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Thread: The dumbest thing I've done in a long time.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana

    The dumbest thing I've done in a long time.

    I came home from work today and went out to my new shop where I'm mounting my electrical boxes and getting ready to run some wire. I got all my boxes mounted. The last one was a box on the ceiling for my lights. Being satisfied with my work I decided to quit for the night and took the wife out for supper. When we arrived back home my mind was still thinking about my project so I decided to go back out to the shop and do some more work. I entered my shop and first noticed that I needed to move my ladder out of the way as I had left it standing in the middle of the shop. I grabbed the ladder and picked it up to move it and WHAM! Things went dark, pain was setting in and bad words were said. I had left my hammer sitting on the top of my ladder and it had now nailed me in the head. After realizing I was going to live.... I felt pretty stupid.
    Lesson learned.......put your tools away when your done with a job!
    It's not what you achieve in life...It's what you overcome!

  2. #2
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Going Bradley nough said just like I do

  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    Indianola, Ia about 12 miles south of Des Moines
    I thought that I was the only one dumb enough to do that. It left a mark.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Been a good time for a hidden video camera

    Glad you stayed out of the emergency room.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you don’t know what tool to buy next, then you probably don’t need it yet.

  5. #5
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Good tip, Tom. Could have been worse. You could have been wearing a glass cowboy hat.

    And you must be pretty good if this was one of the dumbest things you've done in a long time. I do stuff that dumb (and dumber) far more frequently than I'd like to admit.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Ouch! Glad you're ok.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  7. #7
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Can only sympathize. I am entirely capable of doing the same thing...even though you warned us about it.

  8. #8
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    I got the "Feel the ladder top" habit. However, I was lucky; it was only a near miss.

    Enjoy and don't bang your head on anything for a few weeks,

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Been there, done that! It took only a few times for me to realize ti would be much better to take Jim's approach and check the top of the ladder before moving it. I may have survived a few whacks with junk by being hardheaded, but even I learn after a while!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  10. #10
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    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    Brings back memories of being on the jobsite. Used to do that stuff all the time. My neighbor did it with a gallon of oilbased kelly green housepaint... He looked like a leprachan for a week or two!
    He who laughs last, thinks slowest

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