One weekend last winter, I decided to spray-paint some metal trim. The problem was that the paint had been stored in the unheated garage but needed to be at room temperature to use. I thought I could speed the waiting time by putting the paint in our gas oven and just letting the pilot light warm the can. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked and started another project. By the next day, I’d completely forgotten about the paint can in the oven, until my wife preheated the oven for a chicken dinner. There was a huge KABOOM! The oven door blew open and the explosion threw almond-colored paint all over the cabinets, my wife’s shoes and the inside of the oven. We were extremely lucky to escape any injury other than to my pocketbook, which ached to the tune of about $1,200 for a new stove!
Broken Toy Box
The toys at my northern Michigan cabin were multiplying in the garage, so I decided it was time for an addition. I doubled the length of the garage, making it an end-to-end, two-car structure. To save money, I hand-framed the roof rather than use factory-built trusses. With all this extra garage space, I’d be able to buy even more toys!
After several snow and ice storms up north, I received a call from my neighbor, who asked the dreadful question, ‘Remember the garage you used to have?’ The weight of the snow had caused the roof to cave in, crushing my speedboat, trailer, snowmobiles and dirt bike inside. After careful forensic study, I figured the overloaded rafters had pushed out the walls until the roof collapsed. Probably, I hadn’t used enough crossties, leaving me with the lesson that a sturdy toy box is worth spending more for.
No Free Lunch
I decided to save the price of a plumber and replace the kitchen faucet myself. After installing a new faucet, I treated myself to lunch out with all that money I had saved. I returned two hours later to about an inch of standing water on the first floor. Apparently, I had neglected to properly tighten a compression fitting at the supply valve under the sink. After replacing the carpet and having all the wood floors sanded and refinished (ouch!), I now hire a plumber and watch him work while I eat lunch in.