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  • Gabriel Drake
    Gabriel Drake 13 hours ago

    A full Rack of stock Material. A Way to make every Machinist happy ^^

  • Rick MacLeod
    Rick MacLeod 6 days ago

    Is bombfell just the same thing as stitch fix

  • Xenronnify
    Xenronnify 6 days ago

    "We want to be working in the shop, not out shopping..."

  • chaoticinflation
    chaoticinflation 7 days ago

    Will in the background omg

  • DJPrince2032
    DJPrince2032 7 days ago

    Alec is so positive and is the Everest of optimism it seems... but so far it seems like America is chewing this British boy up at every turn!

  • Jarrett Porst
    Jarrett Porst 8 days ago

    Dude, where’s the bleachers, the box seats, hot dogs, bev-cart, ticket box, maybe, just maybe the backup singers! Holly crap your one heck of an entertainer . Love watching your feed! Such a great talent!

  • valleyboy
    valleyboy 9 days ago

    Why move to the shity states ?

  • El chapo Sosa
    El chapo Sosa 11 days ago

    Alec handshakes have to much force lol need to calm down bro

  • A.Bruce Chauncey
    A.Bruce Chauncey 11 days ago

    Welcome to the USA. Just started watching your channel. I enjoy your work. The Damascus steel you make is phenomenal. I have been thinking about getting into knife and axe building and you have inspired me to get started. But mine will be for personal use and for the fun of it. Thanks again for your videos and inspiration.

  • bbrown6799
    bbrown6799 11 days ago

    Put the hammer on a 'housekeeping pad', basically, a concrete platform with a steel perimeter. That's how industry installs heavy equipment on a too-thin slab. Build a steel frame ~3' wide x 4' deep however tall you want. Mark out the dimensions on the existing floor, chip off the finish layer of the slab, place and anchor the frame, epoxy extra-long 1' anchor bolts for the hammer, then fill the frame with concrete. Or, you can cut the slab out, dig down, install extra extra rebar and refill the hole. There are options and you are more than capable of doing all of them yourself.

  • zoey ihey
    zoey ihey 12 days ago

    OMG your real estate agen SLAMMMED you !

  • worstgameronearth
    worstgameronearth 14 days ago

    1:55 they just casually talking as he breaks shot in the backround

  • Saki630
    Saki630 14 days ago

    Not one thing has gone good since he got his [H]istory money.

  • Diesel Wiesel
    Diesel Wiesel 15 days ago

    I know you’re always trying to learn and push yourself to be better so here’s a nice challenge... replicating the Sword of Goujian

  • Jennyvik Garcia
    Jennyvik Garcia 17 days ago

    Alex, you should check Brandon Grotty, 16 from Oklahoma,,, poised to give you a,,, RUN FOR YOUR MONEY IN BLACKSMITHING .

  • Richard Wills
    Richard Wills 18 days ago

    Installing machines the Egyptian way nice.
    You should invest in a ceiling mounted crain, they are amazing for getting huge bits of metal in place 4 cutting

  • lost in the tundra
    lost in the tundra 20 days ago again. I am surprised you did not grind a slat spot on the end of the all thread you put in the epoxy. We found it eliminated and chance of the all thread backing out after some aggressive use of the machinery it was holding down. Again, if anyone else already mentioned that, my apologies for being repetitive.

  • Agent J
    Agent J 22 days ago

    Advertising is ruining the world.

  • Madrabbit 81
    Madrabbit 81 23 days ago

    if you put metal shavings in the hole while drilling will the cut rebar

  • desmond
    desmond 24 days ago

    loyalty comments :)

  • Iowahorse
    Iowahorse 27 days ago

    Now I know why I'm a horse trainer and not a blacksmith, I can't afford my own stylist. Drats.

  • J.A. M.F
    J.A. M.F 27 days ago

    looking swanky alec, time to go get a taste of some of that american strange (avoid the ones with the florescent hair)

  • Jason Holland
    Jason Holland 28 days ago

    Bombfell right on Japan

  • Rob Houg
    Rob Houg 28 days ago

    $900 rubber God 😁

  • Derfoklishe
    Derfoklishe 28 days ago

    Bro, the ancient egyptians used that method of moving heavy things. It's literally THE most basic way to do it.

  • Yassen مكوك
    Yassen مكوك 28 days ago

    I like your channel very much. I am from Egypt

  • STRIK3R 300
    STRIK3R 300 28 days ago

    You paid 100 bucks for jeans?!

  • Austin Robert
    Austin Robert 29 days ago

    Can you cast 3 inch platforms to make up the missing 3 inches?

  • BiddieTube
    BiddieTube 29 days ago

    I can not imagine three inches meets any industrial building code anywhere in the USA. Downright dangerous, just think, a 8000 lb capacity forklift truck with an 8000 lb load near the ends of the forks, all the weight on both front wheels, approximate 10,000 lbs, likely much more, on each wheel. Now you move forward, stop, maneuver causing much higher instantaneous loads on the wheels. Seems to me, forklift trucks are in danger of falling through causing their loads to suddenly fall out of control.

  • xPowerdriverx
    xPowerdriverx 29 days ago

    Sorry to hear of your problem. Just goes to show, you can't trust anyone unless you have their balls in a power there's an idea....

  • DelicatessenMayo
    DelicatessenMayo 29 days ago

    Is there any truth in the rumour that you finger cats?

  • GermanSheep
    GermanSheep 29 days ago

    Do you still have the Meteorite? If so melt it and then cast it into a sword or dagger just like Sokka from Avatar: The last Airbender. Or maybe make some Arrows out of it and shoot them

  • Xemerius Sieben
    Xemerius Sieben Month ago +2

    You are always right when using a hilti drill

  • Jonathan Beckham
    Jonathan Beckham Month ago

    This episode is just all Freud. Handsome young men with a giant drill. You get it.

  • streingos1
    streingos1 Month ago

    Burst out laughing 1:58 Will dropped the ball

  • glenn5ft19
    glenn5ft19 Month ago

    Might be a blessing in disguise. If you pour a new pad under the machine you can put in a barrier to isolate vibration travelling through the floor to the bearings in the lathe and milling machine. I worked at a shop where we had to shut down a punch press when we were using dial indicators on the lathe, because the vibration was causing the indicators to jump about 10 thousandths. It can’t be good to have the power hammer vibrating the bearings in your machine tools.

  • Roman Gillund
    Roman Gillund Month ago

    What company makes those vibration control mats? You almost mentioned them but then maybe it didn't make it through the edits? I need to get some.

  • Parrish Hemmeke
    Parrish Hemmeke Month ago

    Never heard of a 3" slab in America.

  • SqwEarl *
    SqwEarl * Month ago

    Just take your time and the hammer drill will cut through rebar. I do it all the time

  • Scott Jackson
    Scott Jackson Month ago

    That's the worst. I work for an industrial automation company and when we anchor robots, we tell our customers that if they don't want to crack their floors and end up re-teaching the robots every couple of weeks, they need 8 inches of concrete. Less than that then they should cut out and pour a new pad for the robot. This is what we tell people. The number of times I've actually ever anchored a robot on a pad that was 8 inches thick? Zero.

  • Paul Hopkins
    Paul Hopkins Month ago

    In the long run, this is only an issue of a bit of lost money and lost time. Cutting out the slab and pouring a new footing under the hammer isn't that big of a deal.

  • Richard A. Johnson
    Richard A. Johnson Month ago

    Hire an engineer maybe.

  • Richard A. Johnson
    Richard A. Johnson Month ago

    Awww damn.

  • Michael Budd
    Michael Budd Month ago

    Very envious of the new work shop. Looking great.

  • JR
    JR Month ago

    I haven't kept up with the videos as much, but every time i watch, i see problem after problem. What im getting at is that you've done an amazing job keeping positive and moving forward. Keep it going.

  • ajaxoz
    ajaxoz Month ago

    Too much ad flogging - get with it.

  • Brian Ferguson
    Brian Ferguson Month ago

    Boy, you guys just piss through $$$.

  • Wing Nut Bert
    Wing Nut Bert Month ago

    Wow. Seems like the first things you should have bought were knees pads and lube. I'd think that if 6" is good, you might as well go 10" thick. Also, I'm sure the landlord will be interested in this, as he may have paid for a 6" floor and got screwed by the builder. Also the kind of thing he may want to quietly deal with you on as it may result in some sort of code violation. And if that gets out, the city could come in and tell him the whole building foot print may need to be redone. So may be some good leverage to entice him to pay for what ever new pour is needed to keep things quiet. While at it, do remember to consider other heavy impact tools that your planning to get that may need a block poured. Better to do it all at once.

  • Mark Wladika
    Mark Wladika Month ago

    Welcome to 'merica.

  • Craig
    Craig Month ago

    For future reference you don't need a "rebar eater" I drill into concrete all the time and run into that issue all you need is a holesaw from lowes, home depot wherever, for the size hole you're drilling and simply remove the arbor...use a lot of oil and be prepared to chuck the holesaw in the garbage because of the concrete, this method has worked for me hundreds of times and has got to be cheaper than a rebar eater

  • Adam Lynch
    Adam Lynch Month ago

    Cut out 2m square around power hammer and pour a 200mm thick slab cast your mountings in at same time

  • Markus Thummerer
    Markus Thummerer Month ago +1

    Dude, i recommend asking Scott Wadsworth, The @essentialcraftsman for help... Incredibe man, He is a master blacksmith, expert in concrete works and building Houses, carpentry, logging, fabricobblin anything and he is a real salt of the earth. Would also love to see a collab with him, too

  • Alpha Wolf
    Alpha Wolf Month ago

    Cut out for power Hammer pour 6" section problem solved.

  • Alpha Wolf
    Alpha Wolf Month ago

    This is why especially when doing mechanic and blacksmith work you make sure you have 6" footer's for anchor points before renting building

  • Bruce Butters
    Bruce Butters Month ago

    Steel casing around the slab if thats the route to go

  • johnwalkerblack27
    johnwalkerblack27 Month ago

    Next new shirt "Dohickimawhatzit". I'm sold, I'll take mine in XXL.

  • MrRedeyedJedi
    MrRedeyedJedi Month ago

    Can you put inch thick steel slab down then the damper mats on top? Should prevent concrete damage

  • Max Maker
    Max Maker Month ago

    Can you not spread out the load over steel plates?

  • Max Maker
    Max Maker Month ago

    Why did he move to Montana?

  • Stephan Kern
    Stephan Kern Month ago

    I though that is a nice looking shirt. Then looked at mine.

  • Tjita1
    Tjita1 Month ago

    I can't imagine your landlord would mind you cutting out a rectangle out of the slab, digging it out, and pouring a thicker slab where you want the machine..? Or do you have very strict landlords in the US?

  • Crushonius
    Crushonius Month ago +1

    how the hell is it even legal to only have a 3 inch slab of concrete for such a big building
    i think in europe you need 5 inches or more for a garage and houses have 8 inch plus
    what a joke you could damage that shitty slab by driving a forklift .
    I really think you should think about moving out i know how much work you put into the new shop
    but its still better to move now then when the shop is finished who knows how many problems you will have down the line

  • Jeremy Arnold
    Jeremy Arnold Month ago

    Dang alec your having a rough go in the usa. Your mill and lathe and grinder, also your truck and now lied to about your concrete. My heart goes out man.

  • Raven James
    Raven James Month ago

    Im sure some where in the steel sheeting world they make 2 -3 inch thick steel sheets. Alec buy a 8x8 pc and toss it under that power hammer and slide your pads over the steel sheet and bolt the steel sheet into the 3 inch thick floor and reset your power hammer over the mats. Problem solved you may need to ramp the sheet so no one trips over it it but the problem will be solved.

    • Raven James
      Raven James Month ago

      I'm pretty sure if you do that it will act as a placer or gasket between the machine and the concrete floor. In theory it shouldn't move if it's bolted down well to the floor. Land lord might not be as happy with 40 holes in his floor but it be a lot better then cracks every where. I don't know how much work space you need. In your past videos your moving around the hammer alot so i would guess 8x8 maybe even 10 by 10 thats in feet!

  • Elyes Ben Hamouda
    Elyes Ben Hamouda Month ago

    9, hundred, DOLLARS???? For rubber floor matting?? Homie you crazy.

  • Boaty McBoatface
    Boaty McBoatface Month ago

    Cut out a hole in the floor, dig out a foot of dirt and re-pour concrete. Simple.

  • Someone Not Important

    That's a brown shirt???? I though it was black!

  • JathTech
    JathTech Month ago

    I think the answer is to cut a groove into the concrete around the power hammer, then jack the slab up, remove it, dig it out to the right depth, refill with concrete and rebar until flush, let it set, repaint, and re-drill.

  • Papai Urso
    Papai Urso Month ago

    Well, break the floor, dig a 3 feet hole, literally fill it with a ton of concrete, and you have it. You can install the machine on top of it and it wont be moving anywhere.

  • John Wawrysh
    John Wawrysh Month ago

    Would the oxy torch not kill the rebar?

  • Tim Smith
    Tim Smith Month ago

    Another solution is to core four, 6” diameter holes and install screw piles deep enough. Then weld a 3/4” thick plate onto the piles and then install the hammer on that plate.

  • William Kavanagh
    William Kavanagh Month ago

    they've got 1.4 million minds working to figure this out it should be fine, also please don't switch to imperial on our behalf id like to learn metric

  • Lettuce Warship
    Lettuce Warship Month ago

    Welcome to America. Everything is cheaply made but sold as quality and people left and right are ripping you off. That was my worry when you said you were coming here...and sure enough its happening.

  • Jacob Usrey
    Jacob Usrey Month ago

    Nice to see the truck back. Shame about the slab though!

  • Conor Cousins
    Conor Cousins Month ago

    Deffo a fella who said it was 6inch and really was 3 inch's 😂😂

  • Tim Wilson
    Tim Wilson Month ago

    Was it disclosed on the lease agreement as to what the thickness of the concrete is? Did you inform your realtor of your requirements? In many cases here in the US a handshake is just as good as a signature.

  • DIY Dari
    DIY Dari Month ago

    Not a biggiee.. Cut out a reasonable size around the hammer, remove the old shiat...fill it with new concrete and bim bara bom! you got yourself the best you can get! AND how thick you want it :D

  • SShep71 1
    SShep71 1 Month ago

    What is under the concrete, is it concrete underlay, is it native soil. What is the rate of compaction of the material under the concrete? Is it a post tension slab? What is the spacing of the rebar?what is the PSI strengthof the concrete? Concrete slab thickness is only a part of what needs to be considered. Did the building contractor skip on the thickness in order to save money, was it supposed to be 6" and the owner only woumd up with a 3"slab? Some times you can go down to the office that oversees building permitting and pull the original blueprints for the building, you will be able to look at the prints for the details.

  • Steven Royer
    Steven Royer Month ago

    Use water when you drill it will cut a lot easier

  • Laughing Hyena
    Laughing Hyena Month ago

    You put yourself on the anvil of life and take your beating and still come away forged stronger than before and shout back at the world, "I AM STEELE!"
    Make a t-shirt with the Superman diamond and your touchmark inside!
    (I hold no reservation for the suggestions and ideas I submit for your use.)

  • Travis Bradley
    Travis Bradley Month ago

    Wow, two handshakes within the first 2 minutes.

  • Tyler Schmidt
    Tyler Schmidt Month ago

    Did no on else catch the fact that alec said he is using 1 inch all thread and drilling a 1-1/8 inch hole so he could have an 1/8 inch on either side for the expoy. Alec that means your only going to have 1/16 per side of clearance not 1/8 per side. For that you need a 1-1/4 bit. :-)

  • JrFreak
    JrFreak Month ago

    That sucks. A machine shop I use to work at had to pour 36" thick concrete pads for their giant milling machines. Was insane. Can you use a giant 1" thick piece of sheet steel to disperse the load over a large area? Like a 4' x 8' sheet...

  • Rob Lambert
    Rob Lambert Month ago

    Outfit looks great. Minus the jacket. Just get a HAIR CUT and you might look normal lol

  • Simon Moberg
    Simon Moberg Month ago

    Hi Alec!
    First thing: love your videos. They are great!
    Second thing: Concrete! I don't know the law in US So I won't bother trying that. But I would recommend that you simply cut out the floor beneth the power hamer and then you pour a new 6 - 10 inch slab with d16 mm CC 100 mm rebarbs under and over and make sure you have som isolation under there (about 300 mm). Put som studs into the existing slab and then you can have a fun concrete episode!
    Best of luck and keep up your great videos!

  • imthgimp
    imthgimp Month ago

    Just another example of "GREED" that's rampant in the world today. I hate to say it, but America seems to be leading the way. We promise a six inch slab, but deliver only three inches. Come on people, lets give people their monies worth. Do an honest days work and be proud of it! That $ three thousand in savings ain't worth your word! Stand on principal. Make a handshake worth something again! I feel for these guys, having faith that people are as good as their word, and finding out that they would rather prosper at the detriment of others. That is a really sad way to learn, that life can really be that sadistic. I really hope that karma is true to it's meaning. I really hate having to point that out in such a benign video as this, but, until we, in the world, not just in the "States" start thinking of just ourselves, then we will continue deeper into the "rabbit" hole. Sorry for the rant. Peace! May we all attain it in our lifetime!

  • xApemanx
    xApemanx Month ago

    god damnit 3" slab

  • bigfilsing
    bigfilsing Month ago +1

    900 bucks for iso mat...Somebody got robbed

  • Robert K
    Robert K Month ago

    Your gonna need to cut the slab around the power hammer and pour a free floating slab at your desired depth. Your not going to like this but it requires a special velvet lining around the edges and at the base then you can pour your concrete. Just Make sure your owner Is okay with it And hope it works out Alec.

  • Martin Luther
    Martin Luther Month ago

    What a great guy Jason of Fireball tools is and lots of people love his tools win/win

  • Timothy Shaw
    Timothy Shaw Month ago

    There is a dirty joke somewhere in here regarding women having been told what six inches looks like. I’m just gonna leave this right here.

  • Whit Wilson
    Whit Wilson Month ago

    Alec, plate steel is a great way to spread the load. We used to park the main landing gear of a Boeing 727 in squares of plate steel for that very purpose in a hanger designed for much lighter corporate jets. Go for it! Welcome to the USA.

  • Jonny Acheson
    Jonny Acheson Month ago

    Dam mate that's a set back. But hasn't beat you in the past. Love your "Let's get it done right" , outlook. Keep on smiling and keep her lit... The forge that is 😎🔥🔥🔥🔨🔨🔨🔨

  • Márton Szabó
    Márton Szabó Month ago

    cost of the clothing 2-5$, you pay 200-300$
    and you get 25$ off and another 10% off...come on pal...LEARN MATH
    also it may be that the shop has 6" concrete in some places but not everywhere.

  • Uninspired Rambler
    Uninspired Rambler Month ago

    Core drill those holes. Rent the machine buy a bit.

  • Uninspired Rambler
    Uninspired Rambler Month ago

    Build a gantry crane dude.

  • Mark R
    Mark R Month ago

    See, I told her, size does matter!!! She has been lying to me all these years .....%_()#)(%+#@
    Total bummer

  • Jim Marriott
    Jim Marriott Month ago

    Alec does have an opportunity now to improve the end result using isolation knowledge and materials to float his hammer on a bed of Mercury from Cody's Lab. Please send the agreed upon by rumours first installment of 50,000 postage paid self addressed letter sized envelopes and the first penny of payment that is to be doubled each day from the day before for a period of 30 days. Plese address see on over for note so we to be for us very hoppy to busy with new customer as are you. Important you no tell no bodies under machine they go.

  • Bryan Sisco
    Bryan Sisco Month ago

    I'd opt for the thicker slab. A day of cutting, breaking and shovelling. Then in comes the truck, slump test, pour and the fun of floating it perfectly smooth.
    If time is a bigger concern than spreading the load with a steel plate may work. I think that it would eventually cup and still transfer enough energy to cause fatigue and failure of the concrete over time. A very thick plate may work or a less malleable steel that resists deformation and itself wont fatigue and fail.
    Looking forward to the videos of the solution.

  • Admiral Percy
    Admiral Percy Month ago

    -jackhammer out the floor in the shape of the power hammer's footprint
    -pour 6" deep patch
    -bill the landlord.