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    I am pretty hard on my hands. There are constantly nicks, scrapes, burns, and every now and then some fairly deep ones that my wife says require a doctor's attention. It rarely comes to that, as I'm sorta stubborn about seeing a doctor that gets paid three times what they're worth, and the insurance companies get the rest! Anyway, I wear gloves while welding, but hate wearing them when turning wrenches. I absolutely refuse to wear them when running the lathe or mill. Last week, I ran a piece of red hot .035 solid wire through my elk hide gloves, and right through the tip of my left index finger before the pain receptors kicked in and I screamed bloody murder. I'm somewhat concerned that I may loose part of that finger...It is still swollen, and virtually numb. So, how do you keep your hands from becoming one gian mass of scar tissue. Suggestions would be very welcome at this point.
    Arbo & Thor (The Junkyard Dog)

  • #2
    Good question. No answer though. Right now I can only count half a dozen little scrapes or nicks, mostly on knuckles. Was doing some wrenching last weekend.
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    • #3
      Arbo,heres hoping for the best to ya!For whatever reason 20 or so years ago saw me doin a bunch of work for the doctor and lawyer crowd.One of these doctors just so happened to be a hand specialist.He was bloomin brilliant.We became pretty good friends,to the point that I could knock on his office's back door and get an occasional X-ray or a stitch or two and call it good.He was that cool.He'd always tell me though(think safety 101),"just don't do it"...meaning,give your work just a touch more thought ahead of time........Best of luck,BW


      • #4
        it's good that you don't wear gloves operating machine tools, that's a recipe for disaster. The glove can easily get caught and the rest of the appendage follows.

        I'm the last to go to the doctor, but faced with loosing the form, function or even the digit itself, it may be time to revisit your view on the doctor's value proposition

        [This message has been edited by Mcgyver (edited 04-22-2005).]
        in Toronto Ontario - where are you?


        • #5
          I credit my Dad for keeping my hands scar free. He always told me to ask myself "what if".

          What he meant was, I know what you want this scenario to do but what is the most likely thing to go wrong and what will happen if it does. The only injuries I've had along the way I've known I was pushing the envelope at the time and got burnt. Now, I ask "what if" on every setup and every situation and I don't think it's being "anal" to think that way. It takes less time to do that then hunt for bandaides! I get surprized and flinch when I get splinters so I do where loose fitting gloves to prevent even more serious injury than the splinter. I just keep them away from spinning machinery. A lot of folks can't keep their hands away from spinning equipment so I wouldn't reccomend anyone else try this at home. I have no fear of my tools but I have a healthy respect for them and always expect the worst.

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          • #6
            So this is what this board has turned in to.

            A little too "OT" don't you think.

            I certainly hope the next person to "break a nail" doesn't need to share the experience with everyone.

            WHAAAAAAAA....My Hands Hurt.....WHAAAAAAAA



            • #7
              Based on what you described I think it is time to "bite the bullet" and go see a sawbonz. Finger are to valuable to risk losing. If the doctor says there is nothing wrong, chalk the money up to being well spent.



              • #8
                scooter...who crapped in your cornflakes this morning?
                I have tools I don't even know I own...


                • #9
                  i'm with YOD. i try to think things through before i get the injuries rolling. in fact, i've only had two really good injuries in my day that weren't total accidents. one was cutting small twigs from a piece of maple branch for toasting marshamallows (i was maybe 12 at the time). my dad told me never to pull the knife towards you, always push it AWAY from you. yup, ended up with a nice big slice in my thumb.
                  the second was even dumber. never go sleighriding on cafeteria serving trays in the middle of winter on ice-covered hills with trees at the bottom. it is a good way to break an ankle.

                  as for Arbo, if i were you i'd visit the doc. you may have seriously damaged something in there, or maybe even a piece is still lodged in your finger. i agree a lot of docs are over-priced, but it's probably worth the cost to keep your fingers intact. it sounds like what happened was an accident, and not you being foolish.

                  andy b.
                  The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining


                  • #10
                    Gee Scooter forgive us, we didn't relize shop safety was a taboo subject. Go get a fresh bowl of corn flakes and take a few deep breaths.

                    Good advive from YOD. As someone who used to be activly involved in back country activities aa well as current shop activities my variation was to ask myself not what was likey to go wrong, but what COULD go wrong. In other words what was the worst reasonably consievable scenario and how would it involve me.

                    It's my opinion that most accidents occur in the area between what people think is likey to happen and what could happen. Safety is cultivated from being aware of ones suroundings.



                    • #11
                      Gee Scooter...Thanks for the kind words. Sounds like a good case of sore a$$ on your end.
                      Arbo & Thor (The Junkyard Dog)


                      • #12
                        Well, I don't think this is OT at all. Working around rotating cutters and razor-sharp swarf is injury inducing, and preventing injuries and dealing with them is very topical.

                        That said, get to a doctor. Many years ago while working as a diesel truck mechanic, I saw a "Safety Poster" that showed the progression of a finger injury. There must have been 6 or so pictures and the last one was the hand with the finger amputated! It made quite an impression on me, and deep pucture wounds are some of the worst for infections.


                        • #13
                          This is a former PA speaking to you. Go get that finger checked out ASAP. I'm as serious as a heart attack about this.

                          John B
                          John B


                          • #14
                            Arbo..I weld and fabricate steel for a living. Getting burned and bashing ones fingers etc, goes with the territory. Just remember a few simple things...
                            Any welding burn from red hot metal is usually a third degree burn and will get infected very quickly.
                            Don't use worn out welding gloves.
                            Don't touch ANY metal laying on a bench in a welding shop...some guys forget to mark "HOT" on it.
                            Do the above and you will still get burned...just not as often
                            I was an industrail first aider for 12 years and I've seen some really nasty (and sometimes career ending) hand injuries that didn't seem serious at first.
                            I used to get hurt a lot before I started to slow down and THINK!
                            I have tools I don't even know I own...


                            • #15
                              Since I pretty much never go to a doctor I figure that I probably need to when I think it might be necessary. That sounds circular, but really isn't. I usually go when there's a lot of blood or there's bone showing; if both I've been known to let my wife drive me directly to the hospital (like when I pushed the my right ulna out the back of my elbow). Little stuff, like having my thumb pulled along a 5/8 endmill (don't ever decide to do shop work when recovering from surgery - your judgment just isn't there) I don't bother with.

                              At this point I'd show up at my doctor's and ask the nurse what they think. They'll probably get you in right away just to keep you from waving it around and disturbing the soccer moms with little Biffy and his cold.