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    Home Improvement Mishaps

    So I just got a new desk from Office Depot the other day. Being a former hardware store employee and thinking it wouldn't be too much harder to put together than a lawnmower or a grill, I bought a nice desk, but decided to do the assembly myself. Boy was I wrong.


    The first thing I notice is that literally nothing is assembled. Slides aren't attached to drawers, drawer pulls aren't attached, nothing. Once I get going on it, I notice that the screws for the drawer pulls are about an inch too long. Simple fix, I went to lowe's and bought new pulls. It fixed the length problem and I like the new ones better anyways.

    This afternoon I spent some time assembling the drawers. Here is where the real issue began. Turns out that the back and sides of the drawer are made of particle board. Also turns out that they use a sliding dovetail joint to join all the pieces. Also turns out they covered the board in wax, cut their joints and then didn't rewax the board.

    As a result of this, the joint has the consistency of wet sawdust. When I tried to put it together, the edge literally disintegrated and I now have a pile of sawdust on the table I was putting them together on.


    What are some of your home improvement mishaps?


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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Mine usually end up with me making a trip to the ER or at least a good sized band aid. The worst was when I tried to save money by running new electric service from my house to the detached garage. I was stripping the heavy underground wire at the breaker box with my trusty utility knife and.....*****. I cut half way through the tendon that runs across the top of my thumb. I was in a cast for six weeks while it heeled. I saved a lot of money though!



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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Had an incident with some electric hedge trimmers and my finger about a year ago.

    We no longer have the hedge.



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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Sawed halfway through my ladder with a sawzall while installing a pet door in my garage.


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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Not really home improvement on this one, but to add on to what's happened earlier, I was cooking supper and set a plate on a burner that I thought wasn't on. It was. I picked it up, luckily the top wasn't hot enough to burn, and set it in the sink. Turns out the sink had some unmelted ice. Guess who got to pick pieces of broken plate out of the sink?


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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Quote Originally Posted by cychhosis View Post
    Sawed halfway through my ladder with a sawzall while installing a pet door in my garage.
    Was it a pet toucan? Or why did you need a ladder?



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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    When I was a kid I fell right through the floor of my tree house while working on it. It was about 8-10 feet to the ground. It hurt. That counts though right?



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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Quote Originally Posted by GrindingAway View Post
    Was it a pet toucan? Or why did you need a ladder?
    I'm guessing the ladder was on the inside of the garage and he was cutting from the outside ... but yeah, that was my first thought as well



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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Quote Originally Posted by fanaticagain View Post
    Had an incident with some electric hedge trimmers and my finger about a year ago.

    We no longer have the hedge.
    Do you still have your finger? That's the more important question


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    I bought a dresser from IKEA for my apartment and the top board for the dresser did not fit correctly. There were pre-drilled holes for everything, but the on for the top of the dresser did not match up. The way it connected was that you screwed a special screw in to these holes leaving the head to stick out by like an inch or an inch and a half. Then, you were supposed to put these screws sticking out in to a pre-drilled hole on the sides and back of the dresser and then there was a nut on the inside part that would tighten the two pieces together (theres probably a special name for these screws, I just don't know what they are called). Well these did not line up, they were off by I think 5-6 inches. No matter which way I turned it, they did not match up. In the end, I bought some black 2 inch screws and put the top on that way.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    So I just got a new desk from Office Depot the other day. Being a former hardware store employee and thinking it wouldn't be too much harder to put together than a lawnmower or a grill, I bought a nice desk, but decided to do the assembly myself. Boy was I wrong.


    The first thing I notice is that literally nothing is assembled. Slides aren't attached to drawers, drawer pulls aren't attached, nothing. Once I get going on it, I notice that the screws for the drawer pulls are about an inch too long. Simple fix, I went to lowe's and bought new pulls. It fixed the length problem and I like the new ones better anyways.

    This afternoon I spent some time assembling the drawers. Here is where the real issue began. Turns out that the back and sides of the drawer are made of particle board. Also turns out that they use a sliding dovetail joint to join all the pieces. Also turns out they covered the board in wax, cut their joints and then didn't rewax the board.

    As a result of this, the joint has the consistency of wet sawdust. When I tried to put it together, the edge literally disintegrated and I now have a pile of sawdust on the table I was putting them together on.


    What are some of your home improvement mishaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by majorcyfan View Post
    Do you still have your finger? That's the more important question
    Is it with the hedge.


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    Welcome to the world of North korean furniture.
    But the sad thing is that it was made in Ohio.


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    Ever watch Tim Allen on the show "Home Improvement"? Yeah, that's pretty much me.

    Luckily my dad is Mr. Fix-It, and my Father-in-Law is a General Contractor and owns a lumberyard. I don't make a home improvement move without one of them around. :)



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    Re: Home Improvement Mishaps

    Quote Originally Posted by SCNCY View Post
    I bought a dresser from IKEA for my apartment and the top board for the dresser did not fit correctly. There were pre-drilled holes for everything, but the on for the top of the dresser did not match up. The way it connected was that you screwed a special screw in to these holes leaving the head to stick out by like an inch or an inch and a half. Then, you were supposed to put these screws sticking out in to a pre-drilled hole on the sides and back of the dresser and then there was a nut on the inside part that would tighten the two pieces together (theres probably a special name for these screws, I just don't know what they are called). Well these did not line up, they were off by I think 5-6 inches. No matter which way I turned it, they did not match up. In the end, I bought some black 2 inch screws and put the top on that way.
    there is a reason IKEA is a four letter word.



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