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2011-11-21 20:37:56.309487+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Ages ago, in a previous lifetime as a young teenager, I was at a Boy Scout jamboree. I actually don't remember a good portion of the jamboree; for reasons nobody has figured out, sometime in the evening I started wandering around repeating basic facts to myself so that I could remember them, the next thing I knew I was waking up at home in my bed because my Dad bailed early with me.

There's speculation that I landed on my head during some rough-housing, in any case, it's probably one in a long series of concussions and my first experience with amnesia isn't germaine to the story.

One of the incidents I do remember is that we were building a lashed together timber tower. I think there were two or three of us Scouts who knew what we were doing, and we were working expeditiously. There was a micro-managing Assistant Scoutmaster, who at some point decided that rather than securing the log we were currently working on, we should leave it precariously perched and go pull some other stuff up and secure it.

Yep, you know what happened. Poor guy then stood under the poorly secured log and got clocked. Hard.

Shadow pointed out a YouTube video that similarly demonstrates why you should make sure your off-cuts and in-progress pieces are firmly secured at all times. This comes by way of Fark, which observes:

Hard to say which is worse: that you scream like a girl when plywood hits you in the head, or that your kid decided to upload Wilhelm Scream 2.0 to the internet

Bonus: In light of my regular updates from my current construction project, Shadow also forwarded along a water system from a horse property near Las Vegas:

... We built an all-new system with partially-buried storage tanks, and an insulated shed to hold the pressure tanks and equipment. I had to commute back and forth from Texas and it took about eight weeks of work over a 5 month period. It's a bit over-designed, but it didn't take much extra work compared to the minimum and is expandable in the future.


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#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-21 22:34:09.092535+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Yeah, it takes surprisingly little wind to blow around plywood.

In the photos of the water system, #6 shows the old system; now you know why a new one was needed.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-11-23 22:51:51.656612+00 by: andylyke

A link from the Youtube plywood page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=FOHtza5hpo0