Stupidest thing you've done in VEX

  1. 2 years ago

    NattyMan0007

    18 Mar 2016 Victoria, Australia 7479A

    Let's start a thread celebrating the stupidity of ourselves.
    This thread is not to pick on others about what they have done, merely just for humor.

    I'll start. Yesterday I spent 5 minutes trying to put a nut on a screw before I realized that I was turning the screw the wrong way.
    I then proceeded to do it again later on....

  2. cameronb745

    18 Mar 2016 Arizona 745V

    When I was a rookie, I wondered why the gold screw would not fit in the standoffs.

  3. NattyMan0007

    18 Mar 2016 Victoria, Australia 7479A

    Someone in my team once filled a motor screw hole with the wrong loctite, the stuff that you need explosives to get off, and then put a screw in it.
    Had to angle grind off screw . The screw lost

  4. JustinM

    18 Mar 2016 Phoenix/Tempe, AZ
    Edited 2 years ago by JustinM

    @NattyMan0007 Let's start a thread celebrating the stupidity of ourselves.
    This thread is not to pick on others about what they have done, merely just for humor.

    I'll start. Yesterday I spent 5 minutes trying to put a nut on a screw before I realized that I was turning the screw the wrong way.
    I then proceeded to do it again later on....

    Oh god, so many moments... I'll have to make a list later

    Idk if I can put one over all of the others

  5. puzzler7

    18 Mar 2016 Peoria, Arizona 8452A

    Either deciding to rebuild the week before states rookie year or putting the 35 pound steel cube (with unfolding ramp) on the top shelf in the storage closet. It wasn't my robot, it was my sister team's. They had a fun time getting it down.

  6. lpieroni

    18 Mar 2016 La Canada, CA 4800

    Oh, boy, that's going to be a long list for me. I have to say that my dumbest mistake was gearing motors 7:1 together on a flywheel at the beginning of this season. I also built an intake to score into the low goal, but the top of the intake was about an inch too low to make it over the bar.

  7. Grant Walton

    18 Mar 2016 Bakersfield, CA 7983G

    Easily the stupidest thing I've done is from my rookie year when I built a two motor tank drive. And when I say tank drive I mean using the tank treads so it looked like an actual tank. I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't drive for very long. That thing would've overheated with four motors.

  8. NattyMan0007

    18 Mar 2016 Victoria, Australia 7479A

    Currently our stupidest mistake is doing a rebuild just before worlds
    With only half a week of school left to build it's cutting it fine

    Programming and cabling I can just take it home and do it

  9. Vex 9185

    18 Mar 2016 Bellefontaine, Ohio

    I don't know how stupid this is, but we like to fill up the ends of screwdrivers with washers (and wonder where all of our washers went, but that's beside the point). We stand them up without the ends on. After a few hours one of us forgets it's filled with washers and picks it up. Fun :)

  10. Stripping the screw on the back of a motor with stripped gears.

  11. Jackets STEAM Team

    18 Mar 2016 Mississippi 5735B

    Putting on the motors for the drive train backwards
    And then taking them off to put them on the wrong side
    And then taking them off to put them on the wrong place
    And then taking them off to put them in the same place again
    ...It's happened so many times.

  12. IrisDegree

    18 Mar 2016 Rowlett, Texas 360
    Edited 2 years ago by IrisDegree

    Before putting clear zip ties on my Toss Up robot, I accidentally cut a motor wire in a tight space thinking it was a black zip tie.

  13. bossgivol

    18 Mar 2016 Knoxville TN YNOT

    Putting a 35 pound robot on a 2 motor 1:1 4inch Wheel Drive and never really testing it before the competition. That was a bad day lol

  14. I once used a 4 motor, 4", turbo drive for a 20 pound bot. And we wondered why our drive kept overheating...

  15. Owen

    18 Mar 2016 Ann Arbor, MI BNS

    I tried to make a scissor lift geared 1:1 with 3 wire servos

  16. Joseph | 621A

    18 Mar 2016 Franklin, Indiana 621 A

    I went a whole competition where every match me and my teammates forgot to plug our power expander in for our launcher. +1 To that comment about having to grind off screws because of the wrong loctight.

  17. Aponthis

    18 Mar 2016 Gilbert, Arizona Formerly 127A, 127C, 127X

    @IrisDegree Before putting clear zip ties on my Toss Up robot, I accidentally cut a motor wire in a tight space thinking it was a black zip tie.

    I have accidentally cut a wire going for zip ties as well.

  18. Realize you screwed something into the wrong holes/backwards, take it off, then absentmindedly proceed to reattach it in the exact same place, repeat . . .

  19. Pete

    18 Mar 2016 Hudsonville, Michigan. USA EP, /(6715B)|(8031\w)|(8153\w)...

    At the beginning of the season one of our teams used a joystick to slowly speed up the motors to test out their flywheel. Whey they finished with the test the student dumped it into reverse and parts exploded out of the robot. It was a good lesson in inertia.

  20. Edited 2 years ago by TurboTech

    I'm not gonna mention any teams specifically, but in last year season, i put way too much faith in other teams ability to do skyrises. Other that that, is just the usual:

    Forgetting to plug in the battery

    Forgetting to plug in the cortex

    Not putting the clips in for the sensor side of my cortex

    Building a scissor lift based in those turntable things

    Overtightened collars then stepping therm

    Buying a bunch of the shortest 832 screws

    Not drinking enough water during a completion

    Not bringing a pump to world's last year

    Also, that point in robotc when you compile and it gets you to save, but you don't know what it's trying to get you to save so you call it the same name as the file your working on and it overrides it and you lose all your code.

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