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Old 03-19-2011, 10:31 PM
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I cant believe I made it this far in the build with out any injuries, and to Finlay get blood from S.S. safety wire? I was cutting lengths to hang control surfaces for paint and jabbed my thumb, but it kept on bleeding and bleeding, the sharp end is like a needle that must have gone in deep, am I the only dork to do this?
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:36 PM
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Yes, I am sure you are the only one to have done this.

Do you know why they curl the end of safety wire in when they are done? Someone found out they are sharp!

When I was setting up my shop I thought I was ready. After a week I had my bride pick up a box of bandaids and a tin of Bagbalm.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:42 PM
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Just wait until you pick up the wrong end of a soldering iron! Sizzling bacon comes to mind..
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:46 AM
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Safety wire poke...check
drilled my finger...just barely but check
skinned fingers twisting stripped wire...check
smacked head on various sharp things while getting up from under something...double, triple and quadruple check...

It is a testament to the builders' imaginations the number of ways we can hurt ourselves. The good news is they have done an actual scientific study and verified that cursing loudly increases our ability to deal with pain...honest to goodness It was even double checked by Mythbusters!

I cleaned up all the sweat that dripped in the project during construction (corrosive) during the 108 degree summers in Livermore but there are a few choice drops of blood that I REALLY earned that I left in there for posterity. Pulling the recalcitrant dummy wing spar bolts just next to the sharp floor ribs for example...

It makes it all the more real in hindsight

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Old 03-20-2011, 12:47 AM
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I don't know....a #40 in the index finger @ 2600 rpm is thrilling as well.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:10 AM
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...to crawl under. That's what I tell all visitors and my employees. Just look at all the protrusions that you can get stabbed with...propellor blades, pitot tubes, flap hinges, antennae....etc.

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Old 03-20-2011, 07:19 AM
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Put an unnoticed blood spot on the leading edge of one wing while doing paint prep, and sure enough, it bled up through the color coat. If you look close it's right there, preserved for posterity under the clear.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:38 AM
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I'm not particularly superstitious but I give blood to all my vehicles. My theory is if I give them little amounts regularly, they won't demand great amounts all at once. I manage to skin a knuckle or cut a finger or stab myself as Pierre has done, and I make sure the blood is smeared inconspicuously somewhere on the vehicle. On the exhaust is a favorite location but the RVs have blood on the airframe (the -10 is difficult because I have to make sure it's over primer; I don't trust it on alclad). As I said, a silly superstition but I have never been seriously hurt in an accident (no broken bones yet for this old man) even though I risk life and limb on motorcycles. Only one aircraft accident so far, but the RVs seem satisfied as well.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:59 AM
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I'm not particularly superstitious but I give blood to all my vehicles. My theory is if I give them little amounts regularly, they won't demand great amounts all at once. I manage to skin a knuckle or cut a finger or stab myself as Pierre has done, and I make sure the blood is smeared inconspicuously somewhere on the vehicle. On the exhaust is a favorite location but the RVs have blood on the airframe (the -10 is difficult because I have to make sure it's over primer; I don't trust it on alclad). As I said, a silly superstition but I have never been seriously hurt in an accident (no broken bones yet for this old man) even though I risk life and limb on motorcycles. Only one aircraft accident so far, but the RVs seem satisfied as well.
(Only one aircraft accident)? Ok you got me beat, glad you are still here with us.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:29 AM
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I sawed into my thumb knuckle with a bandsaw while cutting a piece of nylon block and it slipped off the blade... all the while thinking that I should've been holding the part with a block of wood as a push-piece instead just before beginning the task. And it happened just exactly the way I was worried about as I was sawing the nylon. Lesson learned is you really do need to trust and obey your better judgment when using power tools and don't dismiss those what-if thoughts.
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