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ptrowski
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Putnam, CT
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Dumbass moments?

Ever have those projects where they should take about 30-40 minutes but take 3 times the amount of time because of your own stupidity? Just had one of them. I was mounting the small flat screen tv we got for my daughter, no issues there. But trying to hook up DirecTv was causing me grief. Checked everything over, looked great. Put rechecked everything, no issues there but still couldn't get a signal. Looked again at my coax cables, tried disconnecting one, cable modem went out. Like a dummy I was trying to hook the cable Internet connection to the TV splitter in the basement. Swore a few times, figured out which cable went to which bedroom and presto, worked like a charm.
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bobrk
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San Jose, CA
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Went down to service the ancient furnace, flipped off the fan switch while I changed filters and oiled the fan, and thought I turned it back on. Noticed over the weekend that the humidity levels in the house were high, but attributed it to lots of guests and cooking. This morning, noticed that the floor was warm, and the house was cold, and realized what was going on. Sure enough, the fan was off, and the house was heating up just from the furnace heating but not blowing.


Jack_in_VA
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North, VA
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·Millenicom
said by bobrk:

Went down to service the ancient furnace, flipped off the fan switch while I changed filters and oiled the fan, and thought I turned it back on. Noticed over the weekend that the humidity levels in the house were high, but attributed it to lots of guests and cooking. This morning, noticed that the floor was warm, and the house was cold, and realized what was going on. Sure enough, the fan was off, and the house was heating up just from the furnace heating but not blowing.

Your furnace doesn't have a "air flow" safety interlock? Your furnace should have been getting dangerously hot without air flow to take the heat away.


bobrk
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I don't know. The furnace might be 50 plus years old. It's a Toridaire, and I've not been able to figure out it's age.

I assume it has some kind of cutoff, since my house didn't burn down.


Jack_in_VA
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·Millenicom
said by bobrk:

I don't know. The furnace might be 50 plus years old. It's a Toridaire, and I've not been able to figure out it's age.

I assume it has some kind of cutoff, since my house didn't burn down.

Probably high temperature limit on the furnace since you said it was heating. Air Flow limit would not have allowed it to light off.


nunya
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O Fallon, MO
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·voip.ms

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reply to ptrowski
I've had plenty of those "paint yourself into a corner" moments.

One that bit me in the ass recently took a few years to come to fruition.
Our water heater was, quite literally, in the middle of the utility room. You couldn't carry a basket of clothes through. After a small earthquake, it developed a trickle.
I decided to relocate the new water heater next to the furnace. I got out the pipe threader and torch and went to town.

When I was finished (@ 11:30 PM and 17 trips to Lowe's Depot), I realized the water heater was now blocking access to the A-coil. I said f___-it until a few months ago when it was time to replace the furnace. In order to get the old furnace out and the new one in, I had to relocate that F___ING water heater 12 inches.
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AVD
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Onion, NJ
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you could have just removed it and replaced in kind.


AVD
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reply to ptrowski
I shut my Boss' TV off. Now it won't turn on.


Steve
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Foothill Ranch, CA
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reply to ptrowski
I was a DSLR mod for a few months in 2001...


cdru
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Fort Wayne, IN
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reply to nunya
said by nunya:

When I was finished (@ 11:30 PM and 17 trips to Lowe's Depot), I realized the water heater was now blocking access to the A-coil. I said f___-it until a few months ago when it was time to replace the furnace. In order to get the old furnace out and the new one in, I had to relocate that F___ING water heater 12 inches.

A former boss's custom built home had an issue with their furnace. Repair man came and and determined that the water heater was too close to the furnace, like in your case, but slightly different. In their case, it was so close to the furnace that the filter access door could not be removed, let alone the filter replaced. IIRC, they had lived there for 4 or 5 years at the time and never bothered to replace the filter.


jester121
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Lake Zurich, IL

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reply to ptrowski
I do crap like that all the time. Most memorable recently was replacing the flooring in a tiny (like 6' x 3') powder room. On my knees with my ass hanging out in the foyer, I hacked out of the plywood that was there, but figured I could keep the existing toilet flange and just cut the new plywood somehow and slide it around into place. Talk about a square peg in a round hole. Of course the more frustrated you get, the less you care about straight cuts and proper measurement.

After hours of screwing around with it and ruining about 30 square feet of new plywood, I finally sighed, cut off the flange, and drove to Home Depot (4th trip) for the replacement PVC pieces I should have bought in the first place. And one more sheet of plywood.

garys_2k
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Farmington, MI
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reply to ptrowski
Just today I drove around trying to find a fitting to allow me to connect a 3/8" pt nipple into my new gas fireplace valve. The valve had a 3/8" male flare fitting. No joy at Lowes, the guy there (who did seem knowledgeable) just didn't have a part with a female flare fitting.

At the plumbing outlet the guy behind the counter kindly pointed out that all I'd really need to do is unscrew the 3/8" flare fitting out from the valve and, uh, screw the nipple right in. Duh, did it and it's working great...

Hellrazor
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join:2002-02-02
Abyss, PA
said by garys_2k:

screw the nipple

Plumber Porn...


Steve
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Foothill Ranch, CA
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I thought that only worked on the cold-water line...?


workablob

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Houston, TX
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reply to ptrowski
said by ptrowski:

Ever have those projects where they should take about 30-40 minutes but take 3 times the amount of time because of your own stupidity? Just had one of them. I was mounting the small flat screen tv we got for my daughter, no issues there. But trying to hook up DirecTv was causing me grief. Checked everything over, looked great. Put rechecked everything, no issues there but still couldn't get a signal. Looked again at my coax cables, tried disconnecting one, cable modem went out. Like a dummy I was trying to hook the cable Internet connection to the TV splitter in the basement. Swore a few times, figured out which cable went to which bedroom and presto, worked like a charm.

I re-plumbed my pool pump to install a new backflush valve. A few hours to cut and fit all the PVC.

Then I look at the little guide that came with the valve and determined I had installed it incorrectly. I had (or so I thought) installed it as if I were using a sand filter not DE.

So, I rip it all out and redo it only to realize I was right the first time.

I kept pretty cool about it though.

Dave
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I may have been born yesterday. But it wasn't at night.


alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
kudos:1
reply to ptrowski
I was starting work on the first frame of my basement reno project.

Unfortunately, my wife let my son come downstairs to ask 50 questions (typically "why?").

I managed to send him back upstairs, but not before I had wrongly substracted 2.5 FEET (instead of inches) from the stud lenght I needed, and I didn't catch on until I finished and raised my frame to see it was 2.5 feet too short.

eagleknight

join:2002-11-08
Troy, OH
said by alkizmo:

I was starting work on the first frame of my basement reno project.

Unfortunately, my wife let my son come downstairs to ask 50 questions (typically "why?").

I managed to send him back upstairs, but not before I had wrongly substracted 2.5 FEET (instead of inches) from the stud lenght I needed, and I didn't catch on until I finished and raised my frame to see it was 2.5 feet too short.

Call your son back down for a teachable moment and explain this is why daddy needs to measure twice and cut once.


alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
kudos:1
said by eagleknight:

Call your son back down for a teachable moment and explain this is why daddy needs to measure twice and cut once.

Yeah, he's just going to say "Why?" then I'll say "because you can make a mistake", then he'll ask "Why will you make a mistake?". You get the idea... he's 5


Steve
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I think it's awesome that an adult blames his own mistake on a 5 year old


VioletVenom
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Gainesville, FL
reply to nunya
What type of water pipe we talking about, cast iron (pipe threader)?


nunya
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O Fallon, MO
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Steel gas pipe.


VioletVenom
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Gainesville, FL

1 recommendation

Gotcha, that is a Homer moment, D'oooooh!


ptrowski
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reply to alkizmo
Reminds me of the time 2 weeks after moving into my new home. Friend came over to help install a cat door to the basement. I was watching my 3 year old at the time, he measured everything, rechecked etc as he is one of the most meticulous people I know. We went to hang the door, hinges didn't match up. That's because we cut the hole on the top of the door! Man ds he feel bad, and he offered to let me destroy a door in his new house.
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jkj860
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join:2002-01-10
Valparaiso, IN

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I've got one similar to that, years ago my mother in law had new carpet put in. One of the doors was rubbing the carpet so I trimmed the door a bit and put it back up and then realized I had cut the top instead of the bottom.
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TheMG
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Canada
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reply to ptrowski

Re: Dumbass moments?

This is not one of my "dumbass moments", but I thought I'd share it anyways:

A week before my parents moved into their brand new townhouse, the general contractor went through the house and did a final check to make sure everything was working and up to snuff. One of the things they did was test all the faucets to make sure they were working.

Well, as it turns out, the plumbing contractor had forgotten to plumb the bathtub drain. All the water ended up inside the first floor ceiling, ruining the drywall and textured paint job.

They had to replace a few sections of drywall and re-paint the entire ceiling (obviously, with textured ceiling, you can't just re-paint part of it, you have to redo the entire ceiling to maintain uniformity).