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What's your DIY disaster? #5143483 06/25/19 08:10 AM
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I have had quite a few on my CV apart from the usual spilling oil. What's your story?

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Had a near disaster when the MG's engine nearly dropped on my foot, missing it by inches. Cheap come-along I was using to pull it out to change the clutch let go. Fortunately this was coming out and I had already pushed the car out of the way. Engine fared OK, but flattened one corner of the oil pan. Come-along went in the trash.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143508 06/25/19 08:36 AM
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When I was 16 I was earning extra credit at a shop after school. They had me pulling the heads off a 390 ford that was on an engine stand. I got all the head bolts off and put a bar in a port to pull a head off.

I had never pulled a head that heavy off and when it came off I missed it and it fell on my foot. I screamed in pain! Then as I was screaming the now lopsided engine rotated on the stand. When it got upside down the other head fell off and onto the first head that was still on my smashed foot.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: Chris142] #5143513 06/25/19 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
When I was 16 I was earning extra credit at a shop after school. They had me pulling the heads off a 390 ford that was on an engine stand. I got all the head bolts off and put a bar in a port to pull a head off.

I had never pulled a head that heavy off and when it came off I missed it and it fell on my foot. I screamed in pain! Then as I was screaming the now lopsided engine rotated on the stand. When it got upside down the other head fell off and onto the first head that was still on my smashed foot.


I can just hear the newly-created cuss words. Do you still have that foot????


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143516 06/25/19 08:46 AM
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I had more than my share of " issues " changing the A/C compressor ( R-4 ? ) on our 1991 Caprice .


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143521 06/25/19 08:50 AM
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About 15 years ago I had a 1996 Chevy K2500 pickup with a 350 V-8. One day I replaced the spark plugs, distributor cap, and rotor. Upon tightening the screws for the distributor cap the plastic base cracked. The fix involved a tow and replacing the entire distributor. My money-saving DIY effort ended up costing around $600.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143525 06/25/19 09:01 AM
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House Maintenance Horror story:

Fixing faucet in downstairs bathroom, shut off house water and well pump, opened every fixture to drain pipes. Worked on Delta faucet, installed DANCO rebuild kit. O-ring for stem didn't fit though appearing correct size, used old rings, new sping loaded plunger washers seemed deformed though.. Turned everything on. Faucet leaked a lot on cold side. Took it apart again, installed original washer and spring. Put it back together. Turned water on again. Looked O.K.

Went down to basement to find the domestic/heating anti-backflow checkvalve from the boiler purging all over the basement.

Hit it with a wrench . kept purging. Opened boiler drain to allow the valve to activate to allow boiler water in. No luck. Took some more water out and hit back flow valve AGAIN with a wrench. This time got the purge to a drip. Shut off boiler drain. The boiler drain valve is leaking now! Opened and closed it fully a few time. NO Luck; But now its leaking out the stem too ! Had a fit and Yelled and Screamed a bit. Went and got an old wash machine hose and connected to draincock and put hose end in pail to catch a vigorous drip.

Looked at boiler pressure saw it was 15psi. Manually activated the fill valve to get boiler pressure to about 23 psi. Now the drain cock is back to a slow drip and the anti backflow is at a medium drip.

Go upstairs and the wife informs me the kitchen drain is now clogged. I find the Sink Trap is not disassemblable - it is 35 year old glued 1-1/2" sched 40.
Snaked the drain with a wire - find the trap is open but water still not flowing. I said I have to cut drain pipe to the wall wye. Run to Lowe's and get couplers and some new PVC cement and cleaner. She says don't cut the pipe I'll call a plumber. Then she informs me the Faucet I worked on originally for a tiny, infrequent drip is now leaking out the handle when the facet is open. Argghhh!

Plumber comes next day - just a roto-rooter type guy. He says he has t cut the pipe. No Kidding. He snakes the sched 40 pipes with a cutter through 3 wyes and three 90's. After an hour he says its clear. He re-couples the horizontal under-sink drain pipe with a rubber coupling (!).. Check for leaks, its now leaking out of the dishwasher stub. I look closely and its cracked at the weld. He says he doesn't have one on the truck. He gives me a bill for $ 339 and leaves. I run to Lowe's and get a new - now plastic pipe - take apart the old drain pipe and install it. It works no leaks.

Now I have to get a REAL plumber to rebuild or install a new check valve on the boiler. I could do it myself, but I'm not comfortable or well practiced with soldering a massive valve onto medium pressure copper domestic water feed - especially now with the lead-free solder.

I also have to fix the Bathroom faucet that is leaking.

True story just happened this past Saturday through Monday

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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143531 06/25/19 09:09 AM
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Yesterday, late night oil change for the brother.

Jacked the car up to remove the jack stand after finishing. Thought I pulled the jack stand out far enough. Started to lower the car, came down faster than I prepared for. The side skirt landed on top of the jack stand that I thought was 6" further away. Ended up folding and creasing the side skirt. Luckily nothing the heat gun and some gentle reinforcement with my fist couldn't cover up.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143540 06/25/19 09:25 AM
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As a teen I couldn't figure out why my transmission would spit ATF after I drop to/from school. After refilling with ATF 2x-3x's my parents took the car to a shop which stated that the unit contain a lot of water. About 1-2 weeks prior I had driven through some standing water trying to get my date home. I never stalled and I had no idea that my transmission had a breather tube.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143543 06/25/19 09:28 AM
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Did a cam swap on my 94 Firehawk. Somehow after a week of driving the spider that holds the lifters down popped up. We might have bent it but idk how we could have missed that. Tear it all down and the lifter is mushroomed and won't come up. Only will go down. If we take the cam out it'll drop into the oil pan. Not what I want to happen. I walk into sears and ask them for the strongest magnet they have.

Get back to the car I get my friend to hold the lifter with a pen magnet and lower the lifter. I then stuck the big [censored] magnet through the cam hole. Grabbed it as soon as i seen it. The lifter was for cylinder 5 so further back. Made it all the way out. I remember it being very quiet.. Not a word spoken as I was pulling through. Every tap of the cam journal my heart would stop. Lol


There were metal shavings everywhere. I took out as much as I could with a magnet in the drain hole. Did 4 oil changes and called it a day. I drove/beat on it for another 15 to 20k without issue before I sold it. Had 130k and to my knowledge still going.

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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143555 06/25/19 09:48 AM
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Nothing too serious yet, I've had a few really messy oil changes, a few stripped drain plugs from previous owners, and probably the biggest annoyance which was a few snapped bolts which really gave me a fight. I consider myself lucky with all the potential issues I could've had.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143573 06/25/19 10:08 AM
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More than forty years ago, but had a 1976 Plymouth Arrow. Bought new with add on air conditioning. Hoses everywhere. Tried to put in one of those old Prestone flushing tees and cut the high pressure a/c line by mistake. My contribution to global warming.


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Re: What's your DIY disaster? [Re: newbe46] #5143574 06/25/19 10:08 AM
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I tried to drive my Subaru on the plastic ramp but over shot, the car land on the ramp and the ramp was shattered.

While change the spark plugs on the Honda the rubber grommet was stuck on the spark plug and neither me nor my friend realize it. Put coil pack on and moved on to the next spark plug, it's only then we realize the grommet was missing because the next spark plug didn't get picked up by the socket. Left the car parked overnight and went to get some dental picks the next morning.

On a group project we replaced oil cover gasket on a friend's car, everything went fine until one guy over torque fastener for the oil cover. We had to use a bolt extractor to take out the carcass then reinstall the new one.

Trying to re-grease the brakes on my M3, all was well and when I put the bracket back to the hub I over torque the bolt and over-stretched it. I did not have enough leverage on the torque wrench until it "clicks". Luckily the bolt did not break and it was a cheap replacement.

While bleeding the brakes on the M3 I had to almost stop everything in the middle because of food poisoning. The big take away is not to eat any left overs before working on cars.

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Originally Posted by WylieCoyote
Originally Posted by Chris142
When I was 16 I was earning extra credit at a shop after school. They had me pulling the heads off a 390 ford that was on an engine stand. I got all the head bolts off and put a bar in a port to pull a head off.

I had never pulled a head that heavy off and when it came off I missed it and it fell on my foot. I screamed in pain! Then as I was screaming the now lopsided engine rotated on the stand. When it got upside down the other head fell off and onto the first head that was still on my smashed foot.


I can just hear the newly-created cuss words. Do you still have that foot????

Yes. But I have a hard time finding shoes. My right foot/ toes only fit into a wide shoe. Other foot is normal.


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Originally Posted by Firehawk409
Did a cam swap on my 94 Firehawk. Somehow after a week of driving the spider that holds the lifters down popped up. We might have bent it but idk how we could have missed that. Tear it all down and the lifter is mushroomed and won't come up. Only will go down. If we take the cam out it'll drop into the oil pan. Not what I want to happen. I walk into sears and ask them for the strongest magnet they have.

Get back to the car I get my friend to hold the lifter with a pen magnet and lower the lifter. I then stuck the big [censored] magnet through the cam hole. Grabbed it as soon as i seen it. The lifter was for cylinder 5 so further back. Made it all the way out. I remember it being very quiet.. Not a word spoken as I was pulling through. Every tap of the cam journal my heart would stop. Lol


There were metal shavings everywhere. I took out as much as I could with a magnet in the drain hole. Did 4 oil changes and called it a day. I drove/beat on it for another 15 to 20k without issue before I sold it. Had 130k and to my knowledge still going.

I have found lots of things in oil pans. Including lifters,fuel pump arms etc. You could have dropped it and been fine.


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