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RE: Shot myself - K. L. McReynolds - 05-17-2023

Done the finish nail in the finger thing once, which made me reconsider many other possible similar incidents and decide to change the hand position.

Best(or worst save for 1/2" of pure luck) was when framing a wall flat on a floor. Was using my clipped head framing nailer shooting coated framing nails. LOML and the friend for whom I was doing the work started asking me something---interrupting me while working was something LOML knew was not a good idea. I was bent over and fired two nails. I was used to hearing the sound of the nailer sinking nails in the framing lumber(many hours of using that nailer) and realized the last nail did not go into the wood.

I started searching for where the nail was and discovered it sunk into the sole of my tennis shoe, parallel to my foot just behind the big toe to foot joint.
Angry
Angry

Needless to add is the fact both women disappeared upstairs for the rest of the evening.
Yes


RE: Shot myself - ®smpr_fi_mac® - 05-17-2023

Ouch!

You're in good company, though.  I've cut perfect circles on the pads on my fingers with the ends of bolts that I trimmed but didn't sand soft after driving them into threaded inserts. 

I also drilled through a board a few months back and sliced through the side of my finger

Twenty-ish years ago, drilling through a wooden aquarium hood, I got six stitches when the bit broke through and my hand slammed against the sharp pressed steel edge of the light fixture inside.  ER doc said I nearly severed a tendon!

Have a beer and take a break!


RE: Shot myself - lift mechanic - 05-18-2023

Accidents happen. 6 years ago I was framing the house/shop that I am now living in. Framing the attached car port. I was up on top of 3 sections of scaffolding pulling up 20' 2x12 rafters. Getting the rafter in place holding it with 1 hand. I reached for the framing nail gun, I heard the gun go off. Never felt a thing but i saw the head of a 3 1/4" galvanized in the side of my knee. That wasn't the bad part. My partner leaned a 20' ladder against the side of the scaffolding. I climbed onto the ladder and he climbed up to help me down. The weight of the ladder and the 2 of us caused the scaffolding to tip over. I then fell to the ground, bounced off several scaffolding crosses. An ambulance ride to the hospital, about 1 hour drive. Had to have surgery to remove the nail and check if the nail hit the bone also to check the injury for Levi material. Ended up with 2 torn biceps and a sore knee. I found out latter my partner had set the nail gun to bump fire. I guess my finger must have been on the trigger. This happened on Friday. Monday morning I was back up on the scaffolding finishing the framing.


RE: Shot myself - Halfathumb - 05-19-2023

(05-15-2023, 05:33 AM)KC Wrote: Putting together some planter boxes using 18ga nails and had a 'I probably shouldn't do that' moment... but did it anyway.  
Uhoh 

Only enough brad to break the skin, but it was right on the fleshy part of the side of my hand at the base of the thumb... and the force of the nailer packs a powerful punch against that bone.  
Sarcasm  

Hurts like the dickens, but everything moves as it should so I'll hold the wife back for a couple days before I go get a picture taken.

Be careful out there!

"Be careful out there!" hence my handle. 


RE: Shot myself - AHill - 05-19-2023

I'm glad you're OK. I always cringe when I see folks using a nailer when they have their hand on the other side or someone else is holding the other side. I've seen too many brads and even an 23 ga pin go right through to the other side.


RE: Shot myself - Bob Vaughan - 05-24-2023

I once popped an 18 ga. 3/4" long brad through the tip of my index finger - fingernail, bone, and all.
Clamped the finger in a vise and pulled the brad out with a pair of vise grips.
It hurt for about a minute or two then the pain subsided to a soreness.  I went back to work
It was late on a Saturday night and the thought of sitting in the emergency room and dealing with a snippy receptionist about insurance papers plus the thought of the various Saturday night ER crowd was enough to motivate me to take a DIY approach.
My son was watching late night TV so I went in and showed him the brad sticking out of both sides of the finger.  He was about 14 at the time.  He's now 40 and he says he remembers it as clearly as if it were yesterday.

I've had a few nicks from a wandering nail head so I'm careful about that.  I've been using air nailers since the mid 1970s.


RE: Shot myself - Stwood_ - 05-30-2023

Framing nail curled and came back out and pinned my middle finger to a wall plate. Reached over and pulled my finger off, then finished nailing the plate.
Grabbed some masking tapes, poured some coke-a-cola on the finger and taped it up. Back to work...


RE: Shot myself - brianwelch - 06-06-2023

Finished glazing a pane of glass and didn't see the one glazing point that was standing proud..until I slicked the fillet with my bare forefinger, that is...Piece of folded paper towel and some duct tape worked quickly and being that the cut was so clean, it knitted itself back together very quickly...toughest part was cleaning the excess and very iron rich hemoglobin from the window sash/sill...hope never to nail myself in any way shape or form...


RE: Shot myself - tomsteve - 06-12-2023

(05-18-2023, 12:54 AM)lift mechanic Wrote: Accidents happen. 6 years ago I was framing the house/shop that I am now living in. Framing the attached car port. I was up on top of 3 sections of scaffolding pulling up 20' 2x12 rafters. Getting the rafter in place holding it with 1 hand. I reached for the framing nail gun, I heard the gun go off. Never felt a thing but i saw the head of a 3 1/4" galvanized in the side of my knee. That wasn't the bad part. My partner leaned a 20' ladder against the side of the scaffolding. I climbed onto the ladder and he climbed up to help me down. The weight of the ladder and the 2 of us caused the scaffolding to tip over. I then fell to the ground, bounced off several scaffolding crosses. An ambulance ride to the hospital, about 1 hour drive. Had to have surgery to remove the nail and check if the nail hit the bone also to check the injury for Levi material. Ended up with 2 torn biceps and a sore knee. I found out latter my partner had set the nail gun to bump fire. I guess my finger must have been on the trigger. This happened on Friday. Monday morning I was back up on the scaffolding finishing the framing.

well that was an adventurous day! the torn biceps make ya forget about the nail?LOLOL

framing up a hip roof, i was stuck with an old senco boat anchor. was great when LVLs needed to be nailed together but a PITA framing. in a rather weird position trying to nail up a hip jack on a 12/12 roof 2 feet to my left i caught the edge of the jack with the safety. nail hit the inside of right knee while it was bent. about 1/2" of a 3" framing nail sticking out . my knee was locked. i had to pull it to bend my knee to get off the roof. i was surprised it didnt hurt-yet. 
about a half hour later the pain was aweful so off to get a picture. doc comes in after pics. "good news tom. theres no nail on your knee."
surprisingly no damage. pain meds, antibiotics, back to work 2 days later... on level surfaces for a bit


RE: Shot myself - DogwoodTales - 06-13-2023

A few months back I was on the roof installing a vent and was wearing work gloves because I was working with metal and it was a little chilly.
I think that due to that some of the roof caulk got onto my glove finger I happened to end up holding a roofing nail too high when I went to hammer it in - by hand held hammer, not an air nailer.
I managed to punch that fricker right through the glove and through the tip of my index finger, just missing the bone.
I pulled it, took off the glove to see that yes I just did something stupid and my finger was bleeding. Put the glove back on and finished the task.
It hurt like the dickens, as they say, but not as bad as I would have expected. Like just hitting my finger with the hammer, which initially was all I thought I did.
Took a couple of weeks to heal over.