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Just A Slight Concussion...
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Salmoneye    Posted 11-16-2004 at 08:36:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was dropping an Ash down behind the shed...Didn't occur to me that the wild grape vines up the side were intertwined with the dead branches on the next tree over...Ash started to come down so I killed the saw and walked 45 degrees back and away all the while keeping my eyes on the falling tree when BAM...4 inch branch from about 30 feet up hit Dead center of my head...Dropped me to the ground and rang my bell better than when I fought in school...

Good news is that I had sharpened the saw earlier and next to my sharpener was my cutting helmet...First time in more than a year I had put it on...

Damn good thing I did, or that dead branch would have had company...



ron,ar    Posted 11-16-2004 at 18:38:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
glad to hear you are all right. You keep wearing that helment, we need your input here too much for anything to happen to you.


Gerrit    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:02:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, you're lucky!
And thanks.. Like other already said,it's good te be reminded of how easily an accident can happen.
Gotta go and buy a safety helmet one of these days!



toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:11:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
don,t buy the tin ones gerrit i hit a guy over the head with a shovel once on a cement pour put a big split right down the middle, least it got him helping, when he come around.


Gerrit    Posted 11-17-2004 at 01:15:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL!


Melanie    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:16:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
LMAO!!! Toolman, you are a kick. :)


toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:19:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
that wasn,t what he said.


cornfused    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:02:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Almost 21 years ago my father was not as lucky, glad to hear you are safe!


Clod    Posted 11-16-2004 at 15:50:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lucky dawg!


Dug    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:27:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the heads up, no pun intended. Going to start clearing some land in a few weeks and always hate to wear the "safety equipment". Might have to rethink that.

Dug


steve19438    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:16:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
as hard as your head is you didn't need a helmut!
glad your OK!!!!


Melanie    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:13:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whew!!! That's scary. Glad you're relatively okay, and yeah, tell us some school fight stories!!!! ;)


Carman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:07:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
And that is important here why?


Dug    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:33:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Carman,

You may want to consider expaining your comment, because right now I, along with everyone else on this board, is wondering what kind of human being you are!

Dug, who gets very annoyed with thoughtless and stupid comments.


hehehe    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:15:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
might explain some of his peculiar ways!

sorry sam, couldnt help it.

mud


Fawteen    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:15:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cuz Salmoneye is a neighbor, and we like ta keep an eye on our neighbors around heah.

Obviously a concept that escapes you...


Melanie    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:12:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
...and you are here why, oh Negative Idiotic One???????


Carman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 15:19:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ha! Look at you! Someone asks a simple question and you have nothing better to do than call names. And you consider yourself a mature adult.


Melanie    Posted 11-16-2004 at 16:09:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Ha!" Never said I was a "mature" adult. But you sure aren't, if it takes one to know one....


To clarify....    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:18:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
...that remark was for Carman, who apparently does not understand that this is a board about country living....


toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:24:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
true but ole salmoneye ain,t been around all afternoon, are you sure bout the livin part, im figgerin he took something from a big bottle for his headache and will wake up tomorrow moring and wonder if he,s alive


Melanie    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:28:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Possibly... I have often wondered... how long do they tell you not to go to sleep... the first couple hours after the pop-knot, or the first 12 hours, or what?


toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:33:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
not sure it happenes so often to me around here i don,t pay much attention anymore, neighbour lady called just the other day asked why i never trimmed the trees in the powerline yet this year, i told her i did already, she didn,t belive me cause i didn,t turn her power off this year,i told her i was just getting better at it she laughed , but didn,t belive me, i don,t mind the knots on the head as much as them power surges running thru your body, feels like you hit your funny bone in the arm.


Peanut    Posted 11-16-2004 at 13:54:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lucky lucky lucky. Good thing you were wearing the helmet.

I had a mishap with a chainsaw last winter. I was clearing a bunch of small trees around the base of an old grain bin. It was about 25 degrees outside and I was on a roll cutting and burning. I was clearing the last bit of small 2-4" trees and turned around to walk out of the brush pile when the ground under my right leg disappeared. I fell into an old well (that I did not know existed) with the chain still spinning fast. I hit the ground with my elbow and was able to pull the chainsaw back from my left leg about 1" from it cutting into my thigh. Would've been quite a mess since my right leg was now submerged in ice cold water all the way up to the top of my leg.

Mrs Peanut was watching me from a distance and wondered how I could just disappear in an instant. Well, I got out of the well and realized how close I was to becoming a self-induced amputee, dumped the water out of my boot and magically reappeared.


TO35    Posted 11-16-2004 at 13:35:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad your ok, bet that was asight getting "smacked down"...ok now I'm curious tell us a good school fight story....


TO35 ..a hard head but it's not that hard...


New-Gen    Posted 11-16-2004 at 13:30:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Watch out playin with them chainsaws too, I've got the scars to prove they can be dangerous!


tacon1    Posted 11-16-2004 at 13:30:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you made it OK, Salmoneye.

tacon1, out in the garage dusting off the helmet.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 11-16-2004 at 11:54:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven not worn a hard hat since the 70's. Have often thought it not a bad idea if we all did around here. All of us slowing down, not necessarily able to always get out of own way, and finding surprises for new spur of the moment project around any corner the hard headed hat sounds like a good one, especially when I donít know which way my ash is going!

It is good you're okay!!!!
Fernan


EngineerJoyce    Posted 11-16-2004 at 11:59:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fern, you may not know which way YOUR ash is going, but let a good looking female specimen walk by and you know the exact direction and rate of movement! tsk, tsk.
;-)
EJ ...hehehe...


Patria    Posted 11-16-2004 at 11:28:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you're ok, Salmoneye.
But be careful eh..The Girl still need you.




That's what ya get....    Posted 11-16-2004 at 10:58:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
For working when you should be out deer hunting. :-)

Thanks for the heads up.

Glad your OK.

Greg VT
who's going to find his hard hat in the barn when he commences to cutting again in a couple weeks.


deadcarp    Posted 11-16-2004 at 10:44:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep, no matter what you try with a chainsaw, there's always an unforeseen hazard waiting to nail ya. my son was standing on a block wall cutting a small limb with an electric saw, the darn thing slapped his roof, came back and speared his eye out, just that quick. so use the helmet, mask, gloves, chaps or whatever ya got.


Fawteen - I'm guessin'    Posted 11-16-2004 at 10:37:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya threw that pair of shorts away too. Glad yer safe, and no weirder than normal.

Haven't had a real close call. Yet.

Got one of them helmets with the face guard and the earmuffs. Wear it cuz I can't stand the noise, but the noggin protection don't hurt either. Wouldn't wanna mess up a perfectly good piece of firewood...


Willy-N    Posted 11-16-2004 at 10:20:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess the nice part is it hit the Helmet instead of in the face or neck area! Makes you want to use the helmet later on when you do things. We all need wake up call once in a while as long as we don't get hurt in the process to much to remember what can happen. I call it the school of hard knocks! Glad you are OK!! Mark H.


toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 10:17:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
glad your ok, normal day round here though, wake up with bell ringers now it seems.


MapleStone    Posted 11-16-2004 at 10:12:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Danged grape vines!

My father had a real nasty encounter with a grape vine a few years ago.

He was using his 920 John Deere with a FEL and a grader blade to clean out a drainage ditch through the woods. Every thing was going fairly well and he decided to put the blade on an angle (right side down) and drive the length of the ditch to do one final cleanind. As he drove he was paying more attention behind him then ahead of him and a grape vine snagged the bucket of the loader. When the vine finally reached it's breaking point it had ALOT of tension on it and it shot back at him like a broken wire rope. It hit him in the side of the face, broke his glases (safety rated glasses) and blackened his eye as well as cut his face. He looked like he'd been in one heck of a fight. Judging by the cuts and the broken glasses he figured if he hadn't been wearing the glasses he might have lost an eye.

Ever since then we are always very careful around grape vines!


Wisereader    Posted 11-16-2004 at 09:47:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you're ok. How many fingers do I have up?


mud    Posted 11-16-2004 at 09:41:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
them bell ringers get your attention dont they?

thanks for fessin up. reminds us all to be safer.



Bkeepr    Posted 11-16-2004 at 09:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Really glad you're safe, hate to lose friends.

And thanks for the cheap reminder, I don't always follow "the rules" either and this kind of thing is a good lesson why I should.

Tom A


Steve from TN    Posted 11-16-2004 at 09:24:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Damn good thing I did, or that dead branch would have had company..."

That line says it all. After the fact, it is usually too late to be safe unless you already did. I'm usually wishing that I had been more careful. Hind sight is 20-20. It's always a good idea to do the job the safest way possible.(That would be without OSHA telling me how to do it.)


Ron/PA    Posted 11-16-2004 at 09:05:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd snicker at yer hat! Til I was 'bout 25 and just like you said, 1 stinkin vine went from my maple I was cutting to a big old oak next to it.
I finished the cut, maple was dropping and I laid the saw down and stepped back.
A 3 foot piece of 6 inch oak hit that saw and drove the bar into the ground and destroyed the engine,,,, Got out a hard hat and have worn it ever since, prolly the saw was worth more than my noggin, but I ain't givin up the insurance money to the wifey yet.
Glad you're ok,,
Ron


mike    Posted 11-16-2004 at 08:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
ouch! dropping a BIG maple behind the barn a few yrs ago; made my notch and then my back-cut. That tree was 50-60 degrees gone over and I had stepped back to watch her go when a 10 ft branch 3 inches in diameter stabbed into the ground about 6 inches from where I was standing. coulda been REAL unpleasent... glad to here you are ok and remember God protects the young and the foolish


Alias    Posted 11-16-2004 at 08:48:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man, I'm happy to know it wasn't more serious. Good thing you had the helmet on.


SusieQ    Posted 11-16-2004 at 15:16:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well if in a few days, you start having a stiff neck, headaches that continue....get yourself to the doctor, please!


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