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Thread: Lost a good pair of dikes yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcampbell View Post
    There are a lot of statistics collected about workplace deaths & injuries.
    It would be nice to see someone compile statistics about non-events like this where using PPE prevented an injury.
    I just about lost an eye when my safety glasses (with a bungee style retainer) snagged on something while climbing a ladder, sending the ear holder right in my eye... stupid stupid. also sad but true is driving home, window down and that bit of metal stuck in your eyebrow falls in your eye. on the freeway at 70mph. I do not let that happen anymore... wipe off your hair and face!!

    edit- the retainers are mostly "break away" now, just for me! oh the irony...

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    Most of us are probably less careful at home because ‘just once and your unemployed’ rules don’t apply.
    Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by rambojoe View Post
    ... I still have my blue-handle dykes (diagonal cutting pliers in the catalog, if I remember) ...
    "dikes" are diagonal cutting pliers.
    "dykes" are lesbians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcampbell View Post
    "dikes" are diagonal cutting pliers.
    "dykes" are lesbians.
    oh the edukashun we gits here.
    Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by drcampbell View Post
    "dikes" are diagonal cutting pliers.
    "dykes" are lesbians.
    sorry,my bad. sounds like potato... either way, it is my favorite hand tool and for some reason I haven't misplaced it yet. and when I leave it at home I feel inadequate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    I "notched" an Uncle Henry Bear Paw lock-back doing some work on my '69 Dodge Dart a few decades ago. It was still usable, but also an object lesson.
    One of my buddies used to own a Geo Metro with a curious notch burned into the front fender. I wish I could have seen the battery wrench that helped burn that notch into the fender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jraef View Post
    I don't do residential any more, but I helped my daughter and her husband buy a house that needs some electrical work, so I volunteered. It's been too long I guess, I lost track of my sequencing and forgot to kill a breaker before continuing on with the next task. Cut off an extra long piece of 14-2 and BAM! I cut a live circuit. Haven't done that for 40 years! In fact the pair of Klein dikes that I ruined were the ones I bought after the last time I did that, circa 1978...

    The good news was that I was wearing goggles. The arc sprayed little bits of metal (from the dikes or the wire or both) all over the lenses; that would have been my eyes! There's no such thing as being too safe...
    That would be a good one for the language differences thread close by a moderator for no good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike7330 View Post
    I must use my pen a thousand times a day.
    Just a thought: The Fluke tick tracer in your picture is only sensitive to 90V, but 50V can kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtucker View Post
    Just a thought: The Fluke tick tracer in your picture is only sensitive to 90V, but 50V can kill.
    One of my local CED stores carry a similar store name.tagged item with a wider range that I prefer for just that reason.
    Tom
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    I have a dual-range one which can be set for auto-ranging or manual.
    Code references based on 2005 NEC
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