By Jeff Moore
If you need a bit of excavation done in your basement, are in no hurry to get it done and prefer it done with model excavators and equipment remotely controlled by a guy in Canada, by all means read on.
Since 1997, Joe from Saskatchewan has been excavating his basement with remote controlled, scale construction equipment, moving about eight to nine cubic feet of earth each year. He has been using scale tractors, back hoes and rock crushers. When a back hoe has loaded a truck, the truck moves up a spiral ramp to a basement window and dumps the soil outside, where he uses scale bulldozers to compact this pile of excavated soil.
If you have a few days, you can watch his progress via pictures and videos he’s posted on a 54-page thread he started in 2007 at scale4x4rc.org forums. He documents his progress using different types of scale construction equipment/vehicles and excavation and hauling techniques.
Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He once used this method to tunnel out of prison.