• Question: What's the most useless thing you have made/designed?

    Asked by drdeath to Amanda, Ben, Gary, Samer on 26 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Ben Drumm

      Ben Drumm answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      GOOD QUESTION – One time I designed a ‘counterbalanced lifting beam’. We were trying to lift something out of a pit BUT we couldn’t access the area vertically above the object (i.e. we couldn’t get a crane in there).

      My idea was a counterbalanced beam which had a counter weight on one end, and then the object we were lifting on the other so the thing balanced like a see-saw (hopefully this makes sense). The beam could then be held by the crane in its centre, where there WAS crane access.

      The heavy gang (the people who do the heavy lifting around site) didn’t like it (they said it was dangerous) and it was never used!

    • Photo: Gary Boorman

      Gary Boorman answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      I have made things that were ‘urgently required’, and then were never used one I’d finished them. These things now collect dust at the back of cupboards…