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Had to happen sooner or later.. #64332 04/05/06 10:23 PM
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trollog Offline OP
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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Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64333 04/05/06 11:12 PM
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gfretwell Offline
HVAC guys say "that's where the return goes".

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Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64334 04/06/06 12:27 AM
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Elviscat Offline
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*

Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64335 04/06/06 05:10 AM
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Trumpy Offline
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]

Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64336 04/06/06 04:39 PM
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Tiger Offline
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.


Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64337 04/06/06 05:33 PM
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Alan Belson Offline
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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Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64338 04/06/06 09:31 PM
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renosteinke Offline
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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!

Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64339 04/06/06 10:44 PM
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ShockMe77 Offline
I've gone through twice.

Once in a hallway, the other into a closet.

Both times were in newer home with sheetrocked ceilings.

Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64340 04/06/06 11:06 PM
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gfretwell Offline
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.

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Re: Had to happen sooner or later.. #64341 04/06/06 11:08 PM
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macmikeman Offline
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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