When comes to prepping, people write all kinds of hogwash on the net. Sure, I could sight-in a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle it I had to. Or, I’d call my friend Steve who teaches the fine art of “reaching out and touching” when he’s not senior-level IT’ing.
On the other hand, people don’t put a lot of emphasis on the “real risks” we all take for-granted. Here, gloves for all occasions are a must.
Just last weekend, I failed to prep correctly and sure as hell, the problem came back to bite me…literally.
The power was down on one side of our AC to the shop building. That meant checking the main panel breakers because the ones in the shop at the solar power center all checked fine.
I went out, forgetting momentarily that a nest of wasps (yellow) had moved into the conduit area on the underside of the main panel. As soon as I opened the panel, a cloud of angry yellow buzzers came after me. Suddenly, like an electric shock, here comes the pain wave from my right hand. “Damn!” And 200 more cuss words unfit for print.
What had gone wrong?
Three things: I didn’t put on a loose-fitting shirt and a jacket over. Then, I failed to put on the camo insect helmets we each have. But, the worst of it was no gloves.
“George, keep moving, there’s a cloud of them behind you…”
Elaine and Zeus the Cat were 30-feet away. For her to see them?
By now, I was moving pretty good. A list of actions followed in quick succession: First a good washing of the finger (ring finger right hand) and 3-minute soak in ammonia. Then, a change-up to apple cider vinegar…and this was quicly followed by 50 MG of Benadryl. Since I’m taking doxycycline for the post-operative eye, no chance of infection. A check with the USB microscope? No stinger. An ice pack for half an hour and good to go (though the Benadryl took the “edge off” the rest of the day.
I was (hopefully using past tense) Stupid. Because right there in the shop was the “ounce of prevention” I chintzed on.
I’m showing you two types of gloves here – both of which are necessary for solid prepping as I see it.
The first are leather working and canvas backs. We bought a case of these at Harbor Freight years go….and we’re still not out of ’em yet. The case was 20 or 25-pairs. We’re now down to the last 3-4 pairs- taken 5-years. You can still get them, too. See here to order. They come in a 5-pack for $8-bucks and you can’t beat that with a stick.
Under them in the picture are over-the-elbow welding gloves. These come up a good-ways on your biceps. They are more pricey ( see NUZAMAS 1 Pair of Welding Gloves, 58cm/ 23-Inch Length Shoulder Split Cowhide, Foam Lined, EXTAR LONG For Mig, Tig Welders, BBQ, Gardening, Camping, Stove, Fireplace for $20-bucks a pair at the ‘Zon). But, there are many things you can do with them on (reaching into a beehive with no smoke, for example) that may be suicidal done any other way.
Billions of Nitryl Gloves, Too
We usually have 2-4 boxes of 100 pairs of the ubiquitous blue nitryl gloves around. For food prep, Elaine’s taken to the nearly-clear – latex but un-powdered – gloves in the kitchen.
On the electronics bench, there’s always a fresh box of what?
Try Venom Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, PF, LF, XLarge, 90/Box for $20 bucks which pencils to 0.44 cents a pair. There are 100 in boxes of the smaller sizes.
These are amazing for anything electrical or where you need clean (as in no fingerprints) to be the outcome. Like when you’re putting up sheet glass. Gives you better holding power, too.
Prepping Glove Review
Leather, Canvas-backed: Anything outdoors. Working in the garden. Also in the shop if there may be seasonal visitors like scorps and black “widders.” Buy a ton of ’em. Give ’em out to grandkids. Show them how shovels work and how with gloves on, you get fewer blisters.
Open-finger Gloves: Easy! Take a pair of the leather/canvas gloves and lop off 2-inches from the end of each finger. Note to mindless millennials: Remove your hand, first.
Welding Gloves: Anything right on put to a pole cat can be handled with welding gloves on. Extra long 23″ gauntlets prevent your arm from being ripped off. Good to where when shoving a pill into kitty or poochie. Panama Bates used one for feeding hawks pieces of chicken. Place on the back of glove and hold still. Wear something on your neck and eye protection. (Otherwise our legal dept. will give us the bird!)
Nitrile and Nitryl: How do I love these? Let me count the ways: Keeps lead off hands when cobbling up electronics. Provides some minimal shock protection but we keep one hand in the pocket and clean Sketchers keep the volts in the equipment, too. Machining, putting glue and paint on anything in the shop. Keeps pointing finger clean when using spray paint. You won’t pick up diseases while skinning wild game. Picking up that dead coon or possum is less likely to transmit anything. Mixing paint. And on and on…
Kitchen Gloves: Yeah, sure, you like Michael Ninn films, but seriously? Check the kitchen gloves they use on the inside before you buy a million of them. I bought some dollar store specials long ago. I was deathly allergic to the flocking and powder. After 5 minutes of use my fists were bigger and Mohamed Ali’s hands. I was flocked.
Kevlar Cutting Gloves: If you live in the wild, or seriously plan to, be sure and get some cut-resistance Kevlar or steel mesh gloves. How do you think those guys on fishing boats come back with their hands intact (most of the time, anyway)? Fisheries Supply or the ‘Zon, both Seattle institutions.
A $9-dollar alternative? Cut Resistant Gloves / Cut Gloves – Cutting Gloves for Pumpkin Carving, Wood Carving, Meat Cutting and Oyster Shucking – Cut Proof Gloves with Level 5 Protection (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Baseball Gloves: If your bug-out plans end in Havana or San Juan (Puerto Rico) then maybe. Otherwise leave these home. Keep the bat handy, though. Got a lot of cavepersons through, lol.
Game Gloves (electronic): If you’re prepping, be serious. No electronics that doesn’t serve a grid-hard-down purpose. Finding the hidden door to Level 15 won’t fill the stomach.
Boxing Gloves: Hell no. A .22 round is much lighter and is faster than any left-right combination ever.
Inflatable Gloves: Well, these kind of look like a glove if you’re half a bottle into it: Inflatable- plastic hand & wrist air splint- 32 in. – 1 ea. for $18-bucks.
Mittens: We always like mittens over fingered-gloves for really cold weather. When all the digits are in a mitten, then synergistically keep each other warm. Mittens to go at 5-below! (Burma shave)
And last, but not least: In order to ensure you will continue to have meat on the table, archery gloves and a wrist-guard.
Write when you get rich,