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BS: DIY errors

Dave the Gnome 25 Jul 22 - 07:36 AM
Rain Dog 25 Jul 22 - 08:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Jul 22 - 09:52 AM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jul 22 - 04:53 PM
Helen 25 Jul 22 - 05:41 PM
David C. Carter 27 Jul 22 - 08:44 AM
Dave the Gnome 27 Jul 22 - 10:03 AM
Senoufou 27 Jul 22 - 10:16 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jul 22 - 10:59 AM
Donuel 27 Jul 22 - 11:01 AM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jul 22 - 11:11 AM
Dave the Gnome 27 Jul 22 - 12:40 PM
Donuel 27 Jul 22 - 06:05 PM
Helen 27 Jul 22 - 07:02 PM
Tattie Bogle 28 Jul 22 - 05:33 AM
MaJoC the Filk 28 Jul 22 - 01:28 PM
MaJoC the Filk 28 Jul 22 - 01:46 PM
G-Force 28 Jul 22 - 01:56 PM
An Buachaill Caol Dubh 29 Jul 22 - 04:19 AM
Jon Freeman 29 Jul 22 - 05:47 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jul 22 - 10:14 AM
Helen 29 Jul 22 - 03:53 PM
Mo the caller 03 Aug 22 - 08:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Aug 22 - 09:26 AM
Donuel 03 Aug 22 - 09:31 AM
Ebbie 04 Aug 22 - 03:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 22 - 12:10 PM
Ebbie 04 Aug 22 - 10:56 PM
Steve Shaw 05 Aug 22 - 06:56 AM
Dave the Gnome 05 Aug 22 - 07:50 AM
MaJoC the Filk 05 Aug 22 - 11:33 AM
Ebbie 08 Aug 22 - 03:36 AM
MaJoC the Filk 08 Aug 22 - 06:19 AM
Donuel 08 Aug 22 - 03:32 PM
MaJoC the Filk 09 Aug 22 - 05:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 09 Aug 22 - 10:02 AM
meself 09 Aug 22 - 10:42 AM
Ebbie 11 Aug 22 - 04:14 AM

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Subject: BS: DIY errors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 07:36 AM

I did not put a screw through a central heating pipe yesterday.

Luckily, I did not have to call the emergency plumber who did not need to fix it within 4 hours. Also, had it happened at all, it caused no further damage :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Rain Dog
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 08:16 AM

Well done. You have got the job as a Government Spokesman.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 09:52 AM

There's a sign you see in some auto mechanic shops:

$10 if we repair it
$20 if you started first
$30 if you help


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 04:53 PM

:-D to both


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Helen
Date: 25 Jul 22 - 05:41 PM

One of my favourite quotes from the author Nevil Shute is, "It has been said that an engineer is a man who can do for ten shillings what any fool can do for a pound".

(It was in one of my all-time fave non-fiction books called Slide Rule: the Autobiography of an Engineer about a rivalry between government bureaucrats and an engineering group to develop two airship designs.)

The quote reminds me of a time when Hubby and I were in the hardware store and he had some sort of plan to set up a pipe from a water tank to the garden, or something and was telling me what to look for in the plumbing section and another man started having a bit of a chat about it. I suspect he was a plumber because he had a wry grin on his face but was too polite to say what he really thought. I should have asked him for his business card.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: David C. Carter
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 08:44 AM

I bought a hammer,but it came without the instructions.

Same thing with a ladder I bought.

I don't think I'm cut out for DIY.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 10:03 AM

I am usually quite good at DIY, apart from plastering. I was brought up with the building trade (Dad was a painter and I did odd jobs on building sites he worked on in the summer breaks)

It was not a senior moment that cause this event not to happen.

And you will be glad to hear the overall job (squeaky floprboards) has now been resolved too :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 10:16 AM

Many years ago in our last house, a rather odd chap came to fix an aluminium carpet-edger across the sitting-room doorway. He screwed it down, but managed to 'miss' quite a bit of the carpet edge. When I pointed this out, he began a most peculiar kind of 'tap dance' in front of us, declaring, "I used to love tap-dancing, and it's VERY good exercise!" Our jaws dropped as he continued to cavort about. We still giggle about him!


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 10:59 AM

My mother bought a house in the Ballard section of Seattle for her retirement years, and it turned out to have had a "storied" past. It was an Occult bookstore for many years and around the house on the maple wood paneling were various hieroglyphical figures painted. (The house was built at the turn of the last century.)

Alas, the man also had a penchant for doing his own electrical work and is lucky he didn't burn the place down. Mom had to have a fair amount of rewiring done by certified electricians. His luck didn't hold - there was a low iron pipe in the basement near the stairs that somehow was electrified and he actually died in the hospital a couple of days after his head came into contact with that.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 11:01 AM

Mom was everything from an antique restorer, electrician, painter, sculpter, bee keeper, master gardener, upholsterer, spinner...(yarn) etc
I thought there is nothing to it but to do it yourself but I learned that it is thinking it through before you do it is what counts.
Impromptu engineering is a mistake waiting to happen.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 11:11 AM

Both of my parents had hobbies and interests that involved collecting materials to do the task along with the how-to instructions. And both were packrats, though not by the definition of the television programs you see these days. They had room to expand into as far as boxes of stuff, it was never stacked up in a perilous way in the living quarters.

My sewing studio has a large cabinet I built for my daughter when she was a young teen; there was a point in time when you couldn't see any of the floor in her room, so by building this thing that is 30 cubbies (six tall and five across) that are each about 18" deep and about 13" x 12" tall and wide, she was able to categorize stuff and store it in there. What a huge improvement. When she moved away to college I gradually boxed up stuff after taking a photo of the contents of each cubby. The boxes are stacked in the closet with a photo on the front of what is inside. I use the storage cabinet now for my craft stuff and it has a fair amount still of the stuff from Mom's house that I really should sell on eBay or list on the Freecycle site. I don't think I'm ever going to make a yarn pattern rug (using that rubberized stitching backing) though I think some of those braided rugs are nice.

I have tried upholstery but didn't have the patience to do a really good job, so that stuff could probably go also. That's three cubbies emptied right there.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 12:40 PM

We viewed a house in Fleetwood once that had a satanic temple in the cellar! We didn't stay more than 5 minutes let alone buy it :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 06:05 PM

I've heard those satanic cellars can turn people into gnomes.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Helen
Date: 27 Jul 22 - 07:02 PM

Or Gnomes back into humans?


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 05:33 AM

My husband DID put a nail through a plumbing pipe while laying a wooden boarded floor some years ago. It was late on a Sunday evening as is Sod’s law with such things. There was much swearing, but very fortunately, our friendly neighbourhood plumber answered his phone and came round and fixed it. Phew!


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 01:28 PM

Confessions Dept: Some time ago, when making the bed, I'd got into the habit of cracking the duvet like a whip to straighten it out. On one occasion, the duvet got a bit higher than usual, caught the light fitting, and tore the rose clean out of the ceiling. Cue much fallout of plaster and opprobium; our electrician was more understanding.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 01:46 PM

.... If you want something more DIY-oriented: I once tried to swing down the bedroom radiator (to paint behind it or something) by loosening the joints at each end. This would have worked in our previous house, where the pipes were fairly solid and came up through the floor; but in this house, the pipes are thin-walled, and come out of the wall. So, of course, the joints failed. Cue much leakage of water, and of cussing (from Herself).

Happily, our plumber lives only just down the road, and was in, and has a sense of humour. As on the occasion related, I'd best leave it there.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: G-Force
Date: 28 Jul 22 - 01:56 PM

I once managed to drill through a gas pipe - it was the feed to the gas fire in our fireplace. Fortunately it was just downstream of the on-off tap, so replacement was a fairly simple matter, but still, doh!


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 29 Jul 22 - 04:19 AM

"Measure twice; cut once."


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 29 Jul 22 - 05:47 AM

I had a spanner slip while trying to undo something (CH pump?) tight in the roof. I lost my balance and put my foot through the kitchen ceiling.

I suppose it wasn't as bad as it might have been. The kitchen ceiling was tatty. It had also had holes cut into it for downnlights which never provided satisfactory lighting. The new ceiling and lighting was quite an improvement.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jul 22 - 10:14 AM

There are some jobs that after a while you concede are best done by the professionals. When I was much younger I used to regularly change the oil and filter on my various vehicles, and I've done modest repairs (I had a Ford Courier that needed the thermostat replaced a couple of times) but as cars get more sophisticated it's harder to do those things, and as I get older I'm more reluctant to crawl around on the ground under them for oil changes. I still do a few things like air filters (the in cab one is expensive if they do the job, and it is a job for a contortionist, but I do it because I can buy the new filter for a modest price.) I know a couple of mudcat folks who collect older cars who seem to do their own work (Richard Bridge and Volvos come to mind at the moment).

The "measure twice, cut once" rule applies to many activities. I find it helpful in sewing.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Helen
Date: 29 Jul 22 - 03:53 PM

Does this thread remind anyone else of The Red Green Show ?

Duct tape, and ...

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy."


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Mo the caller
Date: 03 Aug 22 - 08:54 AM

We had an extension built by a builder who was scathing about DIY and Barry Bucknall.
He managed to dig through the pipe from the (large and visible) gas tank to the kitchen.
And when we complained that the hole he'd cut in the vinyl didn't match up with the pipe going through it said "this is the building trade, not precision engineering"


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Aug 22 - 09:26 AM

My family made one big move when I was a kid from one town in the Puget Sound area to another about 30 miles away. Back then it might as well have been to the moon - phone calls to my friends were now long distance so there were occasional letters but not too many calls. The plus side of the move was finding a house large enough that I didn't have to share a bedroom. I remember liking quite a few of the houses we looked at (and now I can think back to the neighborhoods where they were and see what a different life I'd have led from one to the other). There was one in a really great area with a wonderful view - we had to wait in the car on that one - when my parents came out they pronounced it "too much DIY." It still probably would have been the best place to land in.

The house they bought was unique but in a really pricey neighborhood (this was the "smallest house on the block" pricing plan). How is it that the neighborhood kids know that you don't really fit, that you can't afford everything they can? Anyway. That house was generally in good shape to move in but needed a lot of maintenance over the years. Mom moved out when she retired. A friend from school eventually was the buyer a couple of real estate transactions later and our high school reunion is coming up. If he attends I have a few questions for him.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Aug 22 - 09:31 AM

Little Jane and John, bought a house in Texas,
And climate deniers were they.
The home sure looked great when 20 years rolled around.
They were so proud, yes siree!

And this is what John said on
the day their house was all gone:

O M G,
I guess we'll have to flee,
our house beneath the sea.
Sea Rise is no joke,
when you start to choke
every other day
in a flood of debris.

Remember, Janie,
how climate change was crazy
they said it was a hoax
I'll try to smile somehow.
I'll look for you when the flood is over,
A million fucking years from now!


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Aug 22 - 03:58 AM

My brother once took down a door that was scraping the carpet, put it on a couple of saw horses, measured it and applied the saw. Checked the length of the door, found it was STILL too short and cut off another half inch.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 22 - 12:10 PM

Hahaha!


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Aug 22 - 10:56 PM

My brother told the story on himself. And laughed, but rather ruefully.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 06:56 AM

I really must tell you sometime about my duff efforts to glue back on the two butterfly wings on our Tom Kitten resin garden ornament...


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 07:50 AM

Have you ever used superglue and then tried to use fingerprint recognition on your phone? I know if I was of a mind to commit a crime I would do away with the gloves and use superglue instead. Just let it dry first :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 05 Aug 22 - 11:33 AM

Not surprised about the fingerprint trick. I'll bear it in mind for Future Reference.

For the record, can anyone confirm or deny the rumour that superglue was first used to stick the skin back on squaddies' scalps in Vietnam, as a quick in-the-field first-aid measure?


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Ebbie
Date: 08 Aug 22 - 03:36 AM

"Super glue was first used in the Vietnam War in a spray form as a hemostatic agent to temporarily patch the internal organs of injured soldiers until conventional surgery could be performed."

from our friend Google, in response to 'first uses of super glue'.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 08 Aug 22 - 06:19 AM

Thanks, Ebbie. Note to self: check before you type.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Aug 22 - 03:32 PM

In a pinch even non surgical superglue can patch an artery better than a tournaquet because water/blood makes the glue set quickly. A family member had the first super glue factory in Boston back in 1950.

I successfully hung a door that opened to two more stairs down to the music room for sound proofing purposes. It is not code and is illegal.


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 05:41 AM

What superglue doesn't patch well is a shearing fingernail, as I found out the hard way; and I'd bought the glue specifically for that purpose. Does that count as a DIY error?


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 10:02 AM

If you 'fess up to it, it does!


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: meself
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 10:42 AM

I've used superglue on a fingernail, for an upcoming gig ... it kinda worked.

>>>>>>>>>>

My father and I once took down a door that had been scraping the floor. Put it on sawhorses and planed away at the end. Put it back up; it still scraped. Took it off; more planing; put it back up; more scraping. Did this three or four times - before we realized we were planing the top instead of the bottom of the door. Now, my father was a smart guy, so that's not the kind of thing you would expect of him; me, on the other hand - well, it's the kind of thing you WOULD expect ... !


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Subject: RE: BS: DIY errors
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Aug 22 - 04:14 AM

Thanks for the laugh, Meself!


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