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#1 jdslednut OFFLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Just a friendly reminder to protect your eyes ALL the time.  Yesterday while demonstrating a braze for a couple of my students I flipped up my face shield and turned to the side.  Somehow the hoses were wrapped just the certain way or caught the bench vise somehow and I twisted my arm holding the torch.  The flame grazed my face and singed the top part of my stache as well as my left eyelashes.  Now those little curly singed hairs act like velcro hooks grabbing each other whenever I close my eye.  Dang lucky I'm not blind from that experience.  I had my regular glasses on and they barely saved me from a life changing situation.  Be careful folks!


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Posted January 15, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Good sound advice. Thanks.

Thankfully you are ok.


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Posted January 15, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Amen! Just some little thing goes wrong and awful things can happen to even the most careful of us. Glad you're O.K.
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Posted January 16, 2014 - 12:15 AM

Glad you are okay, and a good reminder to all of us.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 06:25 AM

I did something similar years ago with a cutting torch. Got a nice scar on my left arm when the hoses twisted.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 06:51 AM

Glad you're OK.
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Posted January 16, 2014 - 07:30 AM

yeah, i know what you mean, bad things happen fast. and its usually when we take things for granted that we have done 1000's of times


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 07:46 AM

yeah, i know what you mean, bad things happen fast. and its usually when we take things for granted that we have done 1000's of times

:ditto: Protecting your eyes is very good advice,another thing to watch when using a torch is not to grab hot parts! As stupid as that sounds I've done it on more than one occasion when silver brazing refrigeration lines together,just as Farmer John said a victim of my own repetition!

 

Good to hear you're ok,eyebrows and lashes grow back eyes don't


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 08:15 AM

Glad you didn't get hurt bad. Like mentioned it's those things that we do over & over that come back & bite us sometime.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 09:14 AM

You only get 2 of them, gotta get them safe.

 

I've shared this story before, but after watching my dad having metal shavings removed from his eye I never touch a grinder without glasses.  99% of the time when I start a project I put on a set of safety glasses and don't take them off till I am done. 


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 09:19 AM

I did something similar years ago with a cutting torch. Got a nice scar on my left arm when the hoses twisted.

 

Similar has happened to me, but I was fortunate to never get burned or even singed.  Dad though, back a few years ago had the torch flip in his hand, and it got his arm bad.  Being he was at least 80 years old at the time, his skin was thin, and a large patch of skin just peeled off after a day or so.  Took forever to heal.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 09:36 AM

Glad you're alright.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 12:33 PM

Glad it was just a singe,  You bring up a good point that you never know when something is going to happen.  Thanks for sharing this with us.  I also moved this over to the Safety forum so it wouldn't get lost in the off topic forum.  Hope you don't mind.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 01:55 PM

Farmer John is right, we tend to get lax with the things we are familiar with. I've seen many times that it's the "tame" bull that ends up hurting someone. You can't take anything for granted.
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Posted January 16, 2014 - 05:03 PM

I know what really happened. You read where OldCowhand is burning hair off of cows teats and wanted to try it yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously I am glad you didn't get hurt worse than you did.






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