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    I love reading or hearing about these stories. They make for great yucks. I personally have dozens of them. You know the kind of story were some other sub on a job Fubared beyond belief.

    Here are a couple of my favorites.

    Were called out at the last minute to install, literally given 48 hours to design, build and install a water treatment package on a retirement high rise project. Were at this project from Friday night through late Sunday afternoon non-stop. Were taking naps in the hallways that’s how rushed the job is. We run our drains to the floor sinks provided. Everything is looking good for a Monday inspection. We fire up the equipment and literally start flooding the building. Floor sink is overflowing. Ok, no problem. We run back to the shop get a snake, figuring either we dropped something in the sink or someone else did. Run the snake about 12 inches in and snap the end of it off. Whooooo, what the heck. We get another snake, (PS this is before cameras) snap that one off. I call the G.C., its around nine pm now. He’s stumped. Tells us to come back in the morning.
    Next morning, the GC brings his snake, snaps it off. We end up jacking the floor and low and behold we find the floor sink trap is filled with concrete. Sounds bad right, turns out every floor sink on this floor was filled with concrete. The GC’s plumbing sub did not cover up any of the floor sinks or drains. Since he had never done a large commercial project he just figured it was the concrete guys responsibility to cover up all the drains, floor sinks etc.....Concrete guy was pissed off at the plumber so he had his guys pour concrete over the entire floor and then clean out what was visible in the sinks, including running a wet vac to pull out the concrete to the trap.

    Next one.

    This was restaurant in a large SoCal Mall, to remain nameless. Restaurant theme and design was an open air ceiling. You know the kind were everything is exposed but painted flat black. The mall had specific rules on painting. All painting had to be done after the mall closed and before it opened due to the fumes. Anyways the GC brings in his Russian painting crew. Yurgi, is up on a twenty foot scissor hoist with a sprayer while his partner, Dmitri is handling the compressor and paint below. Old Yurgi is running the hoist backwards, flowing the spayer back and forth with one hand, while operating the joy stick with the other. Next thing he knows he shaves of a 2" fire sprinkler set at 180 psi. What makes the story funny is the Rent-A-Cop Mall security had no idea how to shut down the fire riser, nor did the fire department when they showed up. It took them about two hours to finally shut of that line down. The end result 3/4 of the ground floor of the mall was flooded. Oooooucchhhhhhh.

    Last one.

    What makes this the funniest story is it’s the same GC in the story above with the same restaurant chain, just another location. This particular restaurant is located in an older mall that is going through a major face lift. The restaurant is located in a section where there were old buildings dating back to the mid 60's all torn down with new shells to replace them, all upscale with a retro look. So the GC has the concrete guys out and they core drill a bunch of holes in the floor for turn-style barriers. This a buffet style restaurant and they used a lot of retro looking poles etc.... The company that custom makes all there barriers, metal work etc... sends out there "C" team guy to make measurements. So he’s running his tape down each hole making notations on the depth. A couple of holes into this and he runs into an endless hole. So he keeps running his tape further and further and ends up shorting out the local power companies Station that was located directly under this project. The kid gets thrown some forty feet through the building and lands against a wall.( Luckily he was not killed) The guys that were there said it was like Jesus came out of the ground. They said all they saw was a four inch beam of the whitest light they had ever seen came out of that hole. Oh, and that’s not the funny part. The power company vault tripped, which sent the national electrical grid on the Southern West Coast into a shut down. They ended up temp. turning of the lights to a couple hundred thousand people. The trip was so fast that it actually activated a terrorist alert. Oh, and too top it off, local power company was too blame because the failed to notify anyone that this vault existed under the mall. Turns out they actually had a tunnel installed to this vault years before the mall was built so they could drive there trucks into it from a remote location ouside of the property line.

    Anyways those are a couple of my funny ones.

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    Re: The official: When another Sub Screws the Pooch Thread

    So he keeps running his tape further and further and ends up shorting out the local power companies Station that was located directly under this project. The kid gets thrown some forty feet through the building and lands against a wall.( Luckily he was not killed) The guys that were there said it was like Jesus came out of the ground. They said all they saw was a four inch beam of the whitest light they had ever seen came out of that hole.
    It probably looked something like this:
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      Re: The official: When another Sub Screws the Pooch Thread

      same thing happened at a high school i was working at. i was setting the finish at one of the public restrooms when all of a sudden there was a huge electrical arcing noise. then all the lights went out.

      turns out the low voltage guys were pulling wires for the fire alarm panel. the guy was pushing his fish tape from the post indicator valve to the fire alarm panel. at least that's where it was suppose to go

      turns out the electrician who piped the conduit screwed up

      it ran right into the main electrical gear panel. the fish tape hit the copper buss bars and literally melted the entire enclosure before the fuses tripped on the poles.

      all i know was no one got hurt as the electrical conduit was pvc and the fish tape shorted from bar to bar.

      they ended up having to fly in a new complete panel assy as the school was getting close to opening and there was no power to the entire project.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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        Earlier this year we repiped a 10 year old house that had copper water piped below slab. Leaks we developing at the braised joints in multiple locations. By the time we were done abandoning and rerouting above floor and around the perimeter of the house, we ran up a bill close to $25K. Needless to say, the HO, a lawyer, was pissed. So far, the original plumber hasn't been sued.

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