Am I the only one that's repeatedly done something like this?
I think I'm a pretty cautious person when workng in the shop but I've
blasted my eye twice with the exhaust air from my nailer. After I did
it the first time I thought, "I'll never make that mistake again." But
I'm so wrapped up in the business end of the nailer that I let it
happen a second time a week later. Maybe I'm this week's poster boy
for eye protection? It doesn't hurt. But the blast of air opens up
both eyelids like parachutes which lets in a lot more light... so it's
quite a stunner. Needless to say I'm going to wear goggles every time
from now on.
Depends -- are you the only one that's using an air nailer without eye
You don't meet *my* definition of a cautious person. "Cautious" means wearing
eye protection when using power tools. Especially power tools that shoot
Not yet... :-)
Be glad it was just air.
Consider a face shield instead. There are other things on your face that need
protection besides your eyes, and it's not just the air you need to guard
against. I wouldn't like to catch a framing nail in the teeth, for example,
nor to have my boyish good looks spoiled by taking one in the cheek. Nails
have been known to change direction abruptly on hitting a knot. Ever put a
brad nail right on top of a drywall screw when attaching door casing?
Sometimes they come back atcha...
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Yep. It's stuff like that, that makes me wear a face shield whenever I'm using
power tools -- and a lot of hand tools, too. I'll put that on just to drive
one nail by hand. Takes less than ten seconds to put it on, so there's really
no excuse at all not to.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On 27 Feb, 16:33, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller) wrote:
Does it count if I won't even use an air nailer?
Or do I have to be not using the air nailer, with eye protection?
I love my hammers. Light, portable, much better safety record, no need
for power and I can use any sort of nail I like.
But hammers have such low toy value, make no loud noises, don't need a
bezillion accessories, hoses, extension cords, arrrrrgggg, voltages,
dimming lights, arrrggg.. oil injection...*wipes brow*, just the sound
of slamming the clip shut with a new load.....*off to take a cold
AND.... *I* can put those 43 nails in that 3-foot piece of trim much
quicker than you can, so I can stand around waiting for the compressor
to recycle and the 20 minutes I need to haul my stuff to the truck and
then call somebody to tow me out of the mudhole which I drove into to
get close to the house so I would have to haul all my gear as far.
None of the other trades would help me tow my truck out, because my
compressor kept blowing the one breaker in the house..and..and...and I
suppose I should have asked if it was okay to plug my compressor into
their extension cord.... which also had their beer cooler plugged into
Hammer, eh? Do Nielson or Knight make hammers?
I had/have a job to do today, well, tomorrow now. When I got there I
couldn't park within 100 yards of the house due to the landscape being done
and the 8 other trucks parked on both sides of the street. Needless to say
I kept on going, came home and got some stuff done around the shop. I hate
contractors that always schedule everybody on top of each other.
Fortunately it was within 2 miles of my house so the drive wasn't bad!
43 nails in the trim.....hehehehehe......I can hear the painter now!
A month or so ago, I was installing blocking in between studs, on end
was to be toe nailed. Shot the 3-1/2" 16d....let go of the block, it
fell out...that's odd mis-fire--maybe. Shot again, held moved on.
Later, as I was walking around I looked up, and stuck in a roof truss
about 4 feet away was the missing nail...man that'll make you think!
On Feb 27, 10:33 am, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
"workinstiff" wrote in message
Yep ... and Norm's right ... you can never be too careful with your eyes.
A couple of weeks back I scored a direct hit on a 4' fluorescent fixture
with a long clamp, hard enough for one of the bulbs to explode, sending
glass shards throughout the shop.
I was, luckily, looking down, otherwise I probably wouldn't be typing this.
It took a few minutes to get the glass out of what hair I have left, and,
after an hours cleanup time I am still finding glass shards in the most
There is always something waiting to test your luck, and/or bite you in the
butt, in the shop.
That wasn't the cause.
T'were a "small shop" hazard ... the necessity to perform ocassional feats
of daring do atop shop fixtures.
I stumbled by catching a pants leg on the table saw blade guard (you heard
right) and in catching myself to keep from falling off the work bench/table
saw outfeed table, the clamp hit a fixture.
The clamp didn't hit the tube, it hit the "fixture".
Are the T8's the way to go in a new shop? I've had the fluorescent
lights before...just the el-cheapo from local borg. Never really gave
it much thought but have a new shop waiting for the house to get
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