Calin: i was in the military at the time, and I had to drop a transmission out of a deuce-anda- half truck. These transmissions were way too heavy to just muscle down, and we didn't have those cool tranny jacks you see today. i had to use a come-along hanging from a bar spanned across the back and front windows inside the cab. After unbolting the trans, i was dropping it down with the come-along, click by click, when i had to stop to position the rolling cart underneath the tranny. i pushed the handle of the come-along down to lock it in position as i climbed out of the truck when the handle let loose of the lock mechanism and smacked me in the jaw. The force was enough to send me flying off of the truck and onto my back on the ground. it had to look like a scene from a movie. Luckily, all that force didn't bust my jaw. instead, it chipped my tooth. My face swelled up like a chipmunk, and i was on a liquid diet for almost a month. i still have a chip missing from my tooth that reminds me every day to inspect tools before i use them.
Galen: i am going to have to start this off with the disappointing fact that i have never maimed myself nor cut off any limbs or even cut myself, almost bleeding to death-i'll leave that for the guys that wear their sister's pants. i have had the typical wrench slips, where you're putting so much force on a wrench that when you do slip off limbs go numb. i would have to say the worst injury that i have received is when i worked at Suspension dimension. I was welding for what seemed like forever, and i ended up getting sunburned by the welder. Both of my arms were so red and hurt to touch; i also had all these little blisters from where the welding slag burned into my arms.
Kevin: i usually practice as many safety rules as i can. in doing so, i have kept most of the battle wounds to a minimum. The worst thing to happen was catching a metal chip in my eye while grinding on some steel. i wear eyeglasses to correct my vision and thought they would protect my eyes. While running to the restroom to flush out my eye, i realized how dumb it was to not wear the proper protection.
Andy: if i really sit down and think about it, i don't really have any good stories about getting physically hurt while working on my vehicles. nah, most of my injuries were emotional. You see, as a kid growing up, most memories i have about that type of stuff is dodging flying wrenches and swear words when my dad was out working on the family car. i learned some killer ninja skills back then. You had to move fast or risk getting a combination wrench impaled in your forehead! i also learned a lot of technical terms while working on the car. My dad's favorite thing to say when something was going bad was cursing out the "friggin engineers" and how they would design something so poorly you had to have a triple-jointed elbow, a team of circus midgets, and a monkey to get at a nut and bolt to take off a water pump. My dad taught me so well that to this day i still call tools by their proper technical names like Friggin' 1/4-inch Socket Wrench or Friggin' 3/16-inch nut driver. i kind of chuckle inside when i hear other people say the names of tools incorrectly. i guess looking back now, i was never really injured by any of this. i call it more of an education. i mean, who else can say his dad taught him ninja skills and awesome technical terms to share with his friends? not to mention all these times i got to spend with my dad.