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Old 01-19-2009, 04:02 PM   #16
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:18 PM   #17
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DM your blood clots faster in the cold!

Three years ago on a College Bowl Weekend we had a freezing rainstorm. One of 3 of my 25' cedars in the back yard bent over under the ice load into the fork of an apple tree. It was so heavy I couldn't lift the bows to even shake them.
I called a neighbour to help hold my 6' ladder and climbed up about 5' so I was just above the branch to be safe. I took out a hand held tree saw and carefully leaned down to cut through the trunk below my waist and beside the ladder... just to be safe.. .
As I finally cut through the weight shifted and tipped the trunk in the fork and slipped forward taking the ladder right out from under me. Down I came right on my favorite step ladder....Good thing I don't have my chainsaw license...
After I collected myself we tried to lift that branch off what was left of the ladder. We had to cut it with a chainsaw several days later before we could actually move it. Never underestimate the weight and danger of ice.

I went in for a shower and started watching the game. When I stood up I had a goose egg on my leg below the knee the size of a 1/2 grapefruit, no exageration... where I landed on the ladder. Good bye game, off to the hospital I went. I never felt a thing but the entire leg below the knee was swollen for over 3 weeks and black and blue.... knee to toes
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:00 AM   #18
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I have many, many diy injury stories.

I was working on my beach house a few years ago. It was getting dark due to a thunderstorm moving in. I was cutting some wood on a tablesaw and was on the last piece before I was going to take a lunch break.

I cut the piece of wood, turned off the table saw then tried to grab the little piece of wood. It was dark and loud from the thunder so I didn't see, hear or realize that the blade hadn't fully spun down. The blade was moving so slow, I could clearly see each of the 4 teeth of the blade that hit my index finger tip. Those 4 teeth took out a nice 3/16" wide by 3/16" V shaped chunk of fingernail and meat from my finger.

I jumped off the last step on my ladder after working on my metal roof. To my surprise, my feet never touched the ground. I then realized my wedding ring was caught on a nail. Next I heard a loud pop and heard my ring bouncing around on the roof. I immediately grabbed my hand. I was afraid to look. I thought my finger had torn off. I finally looked and it wasn't too bad. Just a good flap of skin hanging.

Tore a huge flap of the outer layer of cornea of my right eye while moving a pindo palm. Having been poked in the eye by them in the past, I figured I'd close my eyes as tightly as possible while I moved the container it was in. It bumped my knee and an unopened front poked between by eyelids and got me. I've had many eye injuries and all healed withing a day or two. This was so bad it took a week and a half to heal.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:39 AM   #19
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I was installing a custom kitchen cabinet package..This package was made of some very hard wood. Well, while I was installing the crown, I needed an angle that my then small, duel bevel mitersaw couldn't deliver..So with both of the miter box fences moved to their outer edges, , I cocked the 1' piece of crown over a block so I could get the needed angle. The blade grabbed the trim and drove my thumb into the blade !! I always forget to elevate whatever is bleeding until about 5 minutes of slinging blood everywhere..I was working by myself in a customer's house, so I had to clean up my blood before leaving and drive to the emergency room..After 25 minutes the pain had stopped accelerating and was getting better...
The emergency room doctor took a look at it and told me what he needed to do..I'm gonna have to numb your thumb, have you ever had that done before, he asked ? No, and by this time which was about an hour and a half later, my thumb was sore but didn't really hurt..I'm gonna shove a needle down the length of your thumb on BOTH SIDES to numb it..That hurt more than the blade !!...He cleaned it and stiched it up like Frankenstein's thumb..It looks 97% normal now..I was lucky, it could have been ALOT worst..

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Old 01-25-2009, 08:36 PM   #20
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Look at avatar; fell off ladder reaching to far with nail gun, recoil threw me off balance, went to reach for some 2X8s I had sitting on the walls waiting to be nailed in. Had about three of them fall on top of me with one hitting my knee just right (or wrong) broke my lower tibia plateau. Out of work for four months.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:49 PM   #21
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I was installing a custom kitchen cabinet package...
Sounds similar to what my father did a few months ago. After a pretty bad sliding miter saw incident that involved cutting through a couple of bones about 27 years ago, you'd think he'd know better. He builds houses for a living by the way.

While helping my brother add a basement bathroom, my father didn't feel like waiting for my brother to grab a hand saw from upstairs. He needed to shorten a pvc elbow about an inch and decided to use the miter saw. Bad idea (I know, I've tried it. PVC shards everythere). I get a call on my first day of vacation at the beach from my brother: "Did you hear what happened to dad? He cut his thumb off". Turns out, he basically shaved the thumbnail off his left thumb. It's now 1/4" shorter and has no nail or tendon to bend it back. Same hand as the previous miter saw incident.

I think I'm going to by him a sawstop tablesaw for Christmas.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:40 AM   #22
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This did not happen to me. In fact, it happened before I went to work at the motor home plant. The motor home plant burned to the ground when a coach backfired in the spray foam pit. It took 20 minutes to burn the plant to the ground. The employees re-built the plant. When the crew was stapling the plywood on the roof, one of the guys ran a staple through the top of his foot into the plywood. The staple hit the steel truss and clinched over. He had to have someone cut the plywood sheet, then he had to have help to get down the ladder to the ground. After a period of time, he was released to go back to work. Someone asked how he did such a stupid thing as to staple his foot to the roof. "Like this" he said as he grabbed a staple gun. That time there was no plywood, he was standing on concrete. The staple clinched over. That time, when he was released from the docs care, he did not return to hte motor home plant.

Rudolph was trimming his fruit trees with a small chainsaw. the saw caught the back of his hand. He drove himself to the hospital. He said there was no way he was calling the ambulance, and have any of his fellow firefighters haul him to the hospital. He said it was cool when the ER doc pulled the tendons to see which fingers moved.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:26 PM   #23
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While reading this thread it brought to mind a bumper sticker I read one time while on my way to a local hospital.

"The probability that some one is watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your actions".


This statement has stuck in my head now for years and years. I care not to elaborate any further................
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:30 PM   #25
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While reading this thread it brought to mind a bumper sticker I read one time while on my way to a local hospital.

"The probability that some one is watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your actions".


This statement has stuck in my head now for years and years. I care not to elaborate any further................

No need to elaborate, we all know you were driving the WIFE to the hospital and a lot of people saw what SHE did!
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:33 PM   #26
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Here's my story.
I had just bought my first framing nailer and I was excited to use it. I was planning to install some ceiling joists. I grabbed the closest ladder I could find. Unfortunately, it was the smallest and oldest ladder I own but it should be fine just to shoot a couple of nails. It’s only five and half feet tall and wobbly because it is old and made out of wood. I didn't want to run all the way to the basement to get the 8' ladder for just a few nails. I was standing on the top step, you know the step that says "[Idiot] This is not a step!" As you would expect, I was pushing the joist into place and the ladder flipped out from under me. I grabbed onto the joist and I was hanging about 2 feet off the ground with my nailer in one hand. I had the nailer pinned and I couldn't easily grab it with my other hand because if I let go,I'd fall. Hanging for a few seconds I came up with a plan. I would simultaneously let go of the nailer, catch it my other hand, guide my landing so that I'd miss the ladder and land on my feet.
Now the reality, I let go of the nailer but instead of catching it like I planned, I first landed directly on the ladder directly beneath me and hit the floor tangled up in the ladder. This circus act isn't over yet, in this synchronized performance I ended up swatting my brand new, used for less than one day nailer against the chimney and it came crashing down. I jumped to my feet to see if anyone saw and thankfully nobody was watching, just my wife yelling up the stairs, "Is everything OK?"
Just some bumps and bruises but nothing serious. I was humbled looking at the scratches on my nailer. My wife made me feel a little better by saying "Well, at least your tools don't make you look like a poser anymore."
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Here's my story.
I had just bought my first framing nailer and I was excited to use it. I was planning to install some ceiling joists. I grabbed the closest ladder I could find. Unfortunately, it was the smallest and oldest ladder I own but it should be fine just to shoot a couple of nails. Its only five and half feet tall and wobbly because it is old and made out of wood. I didn't want to run all the way to the basement to get the 8' ladder for just a few nails. I was standing on the top step, you know the step that says "[Idiot] This is not a step!" As you would expect, I was pushing the joist into place and the ladder flipped out from under me. I grabbed onto the joist and I was hanging about 2 feet off the ground with my nailer in one hand. I had the nailer pinned and I couldn't easily grab it with my other hand because if I let go,I'd fall. Hanging for a few seconds I came up with a plan. I would simultaneously let go of the nailer, catch it my other hand, guide my landing so that I'd miss the ladder and land on my feet.
Now the reality, I let go of the nailer but instead of catching it like I planned, I first landed directly on the ladder directly beneath me and hit the floor tangled up in the ladder. This circus act isn't over yet, in this synchronized performance I ended up swatting my brand new, used for less than one day nailer against the chimney and it came crashing down. I jumped to my feet to see if anyone saw and thankfully nobody was watching, just my wife yelling up the stairs, "Is everything OK?"
Just some bumps and bruises but nothing serious. I was humbled looking at the scratches on my nailer. My wife made me feel a little better by saying "Well, at least your tools don't make you look like a poser anymore."
Scratches on the nail gun give it character. You don't want to show up at a job with a brand new shinny nailer anyway.
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Telling someone to be careful is always my downfall.

Sometimes, literally. Today we had a guy out to look at pruning a tree. I told him five or six times to be very careful on the ice - then I fell right on my hind-parts in front of him. Serves me right.
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I almost burned my house down hooking two 110 legs to two separate brakers. I had a wire ground out on a romex connector and when it tried to trip the braker, it sat and fried the jacked off the wire from basement to roof. Whole house full of toxic smoke, house was being reno'd so the wire hung, ran open in a stair case. Didn't have money for a brakerwith a bar holding them together. I went and got two more, shoved a toothpick into the holes and JB puttied it in, been working every since!
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such errors are not limited to DIYers. The pros have their share of huta syndrome and get hurt too.

I did the big no-no of leaving a hammer on top of my ladder when I went to grab some material. I forgot about it, went to move the ladder and the suddenly, just as it hit my head, remembered where I left my hammer.

Boy can head wounds bleed. As soon as it happened, I looked around to make sure nobody saw this dummy take the hit.

I've done that one, too!

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