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#64332 - 04/05/06 09:23 PM Had to happen sooner or later..  
trollog  Offline
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San Diego California USA
Put my leg through the drywall ceiling while in an attic today. I had just suceeded in fishing some wires that did not want to fish down the wall through a hole that did not want to let anything pass, and in my excitement to get downstairs and finish pulling the *gee-dee* thing, I absentmindedly stepped on that *one* creaky board in the catwalk that I had noticed before and trod lightly upon every other time. I always privately laughed at anyone else who had done this, and today I joined the club. Thanks for listening.. This post has been cathartic [Linked Image]

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#64333 - 04/05/06 10:12 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,140
HVAC guys say "that's where the return goes".

Greg Fretwell

#64334 - 04/05/06 11:27 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
Elviscat  Offline
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 214
Seattle Washington USA
Haha, I can relate, did so this weekend, on my belly in attic fishing a wire, goes through, and in my excitment to go downstairs I miss a joist and put my foot through the lath and plaster cieling *crack* although I could NOT believe how lucky I was, the cieling had another cieling laid below it-acoustic tiles on oneXtwos, so my size 14 boot only went through the non-visible part of the cieling *phew*

#64335 - 04/06/06 04:10 AM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,223
SI,New Zealand
You aren't the first to do it and you won't be the last.
Personally I've never broken a cieling or wall, I have broken most other things as an apprentice though. [Linked Image]

#64336 - 04/06/06 03:39 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
Tiger  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 706
Crystal Lake, IL USA
I fell through a ceiling when I was 17 yrs. old. It hasn't happened since, but a couple weeks ago I stepped on the ceiling from the attic. If it hadn't been plaster I probably would have done some damage. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

I learned a long time ago that it's OK to make a mistake, as long as you fix the mistake.


#64337 - 04/06/06 04:33 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
Ah, but before the repairs, you have to live down the laughter of workmates. Nothing is funnier than seeing someone else's short fat hairy leg, attached to a large work-boot, appear through a finished ceiling. Unless it's waiting for the inevitable string of muffled expletives that are bound to follow. [Linked Image]


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#64338 - 04/06/06 08:31 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
renosteinke  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
Could be worse....The one and only time I put my foot through the ceiling, it was the ceiling above the girls' shower room at a Jr. High School!

#64339 - 04/06/06 09:44 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
ShockMe77  Offline
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 821
Rahway, New Jersey
I've gone through twice.

Once in a hallway, the other into a closet.

Both times were in newer home with sheetrocked ceilings.

#64340 - 04/06/06 10:06 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
gfretwell  Offline

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Never stepped through drywall but I did have similar experience with a block wall at my house. I was getting cocky with my new side grinder/diamond blade combo, cutting in boxes in the bedroom renovation. I would cut it in with the diamond blade and just tap it with my 10lb sledge in a slow pendulum arc.
The chunk would fall out and I had a perfect hole for the box. I got to the last one and when I tapped it nothing happened so I cocked the hammer a few inches farther back. The third time was successful but there was a bright shaft of light coming through the hole. When I bent down to see where the light was coming from I saw my dog, in the yard, with his nose in the hole.
The mason had dropped a little chunk of block in the hole and my "tap" was faithfully transmitted to the outside web of the block. The hole outside was about 8" in diameter.

Greg Fretwell

#64341 - 04/06/06 10:08 PM Re: Had to happen sooner or later..  
macmikeman  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 717
Honolulu, Hawaii
This one is almost not funny. My time was because I passed out from heat stroke in an attic. I learned how to treat myself a lot more carefully after that one.

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