Monday, October 1, 2012

Tell Us a Home Improvement Horror Story with a Happy Ending!



We've all been there: You think you're starting a simple home improvement project, but then everything goes horribly wrong. Your DIY efforts to put together an entertainment center results in an unusable pile of wood. Your attempt to fix the kitchen sink causes a minor flood. Your impromptu efforts to install a new light fixture only add a new hole in your ceiling. Whatever the project, we want to know: What was your scariest home improvement project, and how did you fix it? Upload your story or before-and-after photos (or both!) to our Facebook wall, and we may include it on our blog and in a Facebook album. Thanks for sharing!

18 comments:

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john said...

Great stories. Nice to see they turned out well

Farham Erikson said...

As the head of the household, I have been doing some minor repairs like changing a light bulb,a little amateur carpentry and the likes. However, I don't really wanna experiment on plumbing and unblocking drains. I don't want out house to be the next atlantis! Yikes!

Sally Campbell said...

Back home, I was relying on my brother to do our home extensions in perth. In the middle of the renovation, he sustained a knee injury from playing basketball. I ended up hiring some people to finish the work. Well, the contractor who was also an engineer was cute. He most probably thought I was cute too because he's now my husband and my home renovations were discounted!

Damon Tolles said...

The absolute worst D.I.Y Fiasco that me and my mates have been having a laugh over was a couple of years back. We decided to get a flat that was a 'Fixer upper' we got it cheap when i insisted that we would do the bathroom renovation ourselves and we didn't need a designers help. I remember us losing sleep over trying to plan up a bathroom that had everything we wanted: A brass tub, a sink with all the trimmings and a Victorian shower(we are odd like that, we know.) We just could not make up our minds and did not know which went where. After having a big fight about what kind of faucets we needed to get she drove off and came home with the number of a firm that did bathroom renovations in Perth. We never got the Victorian shower but we did however got got rid of our pigheadedness.

Monty Pennington said...

I remember a friend that works at a home depot mentioning this story to me in a pub. On storm season a couple would fight over who should fix their broken garage door, whether the husband or someone who did garage door repair in Perth. The wife insisted that her husband would do it because he spends most of his time glued to the telly. They looked like they were about ready to throw things at each other when one day they stopped coming to the home depot and they never heard from them again. They probably called the repair man.

Monty Pennington said...

The worst DIY mishap that i have had the misfortune of having was my "nail gun misfire". As i was trying to create a shelf for my home's study, i accidentally shot three to four nails into our door, the glass was completely shattered and my wife was utterly catatonic. I managed to calm her down and quickly rushed to get folding doors in Perth.

Carlisle Dekerlegand said...

I just had an innocent intention of replacing the pink wallpaper of the baby's room since my wife wanted it to become "gender-neutral." When I glued the first few strips, I must've accidentally put some superhuman force on the walls that I kind of created a large crack and eventually, a hole on the wall. I know, I had to think fast since my wife might roast me in hell so when push came to shove, I called the wall removal in perth and let them do a quick fix. It's just hilarious how changing the wall papers can scare the crap out of me up to now.

Marybeth Sparks said...

Well I had this disastrous experience when I tried painting the walls of my daughter's bedroom. I bought a ready-mixed paint and naturally I thought I would just apply it. It seems that I missed a "small detail", I bought a paint for wood (which is not I need) and it doesn't dry fast. Once finished, I sat in the middle room and admired my effort when suddenly, our beloved dog came into the room, all covered in mud, and you can just imagine the mess. I ended up hiring house painters perth to redo the job.

Jacob said...

I really messed up on some measurements when I was retiling my house because I thought I could handle it on my own. DIY home improvement isn't exactly my thing..

Erin Holder said...

I was trying to save money by doing the home improvement myself. Bad move. My plan was to make two rooms (mine and my sister's) become one, and to paint its walls mint green. While I was demolishing the wooden division of those two adjacent rooms, a huge part suddenly collapsed on my fourth hit. BANG! The dust flew all over the place. It was a total mess and I didn't know what to do because I should've finished it before my mom goes home the next day. So I hired some people to fix the mess and finish the whole thing. Lucky me, it didn't fall on me. I just suffered from allergies for three days.

Danielle Colechin said...

I was listening to my very very loud playlist when I was painting my walls, then the vibration must've caused my glass souvenir to fall off and break. The same day, my friends came to help me with the walls, but I told them to come in bare footed because my carpet was new. One of them stepped on the glass shards and walked around one area with a bleeding sole. When I turned around, I just saw blood footprints on my new beige carpet!! What a disaster! I had to put up with that blood-stained carpet for two weeks, until I called the carpet cleaning services to take it off. Now it's good as new. Note to self: no more loud music during work.

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Gwyn Stiles said...

I don't have one yet but I sure had fun reading these stories. But I'll make sure if ever I have one (after we move to our newly purchased house where a few renovations still need to be done), I'd gladly share them too.

-Gwyn Stiles

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joellambert354 said...

To be honest, every improvement that we do in our home starts with a horror story that ends with a happy moment. Next thing that we will do is to replace our sofa, I wonder what will happen.

Joel Lambert

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Lee John said...

I can't explain how bad my experience was when i started renovating my home. But later i call my renovators and they controlled the situation.
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