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 #114487  by Smolder
 Wed May 30, 2012 11:17 am
those few weeks that you wait will seem (and be) insignificant once you have a quality built product in hand.
 #114533  by SarnoMusicSolutions
 Thu May 31, 2012 7:31 pm
Thanks for putting up with me. I've been WAY behind on things. I'm a one man factory here. A few weeks ago I sliced the back of my right hand open while changing a starter. I was useless for over a week and not only got behind, but things piled up. I'm still behind and orders are taking much longer to deliver. But I'm getting there. Patience is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Brad
 #114535  by SarnoMusicSolutions
 Thu May 31, 2012 9:08 pm
Oh yeah, I'm fine. Thanks. It healed up smoothly, but took a week before I could flex my right hand without risking it splitting open. It was a small doozey. I was pulling on a socket wrench to bust loose one of the two main starter bolts, and when it broke loose it moved fast and the back of my hand scraped on a sharp edge of a heat shield. It just sliced right thru the middle back of my hand and was literally squirting blood. I probably lost almost a shot glass worth of it. You know those veins you can see on the back of your hand? Well I apparently sliced right thru one. Maybe should have gotten stitches, but we did the little butterfly bandaids that hold a clean wound together and also used super glue to help keep it together while it rebuilt itself. Healed up nicely, but man it was nasty. I turned pale and almost passed out, not from the pain but from the sight of that next layer of inner flesh and thinking about the amount of blood. Didn't hurt really, but was mildly spectacular with the whole fountain squirting blood thing. Wheeeee....

Lesson, when exerting force with any tool, be very aware of what will happen next when the resistance gives way and the force follows thru.


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 #114537  by TI4-1009
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:30 am
I hate it when that happens....

Good healing Brad.
 #114544  by NSP
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:28 am
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Thanks for putting up with me. I've been WAY behind on things. Patience is greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Brad
No worries Brad, glad you're healing up nicely. I'll enjoy the ED when it gets here.

I used to work in HVAC. A guitar player working with sheet metal all day is not an ideal combination. I saw many folks slice their hands/fingers up pretty bad, fortunately I wasn't one of them. I went back to school since then....no more sheet metal.

Peace
 #114547  by mgbills
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:03 pm
Heat shield. Do I smell a VW Van?

I guess lots of vehicles have heat shields. Back "in the day" I spend many many hours doing that sort of thing. Changed a set of heads on a Westy in a gravel parking lot. Changed a clutch not far from the Hampton Coliseum.

Man...a diatribe is always nearby on a Friday.

Brad...sincerely glad you're OK.
Peace
M
 #114552  by redeyedjim
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:54 pm
Wear gloves!

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This may come across as snark, but it's actually meant in seriousness. My 17 year old self accepted bashed knuckles and cut up hands as the price to be paid for working on cars. My now almost 50 year old self wears gloves for this shit, because it's hard to do all sorts of things if your hands are cut up.

Glad your on the mend, Brad. And by the way, I really love my ED pedal :smile:
 #114553  by Smolder
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:29 pm
I used to try to work on cars. I'd buy parts... spend a boat load of time, then pay someone to undo what I did and then fix the original issue. I can do wood, electronics, build bikes from scratch, sound systems... and on occasion even plumbing... but cars and I do not work well together. Get well dude.
 #114554  by SarnoMusicSolutions
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:59 pm
Yeah, I never drew blood working on my old air cooled VW microbusses. But yes, gloves are indeed in order next time I'm torquing hard in an engine compartment or anywhere under a car. Gloves would have saved my hand that day for sure.

Thanks y'all! The hand is just fine BTW. Just a scar.


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 #114559  by TI4-1009
 Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:40 pm
redeyedjim wrote:Wear gloves!

My 17 year old self accepted bashed knuckles and cut up hands as the price to be paid for working on cars. My now almost 50 year old self wears gloves for this shit, because it's hard to do all sorts of things if your hands are cut up.
Took me until just over 60, but I agree 100%. DOH!
 #115137  by NSP
 Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:40 pm
Got my tracking number, should have the Earth Drive in hand tomorrow. Just in time to get it dialed in for our first festival gig of the season this weekend in beautiful Crivitz, WI. Crivestivus is the Festivus!!

Thanks Brad!
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