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      01-22-2012 02:29 PM #1
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      01-26-2012 11:41 AM #2
      I'd say combat is much scarier.
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      01-29-2012 01:14 PM #3
      Holy ****.

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      01-31-2012 07:52 PM #4
      yea i'll pass on that, i'm terrified of heights and am shaking

    5. 01-31-2012 10:19 PM #5
      Buddy of mine does that. You do have proper training. Hes a climber, is about 140lbs and can climb pretty much anything. Rope or not.

      Cool job!

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      02-01-2012 08:25 AM #6
      id think its scarier to be 40 years old and making 9 dollars an hour, but thats close!
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    7. 02-01-2012 08:20 PM #7
      How about dismantling the tower crane that put up that exact building in the original post.

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      02-04-2012 01:59 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by iizno0dles View Post
      yea i'll pass on that, i'm terrified of heights and am shaking
      Almost fell off a roof once and don't like heights ever since it happened. Never bothered me before.

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      02-05-2012 03:49 AM #9
      That amazes me he was climbing that majority of the time with no safety rope I was actually nervous watching that

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      02-06-2012 07:58 PM #10
      jesus christ

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      02-07-2012 02:45 PM #11
      Holy poop on a stick! Paging Mike Rowe

      How long does it take to get up and down that thing, anyone have any idea?

    12. 02-07-2012 02:56 PM #12
      Yeah, hell no, and I've jumped out of perfectly good airplanes.

      That is crazy that he's free climbing at all up there...and the few instances where he's searching for a handhold, and then when he's standing on the very top disc-shaped dinner-plate-sized platform with both hands messing around with his equipment.

      I always get that horrible feeling that I'm just going to jump in front of trains at the train station and I won't be able to stop myself. I'm sure that feeling would be with me constantly up there.
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      02-09-2012 09:00 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by 'dubber View Post
      I always get that horrible feeling that I'm just going to jump in front of trains at the train station and I won't be able to stop myself. I'm sure that feeling would be with me constantly up there.
      Ha. I think you have to pass a psych test prior to climbing like that. If you are tempted to jump in front of a train, I am sure you would want to be jumping off tower..unfortunately, the company probably does not do it as a public saftey matter...training is expensive

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      02-12-2012 11:53 AM #14
      I can think of a lot scarier jobs, so no this is not the scariest job. Maybe for the sissies scared of heights.

    15. 02-13-2012 12:58 AM #15
      I'm not tempted to jump, don't get the wrong idea, I just get that weird feeling that one could just jump out there.
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    16. 02-15-2012 10:32 AM #16
      NYC baby. While this won't ever be the case again due to safety regulations, my vote for scariest job was specific construction events in the history of my city. The work these men did, absolutely amazing and courageous. [The latter might not have been 'scary' compared to many things but due to the conditions given, it must have been. Any little mishap would screw up that subcontractor's section.]

      2 examples...

      1) Construction of the Empire State Building. Sure, construction of many buildings and other structures must have been similar but this just always stood out to me.







      2) Construction of the Interborough Rapid Transit Subway. Scary because the enginneering feats these workers and sub-contractors had to deal with is absolutely astonishing especially for it's time [1900-1904]. To imagine that all this work was carefully done without disturbing street traffic and without damaging any gas mains, electrical pipes, pneumatic tubes, sewer pipes, conduits and building structures. All pipes were suspended over the street temporarly then carefully relocated, all elevated structures were supported, buildings were underpinned if the subway needed to be beneath and the street was supported while the subway [concrete lined tunnels, rock tunnels, open-cut and viaducts] was being built. All of that through Manhattan's various Earth. A subcontractor was killed in a landslide between 33rd street and 42nd IIRC [picture of contruction of that area below.] and I think there were a few more deaths but nothing outrageous. Contruction finished on time...says a lot about what's going on now.



      Imagine having to support a heavy as hell monument on one end that sits on very soft soil...carefully removing the ground around and under it, rebuilding a new masonary, supporting the thing and building a subway that cuts right under it? Crazy. [Columbus Circle]



      Plans before contruction...



      Just a little snippet....
      "Near where the subway swings around the southwest corner of Central Park it passes through and under the foundations of the Columbus monument. The slender stone shaft, surmounted by its heroic statue, is seated on a molded pedestal with extended base, which altogether rises seventy-five feet above the street and weighs nearly a million and a half pounds. It has a masonry foundation forty-five feet square and fourteen feet deep, which was built partly on rock, but mostly on earth. Its east corner overhangs the subway nearly forty feet, and the position of the latter is so near the surface of the ground that its walls and roof cut a wide and deep section out of the masonry.

      This made it necessary to support the monument so that its tall shaft should neither lean nor settle a hair's-breadth, nor the thin, accurately fitted pedestal stones be cracked, or their polished joints open, under the great strains developed when the masonry was cut out to a mere shell and the support removed from under a third of its base and almost up to the center, reducing its stability to a slender margin. This would have been a delicate and hazardous task under any circumstances, but was made more difficult and dangerous by the unknown conditions and the known character of the soil."


      2a) Expansion of the Interborough Rapid Transit Subway; reconstructing the tunnels between 33rd street station and 42nd street Grand Central [old and new] stations without even stopping train traffic [only on express tracks late-night and only for a few minutes at a time].

      Just a little snippet...

      "...the northbound tracks of the existing subway run under the east side of Park Avenue and are separated by a core of rock from the tunnel in which the southbound local and express tracks run. A tunnel for the new north and southbound express tracks has been cut through this core of rock between the tracks of the existing subway. It was an exceedingly difficult task to cut away the core of rock between the north and south bound tunnels of the old subway without precipitating a slide upon the work. In this region the rock is very poor indeed; it is full of slanting seams. Some of the rock is very hard, but much of it is soft with large pockets of disintegrated rock. This is so soft that on exposure to the air for a few hours, it may be broken off with the fingers and pulverized in the hand. No reliance whatever could be placed upon the stability of the rock to support the roof while the operations were proceeding. The problem was to cut away the inner half of the arch of each existing tunnel and remove the core of rock between them without interfering with the heavy traffic at this point. When it is realized that during the rush hours there is a train passing on one of the four tracks every thirty seconds and that in the neighborhood of a million passengers go over this line each day, the hazardous nature of the work will be appreciated. The slightest mishap might have precipitated an appalling catastrophe. The tunnels were first lined with a sheathing of timbers to prevent materials from dropping down upon the cars. Then the core of rock was removed by the nibbling process so that there was little unsupported rock at any one moment."


      So while I could talk about IRT subway for days, i'll leave it at that
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      02-18-2012 01:48 PM #17
      Wow, that's some scary stuff.

      But FYI...he said "heigth" TWICE and it's height it's not like the word width....bit of a pet peeve of mine.
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      02-27-2012 04:11 AM #19
      Yeah, no way in hell i'd do that. He's still gotta go down that thing.

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      02-28-2012 10:52 PM #20
      those NY construction workers amaze me
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      02-28-2012 11:40 PM #21
      Thanks for that post, DTMTrini. That Empire States Building construction photo is timeless but I didn't know the backstory behind much of that construction work. Definitely amazing stuff.
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      02-29-2012 01:15 PM #22
      I got spooked just watching that video, i can't imagine actually doing it.

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      03-04-2012 12:28 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkChad View Post
      id think its scarier to be 40 years old and making 9 dollars an hour, but thats close!
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    24. 03-04-2012 03:43 PM #25
      Picked up and placed a 40mm that had been shot at the range by an Apache and dudded in this hole. Most of the newer 40mm have self destruct fuzes so handling them especially next to this pile of C-4/HE/WP/Flare was a bit puckering. One of the other shots that day was all flares and not remembering that there was UXO HE all over the place (8 hours in the Afghan sun will make anyone stupid) I was gathering flares for a second shot when another 2X 40mm went off a few feet away. Got away with some ringing ears and scrapes/cuts but was alright. Not one of my prouder moments but if you do it long enough you'll have a few close calls.

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      03-12-2012 11:56 AM #26
      3 questions of the video posted

      1. Where is this? Did I miss it in the video? I jumped around a bit.
      2. How the **** does that tower stay upright? It looks like a toothpick sticking 5 miles up out of the earth.
      3. Do they wear parachutes while doing this climbing? One for safety should they fall high enough up. Second, that would be a much quicker way of getting down than climbing back down. The argument could probably be made that it would be safer also.
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      03-14-2012 01:39 AM #27

      Oops I dropped a wrench can you go get it?

    27. 03-17-2012 09:21 PM #28
      that would be the only way i could get up on that damn tower haha. plus who wouldn't want to base jump everyday at work haha.

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