Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25

Thread: Cautionary Tales

The Pub is: Forum to generally shoot the breeze. It is NOT: a debate forum (NO Politics, religion, or controversial topics.) Keep it clean, fun and lite!

  1. #1
    Jedi Knight catfood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Solihull, UK
    Posts
    939
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    2
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Cautionary Tales

    One of the threads on the AH forum has developed into a discussion on cautionary tales. I thought it might be interesting to see if anyone has had (or will admit to) one of those brain fart moments one you do something idiotic that you immediately regret.

    Here's mine.

    When bench running a model aero engine and attempting to stop it by putting your finger over the throttle intake it is always wise to notice that there is a propellor running at several thousand rpm between your finger and the throttle otherwise it will end badly (it did)
    Steve K.
    '55 BN1/225574


  2. #2
    Administrator Basil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Turn left at Albuquerque
    Posts
    21,125
    Blog Entries
    7
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    15
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    4
    Thanked in
    4 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Quote Originally Posted by catfood View Post
    One of the threads on the AH forum has developed into a discussion on cautionary tales. I thought it might be interesting to see if anyone has had (or will admit to) one of those brain fart moments one you do something idiotic that you immediately regret.

    Here's mine.

    When bench running a model aero engine and attempting to stop it by putting your finger over the throttle intake it is always wise to notice that there is a propellor running at several thousand rpm between your finger and the throttle otherwise it will end badly (it did)
    Ouch! Hope you're ok! I once got in a hurry and picked up a wheel hub with brake rotor attached. I had the assembly up about chest level to set it on a bench when I learned that I had unscrewed the rotor from the hub and it was at that point it decided to come loose. The hub remained in my hands but the rather heavy rotor landed on my big toe (and of course I was wearing soft sneakers). Lets just say that even my neighbors at the end of the street heard my yelp!
    "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
    --
    Confucius
    Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

  3. #3
    Jedi Warrior Rhodyspit75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Cumberland. RI
    Posts
    629
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Three days after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and not being of clear mind. Don’t try and use a single edge razor blade to cut a string. You might pick it up the wrong way and end up with 4 stitches. 4D052D82-620B-4E42-8951-9E85820AB14C.jpg
    "Age considers; youth ventures." Rabindranth Tagore
    1975 Spitfire

  4. #4
    Yoda AngliaGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Roanoke,Virginia
    Posts
    8,226
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    And when releasing the hitch ball from your truck,ALWAYS make
    sure that your foot isn't under it.
    Just Remember.......
    NOBODY ever says "COOL PRIUS!"

  5. #5
    Yoda PAUL161's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Locust Grove, Oklahoma
    Posts
    8,694
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    And, when burning a steel plate, which was setting on a pair of steel sawhorses, make sure you aren't standing close enough for your pants to catch on fire! I wouldn't admit doing this, but just in case you do, it will get awfully hot down there, very quick!

    Remember, Never Forget
    We Live In The Land of The Free
    Because of The Brave

  6. #6
    Jedi Knight TRMark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Billings, MT
    Posts
    1,192
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Don't drink and use power tools, it is embarrassing to end up in the emergency room smelling like beer.
    ex spec5 Mark

  7. #7
    Yoda TOC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Kirkland, Wash., USA
    Posts
    5,600
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    I remember the first independent shop I worked in. Old Harvey "Fire Wrench". Couldn't work on something without a torch.
    One day he got an exhaust system out, clamped in a vise, started torching muffler and sleeve off...except the end of the pie curled up behind him...and caught the seat of his pants on fire....an there we has hopping across the shop floor beating hisself on the a55 with both hands, being chased by two fellow workers holding fire extinguishers..and the rest of us ROFLOFAO.

  8. #8
    Yoda AngliaGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Roanoke,Virginia
    Posts
    8,226
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    And the most important tip of all -
    Make sure nobody sees you do these stupid things.
    Just Remember.......
    NOBODY ever says "COOL PRIUS!"

  9. #9
    Administrator Basil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Turn left at Albuquerque
    Posts
    21,125
    Blog Entries
    7
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    15
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    4
    Thanked in
    4 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Quote Originally Posted by TRMark View Post
    Don't drink and use power tools, it is embarrassing to end up in the emergency room smelling like beer.
    That's probably sound advice!
    "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
    --
    Confucius
    Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

  10. #10
    Obi Wan
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    san luis obispo california
    Posts
    2,073
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    KEEP A SCRUPULOUSLY CLEAN WORK AREA..... It is a beautiful day and I'm feeling right with the world. A bare Healey frame is tilted up on a rolling stand in the center of my shop. I've finished the repairs, and today is the final day of preparation for the primer coat. Life is good... Happy am I, steadily working away with a rolock disk on the die grinder. Safety is paramount so I am wearing an apron, face shield and dust mask sitting in a comfortable position on my rolling stool. A little more grunt was necessary so I reached for my 4 1/2" corded Makita angle grinder with the knotted wire brush, a tool that I had used a zillion times without mishap. Little did I realize that I had inadvertently left a pair of those elastic loops with the 3/4" nylon balls attached lying in wait on the rolling stand [They are used to hold the top and sides on those tent type garages, I had tied the two together ]. Turning the tool on I set to my task calmly and carefully abrading away when... INSTANTLY the spinning wires grabbed the nylon arrangement and set upon the back of my hand at 11000 rpm beating it and the frame unmercifully while I tried to figure what the &!#% was happening and how to stop it. Dropping the tool was out of the question as these tools do not shut off by letting go. A sliding switch must be employed with your free hand and my free hand did not want any trouble by entering the danger zone. I yanked and yanked and yanked at the cord and of course it REFUSED to pull free---CRIMENY!!! It hurt so bad! In absolute agony, wracked with excruciating pain and an attendant concurrent terriifying whacking sound I rolled and twisted my way out from under the frame when the strap of my apron caught itself up in the hateful wheel and seized it to a stop. Thank goodness. And thank goodness for the crushed ice feature on the refrigerator door and the Percodan in my first aid kit.
    Last edited by elrey; 01-04-2018 at 12:32 PM. Reason: BOY THAT SMARTS!
    A wise man knows he knows not. Lao Tsu

  11. #11
    Jedi Knight
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    stamford, CT
    Posts
    1,358
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Working around the battery of my John Deere lawn tractor, I was wearing my wedding band. I touched the positive terminal and---welded the ring onto the terminal while sparks flew. Never work on a car wearing a ring or a scarf or necktie. Watch out for that fan blade. Finally, never leave a bathroom or kitchen with water running.

  12. #12
    Great Pumpkin JPSmit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Posts
    17,125
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    3
    Thanked in
    3 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Not a specific story per say but upon reflection almost every single "incident" has been predicated about 30 seconds before by the thought, "you know I really ought to" mount this correctly, fasten it down, wear gloves, not wear gloves, move that cord, - you fill in the rest of the sentence.

    Including the scar on my wrist.
    John-Peter Smit
    1976 MG Midget
    1969 Vauxhall Viva GT
    1958 Fiat Multipla (Barn art)

  13. #13
    Obi Wan Bayless's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma City
    Posts
    2,107
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Never use a table saw when you have a really bad cold. A sudden, unexpected sneeze can actually cause the spinning blade to jump up and take a bite out of your hand.
    Never express yourself more clearly than you can think.
    '48 Ford Prefect
    '67 Sprite (project)
    '74 Super Beetle
    '73 MB 450SE
    '04 Saab Arc
    http://enfoprefect.org

  14. #14
    Yoda waltesefalcon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Fletcher, Oklahoma
    Posts
    4,809
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    7
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    "it is embarrassing to end up in the emergency room smelling like beer."

    Is there any other way to show up at the emergency room?
    Cheers,
    Walter
    52 International L110
    61 International C112
    68 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

  15. #15
    Jedi Knight
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    southwest Ohio
    Posts
    889
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    If you need to use a torch to heat a stubborn bolt, be sure to remove the wench or socket setup before beginning the heating. It can get shall we say, a little warm. And your hand will let you know it...

  16. #16
    Jedi Warrior
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh PA
    Posts
    785
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    2
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    A metal frying pan coming out of the oven has a hot handle - despite the innocent and inviting ergonomics suggesting it makes a perfect place to hold the pan.

    I made baked ziti a few days ago, and carefully using potholders I took the pan straight from the oven to the table (one less dish to wash). Serving the family, I wanted to move the pan just a bit - YOW!
    Mike
    66 TR4A

  17. #17
    Yoda NutmegCT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Connecticut USA
    Posts
    9,696
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    11
    Thanked in
    7 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Another follow up to the cautionary saga:

    Several years ago I wanted to work on my Rambler; unheated garage was around 20F. Got the tools all set, pulled off the hubcap, and found everything so blasted cold I didn't want to touch anything. Can't work in insulated gloves.

    Pointed a halogen light toward the area to warm things up. After about 30 minutes, the wheel hub was touchable, so I reached for the wrenches.

    Wrenches were much closer to the halogen light. Must have been eight gazillion degrees.

    ouch.
    Mac & Phyllis Take a Trip: http://nutmegflyer.com/trip-details-daily-updates/
    History: 1976 MGB, 1959 Triumph TR3A, 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190b, 1958 Rambler American.
    Current: 1953 MG TD27318.

  18. #18
    Darth Vader judow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    New Mexico
    Posts
    2,856
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    2
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    As a novice to “maintaining” Agatha on a rudimentary level, I decided to check the oil, radiator fluid and make an attempt to be sure the spark plugs were tightly in place. I was all by myself so no witnesses. Learned immediately that the key should not be in the on position. Enough said.
    Proud Caregiver to:

    Agatha A Healey & Onslow A Jaguar

  19. #19
    Yoda NutmegCT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Connecticut USA
    Posts
    9,696
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    11
    Thanked in
    7 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    Judy - the ignition was on? I am shocked!

    Mac & Phyllis Take a Trip: http://nutmegflyer.com/trip-details-daily-updates/
    History: 1976 MGB, 1959 Triumph TR3A, 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190b, 1958 Rambler American.
    Current: 1953 MG TD27318.

  20. #20
    Yoda Gliderman8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    7,214
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts

    Re: Cautionary Tales

    When working on a torsion spring on a garage door make sure the spring doesn't unwind rapidly sending a vice-grip sailing past your head and imbedding itself into the ceiling.
    IMG_2359.jpg
    Last edited by Gliderman8; 01-05-2018 at 03:26 PM.
    Elliot
    Central PA
    1976 TR6 White/Biscuit interior SOLD
    1973 TR6 Damson Plum / Biscuit interior, HVDA 5-speed, Good Parts Hubs
    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •