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  • #579634
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    Somehow I have avoided getting casted for 40 years but I broke my arm and it was unavoidable this time. Now this slightly stinky hot pink cast needs to go. Insurance doesn’t cover shit so the Yankee in me thinks I should save some coin and do it myself.

    Anyone with experience in DIY cast removal?

    It’s the fiberglass type with goretex liner.

    #675067
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    Grab the hack saw and be careful not to cut too deep lol. It’s really not complicated.


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    #675068
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    Dremel?

    #675069
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    ^ That’s what I was thinking. Currently in a heated debate with wife about the procedure.

    #675070
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    I would avoid power tools considering how close you will be getting to your skin. Seriously, I know plenty of people who have cut casts off with a hack saw.


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    #675071
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @powhound84 wrote:

    I would avoid power tools considering how close you will be getting to your skin. Seriously, I know plenty of people who have cut casts off with a hack saw.

    ^ x2

    The saws doctors have don’t spin like a circular saw or dremel. They rotate back and fourth so as not to tear skin—kind of like a power sander with an edge. . . and round. You see it when the cast-dust spits out both sides of the incision.

    What’s that joke about the stages of a dremel owners life?
    1. Constantly thinks, “If I only had a dremel, I could…”
    2. Runs into a task for which a dremel is necessary to completion.
    3. Finally buys the tool and gets the job done in like ten minutes.
    4. Spends the rest of his life thinking up reasons to break out the dremel. “I could dremel this. I could dremel that.”

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    #675072
    rughty
    620 Posts

    Slide a sheet of aluminum or better yet stainless steel between your skin and the cast and dremel it. they even have circular saw blades for dremels. The cast the Dr removed from my leg was an oversized dremel. The kind that Hannibal lecter used to saw through that guys skull.

    #675073
    powhound84
    92 Posts

    @rughty wrote:

    Slide a sheet of aluminum or better yet stainless steel between your skin and the cast and dremel it. they even have circular saw blades for dremels. The cast the Dr removed from my leg was an oversized dremel. The kind that Hannibal lecter used to saw through that guys skull.

    Also a solid idea. However, with the time you spend trying to find a thin sheet of metal to fit well inside your cast, you could have just hacked it off carefully with a hand saw. Why do people, myself included, love to over-complicate things? 🙂


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    #675074
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    Couldn’t you soak it, get real soggy and pull it apart?
    This thread is awesome, real man shit here! John Wayne would be proud…

    #675075
    rughty
    620 Posts

    @PedroDelfuego wrote:

    Couldn’t you soak it, get real soggy and pull it apart?
    This thread is awesome, real man shit here! John Wayne would be proud…

    that was my next thought, but I already logged off! :thumpsup:

    #675076
    spicoli11
    288 Posts

    I had a friend cut mine off my arm with tin snips…worked great

    #675077
    Tophervw
    203 Posts

    Fien tool….’should do the job, perhaps just swing by the local orange box home imp. store and see if you can “sample” one..

    #675078
    snowsnowsnow
    54 Posts

    @Tophervw wrote:

    Fien tool….’should do the job, perhaps just swing by the local orange box home imp. store and see if you can “sample” one..

    This is spot on, an oscillating tool is exactly what you want.

    #675079
    iriecoyote
    291 Posts

    I used to use Fein oscillating tools with fiberglass boats. You can cut through the glass but it won’t cut your skin. Here’s a cheap version that would work for your application, http://www.harborfreight.com/oscillating-multifunction-power-tool-68861-8493.html along with this blade, http://www.harborfreight.com/3-18-in-multi-tool-half-moon-blade-68914.html.

    #675080
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    ^Now we’re talkin’! :thatrocks:

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    #675081
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    Done and done! I slipped an aluminum framing square underneath the cast and had at it with a dremel tool. It was way harder than I had anticipated. I almost had to recruit a neighbor for the assist! had to shovel out my tool trailer to fetch some tin snips to finish it off.

    Freedom! :bananas:

    Ace and tape for a while but at least now I can chose appropriate handware!

    #675082
    rughty
    620 Posts

    Good work! My paramedic wife said a pair of $10 medical shears would’ve done it too and then threatened me if I should get any brilliant ideas if I was in the same situation. 😆

    #675083
    wjb
    163 Posts

    Chainsaw haha. Glad you got it off without another trip to the hospital. For any future casts. I bought this during a home remodeling project and it is the best tool I have ever bought.

    http://toolguyd.com/dewalt-oscillating-multi-tool/

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