What have been the worst (serious or humorous) handyman or handywoman
accidents that you've experienced so far (or someone you know, or saw
it happen to, got to experience) and please elaborate on what
unfortunately went wrong.
Handyman used an aluminum ladder and was electrocuted. The city had
to shut down a portion of the city's electricity to retrieve the body.
It was a frightening site. I buy wooden or fiberglass ladders.
When using a chain saw I always try to position myself at an angle to
the saw so that in the event of kickback it's path would be past me and
not into me. I never use the anti-kickback chains as their performance
is atrocious compared to the "real" chains.
When I got my first saw, a neighbor gave me some safety training. The reason
the blade is so far to the right, is that it's easy for right handers to
keep their body to the left of the blade. I'm amazed how many people I've
seen with thier body (such as face) right behind the blade. I try to explain
the safety, and they keep on endangering their own lives.
The guy who gave me my orange saw had been drinking. He showed me the scar
where he nearly took off his leg. He also left the gas in the saw, and the
saw wasn't very useful. He went on to drink and drive. Was in a wreck, broke
his pelvis, and nearly took his leg off. Again. Different machine.
I couldnt qoute the original post but wanted to share my story.
I was helping a guy fix his cars rear leaf springs because I had a car
just like it. He asked me to take some vice grips and hold the bolt that
fastens the end of the leaf spring to the back end of the car while he
worked on the front end of the spring. The ends have rubber bushings that
slide into the spring and then a bolt. What happened is that while he was
working on the front end I lost my grip and my finger got sandwiched
between the spring and the housing the retainer bolt is suppose to go thru
on the car body. I nearly took my index finger right off. Off the the
hospital and quite a few stitches later..
You could see clearly right to the exsposed bone before the hospital visit.
I missed your question, but I've done that many times. I don't recommend it
unless you're really careful. On most surfaces you'll still want to either:
1) nail a brace to the wall you're working on, C-clamped or whatever to one
or both of the stepladders; or 2) prop the stepladders with a long 2 x 4
from behind. I put a stake in the ground, nail the 2 x 4 to it, and clamp
the 2 x 4 to the stepladder. I use two braces, one to each stepladder.
Using stepladders that way has long been a way to set up a low scaffold, but
you'd better have good balance and not try to get too high with it. It does
work, however. Using the braces slows the whole process down. It's a
question of how you feel about broken bones.
I've also built homemade scaffolds and it's a real PITA, in my opinion. I
use 2 x 4s for the verticals and 1" electrical conduit for diagonals. Never
count on those diagonals to handle compressive loads; use two, crossbraced,
so the load is always in tension.
The slickest solution I've used is two regular ladders with ladder hooks for
a scaffold plank. I'll go up about ten feet with that, but no higher. Again,
you want to nail a brace to the wall. Use a short plank or else make sure
you're using genuine scaffold plank, which is undressed and thicker than
Was helping roof a two story house in Susanville Ca back in the 80's.
Most houses there have an almost vertical roof that's made out of
sheetmetal because of the snow load. I was all the way at the top,
sitting down, when I started to slide. Because of the pitch of the
roof I was afraid to stand up less I go ass over tea kettel. I started
sliding faster and faster, all the while trying to get the roofing
hammer into the sheetmetal to stop me. Alas, I had no luck at that. I
go flying off of the roof and manage to land on my feet. The roof
nails I had in my bag went everywhere. I am standing there shaking
like a leaf and my friends father in law comes running up asking if I
am ok. I was fine but I was shaking so bad I could not talk. I took
the rest of the day off and went fishing. Came back that evening and
found out that almost the same exact thing happened to my friend but
he was not so lucky. He hit some bushes on the way down and broke his
leg. The next day his fater in law hired some real roofers to due the
My dad always took the attitude that if you were careful, there was
really no need for things like blade guards on table saws, or using
pushers to feed the wood into the saw. Then he got distracted one day
while cutting some thin (maybe 1"?) strips for planter boxes, and the
saw hit a knot.
My first thought as he came up the stairs was that he was teasing me
with a red plastic snake. Then I saw that it was blood all over his
If you ever end up getting a finger (right index finger, in this
case -- and dad was right-handed, and he was an accountant, and this
was right before tax season) amputated, *don't* let the doctors
convince you that it'll be less noticeable if they go ahead and take
the knuckle along with it. They're right, but you really do want as
much of the hand as possible for stability.
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a deputy sheriff. He used to have a
handsome head of hair. Until the night he got involved in an altercation
with a crazed, very intoxicated woman. She grabbed his hair in a death grip
and they could not pry her loose for several minutes. By that time, she had
torn much of his scalp loose from his head.
The resulting injuries were very painful and took awhile to heal. They
shaved his head before they did the surgery to reattach his scalp. He had
to keep it shaved during the recovery. It has never been more than a half an
inch long since.
He said if he retires or takes up another line of work, he might grow some
hair agin. But as long as he is a law enforcement officer, he will go with a
'Sounds wise to me. When I hear these stories I have to wonder why some
do-gooder group hasn't done PSAs on television showing how your scalp can
get peeled off if your hair is long and it gets caught in something.
Spiro Agnew would have liked those.
On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 14:34:29 -0400, Ed Huntress wrote:
I wear my hair long, but if I'm going to be working around moving
machinery, I tie it back and don't dangle it in moving parts.
And I'm very unlikely to get into an altercation with an intoxicated
woman, so I'm fairly safe in that respect. ;-)
'Buzz Cut' draws its name from the buzzing sound the clippers make as they
ride along the scalp. Think electric dog clippers- basically the same thing.
The buzz is 60hz, from the alternating line current, that is used to move
the heads back and forth. In UK, it would be a 50hz buzz. You hear it right
through your skull. I had buzz cuts as a kid, until I looked in the mirror
one day around 4th or 5th grade. I had a pony tail as a teenager, but am
back to above-the collar now. The current buzz-cut fad, presumably
war-inspired, leaves me cold.
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