Learn From My Mistakes, Future Baby Hemmings

[Pregnancy Day 224]

My Task:
Move a no-longer functioning TV from the nursery to the curb. Simple enough.

Problem:
Aforementioned TV was an old school monstrosity that no man could carry alone. I was alone.

Obvious Solution:
As I do not own a dolly to wheel the TV myself, and as it needed to go down 2 flights of steps, you’d think, “call a friend,” right?   Never dawned on me.  I decided the best course of action would be to dismantle the TV, breaking it into manageable pieces which I could then carry individually to the curb.

Realization:
I’m an idiot.

Outcome:
After removing the back of the TV and ripping out several of the wires and circuit boards with ease, I came to a large red wire that was mounted to a suction cup looking thingy on the back of the TV. After several firms tugs produced no results, I decided to Google it to find out what it was and how to detach it. Among the top web results, here are 3 things I found:

1.) “The dangerous part”

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2.) “You could get seriously injured or die.”

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3.) “If it breaks {implodes} it goes off like a young atomic bomb”

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While I’m confident that the fine internet folks who typed those things were erring on the side of caution, I still felt overwhelmingly stupid and rather relieved to still be both un-charred and non-dead.

Needless to say, the next day I called in the reinforcements (my dad) and the appropriate equipment (a dolly), and together we safely got the thing to the curb.

Learn from my mistakes, Future Baby Hemmings. There have been many.

2 Comments on Learn From My Mistakes, Future Baby Hemmings

  1. Glad I was able to help you while you were still non-dead. Does that qualify me for a bit part in the next George Romero film, or does that only work if I help the living-dead?

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