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2 guys try to build a shed  1m28s

2 guys try to build a shed

They said it would take 1 day. Yeah right. This is a sped up video. 4 days of building a shed down to a little over a minute. After a recent downsizing move to a smaller house, it was quickly realized that we had a lot of stuff collected over the years! The small rusted metal shed that was there wouldn't do the job so I got the bright idea of building a new wood shed. My carpentry skills are minimal at best so I recruited a relative and our kids. All of us together might make half of a carpenter. I had looked around for a few weeks getting an idea of cost. Prefabricated models were real pricey. These were ready build models that could be delivered. Easily 3-5 times the cost of building one myself. After getting my hand on coupon codes and using the box store credit card, the unassembled price was about $900 including delivery. When the truck showed up I was excited to see the size of the skid on the truck but was quickly let down to learn that my shed kit was behind the large skid. Other materials that had to be bought that were not included were roof shingles, nails, glue, caulk, lumber and blocks needed for the floor. Building the foundation and floor actually turned into more of a bigger project to build than I had realized, even before starting on the shed. Digging and leveling ended up being a 2 day labor intensive task. Which isn't shown in the video. Each block had to be leveled individually and with each other. Then pressure treated lumber for the base and floor needed to be attached and squared perfectly. The finished foundation and floor became the work area for building of the shed starting with the walls. Walls were built section by section until all four could be lifted up and attached. That is where the muscle came into play. Then rafters and roofing frame were next and finally all the way to the plywood, shingles and drip guard. The kids helped out with a lot of the heavy lifting. Especially raising up the walls. Instructions said it was a 2 man job but even 2 men would have trouble. In between, the kids entertained themselves coming and going, rope lassoing, sword fighting etc. I had no idea that this was going on as I was busy hammering. Not until I started editing that I saw this comic relief going on. It is probably not that apparent in this super sped up video but if the request is there, I will make a longer, slower version highlighting some of the antics. So the shed is complete except for the paint. Perhaps barn red in the spring! Now it is full of all the stuff I keep telling myself I will use one day. If I can give any advice for any weekend carpenter, it would be to make sure the floor is level and square. The floor ended up being slightly off that made it a little difficult to put together but with a little determination, we made it work.

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Published: April 19, 201827 views
Crazy highway lane changing caught on dashcam 54s

Crazy highway lane changing caught on dashcam

No question that this is reckless driving! Everyone makes mistakes driving and I am sure everyone has had their own fair share of close calls and accidents. Perhaps even the occasional roll through stop sign or misjudged yellow light. Nobody's perfect. But like I already stated, this is reckless. Driver was heading down a busy two lane highway that had visibility obscured by the sunrise sun glare. All of a sudden a car speeds by and cuts in. This vehicle with obvious reckless driving skills and with his high speed lane changing is an accident waiting to happen. You can even hear the rev of his engine as he passes and makes those aggressive lane changes as he proceeds heading down the road. Where's the emergency? Is he late for work? I am sure he is scaring the other motorist and at the very least annoying all of them in the process. This is blatant reckless driving showing no concern for anyone on the road. This is driving behavior at its worst. To make it even more dangerous, there is quite a lot of traffic on this highway. Had there been an accident, it could have been really bad. I am sure the crazy driver would have either taking off or would have been just as aggressive confronting whoever he hit. Having this kind of dashcam footage would avoid any questions of fault and act as a reliable witness in a court of law. This is why it is important to have a dashcam in the vehicle at all times. I predict this will be standard equipment in the future in the same way that airbags have become. They are not expensive and range in price from maybe $25 for a cheap low resolution to hundreds for really good HD video and features. Not too bad right? Drive safe friends. Watch out for kids and motorcycles!

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Published: March 25, 2018181 plays$0.68 earned
Cop tailgates but it is not what you think. 38s

Cop tailgates but it is not what you think.

Bad cops on the news. It sells. It gets ratings. People always want to hear the juicy stories about what cop did what and to whom. That seems to be the only stories we hear. In this day and age of bad press for the police, it is always great to see something positive when it comes to our men and women of law enforcement. Know however that in any population there are always going to bad apples. Pick any industry, profession, anything. Even doctors, lawyers, machinist, clergy, teachers and politicians. There is no group immune from bad behavior and no one is an angel. You will always find something wrong. But today was a good day. As this driver was headed down a busy highway, traffic seems to be building up ahead. Is it construction? Perhaps an accident caused by some inattentive motorist? Maybe a broken down car that is being assisted by AAA. Everyone knows that it only take one to slow down or stop traffic. And when this happens, then there is the occasional rubbernecker to further exasperate the issue too. The motorist here makes his way further down the highway, changing lanes as needed. So as the driver gets closer he can see police lights. What could it be? Sometimes police will escort construction vehicles or wide load vehicles so perhaps that was it. Sometimes cars are purposely slowed down for some other needed purpose. As the driver approaches, it is seen that there are two state police cars. One of the cars appears to be tailgating. Better than that he is actually right up on the bumper. Touching. He is not only touching but is pushing! Incredible. Usually if there is a vehicle in distress, roadside assistance would be called. I am sure the officer has a list of tow trucks on standby for incidents such as this. He seems to want to take care of it himself. To offer immediate assistance like this is awesome. I wonder however what the urgency was that would cause this. Someone in labor? The world may never know.

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Published: March 25, 201860 plays$0.23 earned
Motorist nearly T-bones truck 31s

Motorist nearly T-bones truck

This is a case of a motorist nearly T-Boning an inattentive driver. As car approaches the intersection, there is a van that slows down to make a right hand turn. The dashcam driver is alert and prepares for what could happen. He has seen this many times. Surely other drivers experience this daily. A truck seems to come out of nowhere and tries to make a left hand turn into the intersection. The dashcam owner stated that as the truck pulled out, he was clearly looking the opposite way and to the right! To prevent T-boning this truck, the driver had to swerve into the opposite lane thus avoiding a collision. Everyone makes mistakes driving and I am sure everyone has had their own fair share of close calls and accidents. Perhaps even the occasional roll through stop sign or misjudged yellow light? Nobody's perfect. However, this vehicle should have paid more attention before blindly pulling out into traffic. Especially since he is higher off the ground you would think he has better visibility of what is behind the van. Always assume that when there is a turning vehicle, that there will be others right behind! Had there been an accident, it could have been someone's word against the other but having a dashcam would avoid any questions of fault. This is why it is important to have a dashcam in the vehicle at all times. They are not expensive and range in price from maybe $25 for a cheap low resolution to hundreds for really good HD video and features. Not too bad right? Drive safe friends.

Spectacular dashcam view as jet crosses busy highway 39s

Spectacular dashcam view as jet crosses busy highway

This is dashcam footage while traveling on 95 North in New Jersey headed towards the George Washington Bridge and New York. A Continental Airlines jet is approaching Newark Airport to land and makes a pretty cool pass over the highway as the driver is underneath.

Bad driver caught on video34s

Bad driver caught on video

Another great red light runner. Like I have said before, everyone makes mistakes driving and I am sure everyone has had their own fair share of close calls and accidents. Perhaps even the occasional roll through stop sign or misjudged yellow light? Nobody's perfect. However, this vehicle makes a blatant attempt at running the red light. As this dashcam owner was behind and approaching the intersection, it is clearly seen that the car just blows right through it with no hesitation disobeying the traffic control device. This unsafe rdriver shows no concern for anyone on the road. To make it worse, this is a very busy intersection. Had there been an accident, it could have been someone's word against the other but having a dashcam would avoid any questions of fault. This is why it is important to have a dashcam in the vehicle at all times. They are not expensive and range in price from maybe $25 for a cheap low resolution to hundreds for really good HD video and features. This one was recorded with a Vantue R2 dashcam. Not too bad right? Drive safe friends.

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Published: March 5, 2018412 plays$0.85 earned
Stopped car runs red light 39s

Stopped car runs red light

Red light runner! No question! Everyone makes mistakes driving and I am sure everyone has had their own fair share of close calls and accidents. Perhaps even the occasional roll through stop sign or misjudged yellow light? Nobody's perfect. However, this vehicle was obviously stopped at the red light. As this dashcam owner gets closer to the intersection, it is clearly seen that the car just drives off and disobeys the traffic control device. This blatant red light runner shows no concern for anyone on the road. To make it worse, this is typically a very busy interaction right before a highway on ramp. Had there been an accident, it could have been someone's word against the other but having a dashcam would avoid any questions of fault. This is why it is important to have a dashcam in the vehicle at all times. They are not expensive and range in price from maybe $25 for a cheap low resolution to hundreds for really good HD video and features. This one was recorded with a Vantue R2 dashcam. Not too bad right? Drive safe friends.

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Published: March 3, 201829 plays$0.07 earned
Red light runner nearly gets T-Boned 30s

Red light runner nearly gets T-Boned

This is dashcam video footage of a van waiting for the light to turn green. When it does, he proceeds to go only to almost collide with a red light runner. This could have been real bad. Was it distracted driving for the red light runner? That's why it is always good to have a witness in these situations. In this case, the dashcam would have been helpful if there was a collision. The other driver could have said the van ran the red. Your word against his. Drive safe friends.

Zebras wrestle and play joyfully, unbothered by watchers 53s

Zebras wrestle and play joyfully, unbothered by watchers

This video captures playful zebras in a once thriving drive-through zoo called Six Flags Wild Safari in New Jersey. Animals of all sorts could be observed here. These playful zebras seemed to be having the time of their lives frolicking in the meadow while seemingly unaware of observers in their own cages (which we call cars). Even the other animals were keen to watching these lovable animals. But notice how they get close to the herd of other zebras and suddenly get a kick! At one point the giraffe seems to meander over to see what is going on. The zebras seemed to be wrestling and goofing off in general. I remember this being a real treat to see animals up close. Zebras can live up to 25 years in the wild and can run up to 40mph. They are social animals but don't be fooled by their elegance or how peaceful they seem. They can be aggressive! The stallions fight for females with piercing bites and powerful kicks. This fierceness and social bond helps protect them from predators. They stopped allowing cars back in 2012 and now have controlled guided tours on an off road truck under what is called Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari. Now in 2018, the zoo boasts 1,200 animals from 6 continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions. I would guess that the new Safari Off Road Adventure is a safer method of observation. Animals can be unpredictable and adding unpredictable humans into the mix could be a recipe for disaster. This footage is from a Sony 8mm video camera recorded in August 1994. Antiquated by today's standards so it is probably not what people are used to seeing these days with HD resolution and such. But it is still good enough to see the playfulness of these animals.

Animalz
Published: February 20, 2018
Adorable baby licks her lollipop to sleep 37s

Adorable baby licks her lollipop to sleep

This adorable baby just can't put the lollipop down as she drifts off into sleep. Video was taking of this cute little lollipop sleeper during a recent trip. With all the noise in the car she had no problem sleeping. She sure enjoyed that lollipop and must have dreamed all about it for a while.

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Published: February 20, 20186 plays$0.04 earned
Woops I changed my mind. 30s

Woops I changed my mind.

Dashcam footage of car on the highway that decides at the last second that he is in the wrong lane. It would have added 20 minutes to his commute if he didn't notice in time. At least he signaled to change lanes.

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Published: February 13, 201823 views
Driver experiences vertigo driving through this 48s

Driver experiences vertigo driving through this

This is a parking garage exit ramp that continues to circle around and around until you reach ground level. Even though the tunnel is marked down only, the driver still had a fear that there would be a car going head on towards him and that at any second there would be a collision! He went round and round for what felt like minutes to him. In reality it was mere seconds. Driver experienced some vertigo going down this multi level parking lot tunnel. He experienced dizziness when he came to a stop at the bottom and had to stop for a few seconds. It was a left turn all the way down as he went from the rooftop level all the way down to street level. It also took him a few seconds to adjust to daylight while the head spinning needed to stop. This must be common to drivers in the big city like New York where parking is a premium and parking garages are everywhere. But for this particular driver, this was sort of an event to go into and out of this tunnel. Driver commented that there should be some kind of safe guard to prevent wrong way drivers. Something like those one way Traffic Spikes that they have at car rental places.

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Published: February 12, 201818 views
Speeder changes lanes recklessly 30s

Speeder changes lanes recklessly

Watch this dashcam video of a driver heading east on a highway. The speed limit here is 55. Driver is in the right lane and was getting up to speed from an on ramp. He signaled to change lanes and saw that everything was clear. As he was about to move left, a speeding car suddenly passes him out and cuts in front of him nearly sideswiping in the process. Speeder also narrowly misses the car in the center lane as he makes the change to get into the right lane. You can see him continue on blazing a trail down the highway. Out of state plates too.

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Published: February 5, 2018188 plays$0.58 earned
Over the Road Videos Dashcam Compilation, bad driving. 3m55s

Over the Road Videos Dashcam Compilation, bad driving.

This is a compilation of dashcam footage captured over about a year. Normal everyday commuting always includes seeing bad drivers. Nobody is immune to occasional driving mistakes. Perhaps even myself. There are redlight runners, stop sign roll throughs, accidents, bad lane changing, car cutoffs and careless driving in general. Seeing dashcam footage can always be looked at for its entertainment value. More importantly, it is to raise awareness of your own driving habits and to make other drivers and pedestrians aware of all kinds of road activity. Drive safe.

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Published: February 1, 201839 views
Millipede starts chemical warfare 56s

Millipede starts chemical warfare

Take a look at HD video of this Millipede. Footage was taking while camping "under the stars" at a New England state park. You can find these creatures all over the world and practically anywhere there are leaves. Although they look quite disturbing and even dangerous they are usually harmless to humans. They are not poisonous but some can produce a fluid that can be irritating and in rare cases cause allergic reactions to some. The defensive spray of these creatures even contain hydrochloric acid. Remember science class? The chemicals produced can burn or blister the skin. Between stink glands, that emit a foul odor and nasty tasting compound to repel predators, all this can be considered one of the first chemical warfare weapons. Be sure to wash your hands after handling! They are able to kill small pray but nothing as large as a person. They generally eat decaying leaves, dead plants, suck plant fluids and some eat fungi. I still wouldn't have wanted this to crawl over me while sleeping! Evidence suggests that they were the first to live on land and therefore amongst the oldest known land animals. They have been seen to grow as long as 11-15 inches. The one here was about 4 inches. Interestingly and contrary to popular belief, they do not have 1000 legs as the name "milli" implies. Actual record holder is 750 legs. There are 2 pairs of legs per body segment. When these arthropods hatch, they have only 3 pairs of legs and life span can be up to 7 years. And here is an interesting part. They have what are called "gonopods" or "sex legs" that aid in reproduction. They are also known to make good fish bait and even pets. Perhaps there is some experimentation to cross a millipede with a turkey?

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Published: January 31, 20185 plays$0.01 earned
Guy thinks he is tough clearing snow dressed like this37s

Guy thinks he is tough clearing snow dressed like this

Every family has one of these. The guy that thinks he is tough. This "tough guy" thinks he is immune from the elements. Or just a plain weirdo. He is ready for the beach in shorts and sandles. But it is winter and no beach weather exists right now in this New England town where a blizzard just ended with record cold temperatures. However, this is not stopping this guy from going out and clearing the snow in the frigid cold! Perhaps he is visualizing a hot day when he would be mowing the lawn? The only burning happening on his skin is going to be windburn or frost bite.

ray1876
Published: January 29, 2018165 views
Dashcam captures near collision with school van full of kids32s

Dashcam captures near collision with school van full of kids

Dashcam captures a morning commute. There is heavy traffic along this road most likely due to that bright yellow ball in the sky. It is really blinding. Which is probably why the van carrying school kids nearly collided with the driver. Witness how the van crosses over a couple of lanes into the driver's lane. He does signal however. The driver states, "I did not see the turn signal as I had my eyes on the road trying not to be blinded by that nuclear ball of fire!" The van does appear to hit the car but driver says it did not. He also said, "I had to swing into the breakdown lane and ride the rumble strip to avoid the collision. That's why I have a dashcam for these sorts of things. In case something like this happens." The bus should not be so quick to change lanes especially in those blinding conditions. He also crossed over a solid white line which the driver believes is not allowed. He did observe kids in the vehicle so they are lucky not to witness anything bad happen. There are many stories of buses flipping, colliding and getting into accidents. The ones that happened to children are the worse kind. Driver doesn't believe the bus driver had any idea of what happened and probably continued on his way blissfully unaware of the near death experience of all involved. Drive safe my friends.

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Published: January 25, 201815 plays$0.03 earned
Jeep vs tank truck road rage 1m13s

Jeep vs tank truck road rage

A dashcam captures what appears to be some road rage in the making. As driver is heading down a 2 lane highway behind a tank truck a jeep is coming up on the on-ramp. That on-ramp then merges with the lane that the tank truck is in. I see what's happening and anticipate that the merging vehicle may want to slow down and get behind the tank truck so I move over. The jeep appears to be in a blind spot but has plenty of time to adjust speed to get behind. But the jeep seems to insist on staying in that lane perhaps thinking it was a 3rd highway lane. The two vehicles seem to come real close to sideswiping each other. When he realizes he will not win against the tank beast, he slows down and gets behind. But it is not over. Perhaps during a fit of road rage, without signaling, he changes lanes and gets in front of me. He then speeds up to get side by side with the truck, taps on brakes and then increases speed slightly. He then suddenly cuts the tank truck off leaving merely inches between bumpers. It seems obvious that the jeep let off on the gas to close the gap. Considering the weather at this time and slippery road conditions, this was not a smart move. It could have been a real disaster. Perhaps the tanker didn't see the jeep coming up the on-ramp. He probably had no idea that they nearly sideswiped each other seconds earlier. Even if he did see him, it is no reason for the jeep to act aggressively after the fact. He should have been the bigger person and let it go. Clearly a demonstration of reckless driving, road rage and immature behavior. Oh, and the snow on the jeep? In CT there is an “ice missile” law whereby fines range from $75-$1250 for the non removal of snow off of vehicles. Drive safe everyone.

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Published: January 11, 201898 plays$0.26 earned
Youngster gorillas fight then dad shows up 1m23s

Youngster gorillas fight then dad shows up

This is video from a recent trip to Animal Kingdom, in Orlando Florida. I came across this gorilla exhibit with some hilarious stuff going on. So gorilla's are impressive majestic creatures in my opinion. Right? Not just similar looking to humans but behavior is uncanny at times. Like children playing or perhaps arguing, fighting too. I am not sure if this is typical gorilla behavior but feel free to comment if you know anything. These animals seemed oblivious to the fact that they have an audience. They are going about their daily life, hanging out, gathering food and eating. They are playing and wrestling or is it anger fueled fighting? I don't know. But a couple of these youngster gorillas were really going at it with punches and even what appears to be a "nuggie." Sort of what big brothers do. At least that is what happened to me. These gorillas are rolling around for a bit. Punching, wrestling, and what looks like biting. Then the big gorilla, the father I presume shows his domineering presence and then they suddenly stop as if knowing that they shouldn't be doing that. Is he getting ready to discipline or is his stare good enough? I wonder what was going through his mind. At one point, one of the "witness" gorilla appears to take off in a way that says "I'm outta here, don't want no part of that." It was a great experience to observe these creatures. I am sure that gorillas are smart and strong. I would not want to meet one in a dark alley. Do they have a sense of humor? Emotions? What does their body language mean? All I can think of is King Kong whenever I see gorillas. This was one of the highlights of the trip. Enjoy the video!

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Published: January 11, 20181,944 plays$4.61 earned
Highly paid state plow parks and waits for the snow to come 30s

Highly paid state plow parks and waits for the snow to come

Dashcam captures a state plow just waiting on the side of the road. No question that there is overtime involved here so they could be “milking” it. Time and a half or even double time? The highway roads are clear and there is nothing falling. Nothing is forecasted to be falling for a few hours. What is he doing? Warming up the truck? Dashcam owner has witnessed this many times. In a state where excess spending and budget cuts are the main topic of the news, seeing this just gets the blood boiling.

Bad driving leads to one big cluster truck 46s

Bad driving leads to one big cluster truck

This is crazy dashcam footage as I approached an intersection in Berlin CT. I witness this red light runner as I get closer to it. Perhaps minor but what happens next is funny. I had all intentions of stopping before the white line. But there is a truck making a right turn. A wide right turn. I am sure he has a green arrow. If not green, a right turn on red is allowed here. I frequent this intersection. I did not think he could make it so I backed up a bit. And it looks like he needs the room. So I backed up a bit more and a bigger bit more to allow him to complete the turn. Yes, I am good like that. Courteous. Like all of us drivers should be. Lucky nobody was behind me. He makes the complete turn. So now it seems everyone wants to get a piece of this and make it through the intersection. Check out the truck slipping his way under the light while I have the green. And then the bonus red light runner behind him! Perhaps I should have waited a bit longer for him to complete the turn before proceeding.

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Published: November 21, 201768 plays$0.20 earned