Health issues and Attitude adjustment #5: Bungie cord injury. Dufus factor squared

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 12-19-2012 03:05 AM 2076 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t think I could do this again if I tried. At least all I ended up with was a sore nose and a headache.

I went into the shop this morning to set up my miter saw. It’s on a Ridgid stand that I fold down when not in use. When I bought the saw and stand secondhand, there was a bungie cord attached to the stand. I soon realized that it was because sometimes the stand doesn’t completely click when folded away. It’s not an issue for me, but the previous owner would have loaded it in and out of his truck. Out of habit, I do use it.

Since nothing was plugged, in, I hadn’t put on any safety glasses. I unhooked the bungie cord and started to raise the stand. When the stand was almost at full height I heard a very loud “TWONG” and felt like I had been hit by a brick in the face. I howled loud enough to alarm the dog, and the blood was enough to alarm me.

The bungie cord had caught on the stand and was being stretched as the stand was rising. It then let go and hit me square in the nose. I was lucky it didn’t hit an eye or knock out some teeth.

Self nomination for dufus award.

I sat with a bag of frozen corn on my nose until the bleeding stopped, cleaned up the mess and did what any half-cracked LJ would do…. went back out to the shop to finish what I was doing.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 03:13 AM

We’ve all had a couple of those. I agree, stop the bleeding and get back to work. I’m always thankful that nobody is near to be offended by my commentary.

Glad you weren’t hurt bad.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 03:14 AM

that’s a real corn-pone thing to have happen sandra
(and a farmy way to heal too)

glad you got back on that project
otherwise we might not get to see it
for a while

be safe
and enjoy the holidays

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 03:22 AM

You are right, it could’ve been much worse…...
You could’ve gotten blood all over some expensive exotic wood!!!

Glad it was nothing too serious! Hope your wound (and pride) heal quickly.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 03:30 AM

My wife always laughs after stuff like this happens, even to her. In time you will have a story to tell. I just get angry! LOL! Then move forward.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 04:28 AM

So glad it was not more serious, and you can smile and tell us about it. Now see if you can fix the table or exchange it for one that works properly so you don’t have to deal with the bungee. Your buddy.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 04:45 AM

Ouch! Lose the bungee.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 12:16 PM

Build a new stand or don’t fold it up.
If you fold it up to make room for vehicles in your shop, then you’re doing it wrong. Tell your husband to get his own shop to park his car in. lol
Good story, glad you didn’t bleed on any expensive wood.
Did you get any cool facial scars? lol


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 01:20 PM

I guess I got hit hard enough not to be able to spell bungee…...

No scars, a bit of the Rudolph effect though… A propos for the season.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 02:00 PM

Sandra, been there and done that. Let me tell you about the time when I just about bashed my face in trying to use a block plane.

I have since acquired the proper setup.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 02:36 PM

I’m laughing, Sandra. Not at you, but with you. I can’t tell you how many times my clumsiness or dim-wittedness has caused injury to myself in the most embarrassing of ways. I’ve gotten to the point where I can only laugh about it…it’s a comedy routine.

I hope you heal up well!

-- jay,

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 03:31 PM

Wow I’m glad it was not worse,U had a friend that lost an eye from a bungie cord.

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