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I’ve seen some pretty stupid things in my lifetime, and this one ranks way up there on the list — a prime example of what can happen when you don’t have the right tools for the job. Try not to laugh too hard.

 

12 Responses to Doh! How Not To Move A Big-Ass Roll Of Cable

  1. Jason says:

    Totally fake. Look in the related videos list to find this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo3ohNxEGkM&feature=related

    Funny that there’s another entire video of the incident, no? And how the car alarm starts to go off before the cable roll gets anywhere near the cars?

  2. Fred says:

    Wireless, guys. Go wireless.

  3. Looks pretty fake to me. Although, it doesn’t make it any less funny. 🙂

  4. Crispy says:

    While I agree that it looks fake with there being a second video, the cars could have gone off if the alarms had glass break sensors. The sound of glass shattering has a certain frequency associated with it, and considering the asston of glass that broke near the cars, could have triggered some of those sensors.

    Just to play devil’s advocate.

  5. Old Donn says:

    Not sure what to believe on this one. On the one hand, if it was a stunt, who’d volunteer their office building for this? On the other, what two geniuses on the planet could think they could walk a loaded cable reel down stairs? Looks just stupid enough to be the real thing.

  6. Jim says:

    It’s fake. Use the link below to watch another video and notice that it is the same building as the one in the alternative video identified by Jason. The same materials on the pallet that is dropped is in the corner of the lobby next to the security desk.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdCJzO3w7_M&feature=related

  7. OK, you guys got me.

    It looks to be a Microsoft commercial.

    Here’s the commercial with another angle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C55eIir8xHM

  8. KG2V says:

    Fake – notice the glass to the right of the doors breaks before the doors are touched – and a reel of cable that big would NOT be able to be held by a guy with one hand

  9. Scott says:

    No way would only two men be able to move a reel of cable up an incline like this, much less of actually moving it down the same incline without…..well you know. Depending on the type of cable ( data, building power feeder, or Medium or High voltage cable) and the inside diameter of the reel, that thing could actually weigh at least a ton, literally.

  10. j says:

    lest you think this couldn’t happen: many moons ago, where every highway in the world meets by Newark Airport, we figured out a way of getting something done without breaking down a site & the big trucks, so me & my fellow Mensa Society members hopped in a van to get what we needed – in this case, a lot more wire. there was no problem rolling a cable reel into the van, it was the getting it out part. we had used planks for a ramp & while rolling it down, a plank snapped, the reel made a hard left, got away from us & rolled down an embankment, taking out trees like you see in monster movies. it was 100’s of yards away, down a steep hill. naturally, we went to a different garage & got another reel. and some better plankage. hmmm, with the price of copper these days, i wonder…some rope, my wife’s soccermommobile…i’ll never learn

  11. Not to mention the fact that I’d be _really_ surprised to see that much cable coming into or out of an operational building with employees hanging around and artwork on the walls.

  12. Staged or not, I’m calling it plausible. Innerduct isn’t very dense, and comes on reels about that size. Certain types of air-core Heliax are pretty light too, and can’t be bent very tight, so you could have a reel that size that only weighs a few hundred pounds. I could see two guys tackling a roll of either.

    I’ve done this exact trick in buildings without elevators. We had a thousand-foot hunk of #2 AWG that needed to get up to the third floor, and our resources included four guys and some rope. We threaded the rope through the middle of the reel, then had two guys pull on it while two more pushed from below. The reel was smaller, since power cable is pretty dense, so we were able to pause after each step, holding it with minimum effort while everyone repositioned for the next shove. It took about ten minutes but we got it upstairs without incident. Then we all popped some aspirin and slacked off for the rest of the afternoon.

    The rope was pretty badly frayed by the wooden reel, though, so we ended up throwing it out lest we set the next guy up for an accident.

    As for moving material into and through buildings in the daytime? If the night security dude and loading dock staff are being less than helpful, the job gets done in whatever way possible. If the front desk puts up a fuss, here’s a log of six phone calls and four emails trying to arrange this delivery, and management can duke it out, but in the meantime, I don’t get paid to wait. Been there, done that. It’s surprising how quickly things can happen when the company Secretary Extraordinaire realizes that her people were the ones dropping the ball.

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