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Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

Friday, April 4, 2014

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“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.

Armed with only a sledgehammer (and seemingly no protective gear), the man can be seen knocking out one concrete panel at a time at the bottom of the silo.

And (as if there is any doubt) he admits that he has never done this before.

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Screenshots via YouTube / TheMrKillkutta

A farmer uses a sledgehammer to take down a massive concrete silo from the bottom up. It's the firstand, hopefully, the lasttime he attempted  such a project.

The YouTube video can be viewed here. (Warning: Contains language one might expect in just such a situation.)

Don't Show Diane

With half of its base busted out, the silo manages to stay upright for a few seconds before crashing to the ground, sending the farmer running for his life and unleashing a concrete debris field where it once stood.

concrete silo demolition

The men were surprised at how the silo "kind of hung in the air" before falling.

After catching his breath, the farmer says, "I thought that was going to go a lot further, didn't you?"

"It kind of hung in the air there for awhile," the cameraman responds.

Once they confirmed that no one was hurt, the farmer and cameraman celebrate the accomplishment, before deciding it's probably a good idea to "not show that one to Diane."

Amazingly, no one was crushed by the tons of concrete debris.

These guys got pretty lucky, but demolishing a large structure is usually best left to professionals.


Tagged categories: Concrete; Demolition; Project Management; Tower

Comment from Mike McCloud, (4/4/2014, 7:06 AM)

Those damn non-union farmers

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