I had a scary moment with my wedding ring on the back deck a few weeks
ago. I was working with MDF and I knew I was wearing the expensive,
titanium wedding ring when I started. Then 6 hours later, I wasn't
married anymore! I don't have shop yet and so I work on the back
deck. I swept every dustpile carefully, I crawled underneath the deck
in the mud, and an hour later it was lost. I am still a newlywed and
my wife was none too pleased. The MDF dust acted like talc and off
slipped the ring.
The great thing is I found it 2 days later when I went out at night
with a good flashlight and searched the herb garden next to the end of
the deck. There it shone, ready to wear.
I don't do that anymore, needless to say.
On 14 Jan 2004 23:27:04 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.orgEDY (Tom) wrote:
Not all of them. There have been quite a few CP frames about
(although mine is 6/4).
My wedding ring was Ti. Piece of scrap that one of my friends rolled
up and filed to shape for me. Never did work out how to put a decent
black finish on it though.
Do whales have krillfiles ?
OK, it's not too bad. $149 for it and I must say it's very nice.
It's very light on my finger, I don't worry about it bending and its
SWMBO got all the diamonds and gold, I'm happy with Titanium.
email@example.comEDY (Tom) wrote in message
firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoff) wrote in message
Be very careful wearing those titanium rings. My (then) fiancee
and I were thinking of them until we spoke to a paramedic. If you're
ever injured in the hand or finger, you may lose the finger. They
can't cut them off you--too hard for their metal shears. If your
finger starts to swell it'll cut off the circulation and then that's
Gotta tell you all about our Shipping supervisor's encounter with ring
The fellow said he was replacing his wedding ring, which was too small, after
being mounted on his finger for 22 years. Couldn't twist, pry, soap or grease
it off, so he decided to cut it away.
He jams a pencil underneath the ring to stand it off his finger....and reaches
for his Dremel with one of those abrasive wheels mounted on it.
Me: "What about the heat....?"
Him: "Wait. I'm getting to that."
So he proceeds to slice through the ring, and given gold's excellent
conduction of heat, breaks through at the same instant the heat really begins to
burn his finger. This generates a reaction in which he places his hand in his
mouth to assist in cooling. Of course, saliva and moist skin are relatively
poor heat conductors, and the poor fellow burns the tip of his tongue and lower
lip. Made some interesting marks on his face, I can assure you, however, there
was more. As the ring was cut, internal stresses in the metal caused the band
to contrict tightly around his finger, still in the "very GD hot" stage. He
suffered 2nd degree burns on the root of his ring finger, which looked pretty
ugly a week afterwards.
This is one of those things that tickle your funny bone before moving on to
the sympathy zone.
My boss once said "You can find sympathy in the dictionary between
sh*t and syphillis."
The suggested method direct from Red Cross First Aid training:
Get a spool of floss- pass about 12" under the ring from finger tip
towards wrist. Begin wrapping the finger with floss- make it tight
enough to compress the skin- spiral up the finger under the ring- tight
close-together coils of floss. Keep going up until you've wrapped to the
center of the 2 joints. DO NOT OVERLAP THE WRAPPINGS. When this is done,
grasp the 12" end hanging from the bottom of the ring and slowly begin
unwrapping by using the ring as a lever- the bottom edge of the floss
should always be touching the ring bottom. The ring will slowly spiral
off the finger.
Works every time (yes, I have used this method more than once) except if
the ring is crushed.
Then again, if I ever find the SOB that stole my dad's rings, fingers
are only the first thing I'll be clipping off.
Here's another one: never wear rings if you work around high current
DC supplies. Apparently some of the early IBM mainframes had
multi-hundred amp 5V supplies where the terminals were closely spaced
which lead non-zero numbers of tech's with ring fingers that were
blown off when the ring closed the circuit. In this case no ring was
left to be removed. There are still some systems used in various
particle and nuclear physics experiments that have a similar feature
300A @ 5V supplies with the terminals spaced about 1cm apart -- scary.
It's easier to take the ring off for WW before the accident than
after. That act, however, does not recuse one from being careful.
but not *so* easy to touch, and at least here at CERN you are supposed
to add a wrning sign "Danger, extra low voltage". But if you consider
the dangers of an ordinary power cable: If you touch a loose end with
your bare finger you will get a small burn (maybe) and jerk it away,
but the ring might cause the short-circuit current to flow, which can
easily reach a few thousand amps before the breaker kicks in.
Much better not to wear any rings or oher jewelry at all, since danger
lurks everywhere and bites often when least expected, and the jewelry
never helps you: If you are beautiful by yourself it only distracts,
if not it only makes you attractive to thieves...
On 16 Jan 2004 18:20:10 -0800, email@example.com (hex)
I used to work in telephone exchanges. Power was supplied at 50V,
through huge copper bus bars, made from 1" thick copper, either 6" or
12"high. They weren't insulated and they were only an inch or so
Do whales have krillfiles ?
I had my wedding band on a total of 1 day on our honeymoon when I went
surfing and a wave made it slip right off into the water. (And please,
let's not go into whether surfing is foolhardy or not again on this
group!) I dove under and barely managed to grab it for a second
before it slipped out of my hand, lost forever. The 2nd band my wife
bought lasted about another week before it came off when surfing
again. Were these rings trying to tell me something? In any case,
while she forgave both incidents and bought a 3rd ring, I have to this
day to wear it in the water, the shop, or anywhere else! This,
however, she does not like!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Nancy A. Kroes) wrote in message
That's why I don't try to stop moving machinery with my left hand. :)
Being aware of the ring and actively working to protect it from harm is IMHO
sufficient to avoid catching it on anything. I don't want to get it
scraped up. It belonged to my great grandfather.
Good argument for taking it off, granted, but I always lose track of it when
I do. It and a watch are the only jewlry I ever need.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Same here (well, except that the ring doesn't have that much sentimental
value). I always take my ring off, pop it onto my watch band, re-do the
watch band, and put the pair of them on top of the microwave in the kitchen
(right on the path to the gara^H^H^H^Hshop). Same thing I do in the shower,
at night, and any other time I don't want to wear them (excepting that they
might be on the headboard or sink, instead). Keeping a pattern -- and
attaching the ring to something else! -- prevents it's loss.
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