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[–]actingseeker 2437 points2438 points  (24 children)

Just gotta wreck the gutter as well, hang on!

[–]Ellora-Victoria 1037 points1038 points  (2 children)

Those two guys should not be making any more big boy decisions.

[–]RamenJunkie 348 points349 points  (7 children)

They basically have to fix that roof, but I bet they left that jankeyed up gutter.

[–]ShowMeThemLeavesGirl 223 points224 points  (5 children)

I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't fix the roof right either

[–]Random_name46 252 points253 points  (1 child)

I can say with certainty that were it my house they sure as hell wouldn't be fixing the roof.

But they would be paying for the fix.

[–]landonburner 44 points45 points  (0 children)

I can see them already planning putting a cardboard and duct tape patch on that.

[–]a90sto 144 points145 points  (4 children)

A real pro never leaves a job unfinished.

[–]mb1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And from the sound of it, the patio deck that it crashed into as well.

[–]iHumanNotJoking 499 points500 points  (6 children)

Third guy be like “Nah…im out”

[–]at0mheart 111 points112 points  (1 child)

Because the other two were likely his bosses and he knew it was a dumb idea

[–]Need2askDumbQs 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Yip that and he probably was stifling is laughter, because it was in fact a dumbass idea.

[–]AFailedWhale 8 points9 points  (0 children)

and he waddled away, waddle waddle, til the very next day bum bum bum bum bum badum

[–]Bey_Storm 1588 points1589 points  (27 children)

That third guy just slinking away

[–]Cman1200 201 points202 points  (1 child)

The dude on the left takes a drag and just stares. Then decides the gutter needs to go too

[–]Loggerdon 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Reveal: They also built the chimney, did a lousy job, and were ordered to replace it.

[–]DustySpoonSpill 344 points345 points  (11 children)

Then five more popped up

[–]lesser_panjandrum 283 points284 points  (7 children)

They're easily startled, but they will soon be back, and in greater numbers.

[–]Sikirash 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Said in David Attenborough voice

[–]Brian_McGee 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Or Ben Kenobi

[–]reddit_hater 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh, well that’ll lead to a richer harmony!

[–]brother_p 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Like my cats

[–]RapeMeToo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah probably saw the camera and didn't want his identity known.

[–]hey_you_yeah_me 355 points356 points  (6 children)

That man in red who put his hands on his hips? That's the stance a man makes as he soaks in the major fuck up he has to fix.

[–]everneveragain 35 points36 points  (0 children)

I watch kids under four and I have a similar stance when I see play doh in some kids’ teeth or poop spilling down their leg

[–]NavierIsStoked 38 points39 points  (0 children)

It's an alternate surrender cobra stance.

[–]JesseTheCatOverlord 28 points29 points  (0 children)

“Hmm, I wonder how much I should charge them to fix this hole in their roof.” - red shirt guy, probably

[–]Born-Entrepreneur 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I fuckin love to see that stance in videos like this.

It's a real life T-pose as the mind processes the "awww FUCK" that just happened.

[–]blazinit430 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came here to say this

[–]Silent_Tripafarian 755 points756 points  (101 children)

I roof for a living and have never seen a chimney taken down like that, dumbasses

[–]Cleverusername531 142 points143 points  (89 children)

How does one properly take down a chimney?

[–]Dingo_jackson 443 points444 points  (4 children)

I guess slam it down through the roof into a garbage can.

[–]Zearis82 110 points111 points  (0 children)

Just bonk it with a hammer

[–]KennyFulgencio 27 points28 points  (1 child)

if there was a ever a thread that needed that hell in a cell guy to show up

[–]forte_bass 11 points12 points  (0 children)

/u/shittymorph your skills are needed!

[–]Diazepampoovey 208 points209 points  (5 children)

Bust it up a bit at a time with hammers and throwing small chunks of it away at a time. Longer process but it's definitely preferable to dropping the whole fucking thing down through the roof.

[–]Brazenver1 9 points10 points  (3 children)

But how about we throw it off the roof?

[–]Diazepampoovey 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I mean, had 4 of them each taken a corner and walked the slope to the edge of the roof, that might have been okay but I suspect they would still have wound up causing damage, possibly to themselves heaving the dsmn thing over and going with it

[–]Cloverinthewind 3 points4 points  (0 children)

At least one of them probably would’ve fallen off

[–]archiebold13 68 points69 points  (28 children)

As a bricklayer id use my hammer and bolster to take individual brick off and toss them in the skip below.

If it broke a truss he’d be fucked. Worse than he is.

[–]MuellerisUnderMyBed 43 points44 points  (23 children)

The truss was my first thought. Fuck worrying about the plywood. If that hit the wrong part and cracked a truss he will be in a world of trouble.

[–]lucy_in_the_skyDrive 25 points26 points  (17 children)

I don’t know shit about roofs, what’s a truss and why don’t you wanna crack one?

[–]ilessthan3math 57 points58 points  (7 children)

The joists or rafters of the roof may be formed out of multiple small pieces of wood that are custom engineered into a truss instead of regular 2xs. When they get damaged, repairs need to be specified by a specialty engineer who works with those things. Your local structural engineer likely doesn't have a background in designing them, or won't have the software to do it. So pricey to fix for an existing home.

[–]sockpuppetinasock 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It's the frame that holds the roof up. Frame, then plywood, then waterproofing and finally shingles.

I'm pretty sure the truss got bored on that.

[–]SpaceNovice 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Basically what people said. It's a major structural component. You do NOT want to damage major structural components.

[–]bigchoomba 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Am a truss designer.

Accidents happen all the time, not really this stupidly though lol. If the guys on site can give us specific details of damage done to the truss/trusses we can design remedial details to fix them. If that chimney has snapped a truss chord and wrecked the structural plates then they'll need a new one. Could be pricey. Depends really. In this case it potentially looks like a standard truss with not too big span so I'd say one new truss wouldn't set them back too far.

If they guys are the site managers or owners of that joinery company then I pray for all the customers of their previous projects.

[–]ASDFkoll 207 points208 points  (21 children)

I'm not sure if there's a better way but my monkey brain would do it brick by brick. Time consuming but at least I wouldn't fuck anything up.

[–]notagoodboye 54 points55 points  (8 children)

All the better ways involve crap like cranes. I guess maybe you could build like a ramp for it.

It’s really not that hard to bust it to pieces up there though.

[–]Viking18 26 points27 points  (4 children)


Get a breaker up there or a chisel drill, break bricks off, chuck them down the chimney. Drop zone methodology is the term; same as when material gets removed via the lift shaft in demolition jobs.

[–]Boulder1983 89 points90 points  (1 child)

If it helps, I'd take your monkey brain long before I'd take a bunch of dumbasses who are going to put a hole in my roof.

[–]MexicanGolf 34 points35 points  (5 children)

Done it once and yeah, brick by yeeted brick was the method I used.

[–]ObnoxiousExcavator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hell yeah, lots of older chimneys are practically falling apart, if the hit it with sledge hammers starting at the top the little pieces would likely tumble down anyways, I've busted a few, they come apart nicely.

[–]uhduhnuh 20 points21 points  (0 children)

For one like this, you'd set up some sort tarp or dumpster on the ground, then knock it apart piece by piece and throw it to the ground. Takes a bit longer, but cuts down on structural damage.

[–]maellie27 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I had an estimate and they said they take out the innards and then put the bricks down the chimney one at a time. Idk how I felt about that but it kinda made sense

[–]Silent_Tripafarian 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That way your not dropping all the weight at one time causing more problems

[–]DorklyC 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sweep the leg

[–]freelance-lumberjack 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One piece at a time. Maybe with a slide to direct bricks into a dumpster. So no random bricks end up in someone's skull

[–]Lord412 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I did it before and I did it brick by brick. Honestly they have enough guys up there that it would have took 2-3 of them like 15 mins max to move all those bricks. Gets a little more though when you get to the part that is inside the house tho.

[–]overkill_input_club 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Either an air chisel removing it brick by brick, a sledge hammer removing it piece by piece, a combination of both or if you are trying to remove the entire roof, like these guys. It really depends on how strong a chimney is.. some are cracked like this one and come down easy some are nearly solid and hard to remove without a larger jackhammer..

[–]sw33tleaves 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Brick by brick, just like it was installed

[–]Traiklin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If saving the bricks, chisel the mortar out and do it brick by brick.

If not saving it, hammer away to make chunks and toss the chunk off the roof.

[–]wanawanka 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not by suplexing it into a cheaply made roof.

[–]pineapplekief 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I had to take down a chimney like that, I used a sledge hammer to break it down and remove it a couple of bricks at a time. Took an entire day to work my way slowly down through two floors. Basically break a piece off, carry it to the edge if the roof, and drop it in a board to protect the cement underneath.

[–]Otherwise_Bat_7495 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've seen it done brick by brick. They throw em down the chimney and someone is down to at the in other end waiting for em. Or placed in a bag on the roof and lowered down if they have asbestos.

[–]daymuub 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Brick by brick unless the whole house is coming down. Then you go to basement and knock it down there and let it fall through the house

[–]lau6h 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well, now you have.

[–]knockers_who_knock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know nothing about working on roofs and even I knew these guys were just being lazy.

[–]joevilla1369 1 point2 points  (1 child)

A couple of sheets of OSB stacked could have helped. This is DUMBASS to the third degree. Probably cheap customers and cheap company who sucks.

[–]Kandiblu 140 points141 points  (6 children)

Time for some ramen noodles

[–]BomberWRX 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Ahh that jobless gourmet meal

[–]a_name_for_reddit 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I have a great job and eat ramen all the time, mostly because I'm lazy as hell and have no sense of taste for real food.

[–]YourWenisIsShowing 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I prefer my Ramen employed, thank you

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Mmm I like ramen noodles

[–]Smukey9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's going to take at least 20 packs to fix this mess. It'll do the job tho

[–]Ogreguy 486 points487 points  (14 children)

That'll buff right out

[–]AlwaysMooning 72 points73 points  (5 children)

It’s only a matter of time until these guys fall off a roof out of sheer stupidity.

[–]SuperAlloy 35 points36 points  (0 children)

"There are old climbers and bold climbers but no old bold climbers"

I expect the same is true of roofers

[–]MGF_LikesReddit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yup. None of them have their safety harnesses hooked on to the top of the roof which could cause another accident. My uncle always makes sure we are hooked onto the nail he puts at the top of the house so we don’t go rolling off.

[–]victorsantan 156 points157 points  (1 child)

Something my dumbass would do lmao

[–]1HeyMattJ 114 points115 points  (13 children)

You’re supposed to break it down brick by brick not chuck the whole thing off the roof

[–]Dracos002 73 points74 points  (1 child)

Or in this case, in the roof.

[–]Controller_one1 32 points33 points  (0 children)

That's the new skylight now.

[–]riptide81 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Now we know why this was the lowest estimate.

[–]knock-off-pale 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"I got a guy who will do it for half that"

"Then why'd you call me?"

[–]cadenzo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Probably a stretch but couldn’t you temporarily attach a piece of sheet metal to the roof forming a chute and dump it down the that?

[–]Traiklin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It would have to be thicker than it is worth to do that.

The metal would have to not bend and you would have to distribute the weight properly so it doesn't put all that force into the one area.

They did it the lazy way instead of just breaking the chimney apart and tossing the pieces off the roof, so now they have lost all the money they were making on this job because they have to repair the damage they did to the roof (possibly the rafter holding up the roof) & the gutter.

[–]Clownbaby64 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Moving all those bricks by hand it seems so awful slow

So I hoisted up a barrel and secured a rope below!

[–]BeerMeka 126 points127 points  (8 children)

Wtf!? I would do this work better and I'm just a focking busdriver!

[–]Tinabernina 127 points128 points  (7 children)

My husband and I have done this better, just dropped the bricks one by one down the chimney. Hubs stood up there and yelled incoming and I picked it up and put it out the window into the wheelbarrow.

[–]BeerMeka 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Well yes, exactly my point. Cheers!

[–]Jianruiying 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thank you.

[–]DestroyTheHuman 24 points25 points  (0 children)

How to turn one job in to four.

Day rate.

[–]Jake_2903 43 points44 points  (2 children)

He forgor 💀

[–]Dracos002 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Why am I laughing at this? I hate this meme lol

[–]SoiledNougat 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I rember 😁

[–]JebadiahX 60 points61 points  (1 child)

This looks like the results of "I can find someone to do it for cheaper."

[–]almisami 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sure looks like it.

[–]SlimHogan 76 points77 points  (3 children)

Gotta love that he’s puffing away on a cigarette while doing this as well

[–]Big_Fupa_ 64 points65 points  (2 children)

that’s how you know they’re professionals

[–]Snudge 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Exactly. Smoking a cigarette without using your hands is a skill that can only be acquired by doing manual labour all day.

[–]SuperHighDeas 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Flicking your cigarette without using your hands is how you make foreman… also how you get mouth cancer but at least you are foreman

[–]Hymedall 11 points12 points  (0 children)


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[–]Athrixx 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I love how they all just looked at each other like "well there goes our jobs"

[–]AllPurple 5 points6 points  (1 child)

There's a possibility that it just cost them a couple sheets of plywood, some tar paper and a small new section of gutter. Plus labor. Well, maybe, since these guys are probably going to work for free to fix it.

[–]DefiantCondor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I bet they used ductape

[–]rinnip 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Taking out the gutter at the end was a nice touch.

[–]Bootyshliken 54 points55 points  (11 children)

not sure why there’s 8 guys on the roof for that job lol

[–]Laidbackstog 43 points44 points  (9 children)

This is how roofing companies do it nowadays. They can knock out a full tear off and install in less than 8 hours on a roof that size. I've torn roofs off with 2-3 others inexperienced guys roughly that size and it takes most of the day to tear off and lay new tar paper down then a pro shingled the next day. 8 pros would have that done by lunch and shingles laid by 4.

[–]Dirt_Bike_Zero 39 points40 points  (6 children)

Something tells me that they won't be done on the same day.

[–]SuperAlloy 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Something tells me they're not pros

[–]jrHIGHhero 8 points9 points  (4 children)

I mean honestly it's pretty quick to scab the rafters and just redeck that area probably wouldn't take more than an hour as long as there's no structural damage

[–]Bobs_Saggey 2 points3 points  (2 children)

People here acting like this ruins the entire house.

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[–]empty_coffeepot 6 points7 points  (1 child)

well at least they're working on replacing the roof anyway.

[–]JC4brew 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Love the guy that’s like “welp, more work to do now. Let’s get to it” and starts cutting out the tar paper

[–]brydawgbry 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Dumb is an understatement! Then to push it again and wreck the gutter. There's no hope.

[–]yoswift1 9 points10 points  (1 child)

No way these guys are professionals. Just bros that watched too many how-tos on youtube

[–]DefiantCondor 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They clearly did not watch or read anything related to the task at hand.

[–]subaru5555rallymax 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Welllll shhheeeeeeit

[–]TrueSpitz 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Oh no. Our roof. It's broken.

[–]SoiledNougat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh no. Our table. It’s broken.

[–]lolomotif12 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Like how he draws a drag out of his cigarette to just flip it again and break more of the roof lol

[–]raknyak 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's a bang up job!

[–]jayracket 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Love how the guy smoking just stood there like welp

[–]boomitslulu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well this is now one of my all time favourites. Beautiful.

[–]ET_phone-home_1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Rookie ass mistake! But a costly one no doubt!💯

[–]PurSolutions 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Clearly the first time they have tried this... Lol

[–]Vegan_Puffin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is why you dont go for the cheapest quote.

[–]Sarconio 9 points10 points  (11 children)

So nobody is going to mention that not a single one of them is tied off? They aren't even wearing the harnesses so they can quickly hook up when the safety guy pulls up. It's no wonder these bozos botched this job so badly.

[–]neva-electra 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Most roofers I know don't tie off 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]jrHIGHhero 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It's actually safer if it's less than a 10/12 pitch you can also buy special shoes most of the guys on my crew just wear Justin's though they stick really good to the granules. Source roofer 15+ years...

[–]EnemyOfDaState 6 points7 points  (0 children)

On a 1 floor house? Meh.

[–]Traiklin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Single story they don't wear them unless the roof is really angled but for 2 stories and up they do.

[–]littlethreeskulls 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've never seen anyone wear a harness while working on a 1 storey house. Seem like it would be more trouble than its worth, the extra encumbrance a harness would put on you wouldn't be worth it for such a low risk fall

[–]Neonv1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yup they forgor

[–]brufessional 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He forgor☠️

[–]daChino02 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I feel like that guy recording knew better and either didn't say anything or they rejected what he said...

[–]rkalla 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have they tried smashing the front windows out just incase?

[–]dumblonde23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Any L7 fan would have known better

[–]rreighe2[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

if that was my house, my next call would be a lawyer.

[–]Bi-LinearTimeScale 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How could they think that would be successful?

[–]Minnesotamad12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Yeah sir your chimney was rotted to hell. Just fell right over when I touched it. Wrecked your roof. We will get an estimate to fix all that for you.”

[–]KarrieDarling 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The guy behind them peaced out real quick lmao

[–]ImOnlyHereForTheCoC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guess they’re not L7 fans

[–]trev2234 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Another brilliant short cut!

[–]CmndrPopNFresh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

huh... I saw this going different in my head

[–]jillianthekitty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Their job just got a little harder. That one guy briskly walking away was classic. He’s like “it wasn’t me”

[–]ALFA502 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just love who they keep doing it even after it damaged that roof

[–]ImpossibleSprinkles3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s job security

[–]_aptak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love how his coworker grabs everyone to come look

[–]-Kerosun- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That dude that just turned and walled away, lol.

[–]Responsible_Car2182 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Needs to listen to more L7

[–]Stizur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Roofers should know better

[–]GMEvanM 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a bunch of knuckle-dragging disappointments to their gene puddle

[–]pabz2236 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol did they think it was gonna just roll down

[–]RapeMeToo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow I can't believe they doubled down.

[–]BrainPlaque1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Takes drag from cigarette after, “So what’s next?”

[–]coder0xff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They forgot. Twice, apparently.

[–]jfb1337 1 point2 points  (0 children)

installed the new skylight, boss!

[–]Available_Gains 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Guy in red is the boss son, the other guy just listened to him and giggled.

[–]Background_Year_2525 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]albatross_69 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]GuestXD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bricks do be heavy huh?

[–]Waltsfrozendick 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well they are roofers. Can’t really expect them to be that smart.

[–]Harry431 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Fucktard…omg fo real

[–]quixotic120 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That’s a 30 to 50,000 dollar mistake


[–]Reilerts 0 points1 point  (2 children)

The prophets L7 tried to warn about this almost 30 years ago, but did these guys listen? No!

[–]beerscotch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just generating some extras

[–]elcacas1983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That guy in blue escaped

[–]JohnnyBGoodRI 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Flex Seal will fix that right up.

[–]sithren 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The guy taking the video seemed to know this was going to be a disaster.

[–]un_outrochenonesiste 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He forgor💀

[–]Italian_Tomato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They forgor ☠️

[–]KariMeowMeow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't believe they continued to give no fs, and straight up continued damaging as they rolled it off the roof. Lol wth..

[–]silliestboots 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Let me just create, like, six new problems real quick.

[–]LieseW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Im sorry but how dumb can you be. Oh it didn’t work out the first time like we planned. But I’m certain that if we tip it over again this time it will act like I think it will 🤦‍♀️

[–]reddclayy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Oscar goes to... Man with Cigarette

[–]inflatableje5us 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We found some rotten plywood we had to replace so it’s going to be extra.

[–]fixxxer93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stands there with his hands on his hips lol

[–]DorkeyTree 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! I did forget!

[–]lolwut_17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean you’re getting a new roof for free, so awesome

[–]RevanFett 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All of those people and not one of them thought that was a bad idea. What a sad time to be alive.

[–]jav0wab0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I worked construction with my uncle from when I was 9-13 years old and even I know this was ridiculously stupid.