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DIY Disaster – Oversized Load

By on September 8, 2014
DIY Disaster

We focus a lot on “How to” articles here on diyhousetips.com but when I received this email I thought of creating a new “Don’t Do” category on the site. For now we’ll post it under “Safety/Hazards” but a DIY Disasters section might be fun. What do you think?

“This picture is real and was taken by a Transportation Supervisor for a company that delivers building materials for 84 Lumber. When he saw it in the parking lot of IHOP, he went to buy a camera to take pictures.

The car is still running, as can be witnessed by the exhaust.

The driver finally came back after the police were called, and was found crouched behind the rear of the car, attempting to cut the twine around the load! Luckily, the police stopped him and had the load removed.

The materials were loaded at Home Depot. Their store manager said they made the customer sign a waiver.

While the plywood and 2X4s are fairly obvious, what you can’t see is the back seat, which contains — are you ready for this? — 10 bags of concrete @ 80 lbs. each!

They estimated the load weight at 3000 lbs. Both back tires exploded, the wheels bent and the rear shocks were driven through the floorboard.”