note to self - file this under "lessons learned"

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  1. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    some basic rules for everyday living:
    1) you don't spit in the wind
    2) you don't tug on Superman's cape
    3) you don't grab the business end of a heat shrink gun* five seconds after you turn it off and set it down :weep:

    yep - I got up way before zero dark thirty and went to work to get a jump on a challenging project that's kicking my butt. I skipped getting more morning coffee on my way in even though I didn't get much sleep last night.
    So I was "off my game" a bit, out of my routine, and got in a hurry. "Ouch!" doesn't really sum up my reaction with great accuracy if you get my drift. :no: Luckily my cat-like reflexes kept me from getting burned too badly.
    Surprisingly enough this didn't happen tomorrow, which is my traditional "bad luck Friday" when shit like this occurs on a regular basis.

    * a heat shrink gun is like a blow dryer for your hair except CRAZY HOT because it's made for melting rubber heat shrink tubing for insulating wires and other electronics related things.

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  2. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Inadvertently touched my finger tip with a hot soldering iron a couple of times over the years.

    The touch didn't really hurt so much, but the skin turned to orange-ish dust and when it crumbled away left a raw patch that burned like a mother if anything touched it.

    Good times.
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    Federal Farmer Rebel Scum

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    I used to work for a catering company that used those things to shrink plastic wrap over food. I never really burnt myself with it, but yeah, they get pretty hot.
  4. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    it was never tested on MythBusters (hindsight is 20/20) but I'm pretty certain skin melts before insulating rubber or plastic does - my very brief test seems to indicate that is the case but, I terminated the experiment after about .01 seconds into the test. :weep:
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    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    My specialty is opening the microwave and thinking "That doesn't look very hot. Maybe if I hold it by the edges I won't - OW, SHIT!"
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  6. TheBurgerKing

    TheBurgerKing The Monarch of Flavor

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    Ah, the dreaded heat gun. Still got the scar on my wrist from when I brushed against the nozzle while working on a panel.