I fought the nailgun and the nailgun won

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My wife is a builder. Nail guns are one of the biggest causes of worksite accidents. She had one guy with a nail in the roof of his mouth. They weren't sure what happened until the ER docs found the nail. Lucky it was a 10d, a 16d would have hit his brain.
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Greg wrote:
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Nah.
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On 13 Nov 2004 16:43:05 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Greg) wrote:

if he had one.. how did he get a nail in the roof of his mouth???
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Reaching around to shoot a nail in the back side of a stud wall. It missed. He didn't even know what happened since the firestop he was nailing hit him in the nose. It was later when he passed out and they called 911 that the ER docs saw the nail.... on an Xray.
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calmly ranted:

She stapled his nuts to the ladder and when he screamed...
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ranted:

Dip it in ink. You can use it as a pen.
P.S: Ouch! I tried that with a brad nailah, a 1" brad through a 1/2" board (my neighbor's birdhouse). My hand wasn't QUITE far enough away from the brad as it diverted and came through the side.
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some day I will learn not to look at jpegs.
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That looks ugly. Probably hurts too.
I did notice that your thumb shows evidence that you aren't a stranger to sharp objects and trauma.
Does anyone else wonder about people who take pictures of their injuries? I'd be way too busy running around in circles spreading blood all over the shop before heading into the house screaming for my wife to drive me to emergency. I don't handle injury gracefully. Maybe that's why I'm so careful.
Tim Douglass
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I did something similiar a few years ago. I was nailing some joists through the rimboard. Gun in right hand, left hand holding joists. I had the gun to high on the rimboard and it shot a 3 1/2" spike into my left hand right between my thumb and first finger. I was lucky, didn't hit bone. Pulled the nail out and hand was almost healed the next day. This was MY worst experience. I am a carpenter and have seen some other nasty accidents. A guy was walking up stairs with finger on trigger and BAM nail in kneecap. Another guy was nailing a header which was icy. The gun slipped and he shot into his forearm. Seen a guy nail through his foot while nailing off subfloor. I could go on and on....The best advise i have is to treat it as a real gun. Never point it at anything you don't want to shoot and keep finger off the trigger until you are on target. It's so tempting, especially if your using a nail gun productively as i do, to get careless and just hurry things. While unfortunate, i hope you are OK and the photo reminds everyone to BE CAREFUL with your nail guns! -dave

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I feel (OK, felt your pain, OK, maybe not quite as bad) when I did a similar thing. The same old same old, working tired and the next thing I knew I had a 7/8" narrow crown staple where it shouldn't be.
Funny thing was, my first thought was, "Damn! That one didn't set". As I reached for the nail set it dawned on me.
As I said, working tired.
UA100, who has "teknikally" only hurt(1) himself twice in the shop, touch wood...
(1) Nasty drawing of blood.
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oh, man! did it go through the bone?
get well soon...
Marton
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Marton Czebe wrote:

Yep - they had to cut the bone apart to get the nail out. They cultured the bone and presto! Ostemyelitis. Plus 2 different staph infections. 2 surgeries, 5 days in the hospital and a PICC line for 2 more weeks.
Like Keith said, I didn't even know it went in. My hand was 18" away and the gun double fired. I looked across the room but it wasn't in the wall, I looked on the floor and then I looked at my finger. The only blood was from it poking the second finger.
That's what I get for doing work on my vacation...
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Old Oak wrote:
Hope you get well quickly. That is *not* a picture I'll forget anytime soon.

I don't doubt it. <no bs>I grew up on a farm/ranch in South Dakota in the 1970's and we worked both Saturday and Sunday. But we broke so much equipment on Sundays we finally quit doing anything but "chores" on Sunday.</no bs>
We humanoids need our rest. Perhaps the cosmos is against us when we work on vacations and the one-day-in-seven.
-- Mark
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Old Oak wrote:

Damn that looks like it might be sore for awhile! Speaking of sore, my SWMBO just had her toenails removed by the pediatrist and she is hurtin' but probably not nearly as much as you!
Keep the peroxide handy!
Philski
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if the person owning the finger is the same one taking the picture, I sure wouldn't want to work along side of them... weird!
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Why do you say this? Give me a guy to work with who doesn't go ape shit over a little hurt any day. Used to have a lot of respect for Clement Bruening, a guy who would pull out his handkerchief and wrap it around whatever was bleeding and keep on working. Admittedly, he had only minor skin cuts but he was certainly no hypochondriac. I worked along side him, neither for him nor he for me.
bob g.
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On Sat, 13 Nov 2004 20:56:24 -0600, Robert Galloway
through my finger, let me get a picture of this".. Maybe if I shot one through my foot, I'd have to wait for the picture to get taken and previewed before they helped me get the damn nail out..

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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net says...

Naw, you don't have to worry about guys like that. You need to watch out for are the ones that forget to take a picture before pulling the nail out themselves. (1)They are used having "accidents" and are likely to have said "Hey, watch this!" just prior to the "accident". OR (2)After pulling the nail out, the guy that realizes "just how cool would it be to have a picture of it" and decides to "put er back in" and pose for the camera
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OUCH!!!
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