Runner-Up titles:"What happens in the basement, stays in the basement"
"I cant believe I just did that!"
In honor of both the man who nearly cut off his own arm when it got stuck in the furnace and my own stupidity, I would like to hear the horror stories of those who have injured themselves in the line of DIY home improvement.
Just to get things started, let me tell you the tale of this weekend.
I am giddy with excitement at the prospect of nearly completing the framing portion of my basement. I was working on framing around the duct work in my wife's craft room. As I am rough-fitting a cross brace, I realize that I need to use the longer fasteners (2.5") as the shorter ones wont work. Because of this, I perform due diligence and make sure there is no wiring, plumbing, or other undesirables at the exit point. Seeing that the area is clear, I position the piece and hold it flush with the board its going to be attached to. First nail, no problem.. Second nail, well, that's a different story. As I pull the trigger, I feel a sharp pain in my finger tip. I yank my hand down, while letting my feelings be known to anyone within 100 yards (my poor children are probably scarred for life). As I examine the wound, I start to think "This is probably going to hurt tomorrow". As I turn my hand over, I realize that there is blood coming out the other side as well.... Yes, boys and girls, the nail went ALL THE WAY through my freaking finger. Exit wound was at the cuticle. Now.. in my defense, my fingers were NOT there when I was checking for clearance..
The 'Entry Wound' was pretty small, it was a 15d finish nail...
The 'Exit Wound' was a surprise...
I am reaching out for support. Tell me I am not the only one who sometimes leaves his brain on the workbench while picking up a power tool.
Trips to the hospital are worth five extra points. An ambulance ride is twenty.
The funny part was, after I came upstairs and iced if for about 10 minutes and put on a bandaid, I was heading back downstairs. My wife says 'Where are you going?' To which I reply, 'Im going back down to finish what the hell I was working on!'