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Someone else caused me £100 worth of damage.

ben@31[email protected] Posts: 2,324
edited September 2013 in The cake stop
Having to buy a new car tyre because a screw punctured them.

This has happened twice now. £100 to £120 per tyre. Second time it caused a flat that I was unaware of, so could have caused an accident. Me the victim has to buy a new tyre through no fault of their own.

Where are the screws coming from? The screw should ether be ether properly inserted into some wood or a wall, or kept in a storage container. So I don't understand how the screw ends up on the road between the two places?
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  • vitesse169vitesse169 Posts: 420
    Some years ago I had to investigate something similar.... Turned out an old fella didn't like the 'victim' parking his car in a particular place outside the family home. In dead of night old man sneaks out and puts screw under car tyre so that when victim drives off = pfffft ( slowly ) and appears to have been picked up elsewhere.... after about 4/5 tyres the victim get pished off and suspects foul play....
    Have you ticked off a neighbour ???
  • In my old house parking on the drive I noticed that my back tyres were losing pressure. Kept taking it to the garage to pump them up. Eventually discovered they both had nails in them. The only way I could see that happening to both at the same time was someone put them there.
  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,306
    Hmmm ... Screw in one of my tyres too. Must be an epidemic
  • To sabotage someones tyres without them knowing would be such a criminally dangerous thing to do, I'm amazed someone would do that.... The roads I frequent where I work and live are A-roads that are national speed limit. If the sabotaged tyre causes me to lose to control on a bend, it would cause a head on collision with a closing speed of 120mph. For the person who put the nail there, would that be a murder charge? Even if the person had a problem with me, they could still end up killing someone else.
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  • tim_wandtim_wand Posts: 2,552
    My God my original Schwalbe Ultremo R1's got several punctures in the first 200 miles and I thought me and my neighbour got on.
  • vitesse169vitesse169 Posts: 420
    To sabotage someones tyres without them knowing would be such a criminally dangerous thing to do, I'm amazed someone would do that.... The roads I frequent where I work and live are A-roads that are national speed limit. If the sabotaged tyre causes me to lose to control on a bend, it would cause a head on collision with a closing speed of 120mph. For the person who put the nail there, would that be a murder charge? Even if the person had a problem with me, they could still end up killing someone else.


    Curiously - these idiots don't think that far ahead..... they think maybe 1 step ahead of where they are at now.... no further.
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    vitesse169 wrote:
    To sabotage someones tyres without them knowing would be such a criminally dangerous thing to do, I'm amazed someone would do that.... The roads I frequent where I work and live are A-roads that are national speed limit. If the sabotaged tyre causes me to lose to control on a bend, it would cause a head on collision with a closing speed of 120mph. For the person who put the nail there, would that be a murder charge? Even if the person had a problem with me, they could still end up killing someone else.


    Curiously - these idiots don't think that far ahead..... they think maybe 1 step ahead of where they are at now.... no further.

    yes sad to say have had that experience from neighbours out of control kids in the past :( and Id totally agree they dont think that far ahead of the consequences, or care what might happen, its to annoy you basically, its about breaking stuff you own, to cause you hassle and expense.

    but so there are certainly people about who do that kind of thing,and who think its funny to do it as well, fortunately I was only temporarily renting my place at the time and was able to move elsewhere...but I can assure you I still always check my tyres before getting in my car even now.
  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,603
    Rather than a pissed off neighbour, the screw is just as likely to have fallen from a passing skip lorry or the back of a flatbed truck or from the gap at the bottom of a joiner's van doors etc.

    As I wrote the above I was reminded of this....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3LLY3jdAIo "sword in the field" Skip to 1:15 :)


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  • I managed to get a massive 3 inch long coach screw go though a rear tyre. Its incredible how it actually managed it, must have been kicked up by the front wheels. Luckily the tyre was about 90% worn and ready for the bin, unlike the time when I wrote off a 3 day old tyre when I clipped a broken kerb; that really pi55ed me off
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  • To sabotage someones tyres without them knowing would be such a criminally dangerous thing to do, I'm amazed someone would do that.... The roads I frequent where I work and live are A-roads that are national speed limit. If the sabotaged tyre causes me to lose to control on a bend, it would cause a head on collision with a closing speed of 120mph. For the person who put the nail there, would that be a murder charge? Even if the person had a problem with me, they could still end up killing someone else.

    The type of person who would do that lacks the mental capacity to make that connection.
  • spen666spen666 Posts: 17,709
    Having to buy a new car tyre because a screw punctured them.

    This has happened twice now. £100 to £120 per tyre. Second time it caused a flat that I was unaware of, so could have caused an accident. Me the victim has to buy a new tyre through no fault of their own.

    Where are the screws coming from? The screw should ether be ether properly inserted into some wood or a wall, or kept in a storage container. So I don't understand how the screw ends up on the road between the two places?

    So how do you know it was a deliberate act?

    Things get dropped. it could easily have fallen from a moving vehicle, or been dropped by a pedestrian.

    By the sounds of it and in the absence of any evidence to suggest foul play, you need to MTFU and stop bleating.

    Yes, its annoying when things go wrong, but life isn't a perfect canvas.

    do you want to sue the council/ tyre manufacturer etc when you get a puncture in your bike tyre?
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  • k-dogk-dog Posts: 1,652
    Did you need a new tyre?

    I've replaced a few over the years. Local place always says "we can't repair that, we can do you a new tyre". Took me a while to ask the right question and find a guy who does these repairs.

    Took it to a guy on an industrial estate who kept it for 2 days and came back with a vulcanised repair and it's been fine - he can repair holes even on the corner of the tyre (not sure about that sidewall).

    Not a cowboy either - just a little place that specialises in tyre repairs and alignment - had a brand new Aston Martin up on the ramp when I was there sorting out the tracking.
    I'm left handed, if that matters.
  • vitesse169vitesse169 Posts: 420
    Nobody yet knows if this was a deliberate act. What was the position of the screw in the tyre ? Was it straight in - i.e. perpendicular to the tyre - or at an angle ? At an angle would suggest a possible pick up - 90degree to the tyre may suggest it was propped up to the tread so the veh moving forward would roll onto the screw...
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    How often is this happening ? And I'd have thought that the tyre could be repaired if its in the body of the tread ? You might need to find a better garage - the independent ones seem far better than the chains.

    I'd assume the best and that the screws are just accidents.
  • Tom ButcherTom Butcher Posts: 3,830
    I think I've had 3 punctures in about 25 years driving - 2 were the same day with screws through the tyres - who knows but 2 in a short space of time I'd say the odds are it's not chance.

    it's a hard life if you don't weaken.
  • davisdavis Posts: 2,505
    I've had to change a couple of tyres (one with only 8 miles on it, that hurt) due to screws. Are you driving past anywhere that has building work? But yeah, it's likely just bad luck. I did end up buying a puncture repair kit for cars though!
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  • gozzygozzy Posts: 640
    I've had countless screws in my tyres, they just get around. As long as they're not within an inch or so of the edge of the tyre you can get them repaired, usually costs about a fiver and takes about 10 minutes.
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 20,078
    k-dog wrote:
    Did you need a new tyre?

    I've replaced a few over the years. Local place always says "we can't repair that, we can do you a new tyre". Took me a while to ask the right question and find a guy who does these repairs.

    Took it to a guy on an industrial estate who kept it for 2 days and came back with a vulcanised repair and it's been fine - he can repair holes even on the corner of the tyre (not sure about that sidewall).

    Not a cowboy either - just a little place that specialises in tyre repairs and alignment - had a brand new Aston Martin up on the ramp when I was there sorting out the tracking.

    agree

    tyre manufacturers recommend you don't repair them, but if you have caught it in time and not driven on it, there is a chance of a repair.
  • natrixnatrix Posts: 1,111
    From the other side of the debate.......................

    'Yummy mummies' on the school run often park their cars right across my drive despite the yellow lines, blocking it completely and making me late for work (if I'm in the car). I've often been tempted to let their tyres down on days when I'm cycling in, but have now purchased some 'joke' exhaust whistles as a safer deterrent. (Talking to them or leaving a note just leads to a stream of abuse).
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