Cautionary Tales - How not to do it!

We were discussing electric shocks in one of the threads and I thought it might be interesting to share some cautionary tales. I have had quite a few accidents, made (to many) stupid mistakes, and had some pretty near-misses in my life. I have also heard about and witnessed many happening to other people. Have you experienced any near-misses (or hits for that matter)? How about sharing your cautionary tale with the rest of us - it might just save someone from making the same mistake.

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563g6 years ago
hi i dont have a dont do story but a good one, wile at my great grandparents me and my cousin painted there fence untill we saw the ELECTRIC FENCE ya any ways we did the hole u touch it thing and finaly i grabed it and to my surprise nothing happend! as i stood there holding it they went to see if it was on and it was wich it was. soon after i realised i cant be hurt by electricy so i began to shock people as they came by [best part] oh and wile i hold on to it i can light up neon lights and floresint lights. ps dont put the metal pice on the floecent tubes in wet dirt burns hand but the feel of electricity was great.
Spint9 years ago
Never light explosives/"rockets" fire directly to fuel.

CO2 canisters + gunpowder = fun rockets till your friend convinces you to fill it all the way up with gunpwder and shove a piece of paper ("fuse") into the end my best theory is as I stood mere inches away from the "rocket" with lighter to paper the flame hit a bit of powder and the huge amount of paper he shoved became lodged forming effectivley the first "grenade" I ever made. I could not hear for 10 minutes but the two inch deep gash took way longer to go away. Coclusion hearing loss, huge scar that I am still digging shrapnel out and another experiece learned from.

Has anyone else noticed that you only get hurt with explosives when your with another human?

Oh dont let your dad convince you to touch the electric wire and the metal fence at the same time even if he says its "off".
ledzep5679 years ago
never jump off a skateboard when going down a hill because you are going too fast...
i had to use a toothbrush to get the cotton and asphalt out of the scrape.

NEVER ride a 3wheeler down a hill. especially one with no back brakes but brand new front brakes(we could only afford the front)

never try to ride something fast before mastering braking techniques(i have a section of dead skin about the size of a nickel from when i first learnt how to ride a bike and went fats but didnt know how to stop and connected with a cement platform. right at knee level.

never say to your self "oh, i can fit between those 2 trees going at fast as i can" especially not on a 3-wheeler(you can see the back which is the widest point) needless to say i was throw from the 3-wheeler.

never try to throw a small, round ball of lead the size of a baseball like a baseball. you pull a lot of muscles really quick. with just one throw.(i was in 5th grade and we were at the highschool across from the elementary and these highschoolers said they would give us 50 dollars of they could throw the shot-put farther then them. so i figured if i could throw a baseball really far then i could throw something same size but heavier only a little less further... we lost that bet)

dont turn sharply while riding a 3wheeler or 4 wheeler and accidently mash the front brakes thinking they were the back with intentions of slinging the vehicle(you sling it, just not the way you intended) that resulted in a flap of skin about the size of two coin cells on my palm.

dont try to tie a knot connecting a fishing hook to a line while the rod is bent over with tension, or in a position where it could fall.

dont immediately pick up/touch metal that has just been hammered( hammered as in having it in a vice and bending it then hammering it into a right angle) its really hot

dont touch a stove coil even if it isnt orange. its still hot

dont get your fingers between two high gauge wires while using twisting pliers.(a pair of pliers used in automatically twisting wire by locked the pliers on the wire and pulling a spiraled rod, therefor spinning the pliers)

i hope i have further educated you in means of what not to do...
ewilhelm10 years ago
I once tried to cut an extension cord in half while it was still plugged in, all the while joking about how funny it would be if I had left it plugged in. The joking reminded me to double check, and I unplugged it before cutting through.
I had a similar experience in school. I was soldering, taking all appropriate safety measures, when suddenly i heard an almighty bang. I looked up to find a 3 inch circular burn on the table, under the cord leading to the soldering iron. It transpired that someone had taken wire cutters to it, and as soon as it was turned on and was moved right "BOOM", instant short. I couldn't stop shaking for ~1hr and had to be sent home. They never caught the guy who did it.
OH and never go down a hill on a skateboard, laying on your stomach. I took half the skin on my face off doing that.
and dont run down a creek bank and trip on a loose rock... took off 1/4 of the skin on my side like that. dont jump off a scooter while its moving... didnt lose any skin over it, but the way i landed hurt. now because im lazy im posting some more here: dont kick a box of legos... i broke my little toe sunday doing that. dont grab bare wires that are plugged in... thought the switch had a back on it. dont touch a hot pan. did that saturday and have a nice blister on my finger. dont get mad and punch the wall... if you do, make sure your not punching a stud. trust me... dont slide down the stairs... if you do, make sure there isnt a wall in the way. dont try to jump over the kitchen island. the railroad crossing arm thingys (i dont know what they are called) will not go down if your car is under them. trust me. teachers dont like smart asses. they give out your grades. 0s hurt your grade. thats all i can think of right now... oh, never jokingly throw a rock at your friend with intent to miss... he will not like it when it hits him.
make sure there isnt a wall in the way.

Or a banister knob...

Ouch !

oh, never jokingly throw a rock at your friend with intent to miss... he will not like it when it hits him.

I have been on the receiving end of one of those rocks, and you are right, I didn't like it :-)

dont try to jump over the kitchen island.

don't try to jump over anything if you are out of shap (like me) and 50 LOL

dont get mad and punch the wall... if you do, make sure your not punching a stud. trust me...

I missed the stud, but (and this was over 35 years ago) my hand passed through the plaster, and my Dad's foot hurt worse then punching a stud...for sure.

dont slide down the stairs... if you do, make sure there isnt a wall in the way.

Nor any big long splinters in the banister....

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