Excavating a basement is hard work as it is; consider attempting it with RC miniature construction machinery! Despite the challenge, one Canadian man has been at it for over 14 years, and the project is still not over. Meet Joe Murray, a farmer and RC miniature construction machinery enthusiast from Saskatchewan, Canada. Apparently, Joe Murray is in no rush to finish the excavation of his home’s basement!
Joe began the basement excavation in his house back in June 2005. At the start, he made use of a pickaxe and air chisel hammer. However, soon enough he acquired RC miniature construction machinery and put it to use instead of a hands-on approach. By 2010, he had a fleet of trucks and excavators do all of the excavation work for him allowing him to control the excavation of the basement from a distance. The problem with using RC miniature construction machinery for such a huge excavation problem is simply the fact that it requires a lot of time.
Joe Murray said, ‘What a better place to have an all-weather playground than under your house. It’s just a few steps away when I have time for it; it’s a comfy place to be when it’s -30C outside. I am in no hurry to finish.’ He recently posted a video on YouTube and his construction machinery is still working!
Joe began documenting the progress of his excavation project via YouTube in 2007. You can check out the progress he has made over the course of 12 years by checking his YouTube channel, LilGiantsConstrCo, out. Using RC miniature construction machinery to excavate a basement is counterproductive given that you are doing it as a job. But Joe Murray considers it a hobby, and while he knows that he can complete the project much faster by making use of advanced tools, he doesn’t want to.
Murray writes on his website, ‘The common misconception here is that the RC’s (radio-controlled scale models) are not here to excavate my basement, but rather the basement excavation project is here for the RCs.’