Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

Man, so much stuff happens at Jeff's... I almost got run over by a backyard-spec Isuzu Rodeo a couple years ago, fortunately I was able to move enough out of the way that it just pinned me between its open passenger door and the fender of a junker Country Squire wagon. I was on the phone with Jeff (who was at work, many miles from the house) at the time, and had to muscle (read: bend off the hinges) the door off me so I could breathe.

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Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

Not automotive related, but power tool related.

I was helping my dad and uncle cut down a dead tree at my grandma's house.

Dad and I were up on 15ft scaffolding cutting down the taller portion of the trunk.  Dad was most of the way through the trunk and I saw that it was leaning our way.

I reached up and pushed the trunk away at the time he raised the chainsaw to do the same.  I'm very lucky I still have a wrist and hand on my left arm and that the damage was all superficial.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w106/LowFlyinOK/ChainsawPrestitch.jpg

10 stitches in one and 2 in another.  6 total lacerations.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w106/LowFlyinOK/ChainsawPoststitch.jpg

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Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

You are sooooooooooo lucky. That one has me twitching a little bit.

Next time you're helping, do it with a rope from the ground, or hire the James the narcoleptic tree cutter.

Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

I seem to be good at stories for this thread.

Short version: during my unsuccessful attempts at building a spare turbocharger from the remains of three junk ones, I was removing an O2 sensor with a 7/8" wrench and leaning my whole 200 lb. frame into it. The sensor's "bolt head" rounded off, and I managed to get a turbo downpipe elbow and wrench to the ribcage with the resulting "pop" noise from my body. I'm on an ice, ibuprofen, and bourbon with ice therapy regimen so I can drive this weekend.

Guess I shouldn't be allowed near hand tools, either. Next time, I put the torch to it first so it loosens up like butter.

Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

I had a similar experience with a Dremel and a cut off wheel.  I was upside down under the dash of my truck enlarging a hole for a new stereo.  Without warning (is there ever a warning?) the cut off wheel shattered.  Thankfully I was wearing safety glasses, because there was a deep gouge in one lens.  I'm sure I'd be wearing glass eye if I hadn't had those safety glasses on.  When I'm working on cars I wear safety glasses religiously.

Regarding the crushing of old cars, FDWheelMan says:

This makes Baby Jesus cry...

Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

No matter how thick the callouses are on your hands, when the grinder finds the backside of your knuckle it's going deep. Wear your leather gloves.

Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

CowDriver wrote:

One lesson from this, in the immortal words of Mae West, "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."

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Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

Just today while helping RichVS start the newest engine for the Checker cab, while at about 2500 rpm the rad cap came off and hit the fan which blasted pieces all around me. Scared all hell outta me. Blew the cap into multiple pieces. None of the large bits actually hit me. Felt a few small pieces bounce off me. Put a Hella nice dent in the fan blade.

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Re: **Good cautionary tale** Don't let this happen to you -- blood & gore

Literally thinking about this thread while in the shop this afternoon.