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Quick Reminder - Safety Glasses!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greg72, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on how much I enjoy my eyesight and how frequently I take it for granted.

    I was working on a little project called "Shaving my 14-Bolt".....not sure where I got the idea. [​IMG] Anyway, I had my safety glasses, ear protection, gloves on and still managed to get the smallest little SPECK of iron in my eye!!!

    It's amazing how uncomfortable is was. It felt like a huge rock was scraping around in my eye. I went to the doctor (eventually) and he had to scrape the metal out. Ferrous metals (like axle particles) rust almost instantly in your eye....it's basically a salt-water bath in there. So even if you get the particle out, the rust is still there and will cause problems for you....

    HAPPY ENDING - I got a scolding from the doctor (though not too bad since I was TRYING to protect my eyes) and he used a glorified die-grinder to remove the rust. I had to keep anti-biotic ointment in my eye for the next few days to prevent infection and promote healing, but now everything feels great, and I can see just as well as ever.

    THE MORAL - It's possible to get hurt even when you take all the precautions. So PLEASE don't take chances by working without the proper safety equipment.....especially when it comes to protecting your eyes! [​IMG]

    I'm not trying to lecture....just trying to help those who can acutally learn from someone ELSE'S mistakes!


    -Greg72

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  2. 1986Blazer

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    My worst nightmare is going BLIND!



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  4. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    UseYourBlinker,

    I can imagine..... Based on your photo, you're ALREADY invisible!!!! You've got enough problems already... HAHAHAHAHA

    I guess the coffee's kickin' in.... [​IMG]

    BTW -&gt; Fremont huh? I'm about 2 minutes away in Milpitas, we should meet up sometime!


    -Greg72

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  5. HarryH3

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    Here's my preferred method of protecting my face and eyes in the garage: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/productdetail.jsp?xi=xi&amp;ItemId=1611606629>http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/productdetail.jsp?xi=xi&amp;ItemId=1611606629</a>

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    My worst nightmare is going BLIND!

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    Then you better quit jacking off all the time!! [​IMG] [​IMG]




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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    Then you better quit jacking off all the time!!

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    Leave it to Wes! LOL!

    I have had bunches of metal in my eyes. I have gotten to the point where I will just go to the bathroom w/ a magnet and swab around my eye till I get it out. I dont recommend this but doing body work for a living, I grind alot and get metal in my eye even tho I wear safety glasses. The magnet thing came about one day when I was too busy to go to the eye doc.

    If ya can't stop.......Smile as you go under! [​IMG]
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    How did ya know Wes? I thought I turned off my Webcam!!



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    Yeah...meet up at In &amp; Out Burger,over by 237...My buddy lives over in "Smellpitas" off of Topana Rd. You might catch me driving over there ever once in a while. Also by the great Mall...Can't get enough of Dave &amp; Buster's!



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    How about just closing your eyes when the sparks start flying at you? [​IMG]

    I need goggles.....

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    You speak the truth, Greg.

    I did the same thing a couple of months back. Worked all day sanding, pounding, grinding, wire wheel, etc. Everything was fine until I got cleaned up and went out to eat. At the restaurant I thought that I had gotten sand in my eye, except that it kept getting worse. I had to go through the eye drops and all that stuff, too.

    The worst part was having the doctor work on the little iron particle (and surrounding rust) with this thing I could have sworn was a cordless dremel. It's just a little metal-tipped tool that flicks up and down about 20 times a second. Then between each round of "flicking", my eye would get rubbed off with a dry cotton swab and then have those stupid ultraviolet eye drops put in again. Even after my insurance kicked in about $250 for the doctor and optometrist visits, I still owed about $200, which by itself is enough to convince me!

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    You mentioned a wire wheel... Those things are seriously dangerous! I've had pieces of wire fly out of those things and stick into my arm. I can't imagine what it would do to an eyeball. [​IMG]

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    Harry's got it right with the face shield. I've tried wearing the wraparound goggle safety glasses but they get fogged, scratched, screw up peripheral vision, and I wear glasses so they screw up my sight all together. The face shield stays in place and I can wear my glasses, although it does tend to bump things and get knocked around. Just be careful where you lay it when you take it off and start welding after grinding, you'll ruin one in a hurry. I'm a big sissy when it comes to my eyes, can't even stand drops (that's why I don't wear contacts) much less magnets and dremels!

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    I dont like things in my eyes either.......thats why I broke out the magnet! LOL!

    If ya can't stop.......Smile as you go under! [​IMG]
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    I've gotten metal particles and other sh!t in my eyes when I've been lying on my back under the vehicle.I had safety glasses,but they are not good because there is always small gap somewhere where the debris gets pass.Lucky that I've get my eyes washed out.So far.I should get one of those facial shields,though they might get caught if you are working in a tight spot.


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    Same thing happened to me.. My wife had to drive me to the Army Hospital Christmas eve.. found a small metal shaving in my eye.. they had to put my eye under the microscope to find it and once it was removed.. there was a small rust ring from the metal particle. Doctor said I was lucky to have come in that day and get it taken care of.
    So... my wife brought me home some safety goggles to wear now when I'm working on the truck.

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  18. tRustyK5

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    I've lost count of how many times I've had to have steel chunks removed from my eyes. I have even managed to defeat the face shield once...not intentionally of course.
    I've been pretty fortunate lately, it's been over a year since the last visit to the doctor to have steel removed from my eye.

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    the thing to keep in mind about face shields is that even though they do help to protect your eyes alone, they're supposed to be worn with safety glasses at the same time
     
  20. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Eric,

    Yeah, we'll have to talk VWs too.....I just checked out your pics and it looks like you are also prety hard-core on the aircooled stuff too.

    About the only thing VW I've still got these days is an NOS 6-wire turn signal for a '61 Bug (still in the factory box), and a NEW (never installed) Gene Berg Forged 86mm Crankshaft!!!!....one of the original forgings that they don't make anymore. Geez, I wonder what that thing's worth these days? [​IMG]



    -Greg72

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