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your worst screw up
#288181 08/08/07 12:26 AM
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ok lets hear it.
We all did something bad or (screwed up) large
but managed to get away with it on the job.
who's first???

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I didnt notice the ceiling were different heights and miss measured ended up drilling a 1 inch hole through the back of a Pana KSU. I was standing there wondering what the funny foil was on the drill bit when store manager comes and tells me the phones are all out :bang:


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My two worst screwups happened to the same customer and involved drills. I drilled through a brick wall that used to be exterior, but was now interior and heard this huge electrical popping noise. It turned out that the furnace power was concealed in the wall with no obvious indication. I also managed to drill through half the station cables when my drill slipped into the first bundle from a hole I was drilling next to them...we don't need no steenking sleeve.
I only said two words (Oh Sh*t).

Of course, the worst EVER was my employee who fell through a kitchen ceiling on 12/23 doing a residential job. My insurance company was not happy.

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I was new to the job and went to a salt mining site in Cleveland. I had to go thru a hour safety training before being allowed where I needed to be to be able to clean the corrosion off the blocks. The foreman who escorted me pointed me to where the cables were and mentioned that the old cables that has been replaced needed to be removed. I proceeded to cut and rip out these 4 feeders that he spoke of and sure as shooting they were feeds to the mine underneath Lake Erie. I caused a stop in production and evacuation to the surface until myself and the other two techs drove to site and spent the next 4 hours fixing my screw up, I did the wrong cables. They never did let me go back there again but they didn't fire me either.

The other one was I dropped a bridging clip into a power supply for a Executone Gateway system at 4pm 75 miles from the office. It's the first time I got that sick to the stomach feeling that I messed up bad. The phone room door became a gauntlet during my attempt to get out.

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mine, well it was more a favor wink , during the famous montreal ice storm of 1998 i was running a temporary POTS line to the managers office in a restaurant. while drilling through the floor (i had a small generator) i dislodged one of the flourescent lights in the phone room below me, it knocked a board off a shelf with some junk on it which in turn beat up on the old Vantage telephone system. It parted company with the wall and came to rest in many pieced on the floor, initially the gentlemen expressed his displeasure with the situation by calmly using many french expletives to describe me and my work. when he was done my boss came back a week later and sold him a rebuilt MICS for cheap, really cheap.


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Well I have to post on this. I live in Niagara Falls Ontario and we do work as far away as toronto. Well I got a call to do a job at an engineering firm. Drove out to Toronto to be met by guards at 2 gates.. I was like wow this my be some huge place. Turns out it was only a small office but surrounded by guards. I had to be finger printed, and rep checked before i went in. So I asked my customer what was the big deal about this place? Turns out they were the people who created the blueprints for the Royal Canadian Mint and they were stored on site somewhere. So I was there to install a new MICS and rewire a few things. OK before i continue NOTHING was tagged no idea what wire was for what it was a spaghetti mess. Last thing that crossed my mind was Alarm wire.. Silly me and cut it. 3 Minutes later 6 Police cruisers pull up and by then the building is evacuated I didnt even hear the alarm go off i was in the basement beside a loud furnace. So I go upstairs 5 min later or so and hear FREEZE.. 3 Cops pointing guns at me.. I was like What the hell is going on.. Well after i changed my underwear i explained what had happened. But that was the biggest screwup i have ever made!

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Yesterday I was running some wire and there were freshly painted (unbeknownst to me)doors in the room where my data rack is, gee thanks. Well the wire brushed up against the wet door, and when I told the painter, he almost killed me. I guess he didn't know that they make Wet Paint signs!


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Years ago I was helping demo an old space and was told to demo all existing cable from an internal feeder closest that went between floor in a customers space. I did exactly as told, and in turn took at a fiber riser that ran from the basement to the 39th floor.

Good times.


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It must be luck, because I only go to church 1-2 times a year! The only time I've even come close was when I penetrated to the basement, stopped the drill and discovered the point resting on 1/2 inch copper water line. In 27 years! Man, this is going to come back to bite me in the posterior! I have, however, had to clean up all kinds of screw-ups! Cut cables in buildings. Plowed cables in dirt. Water damaged equipment from rain, waterheaters, and other sources. The 1 I remember as the easiest, 25pr up against flatroof that got new membrane complete with screws through the corrugated sheetmetal roof AND the 25 pair from the 1A2 system. Weirdest problems, finally figured out which cable was source and disconnected. Cut out the bad spot, put amphenol ends on the remains and plugged it all back together, put the bridge clips back and everything was hunky-dory. REALLY impressed the customer, 2 hours total time, they figured it would take all day. smile
Oh, all right, 1 time I told a secretary about how you could set the extension designation switches in Eagle phones all to 'OFF' and it would blink red and green. Right before Christmas, and of course I said it would be kinda of a neat thing to do for a company Christmas party. Well, of course she did! You didn't think I'd be telling you about this if she didn't! Soooo, 1st working day after December 25th, guess where I was at 8:30 AM!
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This is from another forum, and NO, it's not my screw up. It was apparently done by a Verizon installer at a home in New Jersey. They were drilling a hole from inside and went right through the 100 amp electrical service entrance cable!

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