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Old 12-26-2012, 06:05 AM   #11
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Re: How NOT to use a torque wrench

Ouch! Such is life in the school of hard knocks!

Hopefully, some of us are smart enough to learn from other's mistakes!

... note to self...
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:16 AM   #12
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Wow, I had my issues too, but I really take my time, I'm so slow if someone sees me working on my car the thoughts will be I'm crazy. Maybe I learned my lessons.

About 7 months ago I had an issue working with a straight blade xacto knife, 2nd time this happened to me, first time stitches on both sides of the finger being lucky not to have nerve damage, ant the last one, just a cut, I needed stitches and got sick from the shock but had no med insurance and I took care of it myself with superglue and it worked great, no noticeable scar,specially under where it hurts the most. I sure there will not be third time even though now I have insurance.
Cuts are the worst. I don't mind getting banged up and bruised, but I absolutely loathe knives
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:34 AM   #13
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I took care of it myself with superglue and it worked great, no noticeable scar,specially under where it hurts the most.
That's pretty bada$$ right there!
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
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Re: How NOT to use a torque wrench

Well I have like a dent on my finger because it happened near the tip bottom of it.

The super glue goes over the cut after being cleaned,and not in between the skin though, just thought I should clear that up. It was a very clean but deep cut, glad It worked.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #15
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When tightening a torque wrench, set your feet/knees firmly on the ground and pull the torque wrench. DO NOT PUSH!

Here is the backstory: I went outside to tighten my wife's lugnuts today since I put on her winter wheels a couple weeks ago. As I was pushing the torque wrench down and the socket slipped off the bolt. My jaw caught her fender flares with 105 foot lbs of force, causing me to collapse to the ground and see stars for a few seconds. I think I also dislocated it cause it's still hurting when I try to eat 1 hour later.
All jokes aside...Parsec, is your jaw okay now? If not, I hope you see a doctor.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #16
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Re: How NOT to use a torque wrench

And to add insult to injury (literally), it sounds like the torque wrench slammed into the ground at the same 105 ft-lbs that your jaw took. Probably trashed the wrench, or at the very least, you'll need to get it calibrated as I'm sure it's no longer reliable.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #17
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Re: How NOT to use a torque wrench

I actually felt much better this morning, just a little sore now. Thanks for asking.

I wonder how I'm supposed to recalibrate a torque wrench, or if it's even something I can do myself. I guess I'll google it!
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Well I have like a dent on my finger because it happened near the tip bottom of it.

The super glue goes over the cut after being cleaned,and not in between the skin though, just thought I should clear that up. It was a very clean but deep cut, glad It worked.
I use super glue when I have dry air skin cracks in my thumbs. I put it in the crack and hold it together for a short time. It works great!
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I actually felt much better this morning, just a little sore now. Thanks for asking.

I wonder how I'm supposed to recalibrate a torque wrench, or if it's even something I can do myself. I guess I'll google it!
I think auto parts stores can do it for you. worth a phone call to check.
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