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Builders' Emergency Tune

Bob's in trouble.
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My house is currently a building site, and when I nearly pulled half of the house down on top of my head yesterday I was left wondering how long it would take for someone to find me crumpled under the rubble which used to be an antique Victorian ceiling.

Should I bang loudly to alert the neighbours to my predicament? Nope; I'd already visited my new neighbours to apologise for the prospect of several days of banging. They'd already promised to turn a deaf ear. I could shout for help, but I'd been shouting all day.

Because building sites are dangerous and noisy, all professional builders should be issued with an alarm (like a rape alarm) which plays a universally agreed tune to alert others to their plight.

"Quick, do you hear the theme from M*A*S*H? I think Bob's in trouble!"

These alarms should be available in hardware stores around the world.

Fishrat, Mar 11 2004

Super Pass Alarm http://www.galls.co...ort=general_catalog
PERFECT choice. [Letsbuildafort, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       <Shaky>"...This old house is gettin' shaky
This old house is gettin' old"</Shaky>
hippo, Mar 11 2004
  

       Hm. Given that the theme song from M*A*S*H was "Suicide is Painless" I don't think it's really appropriate.
cpt kangarooski, Mar 11 2004
  

       Bob, the builder? he can do it!
po, Mar 11 2004
  

       Right Said Fred by Bernard Cribbins (that there wall is gonna have to go)
unclepete, Mar 11 2004
  

       OK Kangarooski, it's a fair point. I'll change it to Toadinnov's beatles suggestion instead. Also, I'll add an elasticated strap for ease of use.
Fishrat, Mar 11 2004
  

       Walls come tumbling down by The Style Council.
sufc, Mar 11 2004
  

       Good idea. Assuming you're still able to press the button from under a ton of rubble.   

       [Hippo] You've brought back many strange memories.   

       <Stands up> Hello. My name is squeak and...and..I used to fancy Shakin' Stevens. <sympathetic applause>
squeak, Mar 11 2004
  

       You'd have to make it of the right sound and volume to be heard through a pile of what may well be very good acoustically insulating material; but not so loud you deafen the hapless builder. +
Detly, Mar 11 2004
  

       [squeak] My girlfriend recently tried to get an interview with "Shakey" but apparently he's still busy touring. Hope springs eternal.   

       On topic, how about goes off automatically on impact?
Fishrat, Mar 11 2004
  

       I though this was going to be in case they couldn't think of anything tuneless to whistle. Incessantly.
English Bob, Mar 11 2004
  

       The Super Pass alarms used by firefighters would be GREAT - except playing a catchy tune instead of just wailing. With <link>.
Letsbuildafort, Mar 11 2004
  

       That Super Pass needs a pre-warning before it goes off. Otherwise, if you take a nap you get a nasty wake-up call.
kbecker, Mar 11 2004
  

       Exactly. It gives the "stop slacking" speech FOR you! Or if you just lay down for a nap, turn it off.
Letsbuildafort, Mar 12 2004
  

       If you use something that people like to hear, they may not mind hearing again and again (leaving you to rot). I think you need to pull some tunes from the "all time worst" list so that persons nearby would find you to ask "Would you *please* turn that (mess) off?" Either that or we need a public education campaign "...if you hear this music near a construction site, please see if they need medical assistance"
I nominate "Achy Breaky Heart" -- a disliked song that (vaguely) indicates a problem of some sort.
RooneDitoff, Mar 12 2004
  

       Things I have learned: Leave when the builders do; Open the door for the builders tomorrow.
Alto Stratus: "New Buildings Falling Down" (with a siren added)
dpsyplc, Mar 12 2004
  

       Of course, you could have the "fatal building collision song" for really serious situations.
Fishrat, Mar 13 2004
  

       Surely anything by Die Einsturzende Neubauten would suffice?
gnomethang, Mar 13 2004
  
      
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