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Old 04-20-2005, 11:53 AM   #1
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Public Service Announcment. (Link included to graphic image)

Never EVER EVER use a steak knife to cut clear tubing. Or it you DO, cut away from your hand / fingers. Never towards.

The following link will take you to an image of MY thumb, right after being stitched. Nothing worse that what you would see on TV's CSI or 24, but none the less, it's a bit graphic.

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To those with a weak stomach, don't click that link!

FYI all that pic is a little graphic. nothing gruesome but i know there are some kids on this board and other people with weak stomachs.

to describe it: it's a close up shot of a thumb that just got freshly stitched up. quite a bit of dry blood on the hand and under finger nail.

other than that... pretty cool pic. heh. was that you?

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To those with a weak stomach, don't click that link!

FYI all that pic is a little graphic. nothing gruesome but i know there are some kids on this board and other people with weak stomachs.

to describe it: it's a close up shot of a thumb that just got freshly stitched up. quite a bit of dry blood on the hand and under finger nail.

other than that... pretty cool pic. heh. was that you?

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Yeah, Sorry about that..... I'll edit the title to reflect that. ;-/

Just a note to everyone, when working on anything tank related, to be safe.
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Yes, that is my thumb. I was trying to cut some clear, 1/4 inch ID tubing off of something, in order to use it on a return pump.

Needless to say, that still needs to be done. ;-/

9 Stitches total.
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ya know... scissors work really well on 1/4" tubing... for future reference
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Thanks for the safety tip.
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Normally, I'd agree... But there was a small metal stick stuck inside the tubing, that I was having no luck pulling out.

My thought was, run the blade up between the metal tube, and the tubing.

Needless to say, If i ever need tubing again, and it's got something stuck in it making it difficult to use, I'll be going to Home Depot / Lowes to get new tubing.

And i'm sorry, I think it was 1/2 inch inner diameter.. Was pretty good sized tubing.
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Needless to say, that still needs to be done. ;-/
lol. at least you kept a sense of humor through this.

btw i wasn't trying to be rude about the link or anything because it's a good pic and i enjoyed it. haha. yes... im sick. just wanted to warn others.

i hope it heals fast, and keep your hand out of your tank until it does! for your safety mostly.

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Oh, no.. I didn't think you were being rude.

The only other 'forum' i hang out on is populated by close friends, so things like this are usually posted with no warning whatsoever. That, and the Vicodin, I'm not thinking real clear.

I did however, manage to get the Egg crate cut and placed on top of the tank, which allowed me to ditch the 'factory' covers and get some real lighting on.

So i quess it wasn't a total waste..

I didn't have the state of mind to snap pictures before the stitches, or while the ER Doc was putting them in, however. ;-/

Just be CAREFUL when doing anything DIY... And not only with knives.. But with Drills, saws, sanders, anything.
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Other good methods would be putting the tubeing on a flat hard surface and using the blade down aganst that. that way if you slip or it cuts thru faster than antipated you just gouge into the hard surface your cutting on.

That looks painful. Given the knife used does nto have a clean stright sharp surface I suspect it hurt alot more than if it was a rasor blade that would have done a quick and clean cut.
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