File this under "Don't Ever Do That Again".
Take one 14 year old son, add a Nylon Cable Tie and some curiosity...and you have this:
For anyone who doesn't know what a Nylon Cable Tie looks before one strangulates their finger, they look like this:
And for anyone that doesn't know how they work, you wrap the Nylon Cable Tie around...I don't know...say...a CABLE, slide the triangular end through the little hole in the box and and pull until it's tight. Very tight. And in case you were wondering...if you do it correctly...the Nylon Cable Tie LOCKS! The only way to remove said Nylon Cable Tie is to find something to cut it.
Since everyone plays in my toolbox (son included) I sent him to retrieve some cutters. He brought me a very nice selection of pliers. (Note to dyke self, need to involve son more in projects around the house so he can better identify tools.)
Knowing I needed to act quickly, I grabbed the pliers with the smallest nub and set out to attack the box end that locked the Nylon Cable Tie. I viciously squeezed (squoze?) it until it collapsed and we were able to twist it and release his finger.
Of course before I viciously attacked it with the pliers, I had to grab the camera that just happened to be right next to me. (Honest, it was right beside me!)
Son: "Noooooooo, you're not going to blog about this!"After I got it off I told him he needed to ice it. He hates icing injuries. I'm going to have to keep an eye on him and make sure the ice stays on.
Me: "Do you want that thing off your finger or not?"
Son: "Well, yeah."
Me: "Smile". (click/flash)
Me: "What ever made you do that?" (Famous Mother's last words, usually on the way to the ER.)So far ER trip averted. I'm going to have to keep an eye on it though.
Son: "I don't know!"
Umm, yeah...don't ever do that again!