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Man Digging Out His Basement Using Nothing But Radio Controlled Scale Model Construction Equipment
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Posted on 02/14/2012 10:20:10 AM PST by trailhkr1

A Canadian guy named Joe has been digging out the basement of his house using nothing but radio-controlled scale model construction equipment... since 1997. Yes, you read that right — he's been digging out his basement for 15 years — with nothing but little R/C tractors, diggers and even a miniature rock crusher! Amazing.

At an average rate of eight or nine cubic feet of earth moved each year, the process has been absolutely glacial. But what do you expect when every morning he drives his little excavator on its transport truck down to the basement, unloads it, and then uses it to dig out the basement walls.

Then Joe uses the excavators to load R/C trucks and they work their way up a spiral ramp to the basement window where the soil gets dumped outside.

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Great for the resume

15 years heavy machinery mining, including excavators, trucks, bulldozers, and rock crusher experience

1 posted on 02/14/2012 10:20:15 AM PST by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Amazing pics and video on the link.


2 posted on 02/14/2012 10:21:43 AM PST by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Wow, had he hired union workers the progress would have been slower.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 10:22:47 AM PST by GraceG
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To: trailhkr1

Talk about having way too much time on your hands....he could have been done years ago with a pickax and a shovel.


4 posted on 02/14/2012 10:26:16 AM PST by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: trailhkr1
Wow. Doing this project for the last 15 years. Nothing wrong with this guy.


5 posted on 02/14/2012 10:28:29 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yep.

He should get a life-time achievement award!


6 posted on 02/14/2012 10:31:20 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: coolbreeze
Wow. And sometimes, I wonder if I need to get a life.
7 posted on 02/14/2012 10:31:50 AM PST by wbill
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To: coolbreeze

Actually, it is an interesting proof of concept on how to do construction on the moon, or the like.


8 posted on 02/14/2012 10:32:54 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: trailhkr1

The snow in the Great White North sure does something whacky to the minds of Canadians. At least it gives us great Canadian comedians!


9 posted on 02/14/2012 10:34:52 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: coolbreeze
Maybe he can descope to a crawl space and call it a day...
10 posted on 02/14/2012 10:35:03 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: Lazlo in PA
If you think the work is frustrating, I'd imagine the coffee breaks are even more unsatisfying...


11 posted on 02/14/2012 10:35:07 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: patton

As someone posted on the link below this is why the guy does this. Check out the background of his house.

http://jalopnik.com/5884789/a-basement-excavated-a-video-gallery/gallery/8


12 posted on 02/14/2012 10:35:48 AM PST by trailhkr1
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To: Lazlo in PA
Doing this project for the last 15 years.

Yep ... it's his hobby. Looks like fun, too.

Can't have that.

Oh, no!

Gotta condemn him as insane. He'd be SOOOOoooo much better off ingesting chemical tranquilizers and staring slack-jawed at the television.

Then he'd be "normal".

13 posted on 02/14/2012 10:37:09 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: coolbreeze
Talk about having way too much time on your hands....he could have been done years ago with a pickax and a shovel.

Actually it's not a bad idea if you could fully automate the operation and run it 24/7. It would eliminate the need for large openings in the basement walls and the need to have workers in unpleasant conditions. I have seen this done with bucket conveyors and wheelbarrows but even that has it's drawbacks.

14 posted on 02/14/2012 10:38:00 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: trailhkr1

Well he should finish, somewhere around the end of the 1000-year Millennial Reign.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 10:38:47 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Gotta condemn him as insane. He'd be SOOOOoooo much better off ingesting chemical tranquilizers and staring slack-jawed at the television. .

Or spending 12 hours a day conversing with total strangers on the internet thinking your opinion means diddly squat to the world outcome.

I agree with you I think this is kinda cool.

16 posted on 02/14/2012 10:40:44 AM PST by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

A great big chunk of a life wasted on this. Sigh.


17 posted on 02/14/2012 10:49:21 AM PST by lurk
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To: ArrogantBustard
He'd be SOOOOoooo much better off ingesting chemical tranquilizers and staring slack-jawed at the television.

Yeah. Because the only two things one can do in life is to either spend 15 years digging out a basement with miniature equipment, which he seems to be only 1/2 way through, or watch the tube high off his a$$. I guess an alternative would be doing a 53 page blog on the subject.

18 posted on 02/14/2012 10:52:51 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Cowman

Yes, you could create a fully automated operation using a fleet of these micro-machines and make great money with it.


19 posted on 02/14/2012 10:54:13 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: trailhkr1

This guy just made my “Minecraft” addiction seem normal.


20 posted on 02/14/2012 10:54:53 AM PST by Eldon Tyrell (question,.)
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To: Constitution Day

Jalopnik Pingnik


21 posted on 02/14/2012 11:04:44 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: trailhkr1

He’s divorced isn’t he?

lol.


22 posted on 02/14/2012 11:05:24 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Lots of folks have hobbies. Most of those hobbies are not terribly "practical".

BFD ... a not terribly practical hobby is a whole lot better than drunken TV watching.

I would advise not to over-think it.

This is not a practical way to dig a basement. Nobody suggested it was, did they?

It's a hobby. It's fun. At least, he's enjoying it. I suggest that if he's not harming anybody, or neglecting his duties as husband (?) and father (?), then it's great.

It's certainly not insane.

23 posted on 02/14/2012 11:07:13 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: trailhkr1; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson
A Canadian guy named Joe has been digging out the basement of his house using nothing but radio-controlled scale model construction equipment... since 1997.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ And there's Uncle Joe
He's a-movin' kinda slow
at the Junction ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

24 posted on 02/14/2012 11:07:13 AM PST by martin_fierro (Remote Control Freak)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Yes, you could create a fully automated operation using a fleet of these micro-machines and make great money with it.

The problem is with the little tiny union organizers that would show up with little tiny lawyers driving Hot Wheels BMW's

25 posted on 02/14/2012 11:09:25 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: trailhkr1

What does something like that pay?


26 posted on 02/14/2012 11:20:31 AM PST by Darteaus94025
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To: trailhkr1

I bet he’ll find Jim Hoffa down there!

ROFLMAO!


27 posted on 02/14/2012 11:22:22 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was just thinking “autonomous” myself. There’s a lot of little RC vehicles there. If he’s manually operating every single one without any buddies helping him, no wonder its taking so long. If someone could help him out with some robotics hardware/software to make them all run simultaneously, he’d be done in a month.


28 posted on 02/14/2012 11:22:37 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: trailhkr1

He is playing. I’d rather play another way, but it is good to play. Adults get too serious.


29 posted on 02/14/2012 11:27:22 AM PST by veracious
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To: Cowman
The problem is with the little tiny union organizers that would show up with little tiny lawyers driving Hot Wheels BMW's

*Snort*

...and one of them will be holding a bill for the Pepsi soaked keyboard that post cost me.

I laughed til I hurt.

30 posted on 02/14/2012 11:31:12 AM PST by and so? (If it angers you, a sarcasm or irony tag after everything I post should be assumed)
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To: trailhkr1

31 posted on 02/14/2012 11:37:40 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: trailhkr1

I’m wondering how much maintenance/replacement he had to do with the RC vehicles, especially the diggers? I mean, they work (obviously), but I would imagine the motors aren’t built with the idea that they will be used full-time as actual work vehicles.

Still, pretty interesting stuff. I’d never have the patience for it - I was one of those kids who like the “snap-together” model cars and the like. Didn’t have the patience to glue everything, much less take on one of those advanced model kits where you actually trimmed/carved the various pieces from balsa wood!


32 posted on 02/14/2012 11:59:49 AM PST by DemforBush (Six o'clock in *Berlin*. They were having lunch in Cleveland.)
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To: martin_fierro
Wow! I haven't read Jalopnik much lately so I must have missed that.

Neat idea, although a little bit OCD for me. ;)

If I was still playing with scale model machinery, I think I'd make a Scalextric version of Steve McQueen's 1971 movie Le Mans, instead. But to each his own.

;^)

33 posted on 02/14/2012 12:07:45 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: and so?
I laughed til I hurt.

then you probably don"t want to know about the tiny hippies dental flossing themselves to the RC D8s

34 posted on 02/14/2012 12:15:59 PM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

There was a guy who acted crazy all the time, who started digging in front of his house by using a little army folding shovel every summer when I was 8 years old. When I came home from college 20 years later, and went by his house, he was still digging and had dug up 500 foot square and 30 feet deep hole.
When I returned 30 years later the hole had been covered in, coz evidently the house had been sold and the guy moved. Everyone called him a a nutcase.
Then one day I was talking with a state geologist who told me that the glacier had crossed the area 3 times, advancing and retreating, and dumping 3 moraines, each one 10 to 30 feet deep. He said that the state geology dept. was trying to find the edge of these moraines at a certain latitude and a belt of longitude because that is where the glacier had dumped Canadian gold it had scraped and transported hundreds of miles. I doubled checked the map later and drove along the latitude to the coordinates of the glacial dump. Guess what, the center of the lat and long. coordinated belt was the front of the crazy guy`s house.
A true story.

PS the geologist said they had looked everywhere using GPR`s
in the narrow area where the dump should have been but found nothing. They couldn`t understand it coz they said this was the only area that it could have been coz they looked everywhere else.


35 posted on 02/14/2012 12:18:53 PM PST by bunkerhill7 (Gold fever makes you crazy?. = Who knew??)
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To: DemforBush
Didn’t have the patience to glue everything, much less take on one of those advanced model kits

So I guess you never did anything like this.

http://www.revell.com/contest/revellgearz-winners.html

36 posted on 02/14/2012 12:27:41 PM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: mamelukesabre

It would be a great project for a group of engineering students to design an automated digging system with vehicles like these. Then it would be fun to do time lapse photography of the action as a hole is dug 24/7.

All you have to do is just monitor it and replace vehicles that break down or get stuck.


37 posted on 02/14/2012 12:31:00 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: mamelukesabre

He needs a model train to go with that. Eccavate and load on train cars, up and out the window.


38 posted on 02/14/2012 12:32:23 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: trailhkr1

Gee, wonder why there’s no mention of a wife or girlfriend?


39 posted on 02/14/2012 12:36:49 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wow! That pen is hugh.


40 posted on 02/14/2012 12:41:18 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cowman
then you probably don"t want to know about the tiny hippies dental flossing themselves to the RC D8s

In that case, as a deterrent, the model builder needs only a set of Israeli flag decals...

41 posted on 02/14/2012 12:47:09 PM PST by and so? (If it angers you, a sarcasm or irony tag after everything I post should be assumed)
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To: bunkerhill7

Is your story really real?


42 posted on 02/14/2012 12:47:36 PM PST by Tamatoa (Fight for our America, Fight for our Country I fought to defend!!!)
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To: and so?
In that case, as a deterrent, the model builder needs only a set of Israeli flag decals...

I would prefer the IHOP logo myself but I like the way you think.

43 posted on 02/14/2012 12:57:54 PM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Tamatoa

bump for later digging!


44 posted on 02/14/2012 12:58:10 PM PST by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Newt loves mine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

If you can get hold of his records, notes/recordings, and a few interviews, there is a PhD thesis in Industrial Engineering in it.


45 posted on 02/14/2012 1:09:01 PM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: trailhkr1
Amazing pics and video on the link.

I tried.......all those years he spent under his house........yikes

46 posted on 02/14/2012 1:19:15 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: trailhkr1
Fred the mailman: "Hey Larry, have you seen Joe lately?"

Larry: "Yea, I saw him last year, he was under his house. Whats up, eh?"

Fred the mailman: "If you see him again, tell him we have a few crates of mail for him down at the post office, eh.....?"

Larry: "Will do hoser..."

47 posted on 02/14/2012 1:33:23 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

He would need to convert all his vehicles to liquid fuel. Then build tanker trucks. And one or two tow trucks also. His vehicles are a little smaller than they need to be. I think double the sizes, maybe even triple, and they would be perfect.


48 posted on 02/14/2012 1:33:44 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Tamatoa
Is your story really real?

It's a real story, the question is, "Is that story true"?

49 posted on 02/14/2012 1:47:22 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: Cowman

Heh, no, definitely not. Part of it is a lack of fine motor control in one of my hands (long story). Made putting together tiny pieces very difficult. As for fine detail painting like those kids managed? Fuggadboutit.


50 posted on 02/14/2012 1:47:33 PM PST by DemforBush (Six o'clock in *Berlin*. They were having lunch in Cleveland.)
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