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23rd Jun '17 6:22:21 AM DrOO7
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* A very sad example on an episode of ''Series/HomicideHunter''. Lt. Joe Kenda arrives at a house to find all five family members dead. Initially perplexed, as there are no signs of violence, he soon notices their cherry-red pallor--the classic sign of carbon monoxide poisoning. It turns out that rather than hire an expert, the family's landlord decided to replace their heater himself, but obviously had no idea what he was doing.


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* Like the "Kenda" example cited in the "Television" folder, fatal and near-fatal carbon monoxide poisoning has resulted from people taking it upon themselves to repair or replace heaters.
21st Mar '17 2:44:46 PM NotThisThing
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecce_Homo_(El%C3%ADas_Garc%C3%ADa_Mart%C3%ADnez) This]] attempt at DIY painting restoration, [[MemeticMutation known on the Internet]] as "Potato Jesus".

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecce_Homo_(El%C3%ADas_Garc%C3%ADa_Mart%C3%ADnez) [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-19349921 This]] attempt at DIY painting restoration, [[MemeticMutation known on the Internet]] as "Potato Jesus".
6th Nov '16 11:06:52 PM Adeon
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* ''When Father Papered the Parlour'' by Billy Williams.
23rd Oct '16 10:29:41 PM shamblingdead2
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* The early days of heated water for baths and other types of gas (and later electrical) appliances, prior to regulations, are horror stories. For example, heated baths were around before the invention of the thermostat, resulting in severe scalding. Early gas lighting adventures included advertisements that it was ''perfectly safe'' to light a match while the gas was on (!). In Edwardian times, all the electrical appliances were plugged into one socket, which hung overhead, resulting in frequent fires and electrocution. It's a wonder anyone survived.
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.
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