I started a job for some really nice folks out in the east end of London yesterday, but I had to put the job on hold due to unforeseen circumstances.
Okay, I was removing carpeting, under padding and furring strips from 2 small rooms in the basement of this home. The under padding was the biggest part because the previous owners decided to use glue? I'm not sure this was necessary, but at any rate; the padding was difficult to remove. Once I removed everything it was time to prep the concrete floor and make sure it is smooth and level.
After doing that it was time to install the vct (Vinyl Composite Tile). Heavy duty, commercial grade, to withstand some machines that will be placed inside of both rooms.
I began applying the adhesive and went over to the adjacent room to do the same while the other was drying to become good and tacky. I did this throughout the day, laying each individual tile, but then found myself exhausted and without much energy so I finished up, cleaned up and continued the following day (today).
Shortly after 11 this morning I was making a corner cut with a brand new (and very sharp) utility knife. I was lining up my square and ready to score the tile and ooops! The blade quickly left the tile and lacerated my left thumb to the point of a gusher! I quickly ran to the nearby bathroom and ran it under cold water for quite some time, but there was no stopping the bleeding so I wrapped it up good, elevated my arm and was applying pressure while I hurried to my nearby vehicle. I keep a small emergency kit on hand for little accidents.
Well, this 'kit' wasn't going to help this deep gash. I needed to get the hospital for stitches I was certain. Sure enough...only 3 stitches, but the good Doctor said it would not have healed on its own and I was to lay off work for the rest of the day.
I was wearing some protective gloves at the time of the incident, however I bought cheapo gloves and here's the result.
Fortunately, the nice folks were very understanding of the situation and realized I would be off the job for the duration of the day.
I'll be returning tomorrow first thing with a latex glove over the wounded thumb and much better protective gloves to avoid that from happening again. Ouch!