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Using a piece of cardboard to direct the flow of concrete

Using a piece of cardboard to direct the flow of concrete

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RedRedditor84

100% he's the new kid.


infectedtwin

Absolutely. The concrete trucks have extenders for the “slide” that the concrete is coming out of. You can get up 10-15’ away from the truck. They are not even close to fully extended.


ltamikey

"Chutes" we say.. they interlock on the ends. Just slap another on and boom, extra 4 ft


rukiddingmeagain

Chutes and Losers - - Milton Bradley


RapperKid31

Yess! Someone understands hahaha


ancientflowers

And if you've ever even scooped just a shovel full of concrete, you'd know that cardboard wouldn't hold it.


Kenichi_Smith

That shit is HEAVY. That guy is lucky the took it that slow probably to prank the poor kid, thankfully they did though because he would have been extra squished


Nekrophyle

Though I will confirm, from embarrassingly personal experience, that you can take at least a couple of seconds of full bore concrete pour to the shoulder without any permanent physical damage. Don't recommend it though.


XxRocky88xX

For some reason people think that if something is liquefied then inherent properties like it’s weight will change


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marioshroomer

I'm feeling "fully extended"


Redtwooo

I haven't even begun to extend.


EnderTheTrender

This guy has a 5-star concrete pouring service.


guitnut

Definitely a noob.


-luckycharms

He absolutely got convinced it would work


DoctorMelvinMirby

Right? Doesn't even know to use the heavy cardstock


mapp2000

You have to fold it like a taco first.


[deleted]

Given the right cardboard this would absolutely work folded like a taco or even better with two folds giving it a small maybe 6” across flat area to fall on to. \- spent some time as a laborer in stone masonry. Little different from concrete work but cardboard is used often. You always have it on hand. You wouldn’t typically use it doing something like this but hey, sometimes you gotta work with what you’ve got.


xDh20

thats work place bully right


YeahWhatOk

Totally the new kid. And here’s some advice for all the other new kids out there…always play along with this stuff, even if you know the joke. Barring something that will get you hurt or fired, this kind of stupid bullshit is right of passage, team building and morale boosting.


unpopularpopulism

Yeah, I don't want to work with people who want to pour concrete on my head as a joke or right of passage, team building, or to boost their morale. If you have to play along with a joke like this to make other people happy then you should look into other options imo.


BoneBreaker-

I don’t agree with that advice. Just cause you’re a new kid doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be given respect because you refuse to play along with bs. In fact have the balls to stand up and draw your boundaries. If you’re cool with this kind of stuff then play ball but if you’re not don’t let someone tell you you should play along because they want you to so they could have fun


ILikeCatIceCream

Obviously.


karmacarmelon

I'd like to think it was the idea of the guy in the hole and everyone else was like "no way that's going to work" so he jumped in to prove them right.


PlatypusOfWallStreet

I think this is the guys fucking with him.


cornbadger

That is the only thing that makes sense.


Wanderer-Wonderer

He couldn’t find the *sky hook* or the *board stretcher* so they made him the *mud director.*


Lifted_Hippie

“Jimmy! Go get me a bucket of steam!”


pinkfootthegoose

don't forget the can of back blast and some short line.


CowHoneythistle

Looks like we're going to need some diesel spark plugs, or striped paint, eye measure, or a long weight


Redtwooo

You want the left handed screwdrivers and the blinker fluid too?


chefhj

I once asked my younger cousin to get me some blinker fluid from oreilly that mfer came out with a bottle of visine


keeperofthecrypto

This is a highly underrated comment


4MEBYME4U

You will find it next to the elbow grease, left handed ladle, right handed hammer and right handed nails


SorryScratch2755

crew chief to airman"go to that hanger,and get a bucket of prop-wash"!


Tar_alcaran

Ill bite, what's short line?


pinkfootthegoose

something that doesn't exist.. like a box of grid squares.


rdicky58

Really? I thought that was Chex cereal?


Wetbung

Short lines are smaller railroads that run shorter distances and connect shippers with the larger freight rail network.


GibsonAleph

Water hammer.


usrevenge

I love this one because it's a real thing we deal with at work. It's obviously not an object but a reaction


Tar_alcaran

Grid square, back blast and flight lines are real things too, just not physical objects that come in boxes.


Lord_Derpenheim

My favourite is a bag of exhaust.


VijaySwing

Fetch my breast plate stretcher!


Mrofcourse

Next they’ll send him to the supply house for an ID10T.


ID10-T

Please don’t send him to my house


Back_to_the_Futurama

I looked for ID10T wire for 45 minutes when I was in electrical. A bucket of ohms was an honorable mention but I caught on by then.


Spidergawd68

Or a PEN15


irnbru83

He's now ready to join the oilfield. He'll definitely find the key to the V door, and maybe calibrate the sheave wheel.


Psychic_rock

Fools errands. They know no industry, the greenhorns of every job are never safe from them.


rawrpixelkitten

Find the box of A.I.R. (this obviously works better when spoken)


Embarrassed-Ad-1639

Left handed screwdriver


SuperDizz

Definitely the new guy getting hazed


crushedredpartycups

for sure


Staaaaation

https://www.reddit.com/r/messingwiththenewguy/


Ebenizer_Splooge

Yeah, this screams something you ask the apprentice to do hoping they're new enough to not know it's dumb lol


blarghed

Now he gets his 3rd degree burns on this back to mark him being one of the guys now.


[deleted]

Yeah, lots of people might not know concrete is *caustic as hell*


NefariousPilot

But it looks more like they were shitting on him


ffreshcakes

often times lessons are best retained via trial and error


__removed__

Concrete is extremely heavy. 150 pounds per cubic foot. A 5-gallon orange bucket from Home Depot is 0.98 cubic feet. So one bucket of concrete is 150 pounds! There's no way cardboard was going to work. Why were they filming? Because they all knew. Maybe the guy in the hole was new.


Thor7891

Wow I didn't know it weighed that much, I remember my days laboring doing stucco being hard but that's more than I would have guessed!


Lucid-Design

Fuck stucco. I absolutely hate it and I’ve never had displeasure of actually working with it


Relative_Spring_9445

Agreed. I also think the guy in the hole was under the impression the cardboard would be supporting the tube, which the guy sets on the ground right before they let the concrete rip


Redtwooo

Still, if that pipe holds 3 5-gallon buckets worth at a time, that's almost 500 pounds of concrete he'd be holding up as it flows through. He obviously didn't think this through.


klew3

It's 7.48 gallons per cu ft so a 5 gallon bucket is 0.67 cu ft. Also the unit weight of non-reinforced concrete is generally 145 pcf.


Nooms88

Definitely, that's why it's being filmed.


bananahammerredoux

Guy getting the orange tube to do the same job: “alright, I wanna see where this goes”


jimothy_halpert1

“Hey new guy, get down in the pit and hold this box over your head.”


An_aussie_in_ct

pretty sure this is a workplace hazing you always give the new guy


jeffreywilfong

This is right after he had to go get a bucket of steam


Stalwart_Vanguard

And a long stand


ubermidget1

And some striped paint.


CouchTatoe

Don't forget, you have to shake the paint can till you can't hear the little ball rattle anymore


Thatstoneguy420

And a stone stretcher


Big_Jerm21

Funny story... we did this to a new guy, but it was the board stretcher. We had the manual rebar buster bolted to a 2 x 12. We were setting sidewalk forms, and the 2 x 4 to tie in was about a foot short. So we send the guy, yelling to hustle the whole time, to get the board stretcher. 20 min later, he comes back with the bar buster unbolted from the 2 x 12...


StaysAwakeAllWeek

Can you un-jargon this anecdote for us non construction folks


motoman861

They made a guy run around looking for something that doesn't exist and he came back with something lol


Striker654

Board stretcher: made up tool Manual rebar buster: basically big bolt cutters 2x12 and 2x4: measurement for a wooden board Sidewalk forms: walls/borders to shape where concrete gets poured for sidewalks


Tar_alcaran

>Board stretcher: made up tool Usually alleged to be a tool to stretch out wooden boards that are just slightly too short. As anyone who has ever seen wood knows, it's not known for its stretching properties.


Xevailo

>As anyone who has ever seen wood knows, it's not known for its stretching properties. That's why the board stretcher exists in the first place, but you gotta make sure it's the right one or else it stretches the board too long and it thins out


Big_Jerm21

You almost gotta commend him though... if there was ever a right answer to a sarcastic question. This was about 25 years ago. I don't remember if he stayed long or not. I got the hell out of concrete about 15 years ago.


Thatstoneguy420

You know right then whether or not they’re gonna last


maddwarfmatt

That's something my dad taught me young, always come back with something, even if it's the wrong thing.


Coca-Kohli

Hah, reminds me of the time I was training a new optician and told him to go ask the doctor if he had "two meters of fallopian tube."


BearfangTheGamer

"I couldn't find a bored stretcher so I brought this unamused yoga instructor. Is that close enough?"


Lucid-Design

Bucket of steam got a laugh outta me


Rasputin0P

And the bucket to catch sparks, gotta recycle them you know.


ConvictedConvict

lmao they even have the extension piece right there, note the dude in black just watching and waiting.


The-True-Kehlder

That orange tube is part of what they're constructing, you can see another in the hole below.


FlacidSalad

All fun and games until the new guy's neck is bending the wrong way because cement is just liquid rock and heavy as fuck


Sheepsheepsleep

Then you continue pouring and act like the new guy never showed up for work.


mrstipez

"Am I doin it?! I can't see"


djhamilton

Reminds me of sending the new guy to the shop next door, both him and i where hungry. Asked him to fetch us "4 skin pies" and also to get the long stand he has been promising us.


Discuss2discuss

At the very least he should bend the cardboard, the curve makes it stiffer. _Don't trust me, I am not an engineer._ Edit: I love how this inspired talks about pizza. Thank you Reddit.


TacoPi

[More info](https://abakcus.com/article/how-a-19th-century-math-genius-carl-friedrich-gauss-taught-us-the-best-way-to-hold-a-pizza-slice/)


super_dog17

Of course it was Gauss. That man *loved* curves.


NABAKLAB

sigh. *unzips*


penismasher

There’s strength in arches


Discuss2discuss

Seeing your comment along with your username, I'm not sure what you're referring to.


AudatiousXtreme

*should*


rohliksesalamem

[source](https://youtu.be/gi-TBlh44gY)


pizzafourlife

hey its that guy who caught a spy over a 75 cent data charge!


HellsFrogs

Yes a curve will.


Tyrus

Gaussian curvature


ENFJ-A

Upvoted because pizza


EnvironmentalAd4617

Looks like a first day/week prank on the new kid to me? When I started work at 16 (spray powder paint factory) I got asked to go find “Sky Hooks” by one of the old fellas busting my chops. I looked for half an hour before they put me out my misery. Six months later I asked the new kid to “go to the equipment shed for a long stand” he worked it out after 20 minutes looking! I’ve seen this allot especially on building sites. Teaching us all two things, people are dicks and don’t be a chump!


slade797

Board stretcher.


SolidGummyLogic

Hey man, plywood is expensive these days..


krillpeep

Excellent laugh


Wimbleston

As a ex concrete guy I can confirm, they do silly things sometimes. Interesting note, these guys were super dumb, that concrete was going down the chute at a snail's pace, if they had any hope of this working it needed several gallons of water to thin it out until it could flow a bit better. In case you're wondering how they *should* do it, the truck should have more lengths of chute that slip on to that one. You lengthen the chute until you can pour directly in, if you don't have enough chute you need a beautiful piece of equipment called a pump truck.


bofhsp

Ahh the pump! Yeah, is that extra? Then I'll stick with this cardboard.


Wimbleston

Lol for real idk why they didn't lay some boards across the gap and do small wheelbarrow loads (yes pushing a wheelbarrow full of concrete over a 2x8 is legitimately something people do, what OSHA doesn't know won't hurt them)


drunk0Nwater

That would fuckin suck. Especially with those dumb ass drivers that insist on filling up the wheelbarrow to damn near the brim instead of 3/4 of the way


Wimbleston

I had to do that, running wheelbarrows over frameworks of 2x4's in a basement over rebar, in 30+ C weather.


pizzafourlife

quit sweating into the concrete, it'll weaken it!


Fozzymandius

That’s when you dump it on their feet. The truck drivers love doing that to new guys as well.


holla_snackbar

lol my first thought, like he's only got one chute on and they normally carry 4 extensions. they had to be fucking with him


Wimbleston

I've seen them running as few as two extensions but I was working in a pretty rural area


holla_snackbar

you need three to four to do ground work like side walks and shit and nobody pays for a pump truck for that unless its inaccessible. this dude is set up for a wheel barrow pour, I do think that one guy was coming around with that extra pipe section to micky mouse something maybe so it maybe wasn't a joke, idk. stupid ass way to get concrete burns that's for sure.


Wimbleston

Depending on the mix concrete doesn't always burn, I know I took a few dunks and never had anything to show for it, lotta splatter gets ya no matter what you wear.


eroggen

"IS IT WORKING?"


probablystuff

Yep this was a haze.


Roook36

Ok paper and cardboard didn't work. We go up one more level. Balsa wood.


BobbyHillGeneBelcher

Trying to get that workmens comp


nmj19

This is a new Technology .. they are testing that 😂


de_vel_oper

The guy underneath lol. Id say it's the equivalent to being shitted on by an elephant.


Tar_alcaran

Have a lot of experience with that?


BWWFC

guy is so dense he'd sink in concrete


uzumaki42

I love that the guy bringing the tube saw him and was just like "ehh, I'll let him figure it out"


folkkingdude

“Oh, we’re doing *this*”


burlapseer

'Hey uh, Jim, you mind grabbing me the blinker fluid to top if off?' A tale as old as time.


Jamvaan

This is a great clip in misdirection, I thought they were gonna use that big brown tube to direct the flow of concrete, I didn't see the guy in the hole until it started hitting him.


Meislmalkav

Engeenir!


DatGoofyGinger

r/messingwiththenewguy


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TaiAnh

That's how you'll get burried alive


ZhahnDoe

"Let's put that new guy, Bob, in the pit this morning with this piece of cardboard, and tell him its the way to funnel concrete into the form."


MetalMan77

OSHA has entered the chat


nmorgan123

I worked enough construction jobs in college to know they are just screwing with the new guy/apprentice. Screwing with each other is how men bond.


Norfolkpine

Dude in the pit was the new guy. I laughed because I was that guy once, and was put in a similar position for the lols. It does serve to form bonds among workers though, so all good.


Ziikou

It looks like the rest of the guys are fucking with him, he could be new!


Gunzby

Despite popular opinion, concrete is actually quite heavy.


420dodrugs69

Hahahaha the other guy walking over with the tube, seeing what's gonna go down, putting it down and just watching is perfect


jayharring

I'm pretty sure these are the guys who pored the building I'm working on.


HappyGav123

Pro tip: Concrete is heavier than cardboard.


Large-Statistician-3

If you’re going to be the new guy in construction, go watch every video like this on the internet. I see the crap all y’all put each other through as a project manager. This one is a little much haha


SufferG

One things for sure, the guy recording definitely knew what was going to happen.


Saibot-08

Tbf If he bended the cardboard it might have worked


Emergency_Aide633

Pretty sure this was just construction guys fucking with the new guy. It's pretty common stuff.


H8rH8sU

Why would they allow someone to stand under the pouring concrete. That’s gotta be a massive safety violation right?


nicktheking92

My question is, why is the new guy stupid enough to think it was going to work?


Modern-Otaku

Took me a moment to realize there was someone underneath that. That coulda sucked real hard


watercolorkiller

OSHA approved


Thehellpriest83

I mean ply wood is very expensive


scm64

Evolution hard at work there


pickaroon

Obviously not a concrete person.


ertgbnm

It's just liquid rock. Surely it will work!


MT_Flesch

folding it slightly might work better


wowsuchtitan

I'm pretty sure this was a prank lol


DaSasquatch

Seems like they're hazing the new guy. I bet the guy filming has been on the other end before lol


burf2500

I used to drive a concrete truck, and it's mind blowing how heavy that stuff is. There was a guy on a job I was at that was pushing a wheelbarrow about half way full of concrete, and when the wheelbarrow tipped over it completely whipped this dude over it like he was a rag doll. Obviously this kid got hazed because nobody in their right mind would think this was going to work.


blindhollander

This is 100% a new guy and his first time pouring concrete with them. Thanks for the new idea


Dense_Surround3071

You gotta bend the cardboard.


Legithuman14

It would’ve worked if he made the cardboard Like this V “Just pointing out the obvious”


the_dream_raper

I hope that was an apprentice


T0talCliche

Just put more chutes on the truck these guys are idiots


JookJook

Looks like they're just fucking with the new guy.


81amarok

My thoughts exactly. Not to mention we also carry chutes. Or use the backhoe, bobcat, or excavator in situations you can't get close enough. So many other than cardboard options. I however would not of stopped this from happening lol.


zadharm

Once upon a time I worked around concrete guys a lot (did a lot of form work and later rod busting) and man I refuse to believe everyone on that site didn't know this was going to happen. I'd almost guarantee this was a "hey, new guy!" type thing. Concrete's so unforgiving of fuck ups that I'm sure most of these dudes know better if they've got any experience at all. "Would not stop it from happening" is exactly what happened, I bet.


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This is got to be a prank or some shit. Driver was probably just told to start pouring and like most of us just shrugged his shoulders and said 'you're the boos!' Or it's literally hus every first day


angrymoose1

I think the driver was in on it because he barely started the flow and turned it off pretty quickly.


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RoundTableOfGentlemn

At least it was slow so the guy wasn't in up to his knees in a minute.


loudflower

Well thank god, I thought the guy was gonna slip and fall into that tunnel.


Zuegma197777

Idk why I thought the title meant that it worked... I guess I have hope.


Anjelikka

Maybe take a step back, pal


whitecorn

Well, that didn't work. -Them probably.


TarzanSawyer

Liquid =/= light or soft. Dude would've been lucky to walk away with a concussion and he got away with ruined pants.


marmarlili

You get that on the big jobs..


wishiwasdeaddd

I DIDN'T SEE THE PERSON UNTIL CONCRETE WAS FALLING DIRECTLY ON HIS HEAD WTFFFFF


Spawn-

The truck usually comes with more attachable pieces to direct the flow so this is just 85% hazing


0101101010101011

My concrete truck has three more chutes that you can put on, reaches 18'. What kinda dumb ass truck is that?


[deleted]

Lazy driver doesn't even have any extra chutes on...


HalfOrcMonk

I feel like he's not n the union.


Direct-Comment2817

Looked good on paper


Weekly-Butterscotch6

No problem really, cardboard - strong like steel 🤣


J_Sanchez1970

Thats a headache…


Hornet_Critical

This is actually what you’re supposed to do in some scenarios. Just not with a flimsy ass piece like that.


TripleHelixx

As a construction worker, these things would be handled by a concrete pumping truck with long hose on a big crane. If ypu can save half an hour of shoveling, its worth paying a hundred bucks more to have it delivered safely and quickly.


csf_2020

I bet he crossed Putin and they're now trying to bury him alive.


Late_Emu

/u/Jesterflesh


BatAsko

I have seen some.stupid shit but this...


[deleted]

That’s how I shit when I have too much dairy.


P3pp3rM1nt8utl3r

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FoxKitSmith

Wait so concrete is heavy?


AsianAmerica

OMG 😱


CaptainTarantula

He was smart to keep holding it.


tricki_ti

And the other guy just bought the thing could work and yet... 🤣