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On site today and I had an Ashley backbox that was loose on one side because the plasterer is rubbish (another story). Anyway, I thought I'd do a quick fix by putting some fire foam on the dodgy side to hold it in the cavity wall. The walls are full of the stuff anyway.


I'm there putting a bit in at a time so not to over fill the void. Ok a bit more as nothing is showing. Ok a bit more, still nothing foaming back at me. Ok a lot more until it starts foaming back at me..... That was a bit of a mistake.

One of the building site labourers said "are you sure your not going through the other side?"

Me "No, don't think so mate. Let's just have a look to check." Then I saw this coming out of the other room:-



Paul you rounded door handle. I've only gone and put way too much in and its now running down the wall like a slow moving waterfall! Btw this picture was taken just as the flow began, ten seconds later I was too busy to take a pic but it was worst than that!

Twenty mins spent cleaning the foam from the other backboxs and cables, another 40 mins cleaning the bloody foam from my hands and screwdriver, what a prat :). Oh, that's a £40 socket that I've just wrecked, its in the bin, they can clean it if they want because I'm not.

Head spark just laughed at me and then banned me from using the foam gun again unless supervised! Think he was joking but I'll put that to the test tomorrow :):).

Lesson for today Paul, don't be out done by the words of wisdom from a builders labourer again lol.





What silly mistakes have you done in the past? This could be an interesting thread if people own up?
 
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should have left it to set. it's easy to cut away with a knife when set. no gooey mess. next time use some dryline adhesive.
 

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Digging down for a cable to move a meter on a caravan site. Marker paint mark on the floor I was told, 3 feet later, no sign of cable. Called the site manager over, oh no mate that's where we want the new meter, the cables around the other side of the van. :6:
 
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When i was 17 i cut about 20 fastafix boxes into the walls.. I turned them so the face was on the plaster drew around and cut them all out.. Turned them around to push them in once id cut all 20 out and OOOPS they pushed straight into wall cavity.. Cos im PROO

 

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Cut the tip of my left index finger off on the second week of my apprenticeship with my shiny new stanley knife! Made fitting things off difficult for a month and a half!
 
Loads of times when I first started, I forgot to put shrouds on the SWA before glanding it. Ive also cut the wrong cable down to gland it, and it was short.
Try not to make to many mistakes these days, but they still happen!
 
While I'm a third year apprentice and my mother bought these two bloody horrible brass chandalier things so I said I'd put them up at the weekend for her. She told me because I'm not a proper electrician yet I'd do no such thing, so to keep her happy I said ok and that I'd ask my mentor to pop round one day after work.
I made the mistake of asking him just outside the bait cabin. Sparkys, plumbers, joiners, even the bloody labourers tore into me for about a week then one of the other apprentices cocked something up so I was left alone
 
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knocked a scafolding coupler down some stairs on to fire alarm setting off alarm and evacuating food factory, a couple of thousand in down time for factory helicopter fly by to check no harmfull gas escaping, was working as a mate at the time and denied everything.
 
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claret73

I don't mind owning up. Best to own up & learn & move on...

Was working in a department store & was up on the second shop floor with the spark below me up near the ceiling on the phone asking me to drop the rod through. I did as he said...the phone goes silent, next thing he's come up the escalator to me and says "You were supposed to attach the cable..."

Best one for me & not proud of it, same chain of department store. Altering a power socket in a concession & kept getting last minute calls from the building contractor to change position. Anyway, must have been 3rd time I changed the socket placing. The Electrician went up a few floors to do a minor job elsewhere, asked me to join him when I was done. Grabbed the double extension ladders & battery drill. Ladders on my shoulder, onto the escalator...next thing I hear is a 'Crash, Bang, Wallop' with the escalator coming to a grinding halt & bits of ladder flying off. Only got the top of the ladder jammed on the ceiling, which in turn jammed on the escalator tread. Disaster!!!! As I'm self employed subbie to the guy I got the insurance quote from the escalator engineers...8k!!! But in the end, nothing got put through...absolutely died a death of shame that day!! I couldn't stop apologising...
 
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When I was starting out as a mate the boss dropped me off at a house to fit a security light. I knocked on the door, told the lady who I was and what I'm here for (rented property) and away I went.

Almost finished the job when the neighbour from down the street came up and asked if I was the sparky fitting here security light at number 46? That's right, the boss sent me to 64 and she dint say anything! Lol, free fitting due to a spelling error.
 

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about 2 years ago i was fixing down boards after running a new cable in in my own house (2 way light conversion) i carefully marked out where on the end of the board the cables were running accross the joist(and not to put a screw)and then proceeded to put a screw right on the mark. right throught the cable. then at that point i banned myself from using the cordless and gave myself a good talking too!
 

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When i was 17 i cut about 20 fastafix boxes into the walls.. I turned them so the face was on the plaster drew around and cut them all out.. Turned them around to push them in once id cut all 20 out and OOOPS they pushed straight into wall cavity.. Cos im PROO



done that last month, wasn't thinking straight...dont want to relive that feeling...
 
Was poking through a false ceiling once in a canteen, (the tiled type in offices), had half my body up through it, then for some reason when I was coming back down the ladders I put my wieght on the framework of the cieling and it all fell down :eek:mg_smile:. It was just hanging onto the wall in certain parts and my work mates proping it up in the middle. Massive sweat on trying to get it back up before dinner started, I tried not show i was panicking but really I had a little poo in my pants.


Funny when you where an apprentice and you relize you have done some wrong and made a big mistake and you just start sweating thinking oooooohhhhhhh sh*t!!!!!!....trying to think how you can fix it before you have to tell your boss...
 
Evacuated a site or two with forgeting to turn the fire beams off in my early years. Then up you go on your scissor lift, reach the top of the building and off goes the fire alarm. oh sh*t!!!. Back down again to gather outside, the shame as you walk out and news has already spread its your fault, especially if its raining. Then up turn the fire brigade lol.
 

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When I was serving my time many years ago before the H&S culture took over we where putting in a fire alarm system in pyro into a very large printing site.

We had to run a leg into the buildings large boiler room so I asked the maintenance fitters chargehand if it was OK to go into the boiler room to install the pyro? no problem he said, we were pulling the pyro in when a large coil dropped onto the lever which operated the CO2 fire suppression system, me and the spark out of that boiler room at such a speed that Usain Bolt would have come third if there was a race between the three of us.

Went and told the chargehand there had been a slight accident and we had set the CO2 off he replied thats OK we set a bottle off every so now and again to test the system I said yeh but we have set off all 14 bottles, oh but don't worry he said it's our fault as we should have put the safety pin in to stop it going off.
 
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On site today and I had an Ashley backbox that was loose on one side because the plasterer is rubbish (another story). Anyway, I thought I'd do a quick fix by putting some fire foam on the dodgy side to hold it in the cavity wall. The walls are full of the stuff anyway.


I'm there putting a bit in at a time so not to over fill the void. Ok a bit more as nothing is showing. Ok a bit more, still nothing foaming back at me. Ok a lot more until it starts foaming back at me..... That was a bit of a mistake.

One of the building site labourers said "are you sure your not going through the other side?"

Me "No, don't think so mate. Let's just have a look to check." Then I saw this coming out of the other room:-



Paul you rounded door handle. I've only gone and put way too much in and its now running down the wall like a slow moving waterfall! Btw this picture was taken just as the flow began, ten seconds later I was too busy to take a pic but it was worst than that!

Twenty mins spent cleaning the foam from the other backboxs and cables, another 40 mins cleaning the bloody foam from my hands and screwdriver, what a prat :). Oh, that's a £40 socket that I've just wrecked, its in the bin, they can clean it if they want because I'm not.

Head spark just laughed at me and then banned me from using the foam gun again unless supervised! Think he was joking but I'll put that to the test tomorrow :):).

Lesson for today Paul, don't be out done by the words of wisdom from a builders labourer again lol.





What silly mistakes have you done in the past? This could be an interesting thread if people own up?
wiring out an RCBO for Zs (my MFT won`t do a low current loop)....fizz fizz puff of smoke...and killed it.....what a dic....should have known better...lol....come on Paul...you were there to witness it..lol....went and replaced it like for like..(40A b curve wylex)....
 
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wiring out an RCBO for Zs (my MFT won`t do a low current loop)....fizz fizz puff of smoke...and killed it.....what a dic....should have known better...lol....come on Paul...you were there to witness it..lol....went and replaced it like for like..(40A b curve wylex)....
Yep I wasn't happy about that one but ssshhh**** happens, its how we deal with it that counts.
 
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Yep I wasn't happy about that one but ssshhh**** happens, its how we deal with it that counts.
well got another of ov Leigh....so it got sorted....i think the guy was happy enough though i went and put another in for him after work...
 
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I think my worst was wiring a ring main in a house in 3-core (1.5) thinking it was T+E. A complete ball ache !!
 
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It's almost as bad as an X Arms member from this forum that went to the Elex show in Manchester this year. "Im off to get my new (2nd hand) PAT tester calibrated FOC."

Watching him plug it in like a kid with a new toy i/we (Phil D) noticed he was going to press the full test button dumping the full load onto earth. "Dont push that......... button," too late. He only burnt out the rcd for 6 stalls so they couldn't display their expensive goods or show demos on their lap tops.

Phil D and myself did what any good friend would do and walked away laughing. The look on the stall owners could have turned coal into diamonds, it was that intense.
 
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It's almost as bad as an X Arms member from this forum that went to the Elex show in Manchester this year. "Im off to get my new (2nd hand) PAT tester calibrated FOC."

Watching him plug it in like a kid with a new toy i/we (Phil D) noticed he was going to press the full test button dumping the full load onto earth. "Dont push that......... button," too late. He only burnt out the rcd for 6 stalls so they couldn't display their expensive goods or show demos on their lap tops.

Phil D and myself did what any good friend would do and walked away laughing. The look on the stall owners could have turned coal into diamonds, it was that intense.
yep it was special wasn`t it....:stuart:
 
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dont know about `burning the RCD out` though Paul....more like it disconnected......
 
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done that last month, wasn't thinking straight...dont want to relive that feeling...
How do you go about fixing that????

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Apart from just telling the plasterer you f***ed up

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dont know about `burning the RCD out` though Paul....more like it disconnected......
Ok so why did it take the on site sparky 45 mins, after ripping the board to bits, to reset it?

I still don't know because I was too embarrassed to ask him lol. Funny, just funny.
 
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The biggest mistake I ever made was marrying the Sunday School teaching daughter of a bunch of po-faced religious maniacs who had no sense of adventure & even less sense of humour !!!!
 
While doing a nightshift in a large super market chain I was menovering the scissor lift round a tight corner on the shop floor. Turned out I slightly mis-judged the length of the lift and managed to crumple the bottom shelf with the rear wheel. Good news was it was only cheap lemonade. Bad news was that the store manager wasn't too happy :oops:
 
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Before I even started training in this field I was experiencing issues with my shower. It kept tripping out, anyway I did some investigation work and found that the 6mm shower cable had been trapped between a floor board and noggin. Whoever installed the cable had obviously completed everything before putting boards back down so just refitted the board over the top.

Anyway, after realising this I just thought that I would chisel out some of the noggin so that the cable wouldn't be pinched anymore... Cool, Job done. Refit boards and go back downstairs to find a massive crack in the ceiling!. It would have appeared that the nogging didn't only touch the floor boards but also the ceiling.


When I started working on a rewire I put my foot right through it.... yep, the ceiling lol I have pictures somewhere :) The floor boards had been left up on the landing stairs and when I was asked to bring the ladder up I was concentrating more on not damaging the decor on the wall (which also had lots of picture frames etc). Must have caught the very edge of the last board and my ankle turned over.... Should have seen that hole lol. I will find the pictures and post them up lol
 

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drilled through a 4 inc pipe in sisters house when done my first downlights . cud of cried .. doing swa and forgetting shrouds, list could go on as i nearly trained myself
 
me and the spark out of that boiler room at such a speed that Usain Bolt would have come third if there was a race between the three of us.
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ha ha brilliant


When I started working on a rewire I put my foot right through it.... yep, the ceiling lol I have pictures somewhere :) The floor boards had been left up on the landing stairs and when I was asked to bring the ladder up I was concentrating more on not damaging the decor on the wall (which also had lots of picture frames etc). Must have caught the very edge of the last board and my ankle turned over.... Should have seen that hole lol. I will find the pictures and post them up lol

I know people who have done this, on freshly plastered cielings to...funny...not an electrician though, a joiner...

Same joiner told me a story that I was in tears at laughing...They had just done an extension and fitted a new bathroom suite but the waste pipe wasnt connected, so word was spread not to use the toilet and a sign put up too, joiner and builders leave for the day and theres only 2 people left on site...Next day my mate turns up first to find poo splatered all down the back of the new extension, someone had only used the toilet, site managers going mad becuase of the stains left in the dry toilet and the stains all down the back of the house...but neither of the lads wouldnt own up to it...so good morning for him having to jet wash it all off...classic...
 

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The biggest mistake I ever made was marrying the Sunday School teaching daughter of a bunch of po-faced religious maniacs who had no sense of adventure & even less sense of humour !!!!
Was going to make a comment but then realised it was in the main forum and not the arms.
 
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axel132132

Remembered a few more

One was working in a hospital again as an apprentice this time i was working with the builders taking down a wall, we smashed through it with sledge hammers going crazy at the ******* thing (Was on a saturday) next thing you know.. Dust set of smoke alarm

FULL HOSPITAL evacuated.. People going crazy it was absolutely mental! Luckily we didnt get into too much trouble as the caretaker was supposed to have turned them off.


Another being not me an apprentice i worked with for old company, i said to her (Yes a female apprentice).. Dont step on that board there as its plasterboard you will go straight through.. Bearing in mind the was a commerical unit not a house the drop to the floor below was about 3 meters maybe more.. I turn around go downstairs to check something CRASH BANG WALLOP.. i think OMG No way, walk around the corner there she is lying on the floor!! Luckily she was ok and stood back up, i said what happened she said ''i forgot that you told me not to step on the board so i stepped on it by accident".. She was sent home lol! The only saving grace for her stupidity WAS that there was fibreglass ontop of the board that she stood on lol!
 
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Remembered a few more

One was working in a hospital again as an apprentice this time i was working with the builders taking down a wall, we smashed through it with sledge hammers going crazy at the ******* thing (Was on a saturday) next thing you know.. Dust set of smoke alarm

FULL HOSPITAL evacuated.. People going crazy it was absolutely mental! Luckily we didnt get into too much trouble as the caretaker was supposed to have turned them off.


Another being not me an apprentice i worked with for old company, i said to her (Yes a female apprentice).. Dont step on that board there as its plasterboard you will go straight through.. Bearing in mind the was a commerical unit not a house the drop to the floor below was about 3 meters maybe more.. I turn around go downstairs to check something CRASH BANG WALLOP.. i think OMG No way, walk around the corner there she is lying on the floor!! Luckily she was ok and stood back up, i said what happened she said ''i forgot that you told me not to step on the board so i stepped on it by accident".. She was sent home lol! The only saving grace for her stupidity WAS that there was fibreglass ontop of the board that she stood on lol!
Blonde by any chance ???
 
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Marrying my ex wife.......biggest mistake I EVER made!!!!

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My sisters house has hollow walls. I've no idea what they are but I'll post a pic, someone will know. I was an apprentice and Was doing her dining room under supervision of my boss who came in and instructed me what to do. "put a bigger box in for the switch in case they want a dimmer." he goes. I get the scutch chisel out and ever so gently taping the wall to try and make it bigger. Next thing ya know a hole appears and I can put my whole arm through her wall. Luckily she laughed about it and they also stopped taking the p about it now
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ive got many cock-ops
i was wiring a lighting point for a linen cupboard in a hotel from the loft above, and a carpenter was fitting a new lock to the cupboard door at the same time
i slipped off the joist that i was knelt on, onto the plasterboard ceiling-the complete sheet of plasterboard came away with me on top of it, he had just closed the cupboard door to test the lock
he nearly crapped himself when he opened it to find me sat on the floor inside on the unbroken sheet of p/board
 
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another-but worse than the other post about the soil pipe--
was working in an old office building , the plumber removed the 4 inch soil pipe bend to re-route it, this left the existing pipe sticking out of the wall at abt a metre above the floor
he was fitting a new toilet and was sitting on the floor by the pipe outlet
someone decided to have a dump in the toileton the floor above- above even though it had 2 lenghths of batten blocking the door
next thing it a VERY irate crap covererd plumber,shouting and cursing, he even had bits of pink toilet roll on his boiler suite
and turds all over the floor
 
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My sisters house has hollow walls. I've no idea what they are but I'll post a pic, someone will know. I was an apprentice and Was doing her dining room under supervision of my boss who came in and instructed me what to do. "put a bigger box in for the switch in case they want a dimmer." he goes. I get the scutch chisel out and ever so gently taping the wall to try and make it bigger. Next thing ya know a hole appears and I can put my whole arm through her wall. Luckily she laughed about it and they also stopped taking the p about it now
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some kind of seismic brick maybe?
 
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sparks1973

Ok so why did it take the on site sparky 45 mins, after ripping the board to bits, to reset it?

I still don't know because I was too embarrassed to ask him lol. Funny, just funny.
you should have had the front to go and ask him then Paul....as i would have gone and asked him.....maybe he was going for gold on it....
 
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haha love these!

as an apprentice, one of my colleagues finished his pyro cubicle job miles before anyone else? but no compound in pots!

i drilled into cavity wall for shower cable, then saw neighbour through glass of ffony door, leaning over wall and knocking on the door - turns out it wasn't a cavity after all!
 
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About Thirty years ago,i decided i wanted to be an Electrician,i should of thought bigger,crap money now i was on more 15 yrs ago,should of been a pilot
 
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ha ha brilliant

Same joiner told me a story that I was in tears at laughing...They had just done an extension and fitted a new bathroom suite but the waste pipe wasnt connected, so word was spread not to use the toilet and a sign put up too, joiner and builders leave for the day and theres only 2 people left on site...Next day my mate turns up first to find poo splatered all down the back of the new extension, someone had only used the toilet, site managers going mad becuase of the stains left in the dry toilet and the stains all down the back of the house...but neither of the lads wouldnt own up to it...so good morning for him having to jet wash it all off...classic...
Reminds me of the new loo on a site that WAS connected Ok - just that there was no bog roll. Up goes the youngster, does the works - "S***e no paper" -"Oh whats this yellow fluffy stuff? - that'll do nicely" says youngster

Moral:

Never ever use fibre glass insulation to wipe your a**e

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sparks1973

Reminds me of the new loo on a site that WAS connected Ok - just that there was no bog roll. Up goes the youngster, does the works - "S***e no paper" -"Oh whats this yellow fluffy stuff? - that'll do nicely" says youngster

Moral:

Never ever use fibre glass insulation to wipe your a**e

Will
yep...should`v chosen a fistful of that shredded stuff they use as insulation instead....
 
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the bricks in the pic are called "pots" they are used extensively around the world, europe to thailand
normally only one skin-no cavity
to sink a box into them u need to use a small disk cutter
 
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First day on a new site, 40+ men all on the same floor getting in each others way.

Plasterer gets a full bucket of pva and puts it on the top of his step ladders. He drops his brush, bends down to pick it up and his left arse cheek nudges the steps and the full gallon bucket of pva ends up all over him. I tried sooooo hard not to laugh out loud but I couldn't help it, thank god he saw the funny side of it.
 
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Went to connect a breaker on a board that was live,put it in wrong way round and the clip shorted all 3 phases ended up frying the main isolator and taking out a 500a fuse in the sub.1ST degree burns to one hand and arm no eyebrows and a suntanned face,worst thing was I was going on holiday that afternoon.
 
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Best ones have got to be cutting a 6" chunk out of a gas pipe completely no way of knowing it was there. Mass panic trying to find gas meter.

Cut a 6" hole for a kitchen fan pull the drill out with the core of brick and out comes millions and millions of those little polystyrene balls that they stuff bean bags being used as wall insulation. Filled the whole kitchen up to my knees. The labourers hates me for weeks after lol
 
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we did the same mnr, but at a lifeboat 3 story building at warsash, we made a hole in the brick wall on the ground floor for an armoured supply to go through on a friday
there was beaded cavity insu inside but only a bit came out

over the weekend there was a storm
we came back on monday morning to find MASSES of polystyrene beads everywhere, even on the beach and in the sea
it took ages to bag it all up
 
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I gave he labourers my Henery and bought them a beer at the end of the day lol
 

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Driving in traffic when I spotted a mate of mine up a ladder, painting the window frames of a building with his kex badly split. Honked him and started taking the p*** and laughing with my work mate. Got a fist shake and thought that was the last of it. Traffic comes to a halt about 50 yards down the road. All of a sudden, the sod appears from nowhere, white superglossed my windscreen and shot off laughing.
 
I had to fit a small storage heater in a flat to a plasterboard wall was in and out fitted, wired and tested in less than an hour.
got a call from the builder later that day to say he wanted to go home and could not shut the front door.
the plasterboard wall separated the hall and the front door was left open against the wall, I did not realise the wall was only 2 inches thick so me using 3 inch screws and getting lucky finding the studs to fix to meant i had screwed the heater to the front door through the wall.
took a while to live that one down.
 

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Fixed a coolant pump on a lathe, needed, fuses, new contactor/overload, new cable and re-wound the motor, basically everything was fubbared. About a month later the lathe operator called me over when i was doing another job and said that coolant pump you fixed has stopped working. Thought oh sod it , so went over and sure enough just a dribble coming out, thought it might be down a phase so checked it very quickly and thought this is odd. So for some reason i disconnected the outlet pipe and asked the operator to start and quickly stop the pump whilst i was holding the pipe. Well a colomn of cutting oil flew up 10ft in the air and landed directly on my head, drenching me, big time. Operator had to stop work as his stomach was hurting and i disappeared off to the toilets to get cleaned up. Big laughs all round, the friggin pipe was blocked, unblocked it and all was good.
Phew - that stuff really stank. :-(
 

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Probably being talked out of becoming a doctor, I zoomed head first into the Motor Trade instead, and I can't help but wonder how different my life would have been had I stood my ground. I think I would have emigrated when most of my family did and had a career and family abroad. :thinking:
 
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Doing an annual EM test in a restaurant when a plumber asks me to disconnect a food drainage unit that he needs to unblock. I disconnected it so he could pull it away from the wall and this thing stank like hell! Full of 2 day old food, it separates hard food and liquid then pulps it into mush.

A bit later on and the plumber asks me to wire it back up so I did. Whilst I'm crouching down next to the start button I turned it on, big mistake! All the waste food in the hopper from the past two days shot up into the air, hit the ceiling and walls then gravity took over and it ended up all over me. I just stood there infront of the chef, plumber and a kitchen porter with bits of spaghetti, chicken, veg, fish bones covering every inch of me from head to toe. I even had a piece squid dangling from my glasses! I looked a right state and it stank. After all the kitchen staff, waiters and management came to have a look at what all the noise was for, I had the restaurant in stitches. They was very nice and let me use the staff room to clean up and gave me a company tee shirt. I powered up the EM lights, got into the van and went home for the hottest shower I've ever had, phoned the boss to tell him that I'll go back tomorrow to finish off the test. Every time I look at that tee shirt I swear I can smell that god awful pukey food, I'll never forget that smell.
 

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Please don't laugh at me , but the other week i thought i would have ago on the screw-fix forum ! :frown2::frown2::frown2::mad2:
 
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Please don't laugh at me , but the other week i thought i would have ago on the screw-fix forum ! :frown2::frown2::frown2::mad2:
Could be worse, I tried to get DIY Not forum to back the Fatally Flawed E-Petition. I gave up in discust!
 
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I've made the mistake of taking the time to reply to some posts on here lol
 
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connected a 24 bar gauge to a 240 bar line... that went funny!!
 
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Worst mistakes I have made:
Picked up a soldering iron with my hand, on the element, while...still....hot ¬_¬
Found a strange chip, looked at it, held it, found out it was static sensitive......poof!....gone :'(
7805 voltage regulator, output voltage was not correct, maybe turning up the input voltage will help! Hang on, heat? oh, connected wrong way round, the 7805 never worked again.
Memory chip in old commodore 64, took em out and replaced with a single 64KB memory chip, turns out it was a PLA problem, memory was fine >:|
 
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Worked live on occasions, thats a mistake is it not? I bet 99.9% of us have at some point and shouldn't really.
 
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DurhamSparky

Carried out a IR test on a circuit that had work colleague attached to other end of it....!

Worked for Mr Electric... (biggest mistake)

replaced a blown fuse wire with a snip of 1.5 .. (temp perm fix)

bought a rover 420di

become a sparky and not a train driver..
 
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Carried out a IR test on a circuit that had work colleague attached to other end of it....!

Worked for Mr Electric... (biggest mistake)

replaced a blown fuse wire with a snip of 1.5 .. (temp perm fix)

bought a rover 420di

become a sparky and not a train driver..
Oh the good old days! remember when half the plugs you opened on jobs had foil from a fag packet round the fuse?
 
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The first time l ever installed smoke alarms, l omitted the earth, (thinking that well they made of plastic so l didnt need it) until l realised once that everything was in and fully plastered that l couldnt perform a Zs reading for the certs... Duh!!!!
 

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Got my stihl saw out to trim some stone for me mums Dunsley boiler stove base,forgetting my mate had borrowed it previously.Checked the fuel and pull cord,never checked diamond disc was tight.Got warmed up and up to warp speed (5000 rpm) as i started the cut she jumped and set off like Usain Bolt,over junction of cul-de-sac,up kerb,over pavement main road,another kerb,off tree root along pavement past old folks home to end up rattling on deck as in cartoons.Total trip of 80 metres plus 4 PM on a weekday afternoon! Carried it back to the origin of its escape hugging it like a naughty child...
 
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Went to see a mate on a job he was doing in an accomadation block, Needing a 'Number 2' asked him where the toiliets were and off I went. Sat down nicely minding my own bussiness and hear 2 girls come in chatting away in the cubicles next to me. I was in the females loo!! I couldn't leave until they finished and left 20 mins later incase we walked out at the same time and I looked a perve!!
 

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Worked on a sound stage in Sheffield years ago when I was a sound and lighting technician...

All the power went through a DB which was under the stage and I had to go and connect a few things up during the concert. Crawled back out and was very confused to see 2 guys waving at me frantically. I shrugged my shoulders and gave them the look of "what are you on about?"

Turns out I was crouched in front of their transmitter which was sending a line of sight link to their broadcast truck, and me being in the way had just knocked out the Galaxy FM live broadcast!

Oops!
 
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Turns out I was crouched in front of their transmitter which was sending a line of sight link to their broadcast truck, and me being in the way had just knocked out the Galaxy FM live broadcast!

Oops!"



That was you! I was listening to that at the time, few years ago.
 
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Bank holiday weekend last year, Friday 3 o'clock job and knock. Putting the front panel back on the cu in a bar/nightclub and I knocked one of the mcbs off without noticing. Packed up my gear and just about to leave when the manager asked me why the music isn't working? Checked board and turned the mcb back on.

Not as simple as that, ho no...... I've only knocked off the supply to the main computer hub that controls the music, tils, cctv and it up links to their head office. A really good system when it has power, without power it needs an IBM computer engineer to come out and reset it! I stayed until after 5 o'clock for him to turn up and he was there for a few hours afterwards, god knows how much that costs? I didn't get the blame in the end, the computer system has a back up battery system that failed so I got off the hook on this occasion and the company I was working for didn't have to pay the call out bill plus any loss of earnings for the club.

Bricking myself for quite a few hours that night until I called the manager up and heard music in the background. Shutting down a bar/nightclub just before they open on a busy Friday night! Note to self, make sure everything is switched on before leaving.
 
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Used to work for a farmer during Summer a few years back, and was sat on the slurry pump while he was out spreading the slurry around the fields. 10pm at night and he calls to say switch the pump off and pack up, all done. Great thinks I, Friday night, in the pub for a few before closing........

Disconnected the pipe going from pump into slurry tank, everything is turned off, I forget that although the pump is off, there is an amount of slurry in this 12 inch pipe that is under pressure......undid the big clips and WOOOOOOOOOOOOSH! Head to toe in slurry.

Driving home like a complete idiot to get showered and going down the Fosse Way at over 100mph (dead straight road, 1030 at night), what's coming the other way? Yep, the rozzers........I think being head to toe in slurry convinced them I was in a rush to get showered!!!! Managed to get off with a slapped wrist as they had no proof.....

Worst Friday night I have ever had!!!
 
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Jonny66

According to sparks1973 in the thread " meter tails too long" I may have implied applying diversity to instantaneous water heaters, and as such must now be punished by torture or death. In my defense it was a slip of the tongue and I have never conversed with the devil or the NIC EIC.
 

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Used to work for a farmer during Summer a few years back, and was sat on the slurry pump while he was out spreading the slurry around the fields. 10pm at night and he calls to say switch the pump off and pack up, all done. Great thinks I, Friday night, in the pub for a few before closing........

Disconnected the pipe going from pump into slurry tank, everything is turned off, I forget that although the pump is off, there is an amount of slurry in this 12 inch pipe that is under pressure......undid the big clips and WOOOOOOOOOOOOSH! Head to toe in slurry.

Driving home like a complete idiot to get showered and going down the Fosse Way at over 100mph (dead straight road, 1030 at night), what's coming the other way? Yep, the rozzers........I think being head to toe in slurry convinced them I was in a rush to get showered!!!! Managed to get off with a slapped wrist as they had no proof.....

Worst Friday night I have ever had!!!

Is the Fosse Way in Chedworth or near?
 
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Ok if you insist, but can I be burnt on friday, I've got to install some lights tomorrow with just the use of some toilet roll tubes and sticky back plastic and satans will, oh sh*t alright I am a witch burn me then.
 

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Not my mistake, but one a friends employee made...

Doing some building work for a client, a hole needed to be drilled through an outside wall...

Unfortunately, directly the other side of that wall was the recently filled oil tank!

Cue nearly 1000 litres of oil, a foot deep in the conservatory!
 
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