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Blog entry by KoryK posted 03-30-2012 02:07 AM 2308 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick update and some friendly advice:

I can’t speak for everyone here, but I figured out this weekend that I am a woodworker NOT a mechanic. For years I have worked with all kinds of power tools and have never had a mishap. The one time I decide to be mister mechanic and work on my own car it ends in disaster. Please remember I don’t consider myself an idiot, all though some may disagree. I have found out that the seemingly simple task of changing ones spark plugs can be much more difficult than anticipated. Consider that to the average person this does not seem like a difficult task, but don’t let that fool you as it did me. I think it is a conspiracy by the auto industry to make a seemingly simple task turn into a comedy of errors. Don’t let this happen to you and please support your local mechanic.

Let’s review:


Trying to save money and change your own spark plugs.


One Broken hand
One broken spark plug
Car in the shop being fixed by a real mechanic
Out of woodworking for next 6-10 weeks
Tow charge
Rental car
Time lost at work and restricted work duty

The choice is yours, please make the right one.

PS: I think I am far enough ahead on the upcoming Basic Intarsia Class that this small set back should not affect it. That is, if I can enlist my wife to help with typing because you need to be a contortionist to type with this cast on.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 02:34 AM


Sorry to hear about your mishap. I think I woudl have created a few new choice words…

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 02:40 AM

Not a good thing Kory, sorry to hear about your hand…. I must say though, pretty neat looking cast!

I agree, the auto industry makes the cars now so that it is almost impossible to work on as a home mechanic !
Take it easy and remember, the wood, the intarsia class will still be there so I don’t think anyone would want you to risk anything by trying to continue on when you should be recovering …....

Take care,

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 02:42 AM

Dude …. that’s BRUTAL !!

I’ve had auto mechanic buddies, and … THEY don’t work on their own cars !!!

But I HAVE learned the value of REALLY, REALLY long socket extensions, and keeping your hands WELL out of harm’s way.

Heal quickly. Get pain meds !!!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 03:12 AM

How do you do that with a spark plug? I came close once on the car using my dad’s cheap sockets on a stuck nut; pushed too hard, split the socket in several spots, and the sudden lack of resistance caused me to “punch” the block. Ended with a couple cracked knuckles. Learned to use leverage, better tools and an impact wrench. Good luck with healing.

-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 04:25 AM

Sorry to hear about your mishap. Perhaps that is one reason why I have absolutely no interest in working on cars! I leave that to the guys who are experts and stick with wood. Heal swiftly and try not to bump your hand too many times.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 08:41 AM

At least it’s not as bad as the guy I had as an ambulance passenger back in the 60’s who thought axle stands were for pansies when changing a tire on a dump truck. They call him Lefty now.

Get well soon, that’s an order! :)


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 11:36 AM

Ouch! I’m sorry to hear about your injury. I’ve skinned a knuckle or two, but that’s impressive. You must of really had her torqued up to hit something hard enough to break your hand.

My dad always gave me the same advice on whatever project I was working on, he always said “don’t force it, use a bigger hammer”. Hind sight being 20/20 I guess you needed a bigger wrench. Take care and don’t become impatient and try to use your hand until the Doctor tells you it’s okay.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 12:14 PM

Well, that is just sad! I used to do that and also my own oil (I dated a ‘gearhead’ in college!) That was before everything was computer related and I have long ago given up doing the work on it myself. I am really sorry to see this happen. I hope you feel better soon and are back in commission shortly. Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 03-30-2012 01:30 PM

I’m really sorry about your hand, Kory. I wouldn’t want any Lumberjock to get injured. Please heal up quickly and get back to woodworking as quickly as possible. I’ve worked on industrial woodworking equipment in maintenance for more than 30 years now and consider myself very fortunate to have never had a serious injury. An accident can happen to even the people who do it everyday. However, I sure have had a lot of small injuries and they all have a way of adding up unfortunately. So I now have a couple of bad knees, a bad back, a bad elbow, and a bad foot. They all bother me but are not bad enough to keep me from still working. It don’t matter whether you are a professional or not a serious injury can happen to anyone any time. Nobody’s as careful as they should be all of the time so nobody is immune. I’m just glad that it wasn’t as serious for you as it might have been.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 03-30-2012 01:38 PM

sorry to hear of your unfortunate boo-boo. stuff happens is the old saying. and although it’s unfortunate, it’ll be ok. You’ll be healed up in no time. So, hang in there. Look forward to you gettin better

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 03-30-2012 02:43 PM

Oops, that looks painful. I hope you recover soon.

What exactly happened? I’m keen to avoid doing it myself.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 03-30-2012 02:50 PM

So sorry you had to experience that. I guess I could say “been there, done that”, but that doesn’t make it any easier on you. My advice would be to use this time as a learning experience. Read a lot more on all kinds of safety. I think everyone of us has a tendancy to get careless. Every once in awhile we need to step back, take another look at what we are doing and maybe just maybe make some changes.

Once again sorry to here of you pain and inconvience. I know it will be frustrating not being able to do everything for yourself for a little while but don’t rush it. You want to heal 100%

Good Luck!

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#13 posted 03-30-2012 05:20 PM

Sorry to hear about your hand Kory, please dont rush on the Intarsia classes, all can wait few days, you must rest or you will sufer pains later if you dont recover well. Cheers and please take care!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#14 posted 03-31-2012 02:49 AM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 03-31-2012 03:12 AM

Dang.. now that’s a knuckle buster.

I’ll never forget the time I was trying to troubleshoot my old Honda Accord. I must have been checking compression or something.. I had the plug still in the boot, but holding it with my left hand and the right hand seeing if the cylinder was pressurizing.. I had a friend of mine crank the engine a few times and on the third try, the plug arced to my left hand, traveled through me, then arced from my right hand to the block. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground about 6 feet from the car, the hood had slammed shut, and the friend was standing over me, laughing. -_-

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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