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    Don't do this

    Well I purchased one of the bolt on steps for my BH from Ken, great product!

    While installing the step I removed the bolts from the stabilizer, the top bolt went in fine... the bottom bolt gave me a little trouble trying to line it up and keep the inside washer in place.
    While trying to line it up I got the bright idea to reach around behind the stabilizer and feel for the hole since sitting on the ground I could not see it from the front while holding the bolt in place to insert it...
    WELL, I found the hole, problem was I used my finger to find it and about the time I found it the stbilizer arm dropped, pinning my finger in the hole with a LOT of pressure on the tip of my finger. I could not remove my finger and when I tried moving the arm it just got tighter, each time I tried to move it to try and align it it got tighter... my thought was that eventually it will come loose once it severs my finger tip off...
    I'm sitting there finger stuck in the back going numb trying to hold the arm with my other hand to keep it from moving any more and no one around to assist...
    I was finally able to push the arm enough that I yanked my finger out, black and blue and crooked but still attached...

    But hey I love the step and it works great...

    While using my finger to align the hole seemed like a good idea at the time, the moral of the story is DON'T DO THAT!
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    It'll feel better when it quits hurting. Good thing you've got 9 more!

    In all seriousness, glad you were able to get yourself free and I hope you heal well.
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    Been in those kind of situations when no one is around. Can be quite scary. Glad you made it, bet you won't do that again. I have quite a list of things I won't do again.
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    When I was in the Army in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, i worked in the motor pool. Me and 2 other guys were set to remove a 5 ton engine from an armored personnel carrier one day. The Master Sargeant was running the crane. I was giving him hand signals for the crane based on feedback from my buddy Yontz. The 2 rear engine mounts are tabs that stick up vertically several inches with a big inch and a quarter or so size hole in there. The tab on the engine slides down between the 2 tabs of the mount in the tank itself.....unbeknownst to me and the crane operator...good ole Yontz was using his middle finger to line up the holes instead of the bolt. He told me to have the crane guy lower it...i give hand signal...the engine drops an inch real quick like and the next thing I hear from Yontz is..."I lost it'......I said what and he said my finger. seems he had his finger in the mounting tab on the tank and was just far enough through that when the engine dropped it sheared his finger tip off. He jumped out of there holding his finger. Crane guy shuts everything down and off they go to the base hospital. I reach in and poke the rest of his finger out into a rag, place it in my pocket and proceed to jet across base on my 600 ninja motorcycle to get them his finger tip. They could not replace his finger tip and he had just a 1/16th of an inch or so of finger nail left.....that bugged him, so he had to go back and they removed a bit more to get his finger nail completely off.

    always use a pin, bolt, pry bar...anything but your fingers to line holes up.......glad you came away with everything intact.
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    I'm happy things (your finger included) worked out lsg. I did have to laugh but nobody heard me so it's all good.
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    OUCH!!!!! But thanks for the heads up ... one more thing to add to my don't do list.

    right next to the entry i added after watching a buddy's acrobatics a many years ago....

    Do not lean out the dormer window to hold the trim board with one hand while using the air nailer with the other hand while using nails long enough to go through the board and into your hand securing it as well as the trim board to the dormer. Please realize if you choose to do this you will almost need the free-climbing skills used by cliff dwellers to get far enough out of the dormer window to pull your hand off the nail as straight as possible while trying not to wet yourself. The resulting swelling and bandage will make you miss bowling night for the next two weeks. Just get the ladder as initially suggested by the two idiots rolling on the ground laughing. (disclaimer...we were young and found such three stooges type adventures hilarious so we can't be held responsible for laughing....gawd i wish we had cell phone's for videoing at the time so we could re-live this at the golf outing every year)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fungus View Post
    When I was in the Army in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, i worked in the motor pool. Me and 2 other guys were set to remove a 5 ton engine from an armored personnel carrier one day. The Master Sargeant was running the crane. I was giving him hand signals for the crane based on feedback from my buddy Yontz. The 2 rear engine mounts are tabs that stick up vertically several inches with a big inch and a quarter or so size hole in there. The tab on the engine slides down between the 2 tabs of the mount in the tank itself.....unbeknownst to me and the crane operator...good ole Yontz was using his middle finger to line up the holes instead of the bolt. He told me to have the crane guy lower it...i give hand signal...the engine drops an inch real quick like and the next thing I hear from Yontz is..."I lost it'......I said what and he said my finger. seems he had his finger in the mounting tab on the tank and was just far enough through that when the engine dropped it sheared his finger tip off. He jumped out of there holding his finger. Crane guy shuts everything down and off they go to the base hospital. I reach in and poke the rest of his finger out into a rag, place it in my pocket and proceed to jet across base on my 600 ninja motorcycle to get them his finger tip. They could not replace his finger tip and he had just a 1/16th of an inch or so of finger nail left.....that bugged him, so he had to go back and they removed a bit more to get his finger nail completely off.

    always use a pin, bolt, pry bar...anything but your fingers to line holes up.......glad you came away with everything intact.
    Gee Fungus, now my finger hurts even worse after reading that story... I have to say that this same finger has had two close calls, one with the tractor and the other with the tablesaw blade, the tip ends of fingers do eventually grow back...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titleist1 View Post
    OUCH!!!!! But thanks for the heads up ... one more thing to add to my don't do list.

    right next to the entry i added after watching a buddy's acrobatics a many years ago....

    Do not lean out the dormer window to hold the trim board with one hand while using the air nailer with the other hand while using nails long enough to go through the board and into your hand securing it as well as the trim board to the dormer. Please realize if you choose to do this you will almost need the free-climbing skills used by cliff dwellers to get far enough out of the dormer window to pull your hand off the nail as straight as possible while trying not to wet yourself. The resulting swelling and bandage will make you miss bowling night for the next two weeks. Just get the ladder as initially suggested by the two idiots rolling on the ground laughing. (disclaimer...we were young and found such three stooges type adventures hilarious so we can't be held responsible for laughing....gawd i wish we had cell phone's for videoing at the time so we could re-live this at the golf outing every year)

    ouch... well I can say I've come close to nailing my hand but never have... I can't say the same for fish hooks in all parts of my extremities, the treble hooks in the top of the head got a good laugh at the emergency room... Ruined my lucky fishing hat...

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    Pro tip: Don't ever stick your hand into the chute of a lawn mower unless the motor is off and you are 100% sure the blades have stopped spinning. I didn't lose my finger, but the blade did hit it and cut it. I was probably about 1/4" from losing my left ring finger.
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    This begs a question!!

    Did you say " here hold my beer and watch this" before inserting your finger into said bolt hole???


    Hope it feels better and heals straight.


    Oh and thanks for the tip.


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