Monday, September 28, 2009

True Story Tuesday by Mr. Daddy

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One Upmanship

On a previous job, in a time far, far away. At least half of the shift was devoted to either the giving of a hard time practical joke, or the paying back of said joke...

There was a time I remember when one of my co-workers had filled an empty 20/10 bottle with water, and through a hole we had in the wall, totally soaked my back with warm water. The hole was there to pass a oxy-acetylene torch through to weld up the exhausts systems and fenders on crew buses and pickups, not for his entertainment in soaking me to the bone; and I'm quite certain,  not for my use as a means of vengeful retaliation...

Well I didn't think that getting soak to the bone while totally unaware was as funny as every one else did...

So I quite naturally had to think of something far more entertaining... RIGHT????

Well here is the disclaimer: This foolish stunt was done by a professional... PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME...

If you take a 3 or 4 inch pipe about 2 or 3 feet long - weld a plate on one end, then drill a hole just big enough for the torch tip to fit in the plate.

Take the oxy-acetylene, light it and neutralize the flame, snuff it out, place the tip in the hole and just hold there for a second or two... (trust me on this, not.a.second.longer), pull the torch out, light it and then put it back into the hole...

You can trust me on this also, you won't make it all the way back to the hole before all heck will break loose...

Just a brief synopsis of how unstable acetylene is:  They never want you to use more than 5 to 7 pounds of pressure when cutting metal.  I have cut up to 2 inch thick metal and never had to use more than that.  If you are using a mega heating tip and need more that 15 pounds of pressure, they recommend you manifolding tanks and supplying more volume that way, cause over 30 pounds pressure it has the potential to self ignite. (not a good thing at all).

In an average sized room with just 2% acetylene and with the conditions just right, (humidity, oxygen content in room) you could wave your hand and the static electricity could set it off - and there would not likely be enough left of you to fill a very big container... (very nasty stuff if not handled properly)

Well, I had just filled my little canon of payback with about a 50/50 mix of acetylene and some pretty juiced up oxygen... and the heck with depending on static electricity -  I fired it with a little more of the same...

I waited for the perp to leave the pickup room, to get something from the stockroom so he wouldn't hear my preparations (making the hole in the wall big enough for my canon of payback).

The pickup room was about 25 feet wide and 35 feet long... when I saw him go back in I gave him a few minutes to settle in, then I fired up my torch, neutralized the flame, snuffed it out, placed in the hole...

Looking back on it I might have left it just a nano second too long, cause when I fired it up and torched it off........

WELLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! lets just say for the record, I might have gave it just a tad too much acetylene....

The BoooooooMMMMmmmmm was about 10 times more than I expected and the concussion blew dust out of every nook and cranny in that room, and I actually blew some window panes out of the window on the other side of the shop...

In my defense, the room probably hadn't had a proper cleaning in at least 8 or 10 years, and the windows, were pretty old and fragile..

The perp? Well when I got the door open, the air was filled with dust and floating debris, and he was sitting on the floor with the BEST deer in the head light look that I had ever seen... mumbling something about what the HELL just happened...?

I helped him up and asked what happened, he pointed to his ears, shook his head, and said HUH?
I mouthed very slowly, WHAT DID YOU DO???

With a vacant look in his eyes he just shook his head, and mumble something about too much gas in the muffler and pre-ignition....

I just nodded and shook my head in agreement..

I managed to squeak out almost 24 years of employment there. If I would of fessed up I am almost positive that I would not have lasted a day over 4 or 5...

And then there was the time....

But that is for another TST...

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19 comments:

Jewelz said...

It's a good story the has me covering my mouth exclaiming "Oh Noooo!' through a snicker :0)

Lucky it's lunchtime here Mr Daddy...I did NOT have a mouthful of coffee in my mouth, mid-swallow :0)

Have a fantastic day.
Cheers
Jewelz

Rachel said...

Apologies, but after the recent umm "unpleasantries" on Friday's post, I had to crack up at the thought that Mr. Daddy might not be the best guy to tick off, LOL.

TOTALLY KIDDING.

He never repeats the same practical joke twice.

A Lady Called Amy said...

OH myyy to that story. :-S :-O

K said...

OMG Mr Daddy you are sooo funny and so incorrigible !!

Emily said...

Ok, I don't even know how to pronounce acetylene much less begin to understand what it is but it sounds like some pretty heavy duty stuff! I hope you don't ever try to play a practical joke on me! ;)

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

WOW!! I can't believe you got away with it for so long!!

Stacy said...

Wow, when you play a practical joke, you don't take prisoners! I was wondering how you kept your job after that, but guess you didn't tell them, eh?? ;)

I didn't understand everything in how you managed that, but understood enough. Don't mess with Mr. Daddy!

Shana said...

My hubs is a welder and would totally do what you did, most likely. He and his workmates are always pulling crazy pranks on each other. Very funny!

Kmama said...

Too funny!! I would have loved to see the look on his face when it happened.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

DUDE!!!! Remind me not to be the butt of your practical jokes!!! LOL.

Pam D said...

I don't even know WHAT to say to that. Other than, if there had been a video camera around, you'd probably have won the $100,000 prize, to offset the loss of income after you were fired. I am definitely reconsidering any remarks about age or ability, sir. You are a very nice man; you look 25 and surely must have discovered the fountain of youth. Now, please don't hurt me....

He & Me + 3 said...

Love how you asked the floored guy what he had done. LOL He was so out of it you could talk him into thinking he did it. LOL

Cheryl B. said...

Due to the antics of my brothers, and now my four sons all in their 20's, I have no problem what-so-ever in believing the vadality of this whole story! However, in a way, I wish I did ;-p

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Lisa said...

Okay, Mr. Daddy, I didn't understand half of that "man talk" but I totally got the ending! I am with Pam D. Don't tick Mr. Daddy off! LOLOL I can't believe you got away with that. Pure Luck.

And Rachel, I have NO IDEA what Julie was talking about either on the Lynette thingy on my NMM, but I assume another TV show? I just started following her like 3 days ago, so I have no idea of her history, childrens names, family, etc. So I am too shy to ask what the heck are you talking about? LOL

And NCIS LA is new. This is the first season. I didn't discover NCIS until Kate was dead, so it was easier to have some Ziva love even after watching a trillion reruns. Still like Kate, though.

Foursons said...

OK- like most of the other women I say, "huh?" I do not understand 90% of what you just said, but I do understand the punch line. (Forgive me, I am about to sound like my husband.) Dude! What were you thinking!

wife.mom.nurse said...

We rarely do pranks with oxy-acetylene at my work!

Gotta try that :)

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I was really concerned about how that was going to end. I don't have a story even close to that one.

I remember a teacher who shattered a test tube during science class and scared the crud out of everyone, but other than that... I've got nothin'

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

YIKES!!! I am speachless! Where's the picture?! THAT would be one awesome picture! :0)

Mrs. Nurse Boy

brian said...

It's all fun and games until someone uses too much acetylene :)