Half inch brad point drill bit to the hand..... (graphic image)

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Forum topic by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw posted 02-05-2014 02:02 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch

02-05-2014 02:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: injury blood hand deck drill brad point drill bit

I was working on my grandfather’s deck. We were missing some fasteners the other day so we had not yet bolted in the ground anchors. These anchors are under the deck and in an inconvenient spot. While under the deck I was drilling the holes for the supporting boards when the drill snagged at the same time it broke through the other side. The sudden snag knocked my hand loose from the board and into the path of the drill bit. The bit was a half inch brad point and went in about 1/4 of an inch at the center of the wound.

I drove myself to a local drop in clinic here in town and they stitched me up.

I got injured due to three factors that I can think of.

1. The work was not secured.
2. My left hand was not behind the cutting edge
3. Self imposed time pressure.

Drilling holes is something I do pretty regular. It’s easy to forget how dangerous the most simple of tools can be when you get in front of them.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 02:08 AM


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#2 posted 02-05-2014 02:10 AM

Ouch…should have bought a SawSt….oh wait….nevermind.

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 02:11 AM


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#4 posted 02-05-2014 02:12 AM

Sorry…had to inject a little humor even though it’s probably not that funny, especially if the numbing medicine is wearing off. I did something similar years ago except it was my thumb. I was holding a board for someone else. Wasn’t paying attention to my hand position. I knew real fast that the drill bit had made it all the way through the wood.

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 02:14 AM

Nice one dude.
I hope you heal fast.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

#6 posted 02-05-2014 02:14 AM

No worries Armandhammer. You can’t hurt my feelings, I already did that with a drill bit. : )

I am very glad it wasn’t worse than that.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 02:19 AM

Self imposed time pressure:

Running through a forest of Rebar uprights to get an E-cord set up, tripped on one upright ( and it tore my NEW carpenter jeans), and started to fall. Put out a hand to break fall. Got about an inch of #4 rebar into the hand. Started to get up, found hand was “stuck”. ER put three stitches in, all but one blew out later that week.

Too big of a hurry to put caps on the uprights, concrete was “on the way, hot” sort of thing. Somehow, I missed out on placing that concrete that day….

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 02:39 AM

Ow! Good lesson for others.

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 05:11 AM

Could have been worse….
Could have been me!!!

Sorry, couldn’t resist….

Hope the pain meds are working & that it heals quickly.
Have you had your shots?
NOT for an STD, for tetanus???

Oh yeah, is the drill bit OK???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 05:32 AM

Percoset…..where the heck is the Percoset? Durn burn it! Can’t find the Percoset. Just FYI – a large, yes a VERY large glass of wine or beer or whiskey or rum does just about the same thing as a Percoset (at least that’s what my doctor told me).

Anyway, hope you heal up really fast!



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#11 posted 02-05-2014 10:08 AM

Flesh does not make a good drill bit guide.
I hope you heal quickly.
Be sure to keep it clean.
I always find myself reminding people of that since I had a cut once get infected.
The infection looked and felt worse than the original cut.


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#12 posted 02-05-2014 10:29 AM

Heal fast, heal well!

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#13 posted 02-05-2014 01:01 PM

K- Bummer. Thanks for the reminder that any tool we use is capable of turning on us. Heal fast.

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#14 posted 02-05-2014 02:02 PM

you shoulda used that Sawstop drill that would have never happened, just funnin, Ive shot myself with the nail gun, doin basically the same thing,that dam ol coping saw has got me 2 or 3 times, get well soon and make some more dust, have a good day

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#15 posted 02-05-2014 03:54 PM

Sorry to hear about ur booboos. Sadly I’ve been there. Not a good feeling. Heal quick. At least it’s ur left hand. Always look for the good

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