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Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one!

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Andy in Ohio

04-02-2002 16:46:41




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Plow days are just around the corner, if it isnt too wet. I took the pickup over to a farmer that I know to borrow his 3 bottom IH plow. everything went fine it fit right in the back with the tailgate down. The trip home went without incedent. Fired the H loader up to unload the plow. Hooked it up and proceded to lift the plow, when it suddenly came loose and POP! It took my rear window out! GRRRRRR plus a couple other words made me feel no less an idiot. Have you fellers got any good ones to tell on yourselves about?! Just wanted to vent, Thanks for listnin. Andy

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Bob Kerr

04-05-2002 09:25:06




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Trashed my old Lynchburg two way horse drawn walking plow the other day. It was a vey nice plow and had lots of new parts on it( shoe and share). I hooked it up to the back of my F-12 with a chain looped so it was about 2 feet from the draw bar. I didn't have the right clevis with me to hook it up so I figured the chain would be fine. Started along on the 5th pass and the plow nose dived into blue clay and the girl driving the F-12 didn't stop quick enough, Ripped the frog and moldboard right off it and broke the casting on the main frame. Needles to say I was just sick about it! If I would have had it hooked up right it would have been fine. Another time I left a full gallon can of spar varnish( the good expensive stuff) sitting out in the barn lot where I had been revarnishing my wood boat, and the grass grew up around it hiding it pretty good.I forgot to put that stuff away. About a month later I was tooling along on my steel wheeled 10-20 and hit that can of varnish on the side, opened it up good with a cleat, and it flipped up and sprayed varnish everywhere including on me and some on my nice new paint on the 10-20. As soon as I smelled varnish I knew what I hit!

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Mr. Weld (TX)

04-04-2002 07:53:07




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Okay... nothing really damaged except for my ego... but a few years ago I was taking my girlfriend (now wife) to our family's farm. The farm is about 5 miles from any paved road. I was taking the short cut, knowing that it had rained a little, but just about the time I started sliding off of the road, I figured out that it had rained a lot. I had a 2wd, was buried to my frame, and had no cell phone. Needless to say the closest neighbors 3 miles away were nice enough to pull me out with their tractor. Now with her suggestion, even though I have a 4x4, we take the long way there.

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Brian

04-03-2002 22:27:18




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
My Grandfather decided to park under a nice shady tree one day. I don't know why, but for some reason he decided to back up. Very carefully he made sure that he didn't hit the tractor parked beside him by looking in the side morror. Unfortunatly he failed to notice or remember the opened passanger door and proceeded to bend her right back. Bought his new truck right after.

Another good story was my uncle noticing his bull dog giving him a dirty look while he was driving his Cat D-9. Strange he thought, I left him in the pickup. Just then he remembered where he parked it. He looked back to see his new, crushed pickup with major body damage and windows blow out. Opps.

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Bikini wreck, Paul Shuler

04-03-2002 19:09:25




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
A guy that live on a corner down the road from me a few years ago used to fix up old 57 Chevys. One day after I had just spent big money getting my truck repainted I was driving by his place. There was the fine looking young lady wearing the first thong bikini I had ever seen. She was bent over washing the front wheel on one of his cars. As I was gazing at.....the car I missed the curve and took out three mail boxes and left a huge scratch down the hood of my truck.My wife has always thought someone at worked scratched it. Who am I to tell her any different.Another thing I have learned over the years is always pickup a lantern that has been burning for hours by the handle, don't palm it by the top like I did one night on a camping trip.That left a mark.

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ff316

04-03-2002 19:16:51




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 Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Bikini wreck, Paul Shuler, 04-03-2002 19:09:25  
Maybe we should start calling you Cool Hand Luke!



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GSS

04-03-2002 14:42:01




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
I was using the front hooks on my brand new truck to pull large stones out of a house foundation. Once out, I'd lift them up on an engine hoist, turn the truck around and back under it. For the first one, I realized I'd get the stones deeper in the bed if I removed the tailgate. Well, being in a hurry, I tossed the gate in the grass and loaded the first stone. I then needed to turn around to pull the next one out and ... yes, proceeded to run over the tailgate.

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Ludwig

04-03-2002 11:09:00




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Not a tractor story but stupid none the less.

SO my wife and I riding our bikes, I had a little trouble with something, had to tie my shoe or something and she got a bit ahead. So now we're racing right? I got up just as fast as I could go and we get to the point where the road narrows. I'm just about to hollar "On your left" when she looks over her left shoulder. At this point I'm SURE she's seen me so I make to pass her on the left. Thats when she takes a HARD left.
What could I do? I slammed on the brakes and creamed her. She dropped like a rock right on to the pavement, I got about 10' farther before the front wheel of my bike gave up on being round and caught in the front fork flipping me over the handlebars (I was going fast remember).

She got a pretty good gash on her temple, I wrenched my back pretty awful, but I still managed to carry her home. When I went back for the bikes I couldn't lift them up to put them in the truck, so I just chained everything together and went home. Took a day to heal before I could go back and get them.

Now we wear helmets and communicate while we ride!

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Scott L. Swanson

04-03-2002 10:34:06




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Walked up across the road to start the H. I had just bought a 12 foot Aluminum boat from the neigbor's estate sale. Pulled the starting crank out of the drawbar clamp hole and pulled on the magneto kill switch. I made sure the tractor was not in gear and pushed the sleeve of the crank on the t-post. I pushed the crank in to engage the flywheel and spun it over hard. NO start. Hummm! I thought, I am gonna spin you good. I pushed it in, engaged the flywheel and let her go. The tractor started so fast, the crank slipped out of the T-Post, spin around down and up and blasted me on the side of the head, just front of my left temple. In slow motion, I watched my glasses fall to the Earth, and blood sprayed from a deep gash in my scalp. The farmall H popped along, purring to me. I stopped the bleeding with my left hand and killed the H. I walked down to the house and put my head under the bathtub spigot for ten minutes. I felt sick.

1/2 hour later, I walked up there and started the H the correct way, with short uplifting twists. I learned my lesson. Tractors can hurt you if you let them. My scar has healed, remarkably well. The memory will never leave me.

Scott

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Mitch

04-03-2002 08:46:03




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Borrowed my friends box blade and broke a piece on the hitch, so I loaded the blade on my flatbed and headed to the shop to weld it up. I backed up to the shop door and went to work. After heating everything up with my torch, I climbed up on top of the boxblade (which is sitting on a flatbed truck)with a 9 lb. sledge hammer. I took careful aim and missed everything with the first swing. The sledge hammer went between my legs and I went head-over-heels - landed flat of my back in the scrap iron pile. Amazingly, I didn't get a scratch - but the sledge hammer sailed through the rear glass on the flatbed. That's not the only stuppid thing I've ever been in on, but it was the first one to come to mind.
Ya'll be careful out there!
Mitch

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Dick Davis

04-03-2002 17:04:46




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 Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Mitch, 04-03-2002 08:46:03  
Mitch, you really should have your wife or mother in law video tape your act, it is worth real money on those TV shows about home videos. Glad you weren't injured.



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ff316

04-03-2002 08:11:09




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
This isn't about my, I don't think we have the time to tell all the ones on me.

I used to work at an auto parts store here in Winchester, KY. There is a Lowe's across the street. To exit Lowes and get on the Bypass you have to drive up a fairly steep hill, with a red light at the top. When you are sitting at the light, you are sitting pointing up the hill. I have spent MANY hours laughing my butt off while watching people run around in the middle of the busy bypass loading up lumber they slung out taking off on that #@*% hill. One guy lost an entire truckload of 2x4's, another a whole load of sheet rock!

Thanks Andy for giving us all a laugh. Fireman

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sod

04-03-2002 08:35:01




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 Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to ff316, 04-03-2002 08:11:09  
We were coming up to a road crossing one day on the train. This one guy who was in too much of a hurry to stop, was coming up the road. He was racing us to the crossing. He had a trailer heaped up with that masonite siding. (real heavy and real slippery) He either found some brains or lost his nerve, because he slammed on the brakes to stop just clear of the crossing. All this siding came off the front of the trailer and wedged behind the rear wheels of his truck. Acted just like a wheel chock.
He slammed the truck in reverse and smoked his tires on that spendy stuff trying to back up just a little more. wouldn't move so he bailed out just as we went screaming by. We didn't hit him, that was good, but now he has to unload and reload all that heavy stuff and some of it the ends were ruined. (what a day)
sod

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Dave_Id

04-03-2002 07:47:45




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
I can top all of these. Now I'm talking stupid here. First, I always leave tractors in neutral, but my son-in-law drove it last and parked in inside the new extension I just has put on my pole barn, and left it in gear. At the time (fixed since then) my starter wouldn't engage properly, so I decide to crank it. First crank, nothing, oops forgot to turn on the switch. second crank it fired up and nearly pinned me against the wall. I managed to get out of the way, but the time I stopped it, the tractor had pushed out a 12 foot section of pole barn, muushed my nice grill, busted up a few of the 2x6's, and ruined 4 sections of metal...top that.

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jal-SD

04-03-2002 07:08:48




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
I wouldn't ever leave the Snapper Rider in "roll" while its in the back of the pickup, so the back of the fuel tank bracket come through both the topper window and back window of the cab as soon as the brakes are applied. Its setting cross-wise in the box so it won't roll-besides, its only six blocks to the lot that needs mowing. (BTW, it's LOT more difficult to get glass from under a PU seat than it is to reach up to put the shifter in "park" & set the brake.) (My $0.02 worth. jal-SD)

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Jim (Mi)

04-03-2002 06:06:59




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Last winter. Let my little cousin drive my WD w/loader. He was loving pushing snow. Then as he was backing up he turned the tractor. I was on the hitch talking him thru. Forgot the loader sticks out past the front of the tractor. Did some major metal removel to the hood, quarter, and headlignt assembly of my four month old Dakota. Thank goodness for insurance. I guess for his first time I should have put him in a more open part of the driveway. Wife was not impressed. I have to many forgot to engage brain moments to list.

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kev@ia

04-03-2002 04:52:51




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
After having our 45k pto generator checked out to sell ( it was perfect ) I managed to unload it at a t intersection, 400+ lbs was all I and two power co guys wanted to lift back into the 2500 dodge 4wd. 37 dollars the first time but 107 to fix my damage! Stupid, stupid, stupid



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Will@ont.ca

04-03-2002 01:49:41




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Andy,that reminds me of the time come home with a 3 furrow in the half ton,come around a sharp bend to the driveway to fast,the plow fliped out the side of box the plow shear caught the box lip and laid it straight out.Yesterday morning I thought I'd lite the wood stove in the garage to take the chill off,but didn't know one of the kids had put a rattle can in the stove April 1 for a joke.Filled it with paper,put some dry cedar in and lit the paper.My nieghbor had just pulled in and was about to say hi when bang,it blew the door off the air tight,the pipes went flying everywhere,the fire was shooting out the back where the pipes use to be,just then wife hollers out and ask what was I shooting at this time of day.The little buggers were at school or I would've taned somebody's hide. Will!!

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Dave_Id

04-03-2002 07:58:17




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 Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Will@ont.ca, 04-03-2002 01:49:41  
good one, I'll have to remember that one



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sod

04-03-2002 01:03:12




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
How about a BRAND NEW HARLEY (.03 miles)brought home in the back of the truck. (early April).
Stopped and secured help to unload. decided they weren't coming quick enough. I've done this by myself a hundred times. tipped it over in the box with it on top of me. They finally show up and wanted an explanation. JUST GET THIS OFF OF ME!!!
don't feel bad
sod



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ScottyNY

04-02-2002 20:48:56




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Puts me in mind of the day my Sweetie's sweetheart brought home the new garden tractor with the big mower deck, assuring her all the while that, Oh, honey even you can drive this one! Backing it real slow-like (that would be the little pedal on the right--see, Honey, so simple a child of six could operate it!)out of the truck, one of the planks went crooked when the wheel got onto it so that fella had to stop. Well, everybody knows (don't they?)that the brake is the big pedal on the left. Jabbed at that and DROVE that baby right into the front of the bed. "No, Sweetie, the truck is fine. No, that big window's always been bowed in like that. Please don't ask any more questions! And don't mind that squeak-it's just the bed rubbing up against the cab." All part of breaking in your truck.

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Farmall_Man

04-02-2002 19:44:33




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Or how 'bout leaving a two-wheeled dolly stand upright in the bed of the pickup and just watch it fall through the slider window (only one section of it) and have nobody be able to replace just that one part - need a whole new window. FM



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Dick Davis

04-03-2002 03:24:12




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 Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Farmall_Man, 04-02-2002 19:44:33  
Or how about loading two 16' 2x6's in back of pick up driving 1/8 of a mile, backing into a closed garge door (total elasped time >1 minute!) and busting out one side of a slider and having to buy the whole window.



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04-02-2002 19:28:17




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
pulled into a garage one time with boards on the powerstroke sticking above the cab, never thought about it until the door fell down and body shop said $1000 stuff like that ruins anyone's day.



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Steve

04-02-2002 18:40:42




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Well, came really close last year. Used my H with a loader to drag some stuff around the yard. Had it tied to the hitch. Jumped down, unhooked the load and away goes the tractor, down a slight incline (of course the brake wasn't on). The loader bucket is about 4' above the ground and the tractor was headed right for the grill of my truck. Me, being an idiot, runs and jumps on the hitch with one foot, realized I couldn't get onto the seat and swing my other leg around to hit the brake so I laid over the seat and steered the tractor around the truck. Felt happy for a moment until I realized how close I came to killing myself for a 79 Ford...

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F14...Nope, not me.

04-02-2002 18:04:51




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
I've never stove $120 worth of window out of the cap on my little truck by throwing a roll of duct tape in without looking.

Or smashed the front of the hood on my tractor while using the bucket to lift a tiller out of the back of my truck.

Or had a dozer slide off the front of my trailer and clean the tongue jack off and bend the heck out of the back bumper on my big truck.

Or....



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Zonie

04-02-2002 17:50:56




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Nope I never do any dumb stuff! I've never lost a car off my trailer because I forgot to tie it down properly. Nor have I driven thru the garage door because I did a brake job and didn't pump up the brakes after changing the front disc pads.
No way I'd ever do anything like that!



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Steven@nd

04-02-2002 17:31:13




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 Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Andy in Ohio, 04-02-2002 16:46:41  
Got my 51 IH pickup out of the garage after sitting all winter last summer - battery was dead so I ran it over to the shop to charge it up, drove in and hit the brakes WHOOPS! NO BRAKES! BANG! right into the new combine header we had just got! Bend the windguard, broke a headlight and dented the grille on my IH.

Always check your brake fluid level! Mine wasn't low in 5 years except the one time I didn't check!

Steven

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Tim Malin

04-02-2002 17:49:24




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 Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Steven@nd, 04-02-2002 17:31:13  
Ouch. That's all I have to say about that.



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Darren

04-02-2002 19:53:45




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 Re: Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Tim Malin, 04-02-2002 17:49:24  
How about putting a combine into a shed for the night and forgetting to put the unloading auger in? Dad did that once, he always told me "Make sure that auger is in when you're gonna move around by the buildings!!"...good call Dad!!



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04-02-2002 19:52:52




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 Re: Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to Tim Malin, 04-02-2002 17:49:24  
I am guilty. Jumped in our Hydro 100 this spring on a nice warm day to unhook the post hole digger. Fired it up, and while waiting for it to warm up, I opened up the back window. Got ready to leave and reached down and pulled the 3 point control all the way up. Post hole auger went up all right, right into the back window. CRUNCH. Bent the window frame beyond repair. Luckily I had a spare, but $80 for new glass.

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04-03-2002 06:51:29




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Im tellin on myself, so go easy on me! Top this one! in reply to BD, 04-02-2002 19:52:52  
4 years ago we built on to our house. We were putting a new bathroom upstairs and going to install a 4 foot shower. Since this had to go in before all the wall was done I decided we needed a really good one as we were only going to do this once. We got a shower stall through a plumber from a place that has $800 toilets and $600 sinks. The shower cost $426.32. I picked it up on a Thursday and it stayed tied in the back of my truck until Saturday when I was going to unload it. I untied it then realized I could not do it by myself. That day My dad was chiesel plowing on a farm 2 miles away. A bearing was going bad on the front disc so I thought I had better go grease it so I drove slowly down the road. On my way home all of a sudden I heard this bang and looked back in time to see the shower landing on the road. For some reason it wasn't as heavy as I thought because I picked it up and gave it a heave into my truck. On Monday I went to plumber and paid him for it and said now order me another one. The people at store said you must be having a run on those. No S#@*

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