What’s the Most Embarrassing Thing That’s Happened to You in a DIY Project?


| 8/24/2009 9:31:02 AM


Working on new projects around the house or farm is a perfect opportunity for dangerous — or potentially dangerous — situations to arise. Let me give you an example: Many years ago (about 50) my father was checking out the shingles on our tall Victorian house. He had a rope wrapped around his waist and around the chimney — just in case. On the ground, three stories below, a small group of elderly neighbors had gathered, ooing and ahhing about how he might fall and what would happen to him and our family if such a terrible thing were to occur.

Now, my dad was known for his mischievous ways. He gloried in April Fool’s Day and jumping out of dark closets scaring the you-know-what out of me. So, it was no surprise to my mother when she heard a blood-curdling scream from the knot of neighbors. Since Dad was so far up, the rope around his waist was not quite visible from the ground. He got a good grip on the rope, fell backwards and yelled as he “fell” off the roof. Needless to say, the knot of neighbors disbursed quickly, if not happily, after discovering they were the butt of his joke.



So, back to the original premise that DIY projects set the stage for potentially dangerous or embarassing condtions — what is the most embarrassing situation you have found yourself in while working on a DIY project? Share your tale in the comments section below.

GEORGE MERGENER
9/10/2009 12:18:57 PM

I was stationed with the Air Force as a site commander in Turkey......it was a remote area and we did our own security and housekeeping details. Our push lawnmower had a plastic housing and I felt I could do the repairs of the cracks by myself. Thank heavens for Super Glue!! I proceeded to perform my "patch and repair".........but unknowingly had slobbered excess drips onto my fatigue pants right above the knee! I placed my elbow on my knee and admired my workmanship... whereupon I had GLUED my elbow to my pants and subequently to my skin under the knee material!! After much cussing and tearing off my elbow skin I unsecured myself!! Today I am very careful with the power of SUPER GLUE!!!


Scott_48
9/3/2009 12:04:37 PM

I tried composting for a year and was complaining to my neighbor about how I was burying the kitchen scraps and was only getting rotten food out of it and no compost. She asked me about what I was composting- peels, melon rinds, uneaten fruit and vegetable pieces- all the right things. I told her about how my wife would collect the materials and put them in a zip-loc bag for me each evening and I would go out in the garden and bury it. My neighbor offered to come over and look at my compost area to see if maybe there was too much moisture, not enough "browns", whatever. After 30 seconds of silence, she explained to me through bursts of laughter that I had to dump the contents of the plastic bags into the ground and NOT BURY the bags themselves. Apparently composting doesn't work in an airtight plastic bag no matter how far down you bury it.


Scott_48
9/3/2009 11:49:34 AM

I tried composting for a year and was complaining to my neighbor about how I was burying the kitchen scraps and was only getting rotten food out of it and no compost. She asked me about what I was composting- peels, melon rinds, uneaten fruit and vegetable pieces- all the right things. I told her about how my wife would collect the materials and put them in a zip-loc bag for me each evening and I would go out in the garden and bury it. My neighbor offered to come over and look at my compost area to see if maybe there was too much moisture, not enough "browns", whatever. After 30 seconds of silence, she explained to me through bursts of laughter that I had to dump the contents of the plastic bags into the ground and NOT BURY the bags themselves. Apparently composting doesn't work in an airtight plastic bag no matter how far down you bury it.






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