Cracked under Pressure
...and then a stream of obscenities
Inevitably it happens. You're wrenching away, working
hard at a project when the wrench slips under full torque and comes to an
abrupt halt as it smacks into a cold hard piece of metal. The only
problem is, your thumb was between that wrench and the immovable object it
hit. ! Son of a #@&%*#! birfield joint, that hurts like a
#%$@#%$!! The white flash of pain then subsides to a throbbing
severe ache as the thumbnail begins to turn purple and the pressure builds
under the nail. A few days pass and the pain subsides leaving behind a
nail that looks like a purple Sharpie marker exploded on your thumb.
As the weeks pass and your nail grows out, it becomes apparent that the nail
is damaged and is separating. It gets caught on your cloths and bugs
you because it just doesn't feel right. You figure its going to take
months to grow out and get back to normal. Well ... there's a fix for
this nail that you probably already have in your workshop.
it! Yep that's right. Did you ever glue your fingers
together by accident? Well it works just as well on the finger nail
and is super strong.
Here's what you do.
the finger nail really good. Sometimes you can get the blood stains
out if the nail is cracked to where the old blood is underneath. Then
let it dry for a while. In order for the Superglue / Krazy Glue (or
alternate/generic brand there of) to set up, the nail has to be very dry,
but also clean. If you have rough spots or jagged edges, sand them
down with some 220 fine grit sand paper or a nail file.
start applying the super glue into the cracks, squeezing the air bubbles out
and replace the gaps with super glue. Getting the air out will make
the nail much stronger then if you trapped the air in the nail.
If the nail is separated, try holding it together as the glue sets up (about
20 seconds) so it makes contact again. Careful not to glue your other
fingers to the nail as it dries. Use a pencil point or a pin to hold
the separated nail together. Let that dry before layering on any more
super glue. It won't take long to dry but don't touch anything.
Once dry, add more, filling in any gaps. If you layer on too much or
need to shape it a little, the super glue is sandable as is your
fingernail. So basically you can reshape, rebuild and strengthen your
fingernail so it doesn't bother you anymore. The glue dries to a clean
or opaque appearance, just like the nail. As time goes on, if it needs
more super glue, you can sand it down if necessary and add more.
can tell you this works because I'm typing this with a rebuilt thumbnail
that had basically cracked in half from one side to the other. As you
can see in the super glue applying pictures, you can hardly tell it was a
few short weeks ago a black and blue, blood blistered, irritating, cracked
thumbnail. If you click on the picture directly above, you might be
able to make out the faint area that makes up a large portion of the center
of the thumbnail. That area is primarily superglue and it's holding
like a rock. So suffer no more. Super Glue it.
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