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#167948 08/23/07 09:09 PM
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I just did a panel swap at my house and my hands look like I stuck them in a disposal. I must have 50 little cuts and dings. Don't they buff the sharp edge off of anything these days?

Greg Fretwell
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No, they don't. The edges are even worse. Like paper cuts, but you don't realize that you got them until later when the machine oil gets to them and you have deep red slits from your elbows to your fingertips.


"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."
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Kevlar gloves would be a good idea.

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Originally Posted by gfretwell
I just did a panel swap

Step one immediately after mounting panel tub, take electrical tape and cover the sharp edges on the inside lip of both sides of the enclosure. The back of your hands will thank you for it.

BTW....where your linemens squeaky? laugh

Bob Badger
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iwire #167969 08/24/07 07:36 AM
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Didn't I see an earlier post somewhere here claiming that TSA wouldn't let you take a Lithonia fixture housing on the plane since the edges are considered a lethal weapon??

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My hands always look destroyed from the sharp edges of everything. Halo recessd fixtures, panelboards, grabbing handfuls of staples, etc., rips up my hands like paper cuts. It really hurts if you get a small amount of PVC glue or cleaner on those cuts.

Brian Gibbons
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Originally Posted by gibbonsseabee80
It really hurts if you get a small amount of PVC glue or cleaner on those cuts.

That is when you find cuts you did not even know you had. shocked

Bob Badger
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Just put this stuff all over your hands. You'll feel much better.

Last edited by A-Line; 08/24/07 09:58 AM.
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When I was new in this business I always had cuts on my hands. I thought it just came with the job.
But, after suffering with this issue, I decided I would work more carefully and pay attention to what I was doing all the time.
Of course from time to time I would get cut.
It's kinda like learning to stay clean even if you worked on a sewer pump.

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I don’t work in the field anymore but every now and then I have to get out and do something just to get out of the office. Sometimes I sort material in the mornings just because I like it too. When I do either these work great:

My men make fun o me but I am pretty sure some of them use them too. They feel really good and you don’t lose any dexterity.

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