Off-Topic Metal splinter in finger

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  1. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I was making a bracket to mount a flood light on at the weekend and managed to pick up a metal splinter.

    Only noticed it this morning, it's quite small but rather annoying.

    I'm at work now though, any ideas how I could get it out ?
     
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  2. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Can I just say I'm no medic (as you will soon deduce), so I'm prepared to be ridiculed here lol...but this is how I do it.

    Obviously this probably depends on the angle of the splinter but the way I get awkward ones out is using an unused bare Stanley blade and just slightly 'scratch' away enough skin to get tweezers onto it. The skin is already punctured, so I just try and open that up a little more.

    You're not trying to slice through the skin, just get enough out the way with the point of the blade - don't rush, don't cut yourself, take your time and you should see more of the splinter to grab. If the splinter is still flush, use the tip of the blade to ease it up a little, as the tweezers are sometimes too bulky to get in.
     
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  3. AccordCU2 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Me being a roofer I get metal splinters in my fingers on daily basis.
    I do exactly as Andy explained but be very careful with Stanley knife though.
     
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  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I would attack it with a stanley knife blade or similar but I'm at work, work being an office so nothing like that handy.
     
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  5. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Maybe someones got a craft knife lying around in a drawer?
     
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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    It seems to have settled in, not digging in anymore, so I'll tackle it when I get home this evening.
     
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  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    ouch that sounds painful! wood splinters are little ****** as it is.

    Hope you get it out fella.
     
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  8. RobB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Speedy you can buy a cream that draws the splinter out.
    When I worked as a factory engineer they used it all the time. That said I used to get a needle and use a lighter to sterilise it and pick the splinter out.
     
  9. JohnnyBoy Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Just one word...

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  10. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Thanks Rob, got this one out, may look into getting some cream as I love working with metal so splitters are always going to be an issue

    LOL
     
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