Man Documents Excavating His Basement With Nothing But Remote Controlled Cars For 14 Years

by Edmund

Excavating can be a tedious job that can take some time under normal circumstances but when being done with RC toys it can take a exceptionally long amount of time as one Canadian farmer found out.

In the early 2000s Joe Murray decided to excavate with RC toys down in his basement saying that for him it was a “hobby, my escape from everyday realities, nothing more”.

To some this over a decade long venture may seem ridiculous but Joe has said that this hobby has had many benefits for him.

The benefits of the RC excavation

“(I’ve got) greater dexterity in both hand and eye coordination,” he told News.com.au. “I can better judge accuracy at a good distance from me. I can mentally picture several different scenarios of how to best tackle a project, make a better plan for success lessening the chance of a costly failure.”
The benefits of the RC excavation

The work that's already been achieved.

Joe has estimated that the toys had moved about three cubic metres of soil each year. In late 2010 he acquired a 40kg (88lbs) JD850 excavator armed with an operating hydraulic pressure of nearly 400psi, going almost hands-free.

The work that's already been achieved.

The update videos.

Joe has posted various update videos over the years to a YouTube channel. The oldest video on the channel dates back to December 24th 2007 and the latest one (as of the time this is written) was posted on February 3rd 2019. The channel has over 10 thousand subscribers and has accumulated over 6.3M views.

The update videos.

What will be next.

The farmer states that after he is done with the basement he will move on to the barn.

“The one thing I’m looking forward to about the barn is the much bigger area and it’s flat too, which will work better for bigger, more powerful R/C models”
What will be next.

The work in progress.

The work in progress.

Moving the dirt

Moving the dirt

A look at how the excavation was achieved.

A look at how the excavation was achieved.

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