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This is Why You Don't Stick Fingers into Fans (WARNING: BLOOD) Answered

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Enough? Good.
I am now working on a project that involves soldering. As usual I set up my extremely powerful fume extractor (I didn't make an I'ble on that, a different homemade one...). 
I never put some kind of protector on it, and today I accidentally stuck my finger in one of the fans. If you're wondering whether you should put a guard on a fan, the answer is yes. Why? It takes a long time to type forum topics with one hand...

"Nahhh... I'm going to be careful. Why would I even get my fingers close to the fans?"

Picture are in the comments section, in case you want to learn what happens why half of your fingernail gets pulled off...

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Yonatan24 (author)2016-09-23

Don't do this at home. Do it at a friend's house

This is a great quote about mistakes: http://inspirationboost.com/wp-content/uploads/201...

*Fingernail get's almost pulled off* *tons of blood (not really)* WHERE'S MY NIKON???*

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Yonatan24 (author)Yonatan242016-12-02

A little over 2 months later...

Nothing. Not even a small scar:

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gmoon (author)2016-09-24

This dates me. Look to the 3:47 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZlXJtLhMQ

Eugene, by Crazy Joe and the Variable Speed band (Ace Frehey).

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Yonatan24 (author)gmoon2016-09-24

What's special about 3:47?

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gmoon (author)Yonatan242016-09-24

"I stick my hands in fans..for fun."

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Yonatan24 (author)gmoon2016-09-25

Oh...

I watched it on silence.

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caitlinsdad (author)Yonatan242016-09-24

That's the moment you realize you are getting old.

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gmoon (author)caitlinsdad2016-09-24

Older, anyways. And I'm way past that moment.

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Downunder35m (author)2016-09-23

There is a simple reason why for home projects "safety first" should be mandatory....
You are lucky it was a "toy" fan, I saw people sticking their hand into real fans with metal blades and in comparison your finger looks like a scratch.
Still you got lucky as it could be much worse.
Next time take a few more minutes and include safety measures in your projects ;)

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Yonatan24 (author)Downunder35m2016-09-23

Not really a toy fan, even though it's made of plastic. These are really powerful, loud, and expensive fans.

In comparison... Probably. The blade got caught under the fingernail, and just yanked part of it out. Meanwhile, the other blades cut me under and over the fingernail...

The fan is just so powerful! My hand was pretty much half a meter away from the blades before I felt any understood what happened and felt any pain...

This is far from the worst injury I've ever had, but still not something I'm looking forward to again.

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Downunder35m (author)Yonatan242016-09-23

I have one from Papst, in full aluminium - you want to try mine next time for finger chopping? ;)

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Yonatan24 (author)Downunder35m2016-09-23

I also have this one. I'm pretty sure it's made of steel...

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-09-23

Ouchie! I was already afraid of fans and now I'm more afraid :P

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It's okay. The only use I had for my left hand was to hold stuff while I take pictures... :)

A̶n̶d̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶i̶l̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶s̶.̶.̶.

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Yonatan24 (author)seamster2016-09-23

Shhh... Don't say that... You have a Table-saw!

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