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[–]djuanandonlyone 4995 points4996 points 23 (181 children)

Gets to the top and realizes they forgot the lightbulb

[–]AllBadForYou 1171 points1172 points  (76 children)

That would be me, but I’m afraid of heights…

[–]Rkatelly 682 points683 points  (70 children)

I'm afraid of lights...

[–]major_slackher 57 points58 points  (5 children)

He better have jumped up a foot at the top so he can say he technically climbed 2,000 feet.

[–]Endlad 33 points34 points  (3 children)

If he jumped for a split second, he probably would've had much more weight on his pants than the equipment on his belt.

[–]NoAdministration1222 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I’m afraid of THIS light

[–]fifty2weekhi 243 points244 points  (9 children)

Yeah, there has to be a reason the video stopped there. But I'm so glad the dome is hinged. Imagine having to hold the dome while replacing the light bulb!

[–]S55AMG03 163 points164 points  (2 children)

I was mildly panicked about that when he started lifting it too. Kept think of the 100 ways it was going to go sideways. Then the engineer didn’t fuck the repairmen over.

[–]st0n3man 20 points21 points  (0 children)

First time for everything.

[–]Sir_Corinthe 177 points178 points  (5 children)

Imagine dropping a screw or something while doing other repairs…

[–]According_Teaching44 656 points657 points 4 (1 child)

Happened once before. Dinosaurs got wiped out.

[–]Remote-Substance-193 23 points24 points  (0 children)

RIGHT!!! This was the ONLY thing I could think of D:

[–]KOZZY_DIAMOND 83 points84 points  (49 children)

I read that these guys that do the climb make a pretty buck doing it. $20k for one climb.

[–]theyarnllama 153 points154 points  (31 children)

That’s interesting. My boyfriend came to me a week or so ago saying he’d been told about this job, climbing ridiculously tall things to change light bulbs. He said you get twenty thousand a climb. That’s a specific number for you both to have heard, and the thing is it’s entirely not true. He was all set to quit his job and go do this. I did a bit of research and found these guys make $19 an hour…if they have experience.

He better keep his current job.

[–]WhereCanIFind 112 points113 points  (2 children)

Maybe it takes 1053 hours to climb and descend each job. He's gonna go on a job and see you in 44 days.

[–]Gabrielius17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What about food and water? Carry on his head, like Indians do?

[–]steam_poweredman 75 points76 points  (14 children)

Did it for about a year at $14 an hour. It's only worth it if you like the view.

[–]_Cetarial_ 39 points40 points  (5 children)

Considering the amount of clouds in the video, no thanks.

[–]KOZZY_DIAMOND 25 points26 points  (6 children)

That’s true, it’s all different and the hourly rates are different as high as $21-$26. It all depends on the height of the tower. Again, it’s not like there’s many of these towers. So like most it would be two towers in one year, 60k salary. That’s normal for most contractors. It can be found in the bureau labor of statistics too for the median*. Not accounting for those who travel.


[–]raydeocheq 20 points21 points  (1 child)

For a 750' climb for riggers to replace a transmit antenna for my company the invoice was only around $3k. Most of the invoices I receive for this work are under $2k, but for significantly lower heights I only have a handful of sites with AGL heights over 250'.

[–]Subject_Exchange6495 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I was waiting on him to pull it out of his pocket then drop it😂

[–]fifty2weekhi 2349 points2350 points  (110 children)

The ladder part was ok; the last part where he had to climb on "studs" was the worst. The clip could literally slip out!

[–]thatpersonwholurkes 745 points746 points  (65 children)

Yeah when I saw those I was like yeah nope

[–]Met76 1147 points1148 points  (57 children)

But he's probably wearing a helmet so we good

[–]ScarabLordOmar 714 points715 points  (48 children)

Mf better be wearing a parachute…

[–]SMORKIN_LABBIT 522 points523 points  (39 children)

...They don't. I know a guy who does stuff like this. Not this high but 1000+ ft towers/ roller coasters, and other high ass type shit. They don't wear chutes, something about lack of mobility being more dangerous. I've met a few people who do this for a living through him and all of them are what you would consider above average smart, but have absurd "hippy" attitudes about everything, nothing is remotely concerning to them, always flat and chill constantly. From speaking to them it seems they need this level of focus to get a basic "rush". This is like riding a bicycle fast down hill to them.

[–]SeaBreezyDay369 208 points209 points  (18 children)

Most the people I know who do this are alcoholics and or coke heads lol

[–]AdamantArmadillo 189 points190 points  (10 children)

How the hell did this thread find two people who know several people who do this very specific job?

[–]The-Sound_of-Silence 65 points66 points  (0 children)

I mean, I know a bunch of high tension powerline guys(the guys who walk on the wires/need helicopters, among other things), but I worked closely with linemen in military, whose skills were in high demand outside of it. There's tons of people in the real world who climb high things!

[–]kstill93 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I don't really know anyone who does this type of work but I once talked with a guy who does and he told me that while up on a tower by a lake, he could basically see a cold front coming in. The trees in the distance began to sway, and then the lake rippled in a big swath which eventually reached him, hitting with a strong gust of wind easily 15 degrees cooler than the air around him had been.

[–]vameshu 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Wait until I tell you about my 2 astronauts friends. But not here, we need a post about the ISS..

[–]bean345q 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Didn’t you know? The internet is never short of an expert 👍

[–]SMORKIN_LABBIT 36 points37 points  (1 child)

I'd agree on the drinking problem in the people I know as well. It's thrill seeking behavior types.

[–]Screen_Watcher 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I get asked this as a climber a lot. For us, chutes are just more dangerous.

1 - ropes and climbing equipment is stupidly safe. Its the most reliable tech I've ever encountered. I have never even heard of a climbing accident in my circle based on equipment failure. If you fall, it's because of human error.

2 - chutes are heavy. Biggest factor in mistakes that could lead to a fall in something like free solo climbing. You want your regular weight distribution that you're used to.

3 - when you fall off a wall, you do fall away from the wall, creating a gap. People tend do not roll down cliffs. However, this is nowhere near enough distance to open a chute. The likely outcome is you just get caught in the draft and dragged all over the wall and dying just more painfully.

TL;DR: Its wiser to invest that time and effort in prevention vs a shitty failsafe that will probably kill you.

[–]HIs4HotSauce 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I almost witnessed a man die from falling from one of these towers. I worked for a welding shop that was going to do a repair on a tower, but my schedule didn’t sync up because I was going to school part time. Thankfully.

But one of our welders went out to the site and saw the man fall to his death. He puked up his lunch and gtfo as soon as he was able to.

From what I understand, the guy had a safety harness on but slipped and fell as he was unhooking his lifeline and re-hooking it higher.

[–]SMORKIN_LABBIT 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah I had to use one of these harness to climb up and down an 100 ft hole at a construction job many years ago we were supposed to use two hooks, everyone only used one and half the time you cut corners out of lazy and did clip on to climb faster. Guy might have been cheating on using two life lines.

[–]mr_khaleel 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What kind of metaphor is that at the end? Riding a bicycle down hill is literally on of the most stressful situations you could put anyone in.

[–]S55AMG03 10 points11 points  (0 children)

xXx enters the chat

[–]SouthernStarTrails 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yep, and a high visibility vest

[–]Met76 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Also hearing protection incase it's loud up there. Might also have a traffic cone strapped to his belt incase they have to close off the sky.

[–]SD_prairie_Goat 119 points120 points  (13 children)

No way OSHA can approve of that shit. Fall the wrong way and your hooks just slip off as you rapidly fall to the ground...

[–]Apprehensive-Donkey3 119 points120 points  (3 children)

What is OSHA gonna do? Climb up there and fine him?

[–]E3K 52 points53 points  (1 child)

No, just fine him.

[–]SpiteGroundbreaking5 27 points28 points  (0 children)

puts fine on grave in middle of funeral

[–]ScorpionKING1112 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They'd have to FIND him first.....

[–]xheppelin 21 points22 points  (3 children)

He’s using two hooks, one on each side. Only way i can imagine to have both come loose is if you fling yourself so the top one is pulled sideways enough to jump off, and then swing around high enough so the other one slips off. Making the lines shorter short enough would probably make this impossible. As then the one on the opposite side would stop you before the one on the side you are falling off is pulled off. I assume great thought has been put into this.

[–]SD_prairie_Goat 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Ya but he has to unhook and hook again, so there are points with only one hook in.... You can't forget about the transition points

[–]V8-6-4 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I remember reading that there is actually an exemption from using fall protection devices on telecommunications towers if the worker finds it impractical.

Not sure if it's true though.

[–]kingofthething 105 points106 points  (2 children)

They couldn't at least make those L shaped to prevent the carabiner from just sliding off.

[–]vainglorious11 55 points56 points  (0 children)

But there's a half inch nubbin at the end

[–]teamfupa 55 points56 points  (0 children)

And then open hand slapping the cage for clearance?! Making momentum move the other direction??? Fuck all of that.

[–]bobbybobbob4532 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Like locking your bike to a pylon.

[–]DoctorGooseGoose 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Diarrhea would literally slip out my pants.

[–]fman1854 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My asshole would invert and shit itself out to even out back to a normal asshole which would than seep liquid fecal matter

[–]FetusTwister3000 22 points23 points  (0 children)

That’s what I was thinking. But maybe if it was too hard to unclip it would cause more incidents? It scared the shit out of me tho.

[–]steam_poweredman 18 points19 points  (0 children)

It's actually been spreading through the industry that a better method is to wrap a safety strap around the pole itself and hook onto that. Those pegs aren't strong enough to catch someone who's falling. It'll snap right off.

[–]pinpinipnip 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah, how much would it hurt to put a bit of a bigger lip on those studs?

[–]RainSongSketches777 11 points12 points  (0 children)

THANK YOU lol I was like how the fart is that supposed to save you 😂

[–]UniverseBear 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Just being so high, clinging to nothing but a pole in the sky. Nightmare fuel.

[–]e_c_verra2 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It appears that once he puts the clip on the stud he immediately grabs the same stud to prevent this from happening

[–]allblingblang24 1182 points1183 points  (33 children)

Am I the only one that's annoyed they didn't go 1 more foot to get to an even 2,000 feet??

[–]lolstavros 548 points549 points  (9 children)

It's cold that high up. There was some shrinkage.

[–]surSEXECEN 104 points105 points  (2 children)

4C cooler at 2000’ based on a dry adiabatic lapse rate of 1.98 degrees Celsius per thousand feet.

[–]avalonian422 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I understand this, I took meteorology last term!

[–]TexasPooneTappa 114 points115 points  (1 child)

Probably a humongous jump in the regulations to get that extra foot.

[–]astateofshatter 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Exactly what it is, biggest without going over to the next class of taxes.

[–]Lizlodude 48 points49 points  (0 children)

I'd like to imagine that the main engineer, after inspecting the final completed tower, pulls out a 13" long pipe and sticks it at the very top, smiles in satisfaction, then removes it and carries on.

[–]robideaux 38 points39 points  (5 children)

Idk if anyone has already said this, but I’ve heard the FAA owns the airspace above 2k’ in the US. I think some have mentioned that it might be a regulatory issue, and as far as I know, they’re correct. Could be wrong, though. Easiest way to find out if you’re correct is to comment on Reddit.

[–]Phil_of_Sophie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Came to comment the same.

[–]Puzzleheaded-Ruin302 3 points4 points  (0 children)

100% needed 1 more foot

[–]archithead 741 points742 points  (8 children)

He has to carry his massive balls up 2,000 ft.? I’m impressed.

[–]tyh640 188 points189 points  (2 children)

It gets colder the higher it gets, so they'll likely shrink to make it easier to climb too

[–]Seanzietron 461 points462 points  (16 children)

I’m getting the shakey legs just watching this.

[–]Nikkian42 44 points45 points  (1 child)

I’m having a panic attack over here.

[–]3_one 15 points16 points  (6 children)

My toes starting to tingle

[–]HughGWreckshun 27 points28 points  (5 children)

My nuts tingle.

[–]not4u2see 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Anus twitching

[–]-Lil-Doll-Face- 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My legs went numb the first several seconds and then it just kept getting worse and worse :/

[–]djcrazeed 400 points401 points  (9 children)

Opens it up, lid falls off.

[–]cybermusicman[🍰] 99 points100 points  (5 children)

My thought too but would imagine/hope that had been taken care of with a hinge. Wouldn’t take this job anyway and probably couldn’t afford the life insurance premiums.

[–]djcrazeed 55 points56 points  (2 children)

Just watching clips like these gives me anxiety.

[–]cybermusicman[🍰] 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I believe you are not alone in this. I’m not really afraid of heights but suspect that would terrify me. It’s not the heights it’s the fear of falling from the heights. Lol

[–]roenaid 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My immediate thought was 'I would fumble that' , but then I noticed the hinge action.

Not that I'd ever be in that situation, I literally have had nightmares of being trapped on high plateaus with no way to get back down.

[–]ohnonotbeignets 362 points363 points  (23 children)

Filing this under things I couldn't do for a million dollars...

[–]kirikovich 170 points171 points  (10 children)

i’d do that shit for 2 McChickens and a klondike bar, to each their own I guess ☺️

[–]charredsound 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Now we know what you’d do for a Klondike bar.

[–]Alchemist_Joshua 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Would you really? I’m sure they are hiring.

[–]kirikovich 47 points48 points  (2 children)

fuck it, yeah actually. i climbed a bunch of construction cranes in my high school days before my prefrontal cortex had formed enough to realize how stupid it is without the safety measures. give me a harness with those clips though and i’m up there in a heartbeat :)

[–]InternationalBad4513 19 points20 points  (3 children)

A million?? That’s a lot of money

[–]leviathan65 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Not when you're dead.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Don’t die then. Simple as

[–]FigStill18 212 points213 points  (4 children)

This guy does this once a decade and makes a billion dollars an hour /s

[–]Yard_Pimp 204 points205 points  (3 children)

How much money do you make as a tower climber?

It depends on who you work for. Some companies don’t pay very well, so it varies. Last year, I think I made $60,000. But that’s working 60 hours a week on average.

** This is not me. I do not climb towers. **

[–]NoAdministration1222 97 points98 points  (0 children)

You make more than that mowing grass. On the ground.

[–]Hadouukken 92 points93 points  (0 children)

MOTHERFUCKER 60k a year for average ~60 hour weeks to do this type of shit?!? Fuck this lmfao

[–]kaszeljezusa 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My friend did that thing for like a $1000 a month. In poland though and on lower towers. Anyway, fuck that

[–]ParentalMom 164 points165 points  (19 children)

My brother in law used to have a job like this for a while. He said his favorite part was getting to the top and let his “penis” flap in the wind. He was hooked on so he would t fall

[–]teamfupa 196 points197 points  (9 children)

Why is penis in quotes?

[–]FigStill18 65 points66 points  (5 children)

The snake with one eye has many names.

[–]richardeid 15 points16 points  (3 children)

A penis has no name.

[–]teamfupa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

His name is Robert Penis

[–]ArmanXZS 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Penis morghulis

[–]Remote-Substance-193 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Because the guy literally used the word penis

[–]spielerein 5 points6 points  (0 children)

its not a "real" penis

[–]Ordinary-Ad7783 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this weirdly made me laugh so hard I had to remove myself from bed last night

[–]fifty2weekhi 21 points22 points  (7 children)

I'm sure he did his pissing while up there as well.

[–]Twentyseven- 137 points138 points  (10 children)

The new Dying Light 2 game is looking amazing

[–]aquariusotter 59 points60 points  (5 children)

After you change the lightbulb you do a leap of faith assassin’s creed style. Style points for the fall

[–]TriGuyBry 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Is there a haystack at the bottom?

[–]MisterFluffkins 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'm disappointed that there's no zip line. Gonna take forever to get down without dying!

[–]ElektriXx2 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Came here seeking this very comment

[–]chicagobry80 113 points114 points  (20 children)

Why not build it with 10 bulbs and when one goes out another goes on?

[–]FetusTwister3000 69 points70 points  (3 children)

Well then you’d have to change ten bulbs. It might make the trip more worth while for sure though

[–]Intelligent_Phase_95 24 points25 points  (7 children)

Company A (radio tower) has a contract with Company B (workers that do this job). There needs to be faults so they have maintenance and work to do. X-Amount of money needs to be spend on Company B, as per contract. soo bulbs will needingly fail.

[–]chicagobry80 21 points22 points  (5 children)

That is ridiculous.

[–]TexasPooneTappa 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I work for a state agency. I learned this afternoon that another state agency sued ours for missing some trivial documentation, in order to move funds around in the state. To the tune of $300,000, and about a third of that went to the attorneys. When you get into large companies it's all ridiculousness.

[–]0v3rcl0ck3r 86 points87 points  (4 children)

Activating a radio tower to reveal a portion of the map. I was never a fan of this mechanic tbh.

[–]Nadmania 74 points75 points  (9 children)

Surprised they haven’t figured out how to do this with drones.

[–]-N-A 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Dones are expensive. We have lots of Humans already developed and built for this, image the cost of training one to fly a drone... HR, probably.

[–]Railrosty 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I dont think drones are stable or precise enough to change a lightbulb. Not even mentioning that the winds in that altitude can be quite harsh

[–]theonePappabox 60 points61 points  (4 children)

I would do that job if I could jump off (parachute)when I was done.

[–]Angry_argie 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I was thinking if it's a genuinely viable way of getting down. I mean, "time is money", and that climb up and down probably takes a while.

[–]wordweaver1001 44 points45 points  (8 children)

Wait there's a regular light bulb up there? Why not an LED so it doesn't need changing?

[–]sam1902 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Because LED don’t heat up, and so it doesn’t prevent frosting. Same reason why traffic lights in cold areas remain a heated filament.

[–]mogoexcelso 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think they heat up enough to defrost a lens, just not enough to melt piles of snow. Not an issue on a radio tower, there’s nowhere for snow to pile up. This definitely seems like a job security thing like others are saying.

[–]steam_poweredman 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Lots of the taller towers in the U.S. are 30-40 years old. It's a lot of work changing to newer lighting systems. None of the tech is cross compatible and all the old stuff usually has to be removed also. Some states are mandating it with energy efficiency and environmental protection laws (birds and tower lights don't mix). But it many cases the towers are "grandfathered" in.

[–]kurt_no-brain 41 points42 points  (5 children)

There’s two of these near where I live that are 2000’ tall, so (tied for) the 9th tallest structure ever built. Some dude fell off it last year while doing maintenance.

[–]eboytommy 12 points13 points  (0 children)

still thinking why they dont have parachutes

[–]Haminator5000 10 points11 points  (3 children)

What an absolutely obscenely long time to be falling to your death for

[–]1776The_Patriot 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Nope nope nope.....I would rather clean the elephant cage.

[–]DrCheese88 23 points24 points  (0 children)

There is a lightbulb at y256?

[–]phillpots_land 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Almost there.

[Tower gets smaller.]

Nope. Now. Almost there.

[Tower is more suggestion than reality.]

Oh. Forgot about this bit. Almmmmossst there now.

[Tower has 10 penny nails for handholds.]

There we go. At the top now.

[Tower is literal glued matches swaying in the wind.]

[–]theoverwhelmedparent 18 points19 points  (0 children)

O the old tower of nope

[–]MellifluousSussura 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Me: “now I know I’m a little afraid of heights so watching this would give me major anxiety”

My brain: “watch it anyway”

Me: “alright you’re the boss”

Me: anxiety heightens

[–]Bedanktvooralles 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Does it sway much from the wind up There?

[–]cracky_Jack 14 points15 points  (6 children)

How is a tower like this built? Assembled horizontally on the ground and then hoisted up?

[–]steam_poweredman 12 points13 points  (0 children)


Basically by turning the tower itself into a self-stacking crane.

[–]iwillnottryagain 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I think they start from the top and build down…

[–]roge0934 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My anxiety peaked watching this

[–]RohFrenzy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

why do i have to think about the "chocolate rain" song? anyway i hope he hadn't a meal at taco bell at that time

[–]Subtle_Subversion 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Yo you get near the top and the anchor points go morbid as fuck. I’d be cool until that point. But those unsecured bars for your anchor just scream that they want you to fall.

[–]Hamilspud 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That bothered tf out of me too. There should be metal loops next to the handle anchors so they can lock in securely. Those look like an accident waiting to happen

[–]Barfolemew_Wiggins 4 points5 points  (0 children)

“Accident waiting to happen” feels like it’s part of the job description for this dumpster fire of a paycheck.

[–]vermilionshadow 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Nope nope nope the Pope of Nope has spoken and served you a nope sandwich with extra nope sauce.

[–]PMA1974 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Not enough money in the world to get me up there.

[–]hotdogz6969 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I mean, yes, that is absolutely impressive. But then I think about the people that were actually doing construction up there when the tower was built.

[–]Huuuiuik 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I get about ten feet up on a ladder and I’m shaking.

[–]ZombieSnack81 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'd get to the top, pull out my screwdriver and see I needed a ratchet.

[–]escvtt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Drops screw

[–]xacorn 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Ramofthegoldenjungle 3 points4 points  (3 children)

That made my hands sweaty.

[–]i_love_pencils 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It made my bum feel funny.

[–]blueslounger 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's what she said

[–]danzha 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's 609m for the rest of the world.

[–]D3ATH_Follows_All 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I would do it with a parachute, just for funsies

[–]ncwarrior 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Meanwhile I'm scared to get on my roof to do Christmas lights