You have to live and learn, though, and presumably, these construction professionals have done just that. We’ve compiled some of the most hilarious, strange, and downright unexplainable construction fails of all time in this article. Whether you like having a laugh at stairs to nowhere, doors that open up to a huge drop onto the ground, or other mishaps of all types, you are going to find something to make you smile on this list.
Watch Out For The Pole
Something is definitely wrong with this picture here. “Hmmm,” some contractor thought. “It’s not very safe to have this pole in the middle of the bike lane, so we should put something up to protect bike riders from hitting it.
I know! Heavy concrete blocks!” Yeah, I’m not sure if that’s an improvement. Now, there’s practically no space for a bike rider to even get around the accident waiting to happen! Once again bikers are overlooked for the masses who just don’t respect the sport.
Oh, Sotp It
You can’t always blame construction workers for the major faults in our society. Sometimes, the construction workers do their job just fine, only to be let down by someone else. Just look at this major fail here. Someone made a bit of an error in terms of spelling.
This road was paved well and everything looks good, except for the fact that the guy doing the pain forgot how to spell “stop”…yes, that’s right. “Stop.” As in, “one of the first words you learn how to spell in kindergarten.” Our education system is going down the hole.
Apparently, there was once a reason to have a door here. Was the door here before the stairs? Were they unsure if someone would try to go in the door, so they thought they should put a railing in to prevent it entirely?
So many questions come as a result of this photo. It sure seems like no one is going in that door anytime soon, however. If I lived there I’d be wondering every day what was behind that door. I’d probably eventually remove the railing just to find out.
First Step’s A Doozy
Every now and then when you’re at a business or visiting a friend’s house, they’ll advise you to watch out for a step up or down that you may not notice ahead of time. It is actually quite common, but this here is something completely unique.
Many businesses have a “step down” sign” to help alert people to this kind of thing. Well, you’ll need more than just a sign to let someone know that when they walk out the door, they can expect a five-foot drop! This is definitely a safety hazard.
Stairs To Nowhere
Like some of the other photos, this one leaves you with a lot of questions. Are they planning on putting a door in here, but just haven’t gotten around to it and already installed the stairs? Perhaps this some sort of art piece that shows stairs going nowhere.
Were the stairs already there and the door that used to be there is now removed? Is it just convenient having stairs to walk up and lean against the wall? Perhaps the stairway leads to another dimension and that is where everyone works.
Have you ever seen a big danger hazard? Now this is what I call poor planning on somebody’s part. Generally, you try to keep the telephone lines off to the side of the road, after all. They didn’t even try, they did this completely on purpose.
Not only is there an honest-to-goodness telephone pole just sitting in one of the lanes, but it’s also after a pretty big curve, so drivers who aren’t familiar with the area won’t realize until they come around the corner that they have to dodge a pole.
Usually, one manhole is enough for every city block or so. You don’t need enough manholes so that all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter, Casey Jones, and April O’Neill can all have their own separate exit from the sewers.
Maybe whoever put these in kept putting them in the wrong place? Hopefully, they got assigned a different job after the seventh time. Perhaps putting a dozen sewer lids all across the concrete is a common mistake made by rookie construction workers.
Not Gonna Work
Alright, so the door has been built, the glass is in place, the door has been attached to the exterior of the building, what next? Oh, that’s right, the handle has to be installed. Handle installation is easily the most simple part when it comes to making a door.
That said, don’t leave that job to someone who doesn’t know left from right, or you might end up with this kind of situation. Luckily, it’s a pretty quick fix, but still a very embarrassing mistake and extremely inconvenient to the building owners.
Quite A View
Balconies usually require not only a railing for safety, but you know…a door to allow people to access the balcony from inside the building. That’s what one contractor clearly misunderstood while installing this beauty.
It looks nice from the outside, but I don’t think that the tenants will be spending much time on the balcony. Balconies is a treasure part of any household. To see one go completely unused and perhaps for all time is pretty heartbreaking.
The Gate’s Locked
This gate surely does its job with no problems at all. Perhaps there’s a dumb enough criminal to be thrown off by the top-notch security system one must use to get the gate to open here. Perhaps he’ll just head back to the next residence.
Perhaps, yes…but unlikely. It’s more likely that the thief will see that there’s a gate, but no fence and decide to steal even more of the person inside’s stuff to teach them a lesson or two. Those little bushes aren’t stopping anyone from getting into that property.
More Than Meets The Eye
At first glance, it would seem that someone made a huge mistake while building this bridge that doesn’t quite seem to line up. However, it’s just the perspective; the left side of the bridge is actually raised upward and needs to be lowered into place.
Still, you see all of these construction workers pretty close to a long, dangerous fall and wonder how many OSHA violations are happening since no one is wearing a safety harness. They aren’t even wearing lifevest. What if one were to fall in that water below?
One Size Fits All?
What was the bank thinking when they placed that ATM on that building. I don’t know how tall the guy is in the photo, but I’m guessing that unless you’ve played in the NBA, it’s going to be pretty difficult to reach up and use this ATM.
Maybe you could reach up and put your card in, but seeing the screen is going to be difficult. Who knows what they were thinking when they installed it there? Make one think that perhaps they didn’t want people to take out any money.
The Space Between
I don’t know if I’d ever have to use the restroom bad enough to use one of these bad boys while someone is using the other. I mean, depending on the size of the guy involved, it may not even be possible in the first place!
This was definitely a poor decision. Maybe the contractors have never used a urinal before? You can only imagine the kind of splash back you’d get if two people were using these at the same. What is a business owner to do when he orders urinals and gets these?
It’s Not Polite To Stair
Are these United States Air Force servicemen having a laugh at the door behind them that is inaccessible to anyone who can’t climb up to 12 feet in the air? Perhaps the area that the door was made to access is no longer in use or needed.
But even in that case, why would you just remove the stairs? Couldn’t you just, I don’t know…turn the doors into a wall? That said, they are i nthe air force and maybe they want to get their troops used to falling through the air. This door will do it.
Not Up To Code
Our good friends at OSHA would definitely not be big fans of this. It may say “Fire Exit,” but it’s only a fire exit if the fire’s bad enough that you don’t mind breaking your legs on the way down. In case of a fire, you probably won’t mind breaking your legs to escape.
Can you imagine being in a fire, having a hard time seeing through the smoke, and finally finding an exit, only to tumble ten feet to the concrete below? It will be unpleasant, but at the same time it’d be completely worth the escape.
Listen For The Whistle
I suppose you’d better listen really carefully for a train whistle before you step out to relax on this balcony! The placement just two feet over train tracks seems a little sketchy to us, but hey, if the rent’s cheap, don’t let us talk you out of signing a lease here.
At least they thought to put a railing around the balcony, even though it’s only two feet off the ground! This railing won’t amount to much when a trail comes crashing into it and leaving your home completely incomplete.
Pick Your Poison
Here, we have quite an interesting photo. You have floor upon floor of doors that lead directly to drops of increasing heights. Perhaps if you live on the first floor, the door might have been a good idea.
The second floor? Meh, if you’re adventurous. The third floor and higher? Yeah, I wouldn’t advise using that particular exit. We have to question if this was meant to happen or if this is some sort of concept art.
Imagine climbing about 20 stairs just to find out that you successfully ascended to…a brick wall! Congratulations! Now walk back down those stairs and think about what you did. Think about how much time you wasted climbing all those steps.
You look at this setup, with the random stairs, rails everywhere, and windows and think that perhaps the only reasonable purpose for this whole thing is parkour practice. We literally can’t imagine it being used for anything else besides parkour.
Location, Location, Location
Nothing can compare to the pride you get when you drive your car into the driveway of your very own home. That said, you don’t have to be a real estate expert to understand that location is a pretty important part of a home’s value.
Well, in this case, the neighborhood may be nice, but having a huge telephone pole right in the middle of the entrance to your driveway is definitely not ideal. I guess after some practice you’d be able to dodge it, but it’s not great for curb appeal.
Something is definitely looking strange in this picture. You aren’t looking at any normal western town, you are looking Wabash. The mural says that you should explore downtown Wabash, but there’s at least one part of the town that you definitely don’t want to explore.
I’ll give you a hint: it’s a door and it’s 20 feet off the ground and generally inaccessible to anybody who doesn’t know how to fly. Whoever used MS Paint to sum up the problem here is pretty much right-on. We wonder what is behind this white door.
Straight Across The Road
Generally, a crosswalk is supposed to provide a guide for pedestrians to cross from one part of the road straight to the other. However, it went a little awry in this case, as you can tell that the yellow squares aren’t exactly lined up here.
Who forgot to read their manual before painting these lines? Someone probably got fired that day. This was definitely the work of someone on their first day of work. We imagine that he probably didn’t make it to see his second day of work.
Why would you want to stay at a Best Western with normal windows when you can stay in one that has one randomly titled window? You have to wonder what the idea was here. One has has to wonder if the strange window opens.
What could have gone wrong to lead to this mistake? Do we blame the architect? The contractor? No, of course not. Blame all of the hourly employees! That’s how it’s done. Certainly, they should have kept their eyes on the construction workers as they worked.
Garage For Planes
You may wonder why you’d want a garage suspended in the air, but consider this: airplanes! Also, consider flying cars! Okay, those are pretty unlikely scenarios and this is actually pretty awful when you consider the damage they can do to the house.
And useless. But it kind of looks cool, so at least you have that going for you. And if the door stops opening, it’s no hurry to get it fixed. That said, you do not want to back your car out of that garage. That is just a major accident waiting to happen.
Maybe They Won’t Notice
You know, this looks okay as long as it’s not a nice day outside. The moment that you have a beautiful day and decide you want some sunshine to come in, you’re in for a disappointment because there is absolutely no window behind those little blinds.
Aren’t there better ways to cover up an eyesore of a cabinet or whatever else they were trying to obstruct here? Maybe whoever installed these was uh, blind? Okay, sorry. They definitely weren’t blind, but perhaps just had a bad sense in design.
See, It Works!
There’s something special about admitting that you made a mistake. I’m not sure if this door actually qualifies, though. This guy decided that there had to be an easier way to go about things beyond just putting in a new toilet.
Instead of adjusting the real problem, the person responsible for this bathroom decided, “Hey! I’ll just cut out a toilet-shaped part of the door and voila! It works!” As long as you don’t want privacy, that is. Just don’t walk by the bathroom when in use.
You could say that they were “on the wrong track” when they placed this pole and electrical box right on the train tracks. This can and most certainly will cause some problems when it comes to trains and the people riding on those said trains.
Perhaps these are just extra tracks for storage or whatever, but it sure doesn’t look that way and makes you wonder what people were thinking when this was constructed. Well, we’re not train conductors, so it’s not our problem!
I think this must be the first day of plumbing school for one would-be tradesman who may have just figured out that it’s the wrong field for their skills. Washing your hands will always lead to much bigger mess then one really needs.
Generally, you want to make sure that your plumbing fixtures actually line up the flow of water with the sink below, after all. And why would you run the water when you already know the faucet is too long? Someone is going to have some explaining to do.
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bridges are supposed to be sturdy. Look, I’m no expert in bridge construction, but I do know that any bridge that needs to be partially supported by a makeshift pile of concrete blocks, rocks, and bricks is probably not one that you want to cross.
I don’t care if it is only a bridge sitting five feet off the ground; just stay off of it. Seriously. This looks like one of the most flimsy bridges I’ve ever seen in my life. Who ever thought this was a good idea knew very little about the works of a bridge.
You have to hand it to whoever built this house for being determined. They knew there was a huge tree right where the driveway was gonna be, but did they alter their plans? Of course not! Perhaps the tree grew from the concrete and blocked their house.
They moved forward and just said, “Meh, we’ll figure the whole ‘tree directly in front of the garage thing’ later.” Unfortunately, it seems that the solution was, “Do nothing and mark the home down 20% in price.”
This Can’t Be Real
It’s hard to know what to believe anything anymore since someone can Photoshop a dinosaur eating a cheeseburger on top of a McDonald’s restaurant and make it look realistic. This is also somewhat hard to believe, but we really want to believe it.
With that said, we’re hoping that this photo of a park that features several large pits in the ground is fake. I mean, that slide still might be fun, but yeah…saying it’s a lawsuit waiting to happen is an understatement. We wonder where that pit leads.
Watch Your Head
To be fair, you should probably realize something is up before you get to the top of the stairs and literally put your head through the ceiling, but still. How are these stairs still here? You’d think that the building owner would want to get rid of them.
What’s upstairs that they decided that the best way to handle the situation was to pretend that the upper floor doesn’t exist and just put a ceiling there instead? At the very least we can say that this is a very interesting looking shopping mall.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this rather peculiar setup isn’t ideal for someone looking to go, uh, number two. We have no idea why someone would aim to have this design in their bathroom. It definitely won’t be very popular with the guests.
However, if you have messy guests, like this establishment likely does, you’ve now got not one, but two layers of protection to keep people with bad aim from messing up your floors. Although, it doesn’t seem like it’s working that well. Gross.
What Are We Looking At?
Sometimes, the architecture doesn’t quite speak for itself. This is one of those situations. We’re probably looking at a really weird window, but then again, the fact that it looks like there are steps to what once was a doorway isn’t helping, either.
And why the overhang? Is it so you don’t get wet while you peer into the windows? We suppose that this used to be part of a different building. Maybe they remodeled and just decided that it’d be better to leave it there.
This looks like what always happens whenever I play one of those city simulation games where you have to draw in all the roads, connect, water pipes, and all that other stuff. That said, this picture just doesn’t look very real.1
It’s a little strange that they planned the city so poorly that five lanes have to go down to one tiny line for an entire block because of buildings just sitting there in the road, right? Someone could have placed these buildings in a better location.