30-2011 04:17 PM

I poured a half gallon of red primmer down the in side of my coverall. (oil base to) my foot slip an a wet letterone step up
my face got redder then the paint. the guys got a big laugh.

maybe one of you haven’t heard this one.

this guy was hammering nails in the floor and throwing away about half of the nails away.
the boss came by and ask what the he11 are you doing? they have the heads on the wrong end
and he said just put them aside we will use them in the ceiling.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#7 posted 04-30-2011 07:13 PM

Jim C,

If your last name is Culligan that’s REALLY funny!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#8 posted 04-30-2011 07:24 PM

Lol Dan! I’d almost forgot the ten or so swinging trashcan lids we had a company rout letters in once that said “PUHS” instead of “PUSH”. Hehe

I googled Welocome and got 136,000 results! Ahahaahahahahaha!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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jim C

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 11:38 PM

Way back when, in the annals of football history, there was a player whose last name was Corrigan. He was a running back who was given the ball in a handoff play.
He got hit real hard and got spun around and kept running…........the WRONG way!
His teammates actually were trying to tackle him to stop his run!
He scored for the other team!
Hence he was named forever “Wrong Way Corrigan”
My partner changed the phrase to “Culligan” for my benefit. HA!
True story….........THAT’S funny.

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jim C

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#10 posted 04-30-2011 11:51 PM

Scratch that.
I just looked him up and he was a pilot with a whole different story.
Don’t know where I got the football story.

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jim C

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#11 posted 05-01-2011 12:05 AM

It was Jim Marshall of the vikings
“During his time with the Minnesota Vikings, Marshall was involved in what is considered by many, including author John Rolfe,[4] to be one of the most embarrassing moments in professional sports history. On October 25, 1964, in a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Marshall recovered a fumble and ran 66 yards with it the wrong way into his own end zone. Thinking that he had scored a touchdown for the Vikings, Marshall then threw the ball away in celebration. The ball landed out of bounds, resulting in a safety for the 49ers. Despite the gaffe, the Vikings won the game 27-22, with the final margin of victory provided by a Carl Eller touchdown return of a fumble caused by a Marshall sack. Marshall later received a letter from Roy Riegels, stating, “Welcome to the club”.

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#12 posted 05-01-2011 12:12 AM

Jim C,

My comment was because, as I’m sure you know, Culligan makes a well know water softner system…

The football player famous for the wrong way run was Roy Riegels, playing for University of California, Berkley in the 1929 Rose Bowl. But Corrigan (who said he must have unknowingly flown the wrong way when in fact he did so on purpose when the aviation authorities would not give him approval for a flight plan from New York to Europe due to the condition and lack of equipment on his plane) gave his name to the term Wrong Way Corrigan and it has been used to describe football players who ran the wrong way.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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jim C

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#13 posted 05-01-2011 12:16 AM

Thanks for bailing me out!
I’m very familiar with Culligan, as their corporate headquarters were not far from here.

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#14 posted 05-01-2011 08:35 AM

A few years ago I was nailing some siding on the house and asked my daughter for a hand holding it up. I was wearing the rubber gloves that keep things from slipping. It started to rain and the hammer flew out of my hand and hit her on top of the head. She ended up in the emergency room with about a dozen stitches in her head. Whenever my carpentry skills come up in conversation, she is always quick to tell people they need to wear a helmet around me….....

-- mike...............

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 04:30 AM

I shouldn’t blame the dog for this but I will. We went out for a few hours & left the dog in the back yard as usual. When we got home we realised what a great time the dog had.
He got into the garage (must have opened the door himself-LOL). He had a great time unravelling a huge ball of string, got into a bag of lime & knocked over a 4 gallon drum of epoxy resin.
Now the string was from one end of the yard to another and mixed in with the lime & epoxy. He had a great time.
OK,OK I must have left the door open.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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