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Old 03-26-2012, 10:22 PM
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So, I decided I would spend some time working on my old 4X4 today. Nice day out, and it gave me a chance to play with my new impact.
It was a little cold, so I put on a heavier jacket and heavier gloves. once I got moving, it was awkward and warm to wear the gloves (I almost always work bare handed) so I took them off and placed them aside. I was removing the leaf springs from my old frame and had the hanger bolts out, but the spring was wedged in, so I gave it a tap with the palm of my hand, holding the one side. It swung free, but cocked sideways in the shackle and pulled my hand into the hanger, pinching it between the spring and hanger. Thats when the soft parts tried to squish out the side of my finger!
A half hour drive later, I was stitched up at the clinic and sent on my way again.

All I could see when it happened was my gloves sitting right beside me... I would have had a nasty bruise, but it would have kept the skin together.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:27 PM
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Ahh grasshoppa, dis what wise man call experience.

Glad your hand is ok.

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Old 03-27-2012, 12:22 AM
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Ouch! I'm really sorry, Rusty.
Nearly all my life, except for a very few years, my hands have been central to earning my meager living.

I really loathe hurting them.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:00 PM
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All I could see when it happened was my gloves sitting right beside me... I would have had a nasty bruise, but it would have kept the skin together.
Rusty, I could try and keep a straight face while I claimed something like that has never happened to me, but one good look at either one of my hands would prove me a liar instantly

Gloves definitely do help, but only if used.Glad it wasn't any worse.
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Had to go out and fix that sate oil furnace so I whipped out two of those nlue nitrile hand condoms. must keep that toxic stuff off my skin.
Rusty take care of the finger until it heals.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:39 PM
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I did something similar but at the other end. Cut a center bolt on a semi truck spring and the main leaf popped out and fell off the bench on my big toe. Broke it. Had to have the nail pierced with a hot paper clip. Bloood squirted out about 2" high. Amazing to me, it felt so good after the blood letting. I should have had steel toed boots. Would have saved the toe.

Hope it all heals up quickly.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:26 PM
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when you use your hands to make your living you sure notice when you dont have full capacity.
Thanks for the well wishes folks. its appreciated.

As far as toes go, i have been wearing steel toes for over ten years, even at home. You only have to break one toe to learn that one!
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when you use your hands to make your living you sure notice when you dont have full capacity.
Thanks for the well wishes folks. its appreciated.
And how, in my early days did a slip and tumble carrying a 289 engine head, smashed the last three fingers on my right hand. As I tried to jetison the dang thing before I hit the floor. it won, If I'd only had 1/10 of a second more. Split em open tip to stern, didn't bleed much, or hurt all that bad until about a hour later in the ER. Good thing it landed flat or the edge would have popped 'em off like the hot knife though butter.

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As far as toes go, i have been wearing steel toes for over ten years, even at home. You only have to break one toe to learn that one!
Over the years,I have had my toes saved twice by steel toed work boots,so have no problem wearing them, or telling other people they should also use them.

The only time I broke a toe, was when I was drying dishes while barefoot. I wandered over to where I could watch something that caught my interest on the TV, and when I turned around to go back to the kitchen, I hit one of my toes on something (no longer remember exactly what),bending it up at an angle that it was not designed to bend at.

Putting those heavy steel toe work boots on over a swollen,black and blue broken toe was not fun, and climbing up and down from backhoe cabs,trucks etc. was even less fun.
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The only time I broke a toe, was when I was drying dishes while barefoot.


I stumbled while pulling on my bike shorts once and broke my toe.


I couldn't walk but I could still ride!
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