We asked people to send in their funny apprentice stories for a chance to win a Megger Multimeter courtesy of YESSS Electrical.
Our winner was Brett Dawkins who made a mistake during one of his first jobs. Well done Brett, let’s hope you learnt from this!
When I was an apprentice I was left alone to finish off connecting the new kitchen sockets because the electrician’s partner had gone into labour. I cross connected the lives and the earths on a fused spur which was feeding the pump to the customer’s outside fish pond. Luckily, the fish were at the same potential as the water and didn’t fry, but the lady who lived there couldn’t work out why she was getting a crack up her arm every time she fed the fish! Flowers and chocolates were sent her way.
We also researched other stories to give you a giggle!
Wake Up Call
I was scheduled to work on a Saturday, the electrician and the foreman came to pick me up at 6am to work in London somewhere, I did not know what time it was (or even what day).
On the Monday he said to me I was outside your house beeping the horn, everyone on your street woke up, where were you?
I said my bedroom was at the back of the house.
You only wake up late once, now it does not matter what time I need to be at work, I always get there early!
A Lesson Learnt!
On one of my first jobs as a trainee I had to change a light switch in the kitchen where the board was, I thought I’d do the clever thing and check that the circuit I was preparing to work on was off. When I looked at the breaker it was on green, obviously I thought that this meant on so I flipped it over to the red, thinking that meant off, just like my telly or something, then I proceeded to remove the switch and started twisting the live and the neutral simultaneously with each hand and got a nasty belt! Learnt my lesson that day.
My electrical team was finishing a job on a bank refit, along with the ceiling fixers who were packing up they’re tools. Meanwhile, our apprentice was wobbling on the top step of the smallest pair on site, unscrews a temporary fitting off the slab above the ceiling, when he removes the last screw it pulled him off balance and he belly flopped onto the ceiling grid bringing down 20% of it!
I was laughing until the ceiling lads calmed down!
We found this story was the funniest, but was not our winner.
When I was an electrician I had a naive apprentice. I told him to go to the wholesaler and gave him a list. In the middle of the list I wrote “1 set of fallopian tubes” after a plumber mate of mine had done the same thing to his apprentice.
Off he went to the wholesaler, meanwhile I had told pretty much everyone on the building site we were working at what I had written.
About 30 minutes later he came back with two bags full of gear and him shaking his head. Most of the building site had stopped to see what he had to say.
I said “what’s wrong?” He replied: “well I asked for the F&*%ing fallopian tubes, didn’t I”
I said “Yeah did they have any?”
He says “The guy behind the counter said they had none in stock, but a lady upstairs may have some but he was unsure if they were for sale!”
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