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10th Jun '16 3:16:02 PM margdean56
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* A reputed prank to create the same effect is to in a school lab connect the water and gas taps with a hose, and briefly turn both on. Then when the next class want to use bunsen burners, water will come out of them.
* While men usually have this story in regards to household repairs, women tend to have them regarding beauty treatments. The internet abounds with stories of hair being turned unnatural colors, terrible haircuts, rashes and burns due to homemade facials and waxes, etc.

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* A reputed prank to create the same effect is to in a school lab is to connect the water and gas taps with a hose, and briefly turn both on. Then when the next class want to use the bunsen burners, water will come out of them.
* While men usually have this story in regards to household repairs, women tend to have them regarding beauty treatments. The internet abounds with stories of [[MyHairCameOutGreen hair being turned unnatural colors, colors]], terrible haircuts, rashes and burns due to homemade facials and waxes, etc.
10th Jun '16 3:12:22 PM margdean56
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* In ''Eppo'', an old Dutch comic, the eponymous character once switched the gas- and water pipes in a DoItYourselfPlumbingProject. Cue water streaming out of the heating part of his boiler and the shower turning into an impromptu [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]].

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* In ''Eppo'', an old Dutch comic, the eponymous character once switched the gas- gas and water pipes in a DoItYourselfPlumbingProject. Cue water streaming out of the heating part of his boiler and the shower turning into an impromptu [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]].



* Stuart McLean's ''Radio/TheVinylCafe'' story "Odd Jobs." Dave decides to install an extra electrical outlet in the kitchen and several of his neighbors drop by to help. By the end of the day, there's been an electrical fire, there are several big holes in the walls, one wall has been torn down entirely, and the electricity is cut off.
* Newspaper columnist D. L. Stewart recounts, via his book ''Fathers Are People Too'', an attempt by he and his neighbor to install a light fixture in the basement. They make two critical mistakes in the process: first, they forget to turn off the power before removing the old fixture (leading to the neighbor standing in the middle of the room with a melted screwdriver in his hand), then they do the wiring wrong, causing the upstairs lights to turn off when the downstairs lights turn on. Fortunately, both of these problems are successfully fixed in the end.

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* Stuart McLean's [=McLean=]'s ''Radio/TheVinylCafe'' story "Odd Jobs." Dave decides to install an extra electrical outlet in the kitchen and several of his neighbors drop by to help. By the end of the day, there's been an electrical fire, there are several big holes in the walls, one wall has been torn down entirely, and the electricity is cut off.
* Newspaper columnist D. L. Stewart recounts, via his book ''Fathers Are People Too'', an attempt by he him and his neighbor to install a light fixture in the basement. They make two critical mistakes in the process: first, they forget to turn off the power before removing the old fixture (leading to the neighbor standing in the middle of the room with a melted screwdriver in his hand), then they do the wiring wrong, causing the upstairs lights to turn off when the downstairs lights turn on. Fortunately, both of these problems are successfully fixed in the end.
11th May '16 5:59:55 AM Slave
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* ''ManWithOneRedShoe'': agents bugging Tom Hanks' hotel room have to make hasty exit. Jim Belushi, having to use his bathroom, discovers that flushing the toilet causes faucet to run, etc.

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* ''ManWithOneRedShoe'': agents ''Film/TheManWithOneRedShoe'': Agents bugging Tom Hanks' hotel room have to make a hasty exit. Jim Belushi, having to use his bathroom, discovers that flushing the toilet causes faucet to run, etc.
7th May '16 12:10:20 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in an episode of ''TheGeorgeLopezShow''. George tries to demonstrate that his kitchen sink repair worked, and the entire kitchen begins rumbling. It's quickly revealed that the rumble is being caused by an actual earthquake.

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* Subverted in an episode of ''TheGeorgeLopezShow''.''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. George tries to demonstrate that his kitchen sink repair worked, and the entire kitchen begins rumbling. It's quickly revealed that the rumble is being caused by an actual earthquake.
22nd Nov '15 10:37:52 AM nombretomado
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* This is often the result of Roger Fox's attempts at fixing things in FoxTrot. Ironically inverted with his attempt at making wine, where the (absolutely terribly-made) wine acted as a good garbage disposal detergent.

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* This is often the result of Roger Fox's attempts at fixing things in FoxTrot.''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Ironically inverted with his attempt at making wine, where the (absolutely terribly-made) wine acted as a good garbage disposal detergent.
8th Sep '15 5:37:01 PM DrOO7
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* While men usually have this story in regards to household repairs, women tend to have them regarding beauty treatments. The internet abounds with stories of hair being turned unnatural colors, terrible haircuts, rashes and burns due to homemade facials and waxes, etc.
2nd Sep '15 2:38:10 PM Piando
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* On ''TheBradyBunch'', Greg bought a used car and tried to fix it up, part of the result of which was faulty wiring. The horn made the windshield wipers work, for example.

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* On ''TheBradyBunch'', ''Series/TheBradyBunch'', Greg bought a used car and tried to fix it up, part of the result of which was faulty wiring. The horn made the windshield wipers work, for example.



* In ''TheGoldenGirls'', when Dorothy and Rose try to fix their bathroom themselves, their first attempt leads to them redoing the plumbing such that flushing the toilet makes the sink run, the spigots on the sink control the shower, etc.

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* In ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', when Dorothy and Rose try to fix their bathroom themselves, their first attempt leads to them redoing the plumbing such that flushing the toilet makes the sink run, the spigots on the sink control the shower, etc.



* On an episode of ''ThatsSoRaven'', a very prominent business man is to visit Victor's restaurant. Victor creates a Foreman grill-type device that both "grills and chills." He demonstrated his creation by having it grill a steak and chill some jumbo shrimp. However, he crossed a few wires and instead, the grill flash freezes the steak, and the chiller turns the shrimp into charred lump with tails.
* Most of the humor on ''TheRedGreenShow'' is derived from this sort of thing.

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* On an episode of ''ThatsSoRaven'', ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', a very prominent business man is to visit Victor's restaurant. Victor creates a Foreman grill-type device that both "grills and chills." He demonstrated his creation by having it grill a steak and chill some jumbo shrimp. However, he crossed a few wires and instead, the grill flash freezes the steak, and the chiller turns the shrimp into charred lump with tails.
* Most of the humor on ''TheRedGreenShow'' ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' is derived from this sort of thing.



* [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is a frequent offender. His attempts to build anything usually results in major disaster. Building a doghouse ends up with his filling a swear jar. A spice rack he builds falls apart. A homemade barbecue [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible gets mistaken for modern art]]. When he is showing his half brother around the house, he flicks a switch that he doesn't know the function of, which turns on the Christmas lights on the roof (which have been there since 1985).

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* [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] is a frequent offender. His attempts to build anything usually results in major disaster. Building a doghouse ends up with his filling a swear jar. A spice rack he builds falls apart. A homemade barbecue [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible gets mistaken for modern art]]. When he is showing his half brother around the house, he flicks a switch that he doesn't know the function of, which turns on the Christmas lights on the roof (which have been there since 1985).
4th Aug '15 10:52:07 PM DrOO7
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--> '''Larry''': Instructions? I don't need instructions. My father once rewired our entire house without instructions.
--> '''Balki''': Was that the house that burned to the ground?
4th Aug '15 10:38:39 PM DrOO7
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* On ''Series/PerfectStrangers'', Jennifer and Mary Ann go away for a trip. Before leaving, Jennifer asks Larry to call the plumber for her and let him into their apartment to carry out some repairs. Larry of course decides that what Jennifer is really saying is that she wants ''him'' to do the repairs and doesn't bother to call the guy. Sure enough, he has no idea what he's doing and ends up flooding the girls' apartment.
20th May '15 4:58:43 AM Odon
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** This appears to be a continuation of the ShoePhone gag. In one episode where Max and 99 are undercover as news agents, they are given (a) a camera disguised as a tape recorder and (b) a tape recorder disguised as a camera. When the Q-type is asked why he didn't just give them a camera and a tape recorder, he replies "my mind doesn't work that way".

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** This appears to be a continuation of the ShoePhone gag. In one episode where Max and 99 are undercover as news agents, they are given (a) a camera disguised as a tape recorder and (b) a tape recorder disguised as a camera. When the Q-type is asked why he didn't just give them a camera and a tape recorder, he replies "my mind doesn't work that way". So Max's apartment and car continues in this spycraft obsession with disguising one object as another object.
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