Most stupid and life-threatening..
I was working on a concrete balcony, with a wooden railing on steel
posts, which at the bottom are welded to horizontal steel pegs (hollow,
as it turns out) embedded in the concrete. I had disconnected the
railing sections from each other to repair and paint them, and the
section I was working on was about 1m long. I was leaning all my weight
on it, trying to reach a bit of the post near the bottom on the outside,
when the whole thing started to give way. The pegs, probably weakened
by rust under the paint, were bending surprisingly willingly. Somehow I
managed to pull myself back before crashing head-first onto the concrete
below. The sturdiness of the posts was very misleading.
Mine was when my parents chest freezer failed and to remove it also required
the sink in the utility room to be removed. I took off the sink trap and
passed it to my Dad. He emptied it down the sink whilst I was still
First ever car Mk3 Cortina and around 6 years old when bought.
I thought it was a good idea to fit an after market oil pressure gauge.
After fitting, the gauge took about 30 seconds to register so I
concluded that I had a problem with oil pressure.
Removed the gauge adapter and asked a friend to start the car while I
checked under the bonnet. As the car started the contents of the sump
shot out of the hole in the adapter, missed my ear by a few inches, hit
the underside bonnet and descended again covering everything within a 3
SWMBO says "washing machine is leaking". Sat in front of it and realised
the standpipe was no longer coping with the outflow.
Cleaned as much as I could reach, bunged drain cleaner down it, hot
water, etc. Twice. Each time flushed it through with a quick wash,
interrupt, and forced drain operation.
Went to flush it once more, go outside, watch drain. Nothing coming
through. Eventually go back insode and splash my way across the utility
Yes, forgot to put the drain hose back in the standpipe.
That was 30 minutes ago.
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Painting the gable end of the off-shot kitchen. I managed to get all
the way up to about two inches below the top of the chimney. So, of
course, I balanced the step ladder on the wheelie bin to get the last
bit done. Just as I finished the wall started shooting upwards as the
wheelie bin went shooting into the garden.
On Tue, 14 May 2013 20:34:43 +0100, Mentalguy2k8 wrote:
:-) I was replacing sink taps and waste pipework on a sink a few weeks
ago. I closed the under-sink shut-off valves, replaced the taps (mixer
spout with separate hot/cold controls), then hooked up the hot feed and
thought I'd test that for leaks before doing the cold, as access to the
pipework was going to be tricky once the cold feed was in place.
I was quite proud of myself for remembering to put a bucket under the
sink in place of the non-existant waste pipe. What I forgot to do was
ensure that the cold tap was shut off. With my head under the sink so I
could watch for leaks, I reached around and turned the hot tap on - at
which point water decided that the path of least resistance was through
the not-yet-connected cold inlet, rather than the spout and into the sink.
Needless to say, the bucket wasn't in the way, but my head was.
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