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For those who don't know of this man, this is (was) Fred Dibnah, an engineer, steeplejack, raconteur and all-round good egg. (He died with his feet firmly on the ground, not too long ago, RIP Fred).

When you consider that he is an old-fella' he certainly knows how to climb these monolths. With pipe or ciggy in hand he could wrap a platform around a chimney single handedly in under an hour (well, I made the last bit up but hey, who cares!) Watch him with the Iron Tie Rods ...

Hope people find this interesting. (I love stuff like this)

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Added: Jan-4-2009 
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  • Voted. These are real people with real assets. These people should be watched instead of B Spears, Trump, or other farm chicken individuals.

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  • I was amazed when his house did not sell....


    FRED Dibnah%u2019s historic home went under the hammer in front of a packed auction house %u2014 but failed to attract a single bid.

    It was a case of %u201Cgoing, going, but not gone%u201D for the three-bedroom Victorian Gothic gatehouse.

    Estate agents Miller Metcalfe, which held yesterday%u2019s auction at the Pack Horse Hotel in Nelson Square in the town centre, set a guide price of 250,000 to 300,000.

    Introducing the property, auctioneer A More..

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  • wow, i could not do that i would be to scared, in fact i would not watch someone else do this job either because i would not want to watch them fall.

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  • his balls where bigger than that chimney, shame he died loved his shows and absolute legend, his last shot, a trip round the u.k on his engine ending up in london for his knighthood was great, i think i t was liver cancer that did the guy in the end, i wish id have met him.

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  • this still tightens the old scrotal sac ..

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  • It certainly does! My nads have hibernated. How can he just kneel on that corner as he's fixing the plank in place? Unbelievable.

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  • Amazing enginuity & stones the size of Kansas!

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  • Right near the end where he has just finished the corner boards (about9.08) he stands up with no safety support whatsover - made me feel quite all queasy!

    Fantastic character was Fred Dibnah - we salute you.

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  • He was a real charactor and is missed.

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  • I love the way he had a 'feel' for how to make things work, a true engineer.

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  • Thanks for this.. Fred Dibnah is one of my all time hero's he lived about 8 miles from me and i would see his traction engine going thru my village from time to time he was a true engineer .. RIP Fred a sad loss to the world

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  • it was easy to handle the heights as i was a kid.

    after 30 years of age i begun to get aerophobic.

    it's just a basic instinct, but funny how it changes as you get older or get used to it.

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  • legend

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  • Great vid , Thanks

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  • also this video is probably nearly 25-30 years old

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  • That's just awesome!

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  • I'd just use a big cherry picker!

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  • fred was the best, great clip thanks

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  • Do you know....He never used a safety harness.Quote: "If tha start using them things,then tha tends to become reckless".RIP Fred.

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  • Them were the days. Long before risk assessments and PPE. He'd never be allowed to do it these days. Real shame.

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  • Impressive.
    Thanks for posting.

    Reminds me of
    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=BvSNwQs_36Q

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  • Pretty cool stuff!! What do they do after the scaffolding is up? Re-point the brick? Maybe it's a silly question and I'm just not seeing it.

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    • he would either re-point it,brace the top with a couple of steel bands or do what he was famous for and that knock the thing down..he had 2 ways of doing, either knock it down brick by brink from the top or the spectacular way which was to set a massive fire at the base of the chimney,whiched weakened the brick cause the entire 300ft structure to fall down..

      theres videos on youtube of him doing that..

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    • Yes, probably. I remember this guy when I was a kid in the seventies. When he used to "down" a chimney he never used explosive. At the base he would chop out bricks, replacing them with wooden props. He would then build a fire and burn them out. And he could control the direction that the chimney fell.

      The guy was a hero to me and a lot of boys.

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    • Thanks for the info, I'll be checking that out. Like I said, purty cool stuff. I used a boatswains chair when I was in the Navy once, I was on a supply ship(USS Seattle AOE-3). We where unrepping and a destroyers bridge collided with the side of our ship and cut a big gouge in it. I had to hang over the side in the chair and weld as I "swung" by the gouge.
      Then they tied a rope to each side to try and hold me in place as I welded the gouge up. Still, rough sea's and all it was quite th More..

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    • Thanks for the info, I can see how he was a hero to you young lads. Pretty cool stuff.

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  • My stomach was twisting and turning just watching him. Thats got to take some serious muscle, respect to him.

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  • I have stood on a bosuns chair to change anchor lights at the top of sail boat masts.
    They tend to swing thru an arch as the boat moves on the water.
    73 feet was my top climb.
    I got an additional $10 bucks per climb.
    Freds feats of bravery are legend.

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  • I'm sure there is some Freudian angle to this man's behavior.

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