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Forum topic by CRAIGCLICK posted 04-20-2018 07:07 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2018 07:07 PM

You know how you always laugh when someone else does something so mind-bendingly dumb that you can’t comprehend how they made it as far as they have in life?

It’s not quite as funny when the idiot is you.

Today, I learned the hard way that, when it comes to steam boilers…zero PSI on the pressure gauge does not, under any circumstances, mean zero PSI inside the boiler itself. Fortunately, the only injury was to my self esteem (and almost my underwear) when I got to witness a geyser of 212 degree steam and water shoot 6 feet into the air (and that’s only because it was stopped by the boiler room ceiling) after I removed a faulty vacuum break.

The worst part is, I probably would have written up, or possibly fired one of my employees for doing the same thing.

Lesson learned…always consider the worst case scenario and take precautions accordingly…But it gave me a harsh reminder that this is why SawStop gets so much money for their saws.

-- Somewhere between raising hell and amazing grace.

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 07:14 PM

Glad you were not scalded and made it home with clean underwear.
In answer to your title question…only about 6 times a week. I’m getting better, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 12:17 AM

Good example for us ALL to think about.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-27-2018 11:29 PM

The best part of it is that you were not seriously injured doing it!!

Take care…..........cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-27-2018 11:33 PM

Never steam-clean your underwear while you’re wearing them!

Seriously, glad you’re OK and that today’s lesson was inexpensive.

-- A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown

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#5 posted 04-27-2018 11:34 PM

Not so bad as I am now older, but in my youth, I could have written a book on STUPID things not to do.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 04-28-2018 02:22 AM

Good to hear you were not injured other than pride and some underwear!!

Myself I have moments of divine brilliance, usually followed by years of absolute stupidity.


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 03:39 AM

I almost shut down a unit in a refinery once. The guy said cut those wires. I did. Luckily it had a redundant ups power supply.

If you’ve never worked in a chemical plant or refinery an emergency shutdown is usually bad. Losing all control of everything at once is super bad. Huge ordeal.

So I feel your pain.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 04:18 AM

Here…. hold my beer….
Is the preamble to many a “Something Monumentally Stupid” moment.

Sure, I’ve said it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 10:06 AM

I quit drinking beer, but that didn’t make me any smarter. The proof is, empty first aid boxes in the shop and bills from the ER.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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