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Old 09-27-2018, 06:47 AM
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Default What's the Costliest thing you've damaged, totaled or destroyed?

Started a thread earlier on first jobs and got me to thinking about things I damaged in my more youthful days that were very expensive lessons.

couple come to mind. Of course the usual wrecking of the parents cars in high school (right of passage I guess).

I was working in a rock quarry in Bolton, Ct and the owner decided to give me some time on the Linkbelt Speeder Excavator. This machine was huge in my 18 year old eyes. About a week in with a couple of hours under my belt I guess I was feeling pretty confidant with my new found skill of heavy equipment operator.

Well, sort of like being on a ladder and reaching way out to do something, you know in your mind you really should reposition the ladder but that will take time and effort. Next thing you know your on the ground with a ladder on top of you!

I remember it well and it still makes me cringe today, instead of repositioning the shovel, I reached out to its max to rake up and grab some rock. Well this made the excavator very unstable on the rocky terrain and over she went down a 10' ditch and on her side!

I survived without a scratch but the old Linkbelt wasn't so lucky. Broke the cab, threw the track and broke a joint weld on the boom!

That was the last time I got to use the excavator. The owner of the quarry was pissed but took it well. He had it repaired in a couple of days and we were all back to work.

Only heavy equipment I got to operate in that quarry again was my 10lb sledge hammer!
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I crunched an F4 Phantom on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, needless to say the air boss had his fill on my ass
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Too much boost not enough fuel and snapped the crank in the racecar back in 2002. Saved the heads and valve covers and some parts of the trans. Only thing holding the trans in the car was the exhaust...Bent the converter, broke the starter in half, never found #5 and #6 connecting rods...
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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
Too much boost not enough fuel and snapped the crank in the racecar back in 2002. Saved the heads and valve covers and some parts of the trans. Only thing holding the trans in the car was the exhaust...Bent the converter, broke the starter in half, never found #5 and #6 connecting rods...

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Messed up a fuel control on a T56-A-425 (turboprop engine) installing some sensor. It wouldn't go in all the way, but went in far enough to get the bolts started, so I cranked that mother down. Worst part is it took a couple of days and probably hundreds of man hours to troubleshoot. Oddly enough, I didn't get in much trouble.
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Originally Posted by Vitamin_Sea View Post
Messed up a fuel control on a T56-A-425 (turboprop engine) installing some sensor. It wouldn't go in all the way, but went in far enough to get the bolts started, so I cranked that mother down. Worst part is it took a couple of days and probably hundreds of man hours to troubleshoot. Oddly enough, I didn't get in much trouble.
Men never seem to learn from the "if it wont go, get a bigger hammer" every guy on this forum is guilty of it at some point in there life!
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I crunched an F4 Phantom on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, needless to say the air boss had his fill on my ass
Where you ships company or in VF-74/103? I was in 74 in the Desert Storm days.
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Originally Posted by FullHouse View Post
I crunched an F4 Phantom on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, needless to say the air boss had his fill on my ass
i "crunched" an entire F4 (2.7 million in 1968) ,btw i flew off of the Saratoga. were you on her when we did the training with the british F4s?
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Dang is 3 of us old Saratoga hands here
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Originally Posted by FullHouse View Post
I crunched an F4 Phantom on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, needless to say the air boss had his fill on my ass
winner I'd say
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I worked for Florida Power and Light in the late 70's early 80's. I was an apprentice mechanic at Port Everglades power plant. Where the sea water enters the plant for cooling,
there are rotating screens to filter out the fish, crabs, and other floating debris. The screens are rinsed with high pressure water and into a basket about 10x10. A couple of times per shift
the basket needs to be emptied. This is done with a mobile crane that picks up the basket, drives a short distance and empties into a trash container. Pretty simple.

The crane we used had a fixed seat and only the boom moved, not the cab. The crane was out for repairs so we had a rental crane very different from ours. This one the whole cab moved.
I didn't know it, but the cab had a lock down lever behind the seat which would prevent the cab from swinging. Of course it wasn't locked down. I put out the outriggers slightly off the ground
as always, picked up what we called the "seafood basket" and headed for the dumpster. It was a paved road until about 50 yards from the dumpster. I turned left off the road and all of a sudden
the cab swings to the left, with the weight of the basket swinging, and over I go. it was like slow motion. Didn't get hurt cause I was wearing a seat belt. I climbed down out of the cab and everyone
came running. After seeing I was ok, everyone was cracking up, the comments go out over the intercom, and I felt like such a smuck.


When we got the crane upright the boom, had a very large "bow" in it and wouldn't retract any more. Later we found out the bill was $75,000 to fix it, bent an outrigger too.


Needless to say management wasn't too happy. Nothing happened to me, but the journeyman I was working with, (who wasn't even there) got 3 days on the beach for not being there
while I was operating the crane.

Just thought as I was proofreading; this wasn't my most expensive mistake; getting married was. That one cost me over $150k out of MY pocket.
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Oddest story along thos lines I've heard , and this goes back many years , was a buddy I had was working in a factory that grew Rubies and other gems for industrial work and somehow managed to drop a big one . He said after the incident you would fill out forms which quoted the value of this accident at 80 k . He said you got 2 of those and was not employed there when I knew him .
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Dang is 3 of us old Saratoga hands here
I was on the Ranger but we did some special training with the RAF on what was one of the exceptionally rare occasions that one of their F4s flew off a US carrier, and that was the Saratoga
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Originally Posted by GoneNdoneit View Post

winner I'd say
he crunched one i crashed one. he gets high marks but no cigar

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