Made in China

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Jo da Plumbr, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    From the folks who make our kids' toys and want to sell us our next car computer . . . and gun




    YES, IT IS A 13 STORY BUILDING LYING FLAT ON THE GROUND.




    First, the apartment building was constructed

    They built 13 stories on grade, with no basement, and tied it all down to hollow pilings with no rebar.

    Then the plan called for an underground garage to be dug out.
    The excavated soil was piled up on the other side of the building.

    Heavy rains resulted in water seeping into the ground..

    The building began to shift and the concrete pilings were snapped
    due to the uneven lateral pressures.

    The building began to tilt.

    And thus came the eighth wonder of the world.
     

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  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I'd be a bit nervous if i was in the nextdoor, identical building. :eek:

    A buddy in Memphis spent about a year in China working and explained that most people still get by with just space heaters. He was not a fan of their apartments, even some that belonged to people who were well-connected.

    It occurs to me that 13 may not have been the optimal number of floors.
     
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  3. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    HAHA
    we asians do things that one would never thought possible...even the stupid stuff
    At least we know we can make indestructible apartment buildings...that thing is still pretty much intact :rolleyes:
     
  4. skullcrusher

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    I was thinking they could just pick it up, put in some drainage and set it back down good as new. :)
     
  5. SigGambler

    SigGambler New Member

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    That's kinda what I said after I said "WTF!"
     
  6. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Now THAT I would like to see! :D
     
  7. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    probably could do it in record time too :p
     
  8. TheOldMan

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    It looks like it could work though. I mean, check out the windows, they're still intact also.
     
  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Or they could just advertise a "floor plan with a unique point of view" and "cathedral ceilings". :D
     
  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    A little duct tape bailing wire and bondo and it will look good as new.
     
  11. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Not broken apart, just as Skullcrusher said, pick it up and use it.

    Hey Jo da plumbr, have you seen what the Canadians see?
     

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  12. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Maybe they could just put doors on the side and rearrange the floor plan?

    bazzarro!!
     
  13. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Yeah we saw this in a couple of our structural engineering (carpenter version) classes. It actually wasn't caused entirely by an engineering mistake. It was also due to p!ss poor planning and building location.

    Notice in picture 4 the huge pile of dirt that is in the front of the shot. That was actually the result of an ongoing excavation for an underground parking garage. Yes, believe it or not the parking garage was being constructed after the majority of the building was completed.

    The removal and placement of the 100's of tons of dirt in conjunction with the high moisture content (note the wet conditions) resulted in the building beginning to sink. It never really just "fell over" that's why it doesn't appear to be in bad shape.

    If you look at picture 2 I believe it displays a river in close proximity in the background. (poor soil)

    Also look at the piers at the base of the building they appear to be hollow. This is hard to explain as it is not unheard of, but very odd for a building of this size. :confused:

    Gotta love it though. :)
     
  14. flyingbrickracing

    flyingbrickracing New Member

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    If they do try to pick it up ,I hope the cranes aren't made in China!
     
  15. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    I read an engineering report on this some months back. If I recall correctly, what happened was that a contractor started a deep excavation right next to the completed building and the soil pressure under the building (from the building's weight) caused a shift of the soil beneath the building towards the excavation, which then caused the building's piling foundations to shear and the building fell over in that direction.
     
  16. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    All Right! Now I can live on the top floor and not walk up all those stairs!
     
  17. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    you got that right flyingbrick:D
     
  18. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Kind of reminds me of an episode of Earl when Earl and Randy accidentally overturned Joy's trailer and Joy and Darnell lived in it while it was on it side. That was some funny $hit.
     
  19. rgilmore320

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    We shouldn't laugh too hard, it looks like the Chinese don't want to have "Big Government" that has regulations for building (or food additives or lead paint on toys and in toothpaste). It is easy to take a picture of one building that fell over; how do you take a picture of what unregulated wall street bankers did to our economy and my job?
     
  20. LONGHAIR

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    I know the China made 4wheelers they send over here are total-junk....and you can't fix them,they don't have parts for them...Buy a new one.....bull-sh!t......