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Old 10-20-2013, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Moondog View Post
You know you're a dedicated builder when your first thought is whether or not this should have been de-burred.
That definitely brought out a hearty LOL.

The couple small (#40) holes I drilled in my finger were not nearly as painful as the one #12 hole I drilled in the palm of my left paw. Luckily, it didn't go all the way through.
Terry Ruprecht
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:39 PM
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Co worker drilled a 5/8" hole in his palm. he had a hamburger looking mess there.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:40 PM
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If possible, reverse the chuck by hand to back the drill out without doing more damage. Need a helper for that though.
Bruce Sacks
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:45 AM
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Thankfully, I've never witnessed firsthand any serious shop accidents, nor do I wish to. My workplace puts on a safety expo about once every 2-3 years, with a "chamber of horrors" tent that has some gruesome images of what can go wrong in an instant...pieces of tooling flying off and piercing eyeballs, degloving incidents, etc.

It'll make a believer out of you when it comes to shop safety, I'll tell you that...
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by BillL View Post
Well at least it was only your finger. And a small bit.

I have always loved tools, and got a sears 1/4 110v drill for christmas as a teen. I was drilling . . something . . and with no workshop and squatting on the carport, I was holding the piece in my crotch. The bit went through and into my pants and wrapped up pants, underwear, and the loose man skin all together before it stopped. Remember the old drills just kept spinning after you release the trigger? Well no blood, but lots of pain and fear that someone was watching. Scared the heck out of me, and changed the future outlook for where the bit would end up.
On that note, back when I was a teen working in an auto-part store; I had used the electric impact to remove the pulley nut from an alternator. The nut was stuck in the socket and I was trying to pick it out with my finger. I accidentally pulled the trigger on the gun and screwed the nut up to the back up my fingernail (my finger is larger than the bore of the nut). In my hurry to avoid embarassment, the only way I could think to remove the nut was to reverse the impact and screw it back off. It hurt much worse coming back off since I did it on purpose.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:00 AM
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I managed to make it to the fuel tanks before drilling a finger. I thought I was past that part of the learning curve

And Then I did it again on the fuselage

One must track his safety record to take industrial accidents seriously.

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Old 10-21-2013, 11:25 AM
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I don't know how many times I go to break off the chips after drilling and forget about the stainless steel firewall. those chips don't come off, just in your finger.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:11 PM
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Now THAT'S funny!
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:22 AM
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Just remember ... our aircraft need blood to feed their soul too.

There are those who have and those who will and hopefully nothing serious!

BTW - I am in the "have" group.

Mike "Strike" Messer, CFI/CFII/MEI, ATP
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:33 AM
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Been there, done that with the finger and drill bit. My worst bleed was catching my forearm on the corner of a sharp wing skin. Got a nice scar from that one.
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