Workingman’s Bandage

Over the years, as a shop rat and a carpenter, I’ve managed to cut myself probably about 5,000 times. A bandage will stay on for about 2 1/2 minutes.

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Over the years, as a shop rat and a carpenter, I’ve managed to cut myself probably about 5,000 times. An ordinary bandage will stay on for about 2 1/2 minutes if you’re working. So for years I’ve made my own bandages that’ll stand up to a day’s worth of shoveling, hammering or any other hands-on activity. I wrap a small gauze patch around the cut and fortify it with a strip of duct tape. It’s pretty much bulletproof for the entire day. When it’s time to peel off the tape, just remember: Big boys don’t cry. — Travis Larson

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