Dirty Jobs (2005) s01e05 Episode Script

Sewer Inspector

1 My name's Mike rowe, and this is my job.
I explore the country looking this is my job.
I explore the country looking for people who aren't afraid to I explore the country looking for people who aren't afraid to get dirty For people who aren't afraid to get dirty You're gonna get a get dirty You're gonna get a little taste of what it's like you're gonna get a little taste of what it's like to be a septic-tank technician.
Little taste of what it's like to be a septic-tank technician.
Hardworking men and women to be a septic-tank technician.
Hardworking men and women who earn an honest living hardworking men and women who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.
Make civilized life possible for the rest of us.
Now get ready to get dirty.
Captions by vitac captions paid for by discovery communications, inc.
Coming up on "dirty jobs" I go underground and slip into club cockroach.
Go underground and slip into club cockroach.
They're gonna fall on you, club cockroach.
They're gonna fall on you, and they're gonna get in they're gonna fall on you, and they're gonna get in your shirt no matter what you and they're gonna get in your shirt no matter what you do.
Your shirt no matter what you do.
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Then I join a s.
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of cleanup professionals as we then I join a s.
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of cleanup professionals as we attack a basement disaster.
Of cleanup professionals as we attack a basement disaster.
Like a giant mixing bowl from attack a basement disaster.
Like a giant mixing bowl from hell.
Like a giant mixing bowl from hell.
And later, I find that hell.
And later, I find that destroying the inside of a and later, I find that destroying the inside of a building can be fun For about destroying the inside of a building can be fun For about five minutes.
Building can be fun For about five minutes.
Oh, man.
Five minutes.
Oh, man.
There has got to be an easier oh, man.
There has got to be an easier way.
Dirty jobs gettin' down to it someone's gotta do it someone's gotta do them dirty jobs captions by vitac captions paid for by discovery communications San Francisco one of the most beautiful cities on earth At least aboveground.
Most beautiful cities on earth At least aboveground.
But beneath its streets lurks a earth at least aboveground.
But beneath its streets lurks a world few people ever see, but beneath its streets lurks a world few people ever see, filled with rats, roaches, and world few people ever see, filled with rats, roaches, and an endless flow of raw sewage.
Filled with rats, roaches, and an endless flow of raw sewage.
Today, I'm going down there to an endless flow of raw sewage.
Today, I'm going down there to inspect the city of today, I'm going down there to inspect the city of San Francisco's sewers.
Inspect the city of San Francisco's sewers.
Well, we're in the tenderloin San Francisco's sewers.
Well, we're in the tenderloin district in San Francisco.
Well, we're in the tenderloin district in San Francisco.
This is a perfectly good district in San Francisco.
This is a perfectly good manhole, whose cover has been this is a perfectly good manhole, whose cover has been removed.
Manhole, whose cover has been removed.
This is gene Cruz.
Removed.
This is gene Cruz.
He's a sewer inspector.
This is gene Cruz.
He's a sewer inspector.
What are we gonna do today, he's a sewer inspector.
What are we gonna do today, gene? What are we gonna do today, gene? Well, we're gonna go down in gene? Well, we're gonna go down in the sewers, and we will inspect well, we're gonna go down in the sewers, and we will inspect the sewers.
The sewers, and we will inspect the sewers.
What will we be looking for? The sewers.
What will we be looking for? We're gonna look to see how what will we be looking for? We're gonna look to see how the structure of the 3x5 looks.
We're gonna look to see how the structure of the 3x5 looks.
3x5 means 3 width, 5 height.
The structure of the 3x5 looks.
3x5 means 3 width, 5 height.
So we're gonna have to crouch 3x5 means 3 width, 5 height.
So we're gonna have to crouch down and work our way through.
So we're gonna have to crouch down and work our way through.
I hope it's not too obvious a down and work our way through.
I hope it's not too obvious a question, but what are we gonna I hope it's not too obvious a question, but what are we gonna be standing in? Question, but what are we gonna be standing in? Imagine the worst.
Be standing in? Imagine the worst.
That's what you'll be standing imagine the worst.
That's what you'll be standing in.
That's what you'll be standing in.
You smell that? In.
You smell that? Okay, I'm in a hole.
You smell that? Okay, I'm in a hole.
I'm in a dirty, dirty hole.
Okay, I'm in a hole.
I'm in a dirty, dirty hole.
Oh, god.
I'm in a dirty, dirty hole.
Oh, god.
Oh, man.
Oh, god.
Oh, man.
Ugh.
Oh, man.
Ugh.
Are you kidding? Ugh.
Are you kidding? This really is the seventh level are you kidding? This really is the seventh level of hell.
This really is the seventh level of hell.
Smells like something.
Of hell.
Smells like something.
Ugh.
Smells like something.
Ugh.
Well, well, well Ugh.
Well, well, well This is very, very nice.
Well, well, well This is very, very nice.
We're not alone down here, gene.
This is very, very nice.
We're not alone down here, gene.
Doesn't look too healthy.
We're not alone down here, gene.
Doesn't look too healthy.
Almost looks kind of cute, doesn't look too healthy.
Almost looks kind of cute, like a squirrel.
Almost looks kind of cute, like a squirrel.
Oh, my god.
Like a squirrel.
Oh, my god.
So we're about 5 feet into the oh, my god.
So we're about 5 feet into the sewer.
So we're about 5 feet into the sewer.
How far are we gonna go, and sewer.
How far are we gonna go, and what, again, are we inspecting? How far are we gonna go, and what, again, are we inspecting? I stopped at 60 feet! What, again, are we inspecting? I stopped at 60 feet! Okay, today we're gonna go a I stopped at 60 feet! Okay, today we're gonna go a block.
Okay, today we're gonna go a block.
We'll let you have a taste of block.
We'll let you have a taste of it.
We'll let you have a taste of it.
That's a bad word.
It.
That's a bad word.
We're just gonna go a block that's a bad word.
We're just gonna go a block today, and as you see down the we're just gonna go a block today, and as you see down the line, this one's been plastered today, and as you see down the line, this one's been plastered a little bit here.
Line, this one's been plastered a little bit here.
So what we do is we walk down a little bit here.
So what we do is we walk down this line and we check the so what we do is we walk down this line and we check the structure of this 3x5 what we this line and we check the structure of this 3x5 what we call the sewer.
Structure of this 3x5 what we call the sewer.
Now, your partner is down call the sewer.
Now, your partner is down there right now.
Now, your partner is down there right now.
He is down there marking there right now.
He is down there marking footages because when we write he is down there marking footages because when we write up a work order to have this footages because when we write up a work order to have this repaired, the guys that come up a work order to have this repaired, the guys that come down need to know where to repaired, the guys that come down need to know where to repair.
Down need to know where to repair.
So, 15 feet from the previous repair.
So, 15 feet from the previous manhole that we got in is right so, 15 feet from the previous manhole that we got in is right here.
Manhole that we got in is right here.
Then we start at zero again.
Here.
Then we start at zero again.
Gene, excuse me, this is then we start at zero again.
Gene, excuse me, this is fascinating, but what the hell gene, excuse me, this is fascinating, but what the hell are we squatting in? Fascinating, but what the hell are we squatting in? Right now we must be near a are we squatting in? Right now we must be near a laundromat 'cause you see all right now we must be near a laundromat 'cause you see all the soap, and it's mixed in with laundromat 'cause you see all the soap, and it's mixed in with everything else that comes out the soap, and it's mixed in with everything else that comes out of people's homes.
Everything else that comes out of people's homes.
So it's soap.
Of people's homes.
So it's soap.
So basically it's clean.
So it's soap.
So basically it's clean.
Yeah, that's just soap.
So basically it's clean.
Yeah, that's just soap.
This isn't all just "feces," as yeah, that's just soap.
This isn't all just "feces," as you would say.
This isn't all just "feces," as you would say.
Everything comes down here You would say.
Everything comes down here rainwater it's a combined everything comes down here rainwater it's a combined system.
Rainwater it's a combined system.
Everything comes down in here.
System.
Everything comes down in here.
Let's head on down there everything comes down in here.
Let's head on down there then.
Let's head on down there then.
Let's take a walk and check then.
Let's take a walk and check some more.
Let's take a walk and check some more.
I don't really think this is some more.
I don't really think this is 5 feet, to be honest with you.
I don't really think this is 5 feet, to be honest with you.
Well, you know what? 5 feet, to be honest with you.
Well, you know what? What? Well, you know what? What? It's 5 feet in a perfect one.
What? It's 5 feet in a perfect one.
There's probably a foot of dirt it's 5 feet in a perfect one.
There's probably a foot of dirt in here so that's gonna make it there's probably a foot of dirt in here so that's gonna make it 4 feet.
In here so that's gonna make it 4 feet.
"Dirt" is that what you 4 feet.
"Dirt" is that what you call it? "Dirt" is that what you call it? Yeah, right.
Call it? Yeah, right.
And then the crown usually sags, yeah, right.
And then the crown usually sags, 'cause these things are 100 and then the crown usually sags, 'cause these things are 100 years old.
'Cause these things are 100 years old.
No, the walls are moving.
Years old.
No, the walls are moving.
That's gonna take another no, the walls are moving.
That's gonna take another 6 inches down.
That's gonna take another 6 inches down.
Yeah, the walls are moving 6 inches down.
Yeah, the walls are moving with cockroaches.
Yeah, the walls are moving with cockroaches.
But it's not 5 feet.
With cockroaches.
But it's not 5 feet.
Oh, my god.
But it's not 5 feet.
Oh, my god.
It's raining cockroaches now.
Oh, my god.
It's raining cockroaches now.
Look at that.
It's raining cockroaches now.
Look at that.
What's your biggest fear? Look at that.
What's your biggest fear? A cave-in is what I would what's your biggest fear? A cave-in is what I would worry about.
A cave-in is what I would worry about.
Well, fortunately, gene, here worry about.
Well, fortunately, gene, here in San Francisco, very, very few well, fortunately, gene, here in San Francisco, very, very few earthquakes.
In San Francisco, very, very few earthquakes.
Not in California.
Earthquakes.
Not in California.
You got to go in the midwest for not in California.
You got to go in the midwest for that.
You got to go in the midwest for that.
Yeah, I think we're gonna that.
Yeah, I think we're gonna be okay.
Yeah, I think we're gonna be okay.
I feel like we're in some kind be okay.
I feel like we're in some kind of war situation here.
I feel like we're in some kind of war situation here.
And like you said, this is of war situation here.
And like you said, this is not 5 feet 'cause I'm bent over and like you said, this is not 5 feet 'cause I'm bent over all the way.
Not 5 feet 'cause I'm bent over all the way.
So imagine doing this every day, all the way.
So imagine doing this every day, how your back would feel.
So imagine doing this every day, how your back would feel.
Yeah, I don't think I really how your back would feel.
Yeah, I don't think I really have to imagine.
Yeah, I don't think I really have to imagine.
See this guy right here? Have to imagine.
See this guy right here? You you're not natural.
See this guy right here? You you're not natural.
Check out the albino you you're not natural.
Check out the albino cockroach.
Check out the albino cockroach.
That's freaky.
Cockroach.
That's freaky.
You can't kill these things, that's freaky.
You can't kill these things, though, can you? You can't kill these things, though, can you? Actually Though, can you? Actually Turns out you can.
Actually Turns out you can.
Look at that.
Turns out you can.
Look at that.
The birth of a cockroach.
Look at that.
The birth of a cockroach.
Under normal circumstances, i'd the birth of a cockroach.
Under normal circumstances, i'd kill him, but, what the heck? Under normal circumstances, i'd kill him, but, what the heck? Let him live.
Kill him, but, what the heck? Let him live.
We're in their world now.
Let him live.
We're in their world now.
We're talking about miles We're in their world now.
We're talking about miles dozens of miles and miles of we're talking about miles dozens of miles and miles of sewers down here.
Dozens of miles and miles of sewers down here.
There are 900 miles of sewers sewers down here.
There are 900 miles of sewers in San Francisco, and there's there are 900 miles of sewers in San Francisco, and there's one very good reason they must in San Francisco, and there's one very good reason they must be inspected regularly.
One very good reason they must be inspected regularly.
If a sewer line were to cave-in, be inspected regularly.
If a sewer line were to cave-in, the street above it would if a sewer line were to cave-in, the street above it would collapse, and the city would be the street above it would collapse, and the city would be overrun with cockroaches, collapse, and the city would be overrun with cockroaches, rodents, and waste.
Overrun with cockroaches, rodents, and waste.
If you're walking against it, rodents, and waste.
If you're walking against it, it's gonna splash in your face.
If you're walking against it, it's gonna splash in your face.
And if the flow's higher, then it's gonna splash in your face.
And if the flow's higher, then it's really difficult to walk and if the flow's higher, then it's really difficult to walk back against it.
It's really difficult to walk back against it.
How old is this whole sewer back against it.
How old is this whole sewer system? How old is this whole sewer system? 100 years old.
System? 100 years old.
All built by hand.
100 years old.
All built by hand.
And inspected by hand.
All built by hand.
And inspected by hand.
And inspected by hand.
And inspected by hand.
And inspected by hand.
And fixed by hand.
And inspected by hand.
And fixed by hand.
Good old-fashioned way.
And fixed by hand.
Good old-fashioned way.
I doubt the builders of this good old-fashioned way.
I doubt the builders of this century-old sewer would have I doubt the builders of this century-old sewer would have ever thought that 84 million century-old sewer would have ever thought that 84 million gallons of waste would be ever thought that 84 million gallons of waste would be flowing through here every day.
Gallons of waste would be flowing through here every day.
How hot is it down here? Flowing through here every day.
How hot is it down here? Right now, I'd say it's how hot is it down here? Right now, I'd say it's about 90 degrees, 100 degrees right now, I'd say it's about 90 degrees, 100 degrees right now.
About 90 degrees, 100 degrees right now.
Feel like we're in a sauna.
Right now.
Feel like we're in a sauna.
I'm soaking wet.
Are you? Feel like we're in a sauna.
I'm soaking wet.
Are you? Oh, yeah.
I'm soaking wet.
Are you? Oh, yeah.
Of course I'm not sweating so oh, yeah.
Of course I'm not sweating so bad anymore on account of i'm of course I'm not sweating so bad anymore on account of i'm dehydrated.
Bad anymore on account of i'm dehydrated.
Got your water with you? Dehydrated.
Got your water with you? Oops.
Got your water with you? Oops.
You don't want to be drinking oops.
You don't want to be drinking anything down here.
You don't want to be drinking anything down here.
[ Laughs .]
Anything down here.
[ Laughs .]
It might be infected with [ laughs .]
It might be infected with something.
It might be infected with something.
See, now this is a side sewer something.
See, now this is a side sewer right here.
See, now this is a side sewer right here.
This is what you don't want to right here.
This is what you don't want to be sitting in front of when this is what you don't want to be sitting in front of when you let's say you stop to be sitting in front of when you let's say you stop to look around or you stop to take you let's say you stop to look around or you stop to take a breath.
Look around or you stop to take a breath.
Uh-huh.
A breath.
Uh-huh.
Somebody flushes their toilet uh-huh.
Somebody flushes their toilet or whatever, it's gonna come hit somebody flushes their toilet or whatever, it's gonna come hit you in the face.
Or whatever, it's gonna come hit you in the face.
Well, why are we sitting you in the face.
Well, why are we sitting here, gene? Well, why are we sitting here, gene? Let's move.
Here, gene? Let's move.
It's all philosophical and let's move.
It's all philosophical and all.
It's all philosophical and all.
You're thinking the way I am.
All.
You're thinking the way I am.
Crap.
What's that? You're thinking the way I am.
Crap.
What's that? Oh, god.
Crap.
What's that? Oh, god.
That's not too fun.
Oh, god.
That's not too fun.
You know, you have That's not too fun.
You know, you have Mortar missing.
You know, you have Mortar missing.
Sand comes through these holes, mortar missing.
Sand comes through these holes, and it makes the streets cave sand comes through these holes, and it makes the streets cave in.
And it makes the streets cave in.
Mortar missing in the sides.
In.
Mortar missing in the sides.
Mortar missing right there, as mortar missing in the sides.
Mortar missing right there, as you see.
Mortar missing right there, as you see.
We'll write this up.
You see.
We'll write this up.
This is a messed-up one.
We'll write this up.
This is a messed-up one.
As you see, it's broken.
This is a messed-up one.
As you see, it's broken.
It's all about the glamour.
As you see, it's broken.
It's all about the glamour.
Oh, yeah.
It's all about the glamour.
Oh, yeah.
We're stars down here.
Oh, yeah.
We're stars down here.
Oh, yeah.
We're stars down here.
Oh, yeah.
[ Sniffs .]
Oh, yeah.
[ Sniffs .]
I think somebody might have [ sniffs .]
I think somebody might have farted.
I think somebody might have farted.
Coming up Farted.
Coming up Oh, damn it! Coming up Oh, damn it! I make some new friends down oh, damn it! I make some new friends down under.
I make some new friends down under.
What was that? Under.
What was that? Then, when toilets explode, what was that? Then, when toilets explode, who you gonna call? Then, when toilets explode, who you gonna call? The poo-poo busters.
Who you gonna call? The poo-poo busters.
Ugh! The poo-poo busters.
Ugh! Later, it's a demolition derby ugh! Later, it's a demolition derby indoors.
Later, it's a demolition derby indoors.
[ Glass shattering .]
Indoors.
[ Glass shattering .]
All right! [ Glass shattering .]
All right! After an hour underground, all right! After an hour underground, there were still a lot of After an hour underground, there were still a lot of Unusual sights to see.
There were still a lot of Unusual sights to see.
See, that's wrong right there.
Unusual sights to see.
See, that's wrong right there.
Just in case there's any doubt, see, that's wrong right there.
Just in case there's any doubt, this is a sewer.
Just in case there's any doubt, this is a sewer.
Whoa! This is a sewer.
Whoa! Holy [bleep.]
Whoa! Holy [bleep.]
he just ran over your boot.
Holy [bleep.]
he just ran over your boot.
That rat has no respect at he just ran over your boot.
That rat has no respect at all.
That rat has no respect at all.
It's true.
All.
It's true.
Rats have no respect.
It's true.
Rats have no respect.
But even down here in the sewer, rats have no respect.
But even down here in the sewer, they're probably more scared of but even down here in the sewer, they're probably more scared of us than we are of them.
They're probably more scared of us than we are of them.
Oh, damn it! Us than we are of them.
Oh, damn it! [ Laughing .]
Oh, damn it! [ Laughing .]
What was that? [ Laughing .]
What was that? He grabbed my knee, so I what was that? He grabbed my knee, so I kicked him away.
He grabbed my knee, so I kicked him away.
[Bleep.]
Man.
Kicked him away.
[Bleep.]
Man.
It went right here on me.
[Bleep.]
Man.
It went right here on me.
It hit me in a very personal it went right here on me.
It hit me in a very personal place, gene.
It hit me in a very personal place, gene.
Oh, that was funny.
Place, gene.
Oh, that was funny.
There's the rat, right there oh, that was funny.
There's the rat, right there on the bottom of the screen.
There's the rat, right there on the bottom of the screen.
See him? On the bottom of the screen.
See him? Notice his approach.
See him? Notice his approach.
Now notice his landing.
Notice his approach.
Now notice his landing.
Nothing lands in my lap by now notice his landing.
Nothing lands in my lap by accident.
Nothing lands in my lap by accident.
That's one of the accident.
That's one of the surprises you're gonna get down that's one of the surprises you're gonna get down here.
Surprises you're gonna get down here.
That hasn't happened in a while.
Here.
That hasn't happened in a while.
I'm glad I could be here.
That hasn't happened in a while.
I'm glad I could be here.
That one was heavy.
I'm glad I could be here.
That one was heavy.
Man, that was a big rat.
That one was heavy.
Man, that was a big rat.
It's a big day for all of us.
Man, that was a big rat.
It's a big day for all of us.
Yeah, we're gonna go through it's a big day for all of us.
Yeah, we're gonna go through the tunnel of roaches now.
Yeah, we're gonna go through the tunnel of roaches now.
I see.
The tunnel of roaches now.
I see.
And you just try to keep them I see.
And you just try to keep them out of the back of your shirt, and you just try to keep them out of the back of your shirt, in your neck.
Out of the back of your shirt, in your neck.
But they're gonna fall on you, in your neck.
But they're gonna fall on you, and they're gonna get in your but they're gonna fall on you, and they're gonna get in your shirt, no matter what you do.
And they're gonna get in your shirt, no matter what you do.
Be lucky they don't bite too shirt, no matter what you do.
Be lucky they don't bite too hard.
Be lucky they don't bite too hard.
Crap.
Hard.
Crap.
They're raining on you, huh? Crap.
They're raining on you, huh? Five roaches down my shirt.
They're raining on you, huh? Five roaches down my shirt.
They're raining on you.
Five roaches down my shirt.
They're raining on you.
Something's biting on my toe.
They're raining on you.
Something's biting on my toe.
It's really that important to something's biting on my toe.
It's really that important to keep these sewers inspected, it's really that important to keep these sewers inspected, huh? Keep these sewers inspected, huh? You know what? Huh? You know what? I got a roach right now You know what? I got a roach right now In your back? I got a roach right now In your back? No, it was in the back.
In your back? No, it was in the back.
Now it's a little lower, if you no, it was in the back.
Now it's a little lower, if you know what I'm saying.
Now it's a little lower, if you know what I'm saying.
It's just above the, uh Know what I'm saying.
It's just above the, uh In your belt? It's just above the, uh In your belt? No, it's just below the belt in your belt? No, it's just below the belt and just above the other tunnel.
No, it's just below the belt and just above the other tunnel.
[ Laughs .]
And just above the other tunnel.
[ Laughs .]
I knew this was dirty work, [ laughs .]
I knew this was dirty work, but I didn't know it was this I knew this was dirty work, but I didn't know it was this hard.
But I didn't know it was this hard.
So at this point, we go out and hard.
So at this point, we go out and regroup, and we come back down so at this point, we go out and regroup, and we come back down and do some plastering.
Regroup, and we come back down and do some plastering.
Right, and then we're gonna and do some plastering.
Right, and then we're gonna talk to a crew.
Right, and then we're gonna talk to a crew.
Let them know what they have to talk to a crew.
Let them know what they have to do down here.
Let them know what they have to do down here.
Great.
Do down here.
Great.
All righty.
Great.
All righty.
Let's go to the light.
All righty.
Let's go to the light.
I followed you this far.
Let's go to the light.
I followed you this far.
After a two-hour shift of I followed you this far.
After a two-hour shift of careful inspection, there it after a two-hour shift of careful inspection, there it was the light at the end of careful inspection, there it was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Normally, this is the part where the tunnel.
Normally, this is the part where I would look into the camera normally, this is the part where I would look into the camera and say something pithy and I would look into the camera and say something pithy and somewhat amusing and memorable.
And say something pithy and somewhat amusing and memorable.
I got nothing.
Somewhat amusing and memorable.
I got nothing.
Ugh.
I got nothing.
Ugh.
Phase two slop and plop.
Ugh.
Phase two slop and plop.
All of the work takes place in phase two slop and plop.
All of the work takes place in one of two places underneath all of the work takes place in one of two places underneath the street or in the middle of one of two places underneath the street or in the middle of the street.
The street or in the middle of the street.
That's Michael and Jody.
The street.
That's Michael and Jody.
We're about to head back down, that's Michael and Jody.
We're about to head back down, do some repair work.
We're about to head back down, do some repair work.
So, basically, Jody, the work's do some repair work.
So, basically, Jody, the work's pretty much straightforward.
So, basically, Jody, the work's pretty much straightforward.
What are we working with here? Pretty much straightforward.
What are we working with here? We're working with it's what are we working with here? We're working with it's called "sewer mud" two sacks we're working with it's called "sewer mud" two sacks of sand, half a sack of cement.
Called "sewer mud" two sacks of sand, half a sack of cement.
It's really sticky to plaster of sand, half a sack of cement.
It's really sticky to plaster the cracks in the walls.
It's really sticky to plaster the cracks in the walls.
You realize the sewer mud the cracks in the walls.
You realize the sewer mud looks a little bit like the you realize the sewer mud looks a little bit like the actual stuff in the sewer.
Looks a little bit like the actual stuff in the sewer.
Yeah, it is.
Actual stuff in the sewer.
Yeah, it is.
This mud here is made with less yeah, it is.
This mud here is made with less sand, which makes the cement this mud here is made with less sand, which makes the cement more stickier because some of sand, which makes the cement more stickier because some of the bricks down there have a more stickier because some of the bricks down there have a coat of dirt on it and you the bricks down there have a coat of dirt on it and you really need it to be sticky.
Coat of dirt on it and you really need it to be sticky.
I was going for a slightly really need it to be sticky.
I was going for a slightly different comparison.
I was going for a slightly different comparison.
The stuff that comes out of the different comparison.
The stuff that comes out of the toilets looks a bit like the the stuff that comes out of the toilets looks a bit like the stuff that goes on the wall.
Toilets looks a bit like the stuff that goes on the wall.
That's just coincidence, I stuff that goes on the wall.
That's just coincidence, I suppose.
That's just coincidence, I suppose.
No.
Suppose.
No.
[ Laughs .]
No.
[ Laughs .]
So basically, Jody, we're gonna [ laughs .]
So basically, Jody, we're gonna take this rope, and we're so basically, Jody, we're gonna take this rope, and we're gonna hook it to that.
Take this rope, and we're gonna hook it to that.
Hook it to this here.
Gonna hook it to that.
Hook it to this here.
To the sewer mud.
Hook it to this here.
To the sewer mud.
Yeah.
To the sewer mud.
Yeah.
Cool.
Yeah.
Cool.
So who's going down next? Cool.
So who's going down next? I will.
So who's going down next? I will.
I'll be right behind you.
I will.
I'll be right behind you.
You can count on me.
I'll be right behind you.
You can count on me.
What do you do with the fancy you can count on me.
What do you do with the fancy wood? What do you do with the fancy wood? This is the thing we sit on.
Wood? This is the thing we sit on.
We put it against the wall.
This is the thing we sit on.
We put it against the wall.
Right here, like, if this is the we put it against the wall.
Right here, like, if this is the wall here, it kind of slides in right here, like, if this is the wall here, it kind of slides in there and then you can sit down wall here, it kind of slides in there and then you can sit down on it.
There and then you can sit down on it.
Nice.
On it.
Nice.
Got one for me? Nice.
Got one for me? I'll let you borrow mine.
Got one for me? I'll let you borrow mine.
Thanks.
I'll let you borrow mine.
Thanks.
Slide down.
Thanks.
Slide down.
Yep.
Slide down.
Yep.
As safely as possible.
Yep.
As safely as possible.
Oh, sure, "safety" is our as safely as possible.
Oh, sure, "safety" is our middle name.
Oh, sure, "safety" is our middle name.
Actually, "dirty" is our middle middle name.
Actually, "dirty" is our middle name, but Actually, "dirty" is our middle name, but All right.
Name, but All right.
Here comes some sewer mud.
All right.
Here comes some sewer mud.
It's kind of creeping up on me a here comes some sewer mud.
It's kind of creeping up on me a little.
It's kind of creeping up on me a little.
Oh, your harness? Little.
Oh, your harness? Yeah.
Oh, your harness? Yeah.
It's not the itching.
Yeah.
It's not the itching.
It's the chafing.
It's not the itching.
It's the chafing.
Oh, yeah.
It's the chafing.
Oh, yeah.
Oh, there's that smell I oh, yeah.
Oh, there's that smell I remember.
Oh, there's that smell I remember.
The faces were also familiar.
Remember.
The faces were also familiar.
It was like I was being welcomed the faces were also familiar.
It was like I was being welcomed back.
It was like I was being welcomed back.
[ Spitting .]
Back.
[ Spitting .]
Ugh.
[ Spitting .]
Ugh.
God Ugh.
God All right, guys, here we are.
God All right, guys, here we are.
This is the workspace, huh? All right, guys, here we are.
This is the workspace, huh? Yep.
This is the workspace, huh? Yep.
Okay.
Yep.
Okay.
What's the first stop? Okay.
What's the first stop? The first thing to do is what's the first stop? The first thing to do is to we use the sewer mud the first thing to do is to we use the sewer mud for is to plaster any of the to we use the sewer mud for is to plaster any of the missing mortar joints you see on for is to plaster any of the missing mortar joints you see on the brick walls here.
Missing mortar joints you see on the brick walls here.
Now, the trick is to bring the brick walls here.
Now, the trick is to bring down enough of this mud to keep now, the trick is to bring down enough of this mud to keep you busy for a while 'cause you down enough of this mud to keep you busy for a while 'cause you don't want to make any more you busy for a while 'cause you don't want to make any more trips up than you have to.
Don't want to make any more trips up than you have to.
Want me to hit some of this trips up than you have to.
Want me to hit some of this while I'm sitting here? Want me to hit some of this while I'm sitting here? Yeah, if you want to hit this while I'm sitting here? Yeah, if you want to hit this spot right here.
Yeah, if you want to hit this spot right here.
Here's the seat board.
Spot right here.
Here's the seat board.
It will probably more here's the seat board.
It will probably more comfortable for you to work on it will probably more comfortable for you to work on this.
Comfortable for you to work on this.
Don't sit in the middle.
This.
Don't sit in the middle.
Right.
Don't sit in the middle.
Right.
Sit on the end, huh? Right.
Sit on the end, huh? Yeah.
Sit on the end, huh? Yeah.
Oh, yeah.
Yeah.
Oh, yeah.
That's living right there.
Oh, yeah.
That's living right there.
Put the bucket right there on that's living right there.
Put the bucket right there on the end.
Put the bucket right there on the end.
Nice.
The end.
Nice.
So if we go in this nice.
So if we go in this start right here.
So if we go in this start right here.
Put the mud here and just scrape start right here.
Put the mud here and just scrape it on up.
Put the mud here and just scrape it on up.
Just kind of scoop some out it on up.
Just kind of scoop some out like that? Just kind of scoop some out like that? Yeah.
Like that? Yeah.
Okay.
Yeah.
Okay.
Just slap it on here and okay.
Just slap it on here and straight up? Just slap it on here and straight up? Oh, geez.
Straight up? Oh, geez.
Put your trowel like this.
Oh, geez.
Put your trowel like this.
Put it down there and then put your trowel like this.
Put it down there and then just Put it down there and then just Sure.
Just Sure.
All right.
Sure.
All right.
So you reach in, grab some of all right.
So you reach in, grab some of the mud, put it on the trowel, so you reach in, grab some of the mud, put it on the trowel, and then just put it straight the mud, put it on the trowel, and then just put it straight up.
And then just put it straight up.
Do it again.
Up.
Do it again.
Make sure it's really sticking do it again.
Make sure it's really sticking on there.
Make sure it's really sticking on there.
You can see how it covers up all on there.
You can see how it covers up all the cracks.
You can see how it covers up all the cracks.
Right.
The cracks.
Right.
Simple, really.
Right.
Simple, really.
Cool.
Simple, really.
Cool.
I'll give it another pass.
Cool.
I'll give it another pass.
This is probably the dirtiest I'll give it another pass.
This is probably the dirtiest job here this job here.
This is probably the dirtiest job here this job here.
You think? Job here this job here.
You think? Look at that.
You think? Look at that.
I'm gonna seal these guys in look at that.
I'm gonna seal these guys in forever.
I'm gonna seal these guys in forever.
They really are tough to kill.
Forever.
They really are tough to kill.
I am sealing roaches for an they really are tough to kill.
I am sealing roaches for an eternity in between the holes of I am sealing roaches for an eternity in between the holes of these bricks, which need to be eternity in between the holes of these bricks, which need to be constantly filled in, otherwise, these bricks, which need to be constantly filled in, otherwise, well, the sewers will collapse, constantly filled in, otherwise, well, the sewers will collapse, the city will go bankrupt, and a well, the sewers will collapse, the city will go bankrupt, and a lot of honest men and women will the city will go bankrupt, and a lot of honest men and women will be out of work forever.
Lot of honest men and women will be out of work forever.
In this heat and humidity, be out of work forever.
In this heat and humidity, it'll take nearly an hour and a in this heat and humidity, it'll take nearly an hour and a half for the mud to dry.
It'll take nearly an hour and a half for the mud to dry.
Well, my work is done.
Half for the mud to dry.
Well, my work is done.
The sewers are now inspected and well, my work is done.
The sewers are now inspected and repaired, thanks to gene, Jody, the sewers are now inspected and repaired, thanks to gene, Jody, and yours truly.
Repaired, thanks to gene, Jody, and yours truly.
Now, about my back And yours truly.
Now, about my back Well, they call them 3x5s, but now, about my back Well, they call them 3x5s, but just for the record, they're not well, they call them 3x5s, but just for the record, they're not 3 feet.
Just for the record, they're not 3 feet.
They're 2 1/2.
3 feet.
They're 2 1/2.
And they're not 5 feet.
They're 2 1/2.
And they're not 5 feet.
They're about 4 1/2.
And they're not 5 feet.
They're about 4 1/2.
But who's counting? They're about 4 1/2.
But who's counting? Coming up, when crap attacks one but who's counting? Coming up, when crap attacks one woman's basement, I enlist in coming up, when crap attacks one woman's basement, I enlist in the poo-poo platoon and woman's basement, I enlist in the poo-poo platoon and volunteer for a mop-up operation the poo-poo platoon and volunteer for a mop-up operation from hell.
Volunteer for a mop-up operation from hell.
We're gonna scoop the poop out from hell.
We're gonna scoop the poop out of the pot.
We're gonna scoop the poop out of the pot.
New York City a place of of the pot.
New York City a place of glittering skyscrapers and grand New York City a place of glittering skyscrapers and grand boulevards.
Glittering skyscrapers and grand boulevards.
Of course, what really makes boulevards.
Of course, what really makes New York great is what lies of course, what really makes New York great is what lies beneath its surface the heart New York great is what lies beneath its surface the heart and spirit of its people.
Beneath its surface the heart and spirit of its people.
However, what lies beneath and spirit of its people.
However, what lies beneath doesn't always stay there.
However, what lies beneath doesn't always stay there.
And that's what brings us to a doesn't always stay there.
And that's what brings us to a part of the city where the and that's what brings us to a part of the city where the buildings aren't quite so tall part of the city where the buildings aren't quite so tall and the boulevards somewhat buildings aren't quite so tall and the boulevards somewhat narrower the outer borough of and the boulevards somewhat narrower the outer borough of queens.
Narrower the outer borough of queens.
The questions written on the queens.
The questions written on the side of this Van are not the questions written on the side of this Van are not rhetorical, and they're directed side of this Van are not rhetorical, and they're directed toward anyone who has ever owned rhetorical, and they're directed toward anyone who has ever owned a home.
Toward anyone who has ever owned a home.
Unfortunately, for the woman who a home.
Unfortunately, for the woman who owns the home we're about to unfortunately, for the woman who owns the home we're about to enter, the answer to these owns the home we're about to enter, the answer to these questions are "yes," "yes," and enter, the answer to these questions are "yes," "yes," and "oh, yes.
" Questions are "yes," "yes," and "oh, yes.
" This is Mrs.
Frazier.
"Oh, yes.
" This is Mrs.
Frazier.
This is Mrs.
Frazier's house.
This is Mrs.
Frazier.
This is Mrs.
Frazier's house.
These are Mrs.
Frazier's this is Mrs.
Frazier's house.
These are Mrs.
Frazier's neighbors' houses.
These are Mrs.
Frazier's neighbors' houses.
What do all these houses have in neighbors' houses.
What do all these houses have in common? What do all these houses have in common? A sewer line.
Common? A sewer line.
That's why I'm here with the men a sewer line.
That's why I'm here with the men of the omega company Carl, that's why I'm here with the men of the omega company Carl, Craig, frank, and company of the omega company Carl, Craig, frank, and company owner Gary.
Craig, frank, and company owner Gary.
Gary tells me it's something to owner Gary.
Gary tells me it's something to do with the toilet.
Gary tells me it's something to do with the toilet.
Sounds simple enough.
Do with the toilet.
Sounds simple enough.
Get me a plunger, and we're out sounds simple enough.
Get me a plunger, and we're out of here.
Get me a plunger, and we're out of here.
I am ready.
Of here.
I am ready.
Okay.
I am ready.
Okay.
Let me show you what we've got.
Okay.
Let me show you what we've got.
This doesn't look so bad at let me show you what we've got.
This doesn't look so bad at all.
This doesn't look so bad at all.
Well, fine protected floor all.
Well, fine protected floor here, but let's see the well, fine protected floor here, but let's see the basement.
Here, but let's see the basement.
Be careful.
Basement.
Be careful.
We have to go down here.
Be careful.
We have to go down here.
Okay.
We have to go down here.
Okay.
All right? Okay.
All right? What in the heck happened all right? What in the heck happened here? What in the heck happened here? The whole thing backed up.
Here? The whole thing backed up.
Gary, look at the toilet.
The whole thing backed up.
Gary, look at the toilet.
A fountain of feces flew out of Gary, look at the toilet.
A fountain of feces flew out of here.
A fountain of feces flew out of here.
Massive sewage backup.
Here.
Massive sewage backup.
Her basement is full of the massive sewage backup.
Her basement is full of the entire neighborhood's Her basement is full of the entire neighborhood's Sewage.
Entire neighborhood's Sewage.
Poo.
Sewage.
Poo.
Exactly.
Poo.
Exactly.
When you have that much sewage, exactly.
When you have that much sewage, it means it comes from the city when you have that much sewage, it means it comes from the city line.
It means it comes from the city line.
And that's what happened.
Line.
And that's what happened.
This is a total disaster.
And that's what happened.
This is a total disaster.
Yep, yep.
This is a total disaster.
Yep, yep.
I mean, oh Yep, yep.
I mean, oh This poor woman is just minding I mean, oh This poor woman is just minding her own business, living her this poor woman is just minding her own business, living her life, and the sewage from the her own business, living her life, and the sewage from the neighborhood comes flying out of life, and the sewage from the neighborhood comes flying out of a toilet in her basement.
Neighborhood comes flying out of a toilet in her basement.
Exactly.
A toilet in her basement.
Exactly.
You've obviously seen a lot exactly.
You've obviously seen a lot of bad things.
You've obviously seen a lot of bad things.
How does this rate on the list? Of bad things.
How does this rate on the list? On a scale from 1 to 10, how does this rate on the list? On a scale from 1 to 10, this would be a 5.
On a scale from 1 to 10, this would be a 5.
No.
This would be a 5.
No.
Yeah.
No.
Yeah.
If this is a 5, what's a 6? Yeah.
If this is a 5, what's a 6? What's a 7? If this is a 5, what's a 6? What's a 7? I don't even want to know about what's a 7? I don't even want to know about an 8.
I don't even want to know about an 8.
We've got some work to do.
An 8.
We've got some work to do.
We've got some work to do.
We've got some work to do.
We've got some work to do.
But we've got a crew.
We've got some work to do.
But we've got a crew.
And you.
But we've got a crew.
And you.
And me.
And you.
And me.
This is no job for a plunger.
And me.
This is no job for a plunger.
We need the big guns.
This is no job for a plunger.
We need the big guns.
Okay.
We need the big guns.
Okay.
All right, Mike, be prepared okay.
All right, Mike, be prepared for anything when you go down all right, Mike, be prepared for anything when you go down there.
For anything when you go down there.
Oh, yeah, I'm prepared.
There.
Oh, yeah, I'm prepared.
This is a hepa vac.
Oh, yeah, I'm prepared.
This is a hepa vac.
What's it called? This is a hepa vac.
What's it called? A hepa vac.
What's it called? A hepa vac.
Hepa vac.
A hepa vac.
Hepa vac.
Do I even want to know what hepa vac.
Do I even want to know what this does? Do I even want to know what this does? No, you don't.
This does? No, you don't.
All right.
No, you don't.
All right.
[ Grunts .]
All right.
[ Grunts .]
This is my favorite here.
[ Grunts .]
This is my favorite here.
Why is it your favorite? This is my favorite here.
Why is it your favorite? 'Cause it does all of the why is it your favorite? 'Cause it does all of the suck up.
'Cause it does all of the suck up.
It does all of the sucking suck up.
It does all of the sucking up.
It does all of the sucking up.
Great.
Up.
Great.
This is the portable air great.
This is the portable air scrubber.
This is the portable air scrubber.
We scrub the air, huh? Scrubber.
We scrub the air, huh? Yes.
We scrub the air, huh? Yes.
Yeah, this is a power washer.
Yes.
Yeah, this is a power washer.
The husky power washer.
Yeah, this is a power washer.
The husky power washer.
Steri-fab.
The husky power washer.
Steri-fab.
Yeah.
Steri-fab.
Yeah.
You know, from what I saw yeah.
You know, from what I saw down there, we're gonna need you know, from what I saw down there, we're gonna need a Down there, we're gonna need a We're gonna need bigger bottle.
A We're gonna need bigger bottle.
Towels? We're gonna need bigger bottle.
Towels? Yeah.
Towels? Yeah.
Look at that.
Yeah.
Look at that.
They look so fresh and white.
Look at that.
They look so fresh and white.
Oh, yeah.
They look so fresh and white.
Oh, yeah.
Why do I think they're not oh, yeah.
Why do I think they're not gonna stay this way? Why do I think they're not gonna stay this way? Oh, they won't.
Gonna stay this way? Oh, they won't.
Most people see this, they think oh, they won't.
Most people see this, they think about the garden, but we most people see this, they think about the garden, but we invented something new with about the garden, but we invented something new with that.
Invented something new with that.
We're not going to a garden, that.
We're not going to a garden, are we? We're not going to a garden, are we? No.
Are we? No.
We're going straight to the no.
We're going straight to the fertilizer.
We're going straight to the fertilizer.
Yes, we is.
Fertilizer.
Yes, we is.
It's close to the garden, yes, we is.
It's close to the garden, though.
It's close to the garden, though.
We got Craig, Carl, and though.
We got Craig, Carl, and frank.
We got Craig, Carl, and frank.
When your toilet blows up, you frank.
When your toilet blows up, you know who to call.
When your toilet blows up, you know who to call.
That's right.
Know who to call.
That's right.
Definitely.
That's right.
Definitely.
All right, so, basically, we definitely.
All right, so, basically, we got everything unloaded, but all right, so, basically, we got everything unloaded, but before we get it all in the got everything unloaded, but before we get it all in the basement, we've got to get some before we get it all in the basement, we've got to get some of the stuff out of the basement, we've got to get some of the stuff out of the basement.
Of the stuff out of the basement.
That's correct.
Basement.
That's correct.
After we take some stuff out, that's correct.
After we take some stuff out, then we have to go down there after we take some stuff out, then we have to go down there and spray so it can cut down the then we have to go down there and spray so it can cut down the contamination.
And spray so it can cut down the contamination.
Did you say "spray" or contamination.
Did you say "spray" or "pray"? Did you say "spray" or "pray"? Spray.
"Pray"? Spray.
'Cause I was thinking maybe spray.
'Cause I was thinking maybe you guys spray, I'll pray.
'Cause I was thinking maybe you guys spray, I'll pray.
No, too late for that.
You guys spray, I'll pray.
No, too late for that.
You should have prayed before no, too late for that.
You should have prayed before you got here.
You should have prayed before you got here.
Okay.
You got here.
Okay.
Is anything down here okay.
Is anything down here salvageable? Is anything down here salvageable? Pretty much, yes.
Salvageable? Pretty much, yes.
In your opinion, some of this pretty much, yes.
In your opinion, some of this stuff can be saved.
In your opinion, some of this stuff can be saved.
Yes.
Stuff can be saved.
Yes.
Like this.
Yes.
Like this.
We can save this.
Like this.
We can save this.
Yes.
We can save this.
Yes.
Okay, good.
Yes.
Okay, good.
We could light a nice little okay, good.
We could light a nice little cinnamon candle.
We could light a nice little cinnamon candle.
That's not gonna help.
Cinnamon candle.
That's not gonna help.
That ain't gonna help? That's not gonna help.
That ain't gonna help? I would really like to think i'm that ain't gonna help? I would really like to think i'm standing in mud.
I would really like to think i'm standing in mud.
I'm not.
Standing in mud.
I'm not.
Now, does everything that comes I'm not.
Now, does everything that comes out of this basement need to be now, does everything that comes out of this basement need to be bagged? Out of this basement need to be bagged? Yes.
Bagged? Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
Bag and tape.
Yes.
Bag and tape.
'Cause we got to walk all this bag and tape.
'Cause we got to walk all this stuff through the kitchen.
'Cause we got to walk all this stuff through the kitchen.
Exactly.
Stuff through the kitchen.
Exactly.
A sewage backup like this exactly.
A sewage backup like this could be caused by any number of a sewage backup like this could be caused by any number of things a rage accidentally could be caused by any number of things a rage accidentally flushed down a toilet Things a rage accidentally flushed down a toilet Oh, man.
Flushed down a toilet Oh, man.
This is gonna be a long day.
Oh, man.
This is gonna be a long day.
Sad day for this little fella.
This is gonna be a long day.
Sad day for this little fella.
He's contaminated.
Sad day for this little fella.
He's contaminated.
You might as well drop him in a he's contaminated.
You might as well drop him in a bag and get rid of him you might as well drop him in a bag and get rid of him 'cause you can't do nothing bag and get rid of him 'cause you can't do nothing with him.
'Cause you can't do nothing with him.
I hope he's had his shots.
Technically, what is this contaminated with? [ Laughs .]
So that's as technical as we get? It's really pretty simple.
Get? It's really pretty simple.
Keep the poo off anything that it's really pretty simple.
Keep the poo off anything that doesn't have poo on it.
Keep the poo off anything that doesn't have poo on it.
That what you're doing, you doesn't have poo on it.
That what you're doing, you never do.
That what you're doing, you never do.
You never do that? Never do.
You never do that? Never do that.
You never do that? Never do that.
Why? Never do that.
Why? Because if you shake the bag, why? Because if you shake the bag, you disturb the mold.
Because if you shake the bag, you disturb the mold.
I just put all our lives at you disturb the mold.
I just put all our lives at risk? I just put all our lives at risk? Right.
Risk? Right.
I feel like such a jerk.
Right.
I feel like such a jerk.
You're irritating the mold.
I feel like such a jerk.
You're irritating the mold.
I should get in the bag.
You're irritating the mold.
I should get in the bag.
I should get in the bag.
I should get in the bag.
I should get in the bag.
And I'll wrap the tape around I should get in the bag.
And I'll wrap the tape around you.
And I'll wrap the tape around you.
You should carry my ass out you.
You should carry my ass out of here.
You should carry my ass out of here.
What did you do before this? Of here.
What did you do before this? Oh, I did maintenance.
What did you do before this? Oh, I did maintenance.
Right.
Oh, I did maintenance.
Right.
A variety of jobs, man right.
A variety of jobs, man carpentry, construction.
A variety of jobs, man carpentry, construction.
You worked your way up to carpentry, construction.
You worked your way up to this? You worked your way up to this? Yeah, definitely.
This? Yeah, definitely.
So why this line of work, yeah, definitely.
So why this line of work, frank? So why this line of work, frank? You're a capable guy.
Frank? You're a capable guy.
You could be doing a lot of you're a capable guy.
You could be doing a lot of things.
You could be doing a lot of things.
When I had my house, I had things.
When I had my house, I had sewage backup, and it was so at when I had my house, I had sewage backup, and it was so at a disadvantage for me to have to sewage backup, and it was so at a disadvantage for me to have to call somebody to come out and a disadvantage for me to have to call somebody to come out and spend a whole lot of money to call somebody to come out and spend a whole lot of money to get sewage backup cleaned up.
Spend a whole lot of money to get sewage backup cleaned up.
You're telling me that you get sewage backup cleaned up.
You're telling me that you were living in your house and you're telling me that you were living in your house and you had a problem like this? Were living in your house and you had a problem like this? Exactly.
You had a problem like this? Exactly.
Well, was it as bad as this? Exactly.
Well, was it as bad as this? Pretty much.
Well, was it as bad as this? Pretty much.
So how did you get it clean? Pretty much.
So how did you get it clean? I called a company, and they so how did you get it clean? I called a company, and they came out and they cleaned it.
I called a company, and they came out and they cleaned it.
Before I found out about this came out and they cleaned it.
Before I found out about this company.
Before I found out about this company.
So based on the experience company.
So based on the experience you had in your own house So based on the experience you had in your own house It inspired me to want to go you had in your own house It inspired me to want to go out and help others to get past it inspired me to want to go out and help others to get past this drastic situation.
Out and help others to get past this drastic situation.
Basically, you're a very this drastic situation.
Basically, you're a very clean guy doing a very dirty basically, you're a very clean guy doing a very dirty job.
Clean guy doing a very dirty job.
There you go.
Job.
There you go.
Huh.
There you go.
Huh.
If it's contaminated, it goes in huh.
If it's contaminated, it goes in a bag.
If it's contaminated, it goes in a bag.
And if it's in a bag, it's a bag.
And if it's in a bag, it's getting tossed.
And if it's in a bag, it's getting tossed.
Oh, no.
Oh, crap.
Getting tossed.
Oh, no.
Oh, crap.
Look at this.
That's all mold, right? Yeah, you see here Which is the most dangerous kind of mold that we're looking at? No.
That's why we're wearing the respirator.
Exactly.
That's a huge word.
Say that again real slow? Penicillium.
Say that again real slow? Penicillium.
The same type of mold penicillium.
The same type of mold that they used it in the '40s to the same type of mold that they used it in the '40s to create penicillin.
That they used it in the '40s to create penicillin.
Oh! Create penicillin.
Oh! Of course.
Oh! Of course.
Right, right.
Of course.
Right, right.
Talk to me like from the point right, right.
Talk to me like from the point of view of the homeowner, they talk to me like from the point of view of the homeowner, they didn't know this happened.
Of view of the homeowner, they didn't know this happened.
They just came home from didn't know this happened.
They just came home from vacation.
They just came home from vacation.
They come down in their basement vacation.
They come down in their basement and this giant crap bomb went they come down in their basement and this giant crap bomb went off.
And this giant crap bomb went off.
When they call you, they must be off.
When they call you, they must be in a panic.
When they call you, they must be in a panic.
Yeah.
Most of the time when they call us, when it gets that bad They're on vacation maybe for a few weeks, especially in the summer when the temperature is over 60, 70 degrees Talk about getting to know your neighbors.
Yeah.
Your neighbors.
Yeah.
Look at that.
Yeah.
Look at that.
This is the joneses up on the look at that.
This is the joneses up on the block, and there are the smiths.
This is the joneses up on the block, and there are the smiths.
Look, here are the jeffersons block, and there are the smiths.
Look, here are the jeffersons right there.
Look, here are the jeffersons right there.
Yeah, I see them.
Right there.
Yeah, I see them.
Mrs.
Jefferson's been eating yeah, I see them.
Mrs.
Jefferson's been eating her fiber.
Mrs.
Jefferson's been eating her fiber.
See how I very slowly move her fiber.
See how I very slowly move it? See how I very slowly move it? Oh, I see.
It? Oh, I see.
I don't want it to be oh, I see.
I don't want it to be disturbed at all.
I don't want it to be disturbed at all.
This is something you never, disturbed at all.
This is something you never, ever, ever never want to see this is something you never, ever, ever never want to see this in the basement.
Ever, ever never want to see this in the basement.
You know what? This in the basement.
You know what? I don't even want to see that in you know what? I don't even want to see that in my toilet.
I don't even want to see that in my toilet.
No.
My toilet.
No.
"Sewage," "sewage," no.
"Sewage," "sewage," "sewage" "Sewage," "sewage," "sewage" Ah, here we go.
"Sewage" Ah, here we go.
"Sewage the waste matter that ah, here we go.
"Sewage the waste matter that passes through sewers.
" "Sewage the waste matter that passes through sewers.
" Not just sewers.
Passes through sewers.
" Not just sewers.
[ Toilet flushes .]
[ Grunts .]
You know, the music today is just crap.
Gee, Mike, what's the name of just crap.
Gee, Mike, what's the name of that crappy cd? Gee, Mike, what's the name of that crappy cd? Music to your ears, perhaps.
That crappy cd? Music to your ears, perhaps.
Coming up, I suck it up, blow music to your ears, perhaps.
Coming up, I suck it up, blow it out, and scrub it down.
Coming up, I suck it up, blow it out, and scrub it down.
This stuff is really sticky, it out, and scrub it down.
This stuff is really sticky, isn't it? This stuff is really sticky, isn't it? And later, anger therapy leads isn't it? And later, anger therapy leads me to a major breakthrough.
And later, anger therapy leads me to a major breakthrough.
Well, it's about that time.
Me to a major breakthrough.
Well, it's about that time.
Now we're talking.
Well, it's about that time.
Now we're talking.
Now we got some technology.
Now we're talking.
Now we got some technology.
What we have here is a now we got some technology.
What we have here is a state-of-the-art galaxy what we have here is a state-of-the-art galaxy extractor with a dual-jet action state-of-the-art galaxy extractor with a dual-jet action hose that can deliver 200-degree extractor with a dual-jet action hose that can deliver 200-degree hot water in just 90 seconds.
Hose that can deliver 200-degree hot water in just 90 seconds.
It's also known as a "carpet hot water in just 90 seconds.
It's also known as a "carpet cleaner.
" It's also known as a "carpet cleaner.
" With this pressure washer, we're cleaner.
" with this pressure washer, we're going to spray, then scrub, then with this pressure washer, we're going to spray, then scrub, then suck every last bit of poo off going to spray, then scrub, then suck every last bit of poo off this floor.
Suck every last bit of poo off this floor.
Keep spraying.
This floor.
Keep spraying.
Got it.
Keep spraying.
Got it.
Mike, you look like a got it.
Mike, you look like a professional.
Mike, you look like a professional.
Thank you.
Professional.
Thank you.
We're scrubbing and spraying and thank you.
We're scrubbing and spraying and sucking.
We're still in phase one, basically? Yeah.
Basically? Yeah.
First we remove all the debris.
Yeah.
First we remove all the debris.
Then we remove all the sewage first we remove all the debris.
Then we remove all the sewage and mud, right? Then we remove all the sewage and mud, right? Right.
And mud, right? Right.
Then we scrape it as much as right.
Then we scrape it as much as we could.
Then we scrape it as much as we could.
Now we're down to the bare we could.
Now we're down to the bare cement.
Now we're down to the bare cement.
Ah, the air scrubber.
Cement.
Ah, the air scrubber.
So we scrub the floors, we scrub ah, the air scrubber.
So we scrub the floors, we scrub the walls.
So we scrub the floors, we scrub the walls.
In order to work on the moldy the walls.
In order to work on the moldy walls, we're going to need this in order to work on the moldy walls, we're going to need this air scrubber.
Walls, we're going to need this air scrubber.
Up it goes.
Air scrubber.
Up it goes.
When we take out the rotten up it goes.
When we take out the rotten drywall, the mold is going to be when we take out the rotten drywall, the mold is going to be disturbed and send toxic spores drywall, the mold is going to be disturbed and send toxic spores into the air and possibly our disturbed and send toxic spores into the air and possibly our lungs.
Into the air and possibly our lungs.
So we seal off the walls from lungs.
So we seal off the walls from the rest of the basement with so we seal off the walls from the rest of the basement with plastic and set up the scrubber the rest of the basement with plastic and set up the scrubber to suck out the moldy air and plastic and set up the scrubber to suck out the moldy air and send it through the exhaust tube to suck out the moldy air and send it through the exhaust tube out the window.
Send it through the exhaust tube out the window.
It's a way of getting back at out the window.
It's a way of getting back at the neighborhood for all the poo it's a way of getting back at the neighborhood for all the poo in the basement.
The neighborhood for all the poo in the basement.
When we fire this thing up, in the basement.
When we fire this thing up, that's gonna start pumping the when we fire this thing up, that's gonna start pumping the air from where we are out that's gonna start pumping the air from where we are out through the tube outside.
Air from where we are out through the tube outside.
Right.
Through the tube outside.
Right.
Ready? Right.
Ready? Go.
Ready? Go.
Here we go.
Go.
Here we go.
So far we've only been here we go.
So far we've only been scratching the crap-covered so far we've only been scratching the crap-covered surface.
Scratching the crap-covered surface.
Now it's time to dig a little surface.
Now it's time to dig a little deeper.
Now it's time to dig a little deeper.
Look at that terrible, deadly deeper.
Look at that terrible, deadly mold.
Look at that terrible, deadly mold.
Look at this.
Mold.
Look at this.
Again with the mold.
Look at this.
Again with the mold.
Okay.
Again with the mold.
Okay.
Oh.
Okay.
Oh.
Ho, ho, ho.
Oh.
Ho, ho, ho.
Three giant bags of poo.
Ho, ho, ho.
Three giant bags of poo.
Who's been naughty? Three giant bags of poo.
Who's been naughty? I'm the real bad Santa.
Who's been naughty? I'm the real bad Santa.
So with a heave of the sack of I'm the real bad Santa.
So with a heave of the sack of poo and mold-covered drywall, I so with a heave of the sack of poo and mold-covered drywall, I thought my job was done.
Poo and mold-covered drywall, I thought my job was done.
I had forgotten one thing.
Thought my job was done.
I had forgotten one thing.
Good lord.
I had forgotten one thing.
Good lord.
That just doesn't seem possible.
Good lord.
That just doesn't seem possible.
Everything that we've just seen that just doesn't seem possible.
Everything that we've just seen so far in the basement came up everything that we've just seen so far in the basement came up through here.
So far in the basement came up through here.
Exactly.
Through here.
Exactly.
How do you go about cleaning exactly.
How do you go about cleaning a toilet that looks like this? How do you go about cleaning a toilet that looks like this? I mean, come on.
They had to have some high-tech machine to clean this mess, too, right? What is this? This is called a "garden trowel.
" You're not gonna tell me that we're gonna scoop the poop out of the pot with a garden trowel.
We're gonna scoop the poop out of the pot with a garden trowel.
Ugh.
Of the pot with a garden trowel.
Ugh.
Make sure you get it all in ugh.
Make sure you get it all in the bag.
Make sure you get it all in the bag.
Oh, where do you start in a the bag.
Oh, where do you start in a toilet? Oh, where do you start in a toilet? I mean, do you go in deep? Toilet? I mean, do you go in deep? Do you go around the edge? I mean, do you go in deep? Do you go around the edge? You may decide to clean it do you go around the edge? You may decide to clean it around the edge first and then you may decide to clean it around the edge first and then dig in.
Around the edge first and then dig in.
You get acquainted with all the dig in.
You get acquainted with all the people in the neighborhood just you get acquainted with all the people in the neighborhood just from the scoop.
People in the neighborhood just from the scoop.
I prefer the good, from the scoop.
I prefer the good, old-fashioned barbecue.
I prefer the good, old-fashioned barbecue.
Ugh.
Old-fashioned barbecue.
Ugh.
Looks like you're stirring up ugh.
Looks like you're stirring up a pot there.
Looks like you're stirring up a pot there.
It's like a giant mixing bowl a pot there.
It's like a giant mixing bowl from hell.
It's like a giant mixing bowl from hell.
I'm in The Bahamas.
From hell.
I'm in The Bahamas.
I'm in the sun.
I'm in The Bahamas.
I'm in the sun.
It's nice.
I'm in the sun.
It's nice.
Everything is good.
It's nice.
Everything is good.
Everything's happy.
Everything is good.
Everything's happy.
I'm in a nice, warm, happy everything's happy.
I'm in a nice, warm, happy place.
I'm in a nice, warm, happy place.
I'm not covered in poo.
Place.
I'm not covered in poo.
Sweet god! I'm not covered in poo.
Sweet god! Now see, that's way too much sweet god! Now see, that's way too much toilet paper.
Now see, that's way too much toilet paper.
Ugh.
Toilet paper.
Ugh.
Why does it have so many ugh.
Why does it have so many different colors in it? Why does it have so many different colors in it? Those are the turds that different colors in it? Those are the turds that different people make.
Those are the turds that different people make.
That's the color.
Different people make.
That's the color.
Nobody make as turd like that that's the color.
Nobody make as turd like that and lives.
Nobody make as turd like that and lives.
Sure they do.
And lives.
Sure they do.
Come on, it's orange.
Sure they do.
Come on, it's orange.
Yeah.
Come on, it's orange.
Yeah.
Oh.
Yeah.
Oh.
It's not that bad.
Oh.
It's not that bad.
Not that bad? It's not that bad.
Not that bad? We're getting down to the juice not that bad? We're getting down to the juice here.
We're getting down to the juice here.
Got the machine fired up.
Here.
Got the machine fired up.
Hose is going.
Got the machine fired up.
Hose is going.
I can feel it shaking in my hose is going.
I can feel it shaking in my hands.
I can feel it shaking in my hands.
Oh, god.
Hands.
Oh, god.
All right, Mike, that's deep oh, god.
All right, Mike, that's deep enough.
All right, Mike, that's deep enough.
That's far enough? Enough.
That's far enough? Okay.
That's far enough? Okay.
Now it's starting to look like a okay.
Now it's starting to look like a toilet in grand central station.
Now it's starting to look like a toilet in grand central station.
Pretty much.
Toilet in grand central station.
Pretty much.
Yeah, this bathroom's gonna pretty much.
Yeah, this bathroom's gonna be as good as new when we're yeah, this bathroom's gonna be as good as new when we're done with it.
Be as good as new when we're done with it.
Good as new.
Done with it.
Good as new.
You'll be standing in line to good as new.
You'll be standing in line to use this little slice of heaven.
You'll be standing in line to use this little slice of heaven.
This stuff is really sticky, use this little slice of heaven.
This stuff is really sticky, isn't it? This stuff is really sticky, isn't it? That is some dug-in poo.
A little tlc, this bathroom will be as good as new.
And a couple of days from now, be as good as new.
And a couple of days from now, after the bleach works its and a couple of days from now, after the bleach works its magic, you'll pay to crap here.
After the bleach works its magic, you'll pay to crap here.
[ Toilet flushes .]
Magic, you'll pay to crap here.
[ Toilet flushes .]
Time flies when you're having [ toilet flushes .]
Time flies when you're having fun, but moves a lot more slowly time flies when you're having fun, but moves a lot more slowly when you're cleaning up poo.
Fun, but moves a lot more slowly when you're cleaning up poo.
Once I'd finished scooping, when you're cleaning up poo.
Once I'd finished scooping, scraping, and scrubbing the once I'd finished scooping, scraping, and scrubbing the toilet, the job was done and it scraping, and scrubbing the toilet, the job was done and it was time to head home.
Toilet, the job was done and it was time to head home.
And that meant one more trip was time to head home.
And that meant one more trip through the kitchen.
And that meant one more trip through the kitchen.
Well, miss Frazier, smells a through the kitchen.
Well, miss Frazier, smells a whole lot better up here than well, miss Frazier, smells a whole lot better up here than it does down there.
Whole lot better up here than it does down there.
What are you cooking? It does down there.
What are you cooking? Some beans.
What are you cooking? Some beans.
Would you like to have some? Some beans.
Would you like to have some? Beans, huh? Would you like to have some? Beans, huh? You know, I think I'll pass.
Beans, huh? You know, I think I'll pass.
Next time then.
You know, I think I'll pass.
Next time then.
Next time.
Next time then.
Next time.
Next The walls come tumbling next time.
Next The walls come tumbling down and I relieve some stress next the walls come tumbling down and I relieve some stress with a team of smash and crash down and I relieve some stress with a team of smash and crash experts.
With a team of smash and crash experts.
I love it! Experts.
I love it! The hubbell building has been I love it! The hubbell building has been standing right here in downtown the hubbell building has been standing right here in downtown des moines, Iowa, since 1912.
Standing right here in downtown des moines, Iowa, since 1912.
Architecturally, it incorporates des moines, Iowa, since 1912.
Architecturally, it incorporates elements of both form and architecturally, it incorporates elements of both form and function.
Elements of both form and function.
Practically, it's a place where function.
Practically, it's a place where thousands of iowans have made practically, it's a place where thousands of iowans have made their living over the years.
Thousands of iowans have made their living over the years.
And today, it stands as a local their living over the years.
And today, it stands as a local landmark.
And today, it stands as a local landmark.
But even landmarks, from time to landmark.
But even landmarks, from time to time, undergo some changes.
But even landmarks, from time to time, undergo some changes.
Ow.
Time, undergo some changes.
Ow.
[Bleep.]
Ow.
[Bleep.]
Big changes.
[Bleep.]
Big changes.
Well, here's what's left of the big changes.
Well, here's what's left of the third floor of the hubbell well, here's what's left of the third floor of the hubbell building.
Third floor of the hubbell building.
This is Terry to my right and building.
This is Terry to my right and Shane to my further right.
This is Terry to my right and Shane to my further right.
What is it we're doing? Shane to my further right.
What is it we're doing? We're vanilla boxing this what is it we're doing? We're vanilla boxing this room.
We're vanilla boxing this room.
Vanilla boxing? Room.
Vanilla boxing? It's called a "vanilla box.
" Vanilla boxing? It's called a "vanilla box.
" When it's done, there's just it's called a "vanilla box.
" When it's done, there's just nothing inside but structure.
When it's done, there's just nothing inside but structure.
And then they come in and nothing inside but structure.
And then they come in and rebuild and make the and then they come in and rebuild and make the condominiums out of it.
Rebuild and make the condominiums out of it.
How long is it gonna take to condominiums out of it.
How long is it gonna take to get the whole building done? How long is it gonna take to get the whole building done? Two months.
Get the whole building done? Two months.
In simple terms, the drill is two months.
In simple terms, the drill is we've got to haul everything out in simple terms, the drill is we've got to haul everything out of here and then basically turn we've got to haul everything out of here and then basically turn all the other floors into this? Of here and then basically turn all the other floors into this? Yes.
All the other floors into this? Yes.
Everything has to be cleaned up.
Yes.
Everything has to be cleaned up.
No carpet, no lights, no everything has to be cleaned up.
No carpet, no lights, no conduit, no nothing left.
No carpet, no lights, no conduit, no nothing left.
If I understand what you're conduit, no nothing left.
If I understand what you're saying and correct me if i'm if I understand what you're saying and correct me if i'm wrong we get to break things? Saying and correct me if i'm wrong we get to break things? We get to break things.
Wrong we get to break things? We get to break things.
We get to break a lot of we get to break things.
We get to break a lot of things.
We get to break a lot of things.
We get to break a lot of things.
We get to break a lot of things.
We get to break a lot of things.
Is this the biggest hammer things.
Is this the biggest hammer you got? Is this the biggest hammer you got? No, that's a little girly you got? No, that's a little girly hammer.
No, that's a little girly hammer.
We'll have to take you upstairs hammer.
We'll have to take you upstairs and give you the big-boy hammer.
We'll have to take you upstairs and give you the big-boy hammer.
Big-boy hammer.
And give you the big-boy hammer.
Big-boy hammer.
Let's go upstairs.
Big-boy hammer.
Let's go upstairs.
Let's go.
Let's go upstairs.
Let's go.
Man, if there was ever a wall let's go.
Man, if there was ever a wall that looked like it needed to man, if there was ever a wall that looked like it needed to come down, Shane, this is it.
That looked like it needed to come down, Shane, this is it.
It's just glass, right? Come down, Shane, this is it.
It's just glass, right? Yup.
It's just glass, right? Yup.
Start knocking stuff out, yup.
Start knocking stuff out, right? Start knocking stuff out, right? Yeah.
Right? Yeah.
But this is what's holding you yeah.
But this is what's holding you together right here.
But this is what's holding you together right here.
This grout right through together right here.
This grout right through here? This grout right through here? Yeah.
Here? Yeah.
That's the strength.
Yeah.
That's the strength.
Show me how it's done.
That's the strength.
Show me how it's done.
You're focusing on the lower show me how it's done.
You're focusing on the lower part.
You're focusing on the lower part.
Yep.
Part.
Yep.
'Cause that's what's holding it, yep.
'Cause that's what's holding it, and I want it to fall.
'Cause that's what's holding it, and I want it to fall.
So I ain't even got to beat up and I want it to fall.
So I ain't even got to beat up here.
So I ain't even got to beat up here.
So all this business i'm here.
So all this business i'm doing up here is pointless? So all this business i'm doing up here is pointless? Yeah, basically wasting your doing up here is pointless? Yeah, basically wasting your time.
Yeah, basically wasting your time.
Absolutely meaningless.
Time.
Absolutely meaningless.
Total waste of time.
Absolutely meaningless.
Total waste of time.
But still fun to do.
Total waste of time.
But still fun to do.
Yep.
But still fun to do.
Yep.
Over 95% of the debris from yep.
Over 95% of the debris from inside the hubbell building will over 95% of the debris from inside the hubbell building will eventually be recycled.
Inside the hubbell building will eventually be recycled.
In other words, this isn't eventually be recycled.
In other words, this isn't demolition.
In other words, this isn't demolition.
This is deconstruction.
Demolition.
This is deconstruction.
Now you've got to go this is deconstruction.
Now you've got to go left-handed? Now you've got to go left-handed? Call it what you will.
Left-handed? Call it what you will.
It's a dirty job, and I wanted a call it what you will.
It's a dirty job, and I wanted a piece of it.
It's a dirty job, and I wanted a piece of it.
Hold on a sec.
Piece of it.
Hold on a sec.
May I knock it down? Hold on a sec.
May I knock it down? Oh, yeah.
May I knock it down? Oh, yeah.
Come on.
Oh, yeah.
Come on.
I broke a big glass wall.
Come on.
I broke a big glass wall.
What can I break now? Oh, look, another room.
All right, what's the drill here? All right, what's the drill here? We're gonna pull that here? We're gonna pull that scaffolding over here and we're gonna pull that scaffolding over here and get up there and tear that scaffolding over here and get up there and tear that drywall down.
Get up there and tear that drywall down.
You just got to beat and keep drywall down.
You just got to beat and keep beating.
You just got to beat and keep beating.
It's no wonder you're so beating.
It's no wonder you're so mellow.
It's no wonder you're so mellow.
Yep.
Mellow.
Yep.
All my aggression is out on yep.
All my aggression is out on here.
All my aggression is out on here.
Everything is held together here.
Everything is held together with these little wires.
Everything is held together with these little wires.
There.
With these little wires.
There.
We'll take care of them wires.
There.
We'll take care of them wires.
Holy crap.
We'll take care of them wires.
Holy crap.
What is that thing? Holy crap.
What is that thing? Chop saw.
You really finesse it, don't you? Yeah.
[ Sighs .]
Well, this is just time-consuming, isn't it? Well, this is just time-consuming, isn't it? Yeah.
Time-consuming, isn't it? Yeah.
You got to just keep hitting on yeah.
You got to just keep hitting on it.
You got to just keep hitting on it.
It should give up before you do.
It.
It should give up before you do.
Ugh.
It should give up before you do.
Ugh.
Got anything bigger? Ugh.
Got anything bigger? Oh, yeah.
Got anything bigger? Oh, yeah.
Not that I can swing it, but oh, yeah.
Not that I can swing it, but I just feel like I need a little not that I can swing it, but I just feel like I need a little more heft.
I just feel like I need a little more heft.
What's this thing? More heft.
What's this thing? 20-pounder? What's this thing? 20-pounder? 20-pounder.
20-pounder? 20-pounder.
Oh, man, there has got to be 20-pounder.
Oh, man, there has got to be an easier way.
Oh, man, there has got to be an easier way.
There is.
An easier way.
There is.
What do you got? There is.
What do you got? I got something bigger.
What do you got? I got something bigger.
Good.
I got something bigger.
Good.
Bigger's generally better.
Good.
Bigger's generally better.
Coming up, the deconstruction bigger's generally better.
Coming up, the deconstruction crew brings in their secret coming up, the deconstruction crew brings in their secret weapon.
Crew brings in their secret weapon.
You need something? Weapon.
You need something? Demolition requires the right you need something? Demolition requires the right tool for the right job.
Demolition requires the right tool for the right job.
And when it comes to busting tool for the right job.
And when it comes to busting things up, bigger is better.
And when it comes to busting things up, bigger is better.
Man, what are you doing with things up, bigger is better.
Man, what are you doing with that little thing? Man, what are you doing with that little thing? What do you got there? That little thing? What do you got there? You ain't Shane.
What do you got there? You ain't Shane.
Holy cow.
You ain't Shane.
Holy cow.
I'm big toot.
Holy cow.
I'm big toot.
Who? I'm big toot.
Who? Big toot.
Who? Big toot.
Big toot? Big toot.
Big toot? Yeah.
Big toot? Yeah.
What the hell is in your yeah.
What the hell is in your hands, big toot? What the hell is in your hands, big toot? The baddest pry bar on the hands, big toot? The baddest pry bar on the face of the earth.
The baddest pry bar on the face of the earth.
That's a pry bar? Face of the earth.
That's a pry bar? That's a pry bar.
That's a pry bar? That's a pry bar.
Let me just drink you in, that's a pry bar.
Let me just drink you in, man.
Let me just drink you in, man.
Holy cow.
Man.
Holy cow.
You look like the grim reaper.
Holy cow.
You look like the grim reaper.
There you go.
You look like the grim reaper.
There you go.
It's a toothpick.
There you go.
It's a toothpick.
A toothpick? It's a toothpick.
A toothpick? Yeah.
You enjoy your work here, do you? Love it.
You? Love it.
Yeah? Love it.
Yeah? I love it.
Yeah? I love it.
That's a good thing.
I love it.
That's a good thing.
I'd hate to see what you would that's a good thing.
I'd hate to see what you would do if you hated it.
I'd hate to see what you would do if you hated it.
[ Laughs .]
Do if you hated it.
[ Laughs .]
Try this, Mike.
[ Laughs .]
Try this, Mike.
What the heck is it again? Try this, Mike.
What the heck is it again? It's a pry bar.
What the heck is it again? It's a pry bar.
It's called "little toot," named it's a pry bar.
It's called "little toot," named after its founder.
It's called "little toot," named after its founder.
How much does little toot after its founder.
How much does little toot weigh? How much does little toot weigh? Probably about 80 pounds.
Weigh? Probably about 80 pounds.
How much does big toot weigh? Probably about 80 pounds.
How much does big toot weigh? About 275.
How much does big toot weigh? About 275.
[ Laughs .]
About 275.
[ Laughs .]
Stick it in between the block [ laughs .]
Stick it in between the block and pry it this way.
Stick it in between the block and pry it this way.
If I bring it back toward me and pry it this way.
If I bring it back toward me that will pop out or should I if I bring it back toward me that will pop out or should I come toward you? That will pop out or should I come toward you? Towards me.
Come toward you? Towards me.
Toward you, okay.
Towards me.
Toward you, okay.
Keep it in there.
Toward you, okay.
Keep it in there.
Oh, I see what you're doing.
Keep it in there.
Oh, I see what you're doing.
Over 40,000 commercial buildings oh, I see what you're doing.
Over 40,000 commercial buildings are demolished or deconstructed over 40,000 commercial buildings are demolished or deconstructed every year in the usa.
Are demolished or deconstructed every year in the usa.
You can either use it by the every year in the usa.
You can either use it by the teeth or you can use it by the you can either use it by the teeth or you can use it by the handle.
Teeth or you can use it by the handle.
Sometimes the salvage value handle.
Sometimes the salvage value of certain materials is so great sometimes the salvage value of certain materials is so great that firms like Metro will of certain materials is so great that firms like Metro will deconstruct a building for no that firms like Metro will deconstruct a building for no charge.
Deconstruct a building for no charge.
And sometimes they can get TV charge.
And sometimes they can get TV hosts to do the work for free.
And sometimes they can get TV hosts to do the work for free.
Come on, man.
Hosts to do the work for free.
Come on, man.
There you go.
Come on, man.
There you go.
Oh, yeah.
There you go.
Oh, yeah.
You look like one of us now.
Oh, yeah.
You look like one of us now.
We'll hire you for Metro.
You look like one of us now.
We'll hire you for Metro.
A smaller version of you, we'll hire you for Metro.
A smaller version of you, maybe.
A smaller version of you, maybe.
[ Grunts .]
Maybe.
[ Grunts .]
Come in.
[ Grunts .]
Come in.
Let's see if we can shake it come in.
Let's see if we can shake it a little bit.
Let's see if we can shake it a little bit.
All right.
A little bit.
All right.
Oh, it wants to go.
All right.
Oh, it wants to go.
[ Grunts .]
Oh, it wants to go.
[ Grunts .]
Whoo! [ Grunts .]
Whoo! Mr.
Gorbachev, tear down this whoo! Mr.
Gorbachev, tear down this wall! Mr.
Gorbachev, tear down this wall! I love it! Wall! I love it! According to the second law I love it! According to the second law of thermodynamics, we live in a according to the second law of thermodynamics, we live in a disintegrating universe and it's of thermodynamics, we live in a disintegrating universe and it's only a matter of time until disintegrating universe and it's only a matter of time until everything around us eventually only a matter of time until everything around us eventually turns to dust.
Everything around us eventually turns to dust.
Well, it's about that time.
Turns to dust.
Well, it's about that time.
I want to learn how to take a well, it's about that time.
I want to learn how to take a ceiling down.
I want to learn how to take a ceiling down.
First of all, you have the ceiling down.
First of all, you have the tile, which is these panels.
First of all, you have the tile, which is these panels.
The panel's held up by the grid.
Tile, which is these panels.
The panel's held up by the grid.
The grid's held up by these the panel's held up by the grid.
The grid's held up by these wires that's connected to the the grid's held up by these wires that's connected to the ceiling.
Wires that's connected to the ceiling.
It's like a drop ceiling.
Ceiling.
It's like a drop ceiling.
Drop ceiling.
Exactly.
It's like a drop ceiling.
Drop ceiling.
Exactly.
This is a Drop ceiling.
Exactly.
This is a This is a snip a wire this is a This is a snip a wire snip.
This is a snip a wire snip.
That's a diabolical-looking snip.
That's a diabolical-looking thing there at the end.
That's a diabolical-looking thing there at the end.
How do you operate it from this thing there at the end.
How do you operate it from this end? How do you operate it from this end? Or do you? End? Or do you? You don't.
Or do you? You don't.
What do you do? You don't.
What do you do? It is thought-control? What do you do? It is thought-control? When you push it up on a it is thought-control? When you push it up on a wire turn it over it opens when you push it up on a wire turn it over it opens up.
Wire turn it over it opens up.
The wire goes in, and you pull up.
The wire goes in, and you pull back.
The wire goes in, and you pull back.
It locks on to the wire and you back.
It locks on to the wire and you just pull.
It locks on to the wire and you just pull.
It cuts it.
Just pull.
It cuts it.
So you just apply the it cuts it.
So you just apply the pressure to the wire? So you just apply the pressure to the wire? Exactly.
Pressure to the wire? Exactly.
You push it in.
Exactly.
You push it in.
How do you know when it's you push it in.
How do you know when it's clamped onto it? How do you know when it's clamped onto it? When you pull back and it'll clamped onto it? When you pull back and it'll catch.
When you pull back and it'll catch.
Nope.
Catch.
Nope.
I missed it.
Nope.
I missed it.
Let me try it again.
I missed it.
Let me try it again.
What's the advantage of a drop let me try it again.
What's the advantage of a drop ceiling anyway? What's the advantage of a drop ceiling anyway? The advantage of a drop ceiling anyway? The advantage of a drop ceiling for older buildings is the advantage of a drop ceiling for older buildings is to save energy.
Ceiling for older buildings is to save energy.
You lower your ceilings from to save energy.
You lower your ceilings from ceiling to floor, you save you lower your ceilings from ceiling to floor, you save energy in the heating during the ceiling to floor, you save energy in the heating during the winter months.
Energy in the heating during the winter months.
The heat won't rise so high.
Winter months.
The heat won't rise so high.
And The heat won't rise so high.
And Lightly tear it off.
And Lightly tear it off.
Toots, I haven't seen you do lightly tear it off.
Toots, I haven't seen you do anything lightly since I've been toots, I haven't seen you do anything lightly since I've been here.
Anything lightly since I've been here.
[ Laughs .]
Here.
[ Laughs .]
All right.
All right.
That's one down.
What's the worst thing you that's one down.
What's the worst thing you ever found in a building? What's the worst thing you ever found in a building? Pigeon [bleep.]
Ever found in a building? Pigeon [bleep.]
dirty, dirty animal, the pigeon [bleep.]
dirty, dirty animal, the pigeon.
Dirty, dirty animal, the pigeon.
Tons of it.
Pigeon.
Tons of it.
Never cared for it myself.
Tons of it.
Never cared for it myself.
Infested with it.
Never cared for it myself.
Infested with it.
Well, today I met some great infested with it.
Well, today I met some great guys, did some back-breaking, well, today I met some great guys, did some back-breaking, dusty, dirty work.
Guys, did some back-breaking, dusty, dirty work.
I also learned a lot of great dusty, dirty work.
I also learned a lot of great tips on how to safely destroy I also learned a lot of great tips on how to safely destroy the inside of an office tips on how to safely destroy the inside of an office building.
The inside of an office building.
But I guess it takes a while to building.
But I guess it takes a while to become a pro.
But I guess it takes a while to become a pro.
Ah! That's for my taxes, and that's for my broken car.
And that's for my director.
Somebody say action [bleep.]
So important to flush.
Think you have a dirty job? Click on discovery.
com/dirtyjobs and tell us about it.
You never know where I'll show up next.
Hitting himself in the head.
[ Laughs .]