Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: over 7,000 feet in the san juan mountains of sw colo
got tired and pulled a stupid about a week ago. was tying in and drying up a doghouse dormer remod that was all wrong from the prints. wrong wall height, pitch, framing details, closing off the closet kneewall etc.
needless to say, it took longer than expected, so my #1 son and i are up there about 12 hours. hot, dry, tired, stressed, clouds coming in, will i beat them and all that. cutting off the ridge beam, and my 18volt liion makita saw won't run because the batteries are drained. need to cut it off, so i make a platform out of 2X, cut off the north side, readjust the footing to cut the ridge, lean out to cut the ridge w/the porter-cable 7-1/4 and my footing slides out. the saw binds, kicks back, and digs into my left inside forearm just above the wrist. i drop the ridge cut-off. slap direct pressure on my arm, and work back after setting the saw where it will be safe.
didn't want it to fall on someone or be broken by doing so. went down to the bathroom with son and homeowner, pulled a chunk of bone out of the slot about the size of a bb gun pellet, and pulled it close with paper tape, then ran a gauze pad over it and taped the whole thing together. had good movement, didn't lose feeling, no arterial pumping, so i stayed for two hours more til' it was buckled up and dried in. still haven't gone to the doctor.
they tend to want to kill me or do unnecessary surgery. it feels good, no burn, no infection, will be ugly, but i'm thankful because it could have been so much worse. i'm down to bandaids now, need to put the 35% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) on it. that should basically cauterize the thing. talk about a burn though . . .