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You know it's going to be a bad day when....
Posted by SouthPenn on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:18 AM

Your super glue bottle leaked and now the bottle is attached to your work bench.

And then...

You are putting rolled roofing on a model, taking great pains to make sure each strip is straight. When finished, you realized you put the roofing on the bottom of the model instead of the roof.

It's okay to laugh.

I should have stayed in bed.  

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Posted by RR_Mel on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:45 AM

Your day starts of like that every day when you’re a klutz like me.  Sometimes I wish mine were as mediocre as yours.
 
 
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Posted by tstage on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:57 AM

SouthPenn

You are putting rolled roofing on a model, taking great pains to make sure each strip is straight. When finished, you realized you put the roofing on the bottom of the model instead of the roof.

It's okay to laugh.

Oh, I did...but in a sympathetic way. Big Smile  Thanks for the chuckle, South Penn.  I've been there myself...

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Posted by selector on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:58 AM

I'm putting the laser-cut outer walls with cut-out windows over the under-frame, but things don't seem to fit.  One comes close, and I put it in place with glue.  Other walls and windows are worse....something is amiss!  I contact the builder by phone.

"Oh, you got one of those?  I thought there were none of those left on the market.  We printed the walls backward by mistake."

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Posted by BRAKIE on Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:01 AM

When a 00-80 screw hits the big catch never to be seen again and then you realize you're out of 00-80 screws.

When you dip your paint brush in your coffee or tea..

When you paint a locomotive frame yellow only to find out you used Railbox Yellow instead of Safety Yellow.

When small vice grip is needed to open a bottle of paint.

When a guest engineer arrives to help operate your ISL only to find there is no power and after trouble shooting the layout your guest engineer finds your power pack is unplugged.

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:20 AM

BRAKIE

When a 00-80 screw hits the big catch never to be seen again and then you realize you're out of 00-80 screws.

Days can get ruined even when you don't drop and/or lose screws:

You have a project that requires 8 special size screws. You place an online order for 10 screws (because you're extra careful and want to make sure you have enough). You wait a week and they finally show up. You cheerfully take up the project. You immediately discover that you somehow miscounted and that you need 12 screws. Dang!

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:00 PM

You know it's going to be a bad day when....


There is yet another of umpteen whimsical, only nominally train related topics started on MR forums.  Pirate

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Posted by BRAKIE on Thursday, July 27, 2017 1:01 PM

riogrande5761
There is yet another of umpteen whimsical, only nominally train related topics started on MR forums.

Jim,These topics are fun and needed far more then the baited topics that leads to disagreements even though there are as many ways to do things in this hobby as there is modeling styles..

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:20 PM

BRAKIE
These topics are fun and needed far more then the baited topics that leads to disagreements.

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Please allow me to ruin this thread then... I am going to disagree with all of you!

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I had a terrible drive to work this morning, we had an unusually stressful day in the office. It is 7:15 PM and I am still in my Tampa office. And, HR just dropped another "to do" onto my inbox, and I am not yet prepared for the safety meeting tomorrow morning. THIS is a terrible day my friends.

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Any "terrible" day model railroading is better than any day like today.

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At this point, spilling super glue everywhere seems like a great day! Want to trade?Sad

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Seriously... keep the responses coming... I have enjoyed this thread.

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Posted by SouthPenn on Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:30 PM

A terrible day model railroading is better than the best day at work...unless you work in the model railroading industry.  Big Smile

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:08 PM

Don't feel bad guys when you do something bass ackwards. That happens to me quite frequently.  I gotta say it usually happens the later part of the day than in the morning when I'm fresh. It happens when I'm tired and that dyslexia sort of thing sets in.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:28 PM

Dilbert creator, Scott Adams, who is a professional humorist, says 1/3 of people don't get humor just like the way some people (like Adams) can't tell the difference between rot gut wine and good wine.  My wife is like that.  If I looked her in the eye and said dinner was terrible and I'm going to a strip joint, she would believe it,... at least for a moment. 

I suppose in the ideal forum there would be 100% information (signal) and no nonsense (noise)    In the real world most of us, or at least those of us with a sense of humor, don't live in a all business all the time mode.  Humor is a part of our life and that kind of attitude spills over in these forums. 

The one thing I don't understand is this:

BRAKIE
When small vice grip is needed to open a bottle of paint.

I need a LARGE vice grip, a grunt and the sound of gas leaking from somewhere behind me.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:03 PM

Today was a good day on the layout construction until I tried to push a rail nail in backwards - twice! Since I am on blood thinners the two holes took some time to stop bleeding - may have blood stains on a couple of boxcars but I'll check in the morning. So much for playing my ukulele this evening! DJ

P.S. Maybe I should get one of those sewing thimbles. Hmmm.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:07 PM

Yup.  After that concept.  I would like to rephrase my quote from don't feel bad guys if you do something bass ackwards to you got to laugh when you do something bass ackwards.  

Sometimes Up Is Down.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:23 PM

Track fiddler

Yup.  After that concept.  I would like to rephrase my quote from don't feel bad guys if you do something bass ackwards to you got to laugh when you do something bass ackwards.  

Sometimes Up Is Down.

 

Yep. Sucks to get old.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:33 PM

OldSchoolScratchbuilder

 

 
 
 

 

 

Yep. Sucks to get old.

 

Yeah it does.   Little puncture wound pain lingers on for a while and takes awhile to heal at our age.

But you got to laugh though.

PS   Put your visor on when you're dealing with those little nails.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:40 PM

Track fiddler

But you got to laugh though.

PS   Put your visor on when you're dealing with those little nails.

Oh I laughed ... The first time! And I'm laughing now. :)

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:44 PM

You run live coal loads, and promptly run said coal train the wrong way through a closed turnout....

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:51 PM

ricktrains4824

You run live coal loads, and promptly run said coal train the wrong way through a closed turnout....

 

I run live coal loads too. Not looking forward to the day I do that - and I will! LOL

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:59 PM

OldSchoolScratchbuilder

 

 

 

 

Oh I laughed ... The first time! And I'm laughing now. :)

 

You laughed the first time and you're laughing now but I bet you didn't laugh the second time.

I remember 35 years ago pushing the little track connectors on my n scale track.  It usually worked cuz my fingers were so calloused working with my hands all the time.  A few times those little track connectors busted through my calluses into my finger,  oh man it hurt.  Yup, a little wider slice.

Had to laugh..............  Then I found my Moms sewing thimble.

 

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Posted by Doughless on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:13 PM

You're trying to drill a hole in a board, but no matter how hard you press, the bit refuses to dig in.  Convinced you finally wore out the old bit, you run to the store, buy a new bit, install it, but even that bit doesn't work.  

Only then you realize the drill was set to counterclockwise the entire time.

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:20 PM

You know ... when after carefully cutting out all the freight door openings in the freight house to the exact size of the drawing - you remember the drawing is O scale and you're building in HO.

Sad

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:32 PM

Doughless

You're trying to drill a hole in a board, but no matter how hard you press, the bit refuses to dig in.  Convinced you finally wore out the old bit, you run to the store, buy a new bit, install it, but even that bit doesn't work.  

Only then you realize the drill was set to counterclockwise the entire time.

 

Oh man you're killing me.  I remember one day I was pushing real hard trying to drill through the board with the drill on backwards like you said.  I switched the direction on the drill. 

It was one of those moments when things weren't going so well.  I didn't move my hand from the back of the board.  The drill poped through the board and went right into my palm.

I don't think I laughed that time but I'm laughing now.

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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:56 PM

BigDaddy
I need a LARGE vice grip, a grunt and the sound of gas leaking from somewhere behind me.

LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

YOU TOO!????

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:27 PM

OldSchoolScratchbuilder

 

 
ricktrains4824

You run live coal loads, and promptly run said coal train the wrong way through a closed turnout....

 

 

 

I run live coal loads too. Not looking forward to the day I do that - and I will! LOL

 

Yep.. No fun. 

Worst part was that the train crew blamed the dispatcher, and the dispatcher blamed the train crew... And, due to no in-cab camera, there was zero evidence on who was at fault. So they both got reprimanded.

(In case you were wondering... Both were me...)

The really fun part? Having a derailed hopper not only spill said live coal load, everywhere, but also slide (fall) into (against) the one and only expensive Genesis railcar on the layout, damaging it... 

Yes, I was growling at that fact...

And I spent the next week cleaning up HO Scale coal pieces from everything....

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:44 PM

Any votes for CA-ing thumb and forefinger together?

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Posted by Sir Madog on Friday, July 28, 2017 12:40 AM

You know it´s a bad day ...

... when your old soldering iron, which you just heated up, is falling from the workbench and you catch it in mid air - at the hot end!

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, July 28, 2017 1:10 AM

ROBERT PETRICK
Any votes for CA-ing thumb and forefinger together?

Been there, done that, actually more than a few times.DunceLaughLaugh

I knew I was having a bad day a couple of weeks ago when my wife who had just arrived home from work woke me from a blissful afternoon nap to tell me that there was water pouring from the basement ceiling. Our plumbing had sprung a leak (which was my fault but let's not go there). Fortunately the floor drain was conveniently located right under the leak so the damage was contained to a fairly small area. Unfortunately, my workbench was in between the leak and the drain. It was flooded. When I picked up my NCE Power Cab the water poured out of it Crying. Everything that could possibly hold water did exactly thatGrumpy

I dissassembled the Power Cab and put the various pieces into a bag of rice. They are still there. I'm afraid to put it back together and apply powerGrumpy.

Thanks for letting me rant!

Cheers everybody!!

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, July 28, 2017 1:14 AM

Sir Madog
when your old soldering iron, which you just heated up, is falling from the workbench and you catch it in mid air - at the hot end!

Hey Ulrich! Look at the bright side! Apparently your reflexes are just fine! In fact, they are faster than your brain function!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaugh

Sorry friend, I couldn't resist!

Cheers!!

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, July 28, 2017 1:24 AM

BATMAN
That's why I always take a dog into the modeling office, need someone to blame!

LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

Now we know why you love dogs!

On the same topic, my wife came home the other day with a little spray bottle labelled 'POO Pouree" (spelling may not be quite right). You are supposed to spray a couple of shots of this stuff into the toilet BEFORE doing your thing. It does seem to work. I don't seem to hear her complaints about my ........ as often.LaughLaughLaughLaugh

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