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Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby jamesakers » 13 Sep 2017, 08:34

As we all know, owning a T25 is a wonderful learning experience and although we try, it's impossible to be good at everything straight away. It's hard to admit, but mistakes are made.

So, what is the biggest cockup you've made along the way?

I'll go first:

When I first got the van and uncovering the mysteries of the Pierburg, I was testing for air leaks using carb cleaner. Now, there are warnings about spraying carb cleaner onto a hot engine which completely popped out of my brain. After spraying an excessive amount around the manifold there was a "whumph" and the fires of hell descended on the engine bay. I moved quickly, putting the engine lid back on, grabbing the extinguisher (first time using one) and sprayed it through the rear hatch until it was out. Luckily, it was contained to the area behind the carb so only the vacuum pipes needed replacing. The powder however got everywhere and was a right pain to clean up.

I'll never do that again. Especially the day before a week-long holiday down in Cornwall.
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby ermie571 » 13 Sep 2017, 09:18

The club used to have an annual Axle Nut award for the best DIY mistake

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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby Citizen Smith » 13 Sep 2017, 09:49

Before I got the proper kit I bought giant ex army blow torch to try out some brazing. Not realizing it was for petrol I filled it with paraffin and burned some paraffin in the pre-heater. After a few pumps all went well with a powerful blue flame and plenty of heat. Then it transmogifyed into a flame thrower blowing out a ten to fifteen foot feet squirt of blazing paraffin :shock: . I then tried to release the pressure by undoing the air valve but had to close it as paraffin sprayed out over me. I then realized that the fence was on fire and had to point it at the ground which followed suite. I eventually managed to let some air out by slowly releasing the filler cap instead.
In the event not too much damaged was done except perhaps to my ticker. It did enhance my interest how disasters happen.
Best not mention the cutting of the cooker cable with side cutters after my brother pulled the wrong fuse - result silver plated thumb, Afro hair do and new side cutters :roll: .

There are many more...
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby itchyfeet » 13 Sep 2017, 10:13

Nothing so dramatic but I fitted a gearbox to my van, packed the tools away, cleaned up, changed to go for a test drive.
First press of the clutch and there was a bang, had to get back in my scruffs and remove the gearbox again, badly fitted release bearing.

Next time I swapped the gearbox guess what..... did the same :oops:
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby ZsZ » 13 Sep 2017, 14:24

Not with the van but with a Suzuki LJ80 I forgot to tighten the rear wheel nuts after checking the rear drums. After 20km there was a big shake a crash and the rear wheel passed by me. Fortunately I was driving slow and the wheel didnt hit anything/anybody on he road.
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby jrt » 13 Sep 2017, 15:59

When we first got our van i thought i'd change the fuel filter. Easy job as i'd seen it under the van when i changed the drop link the week before. Bought a filter, got under the van, cleaned up the connectors/clips etc and shouted to Gill " bloody hell they've put this filter on back to front the idiots". Whipped it off and put the new one on facing the right way. Put all the tools away and had a brew feeling pleased with myself.
Well how was i supposed to know the van had a return filter on it :oops:
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby Citizen Smith » 13 Sep 2017, 18:31

when I first got my van I wondered why the breather stack had the top cut through and held on with polythene and an elastic band. I came to the conclusion that somewhere along the way someone had mistaken it for the oil filler and taken desperate measures to top up the oil.
On their behalf :oops:

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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby colinthefox » 13 Sep 2017, 18:34

1. Lying under my vintage tractor cutting off the bady welded-on winch with an angle grinder on a hot summers day.

Feeling heat around my feet I crawled out to find the legs of my boiler suit and the whole grassy yard on fire.

2. Jacking up my T25 in the same slighty sloping yard, the van slid down the slope and plopped onto the ground. Luckily the jack was on the lower side so didn't dent the panel.

3. After pouring the concrete for my workshop floor, left the side door open and my (then) two year old daughter ran through at full speed and floundered into the concrete. I held her by the ankles under the tap to wash it all off. One traumatised toddler.

4. I take up the floorboards upstairs to do some wiring. I look away for a moment. On looking back saame toddler is standing on top of the downstairs plasterboard ceiling saying "look at me Daddy!"
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby syncropatrick » 13 Sep 2017, 19:56

Filled up the new engine with oil last weekend, to find I had wet feet - had forgotten to install the filler pipe at the bottom of the sump! Rodney, you plonker.

And there was the time I impaled myself on a radiator bracket when installing central heating. The scar still itches 20 years later.
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby Jim San » 13 Sep 2017, 20:26

Changing starter motor on a Caddy, last bolt (bottom one) was really tough to pull out, lay under the car I managed to yank it free only to have the entire engine drop at me and stop short of my face by about an inch!! It only stoped beause the oil filter crashed against the front valance.

As a teen, I wanted to keep a spare inner tube under the seat of my z650. I had a good used spare one so to fold it flat I wanted to get the air out - so I sucked it!!!! I kid you not I thought I was about to die! my lungs felt like i'd filled them with acid.
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby Jim San » 13 Sep 2017, 20:28

I suppose I should also include the outside camping kit storage box I built in the garage - which I couldn't then get through the door into the garden!!
Had to get a mate to help me lift over the garage roof :rofl
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby itchyfeet » 13 Sep 2017, 20:43

under the van trying to loosen a bolt, when it went punched myself in the face ...got a nose bleed.
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby Jim San » 13 Sep 2017, 20:45

itchyfeet wrote:under the van trying to loosen a bolt, when it went punched myself in the face ...got a nose bleed.



sorry, I know I shouldn't .. but . . :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby jamesakers » 13 Sep 2017, 21:56

These stories are brilliant! :rofl Keep em coming.
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Re: Your Worst DIY Mistake

Postby Ant-t » 13 Sep 2017, 23:06

itchyfeet wrote:under the van trying to loosen a bolt, when it went punched myself in the face ...got a nose bleed.


He he, I shouldn't laugh, I've done similar before :D
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