World's Toughest Fixes

Join professional rigger, adventure junkie and science geek Sean Riley as he rappels into the world of mechanical mayhem, major maintenance projects and emergency repairs that threaten to bring the world you know to a standstill. Get a close-up view of essential infrastructure, broken dams, busted bridges and broken down mega machinery. Riley meets the folks working 24/7 to keep the wheels of heavy industry spinning smoothly and lends a hand when he can. Come along and see how the experts are harnessing solar and wind energy to meet tomorrow's energy demands, launching satellites into space so we can stay in tune and online, and fixing big broken machinery essential to keep our world turning. Riveting, shocking, electrifying. Produced by National Geographic.

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Episodes

World's Toughest Fixes 20-Ton Eye

How do we see far off galaxies, discover new planets and stars and study the secrets hidden in space? Riley goes to Chile to visit the world's largest, most advanced optical combined telescope, which provides astrophysicists with some of the answers to questions about the Big Bang, the nature of matter and the origins of the universe. But at the ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/09/2017

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World's Toughest Fixes Deep Sea Thruster

It's high stakes on the high seas. Riley slips into a wetsuit, throws on an air tank and joins a commercial dive team on a very big fix: a mid-ocean engine swap-out on a huge deepwater construction vessel. If they fail to remove a 30-ton piece of barnacle-encrusted machinery from the bottom of the hull and replace it with a ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/09/2017

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World's Toughest Fixes Going Nuclear

Before entering the radiological control zone and the next tough fix, Riley puts on a full suit of protective clothing and gets his daily rad check. He's going to need to keep a close eye on the Geiger counter for this radioactive gig: a steam turbine upgrade in a nuclear power plant. The job: shut down the reactor, bring in ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/09/2017

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World's Toughest Fixes Operation Cruise Ship

An enormous, 90,000-ton cruise ship is steaming towards the dry dock. They need to install a huge new diesel generator, but first they have to land this ship, and that's when the fun starts. It's all hands on deck as a huge crew opens the hull, pulls out the piping, makes room for an addition, struggles to cram a massive ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/09/2017

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World's Toughest Fixes Pipeline Shutdown

North of Fairbanks, in the middle of the tundra, a crew prepares to cut into the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) while 800 miles of oil continues to course through its arteries. A giant valve is underperforming and the risk of failure – and threat of an oil spill – looms large if the weak link in the chain is not ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/09/2017

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World's Toughest Fixes Leaky Cruise Ship

Batten down the hatches and strap on your hard hat as we join a crew hauling a leaking luxury liner out of the water. The 856-foot long cruise ship has the biggest problem a ship can face: taking on water and no one knows what’s leaking. We head to San Francisco Bay where hundreds of workers have 15 days to ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/30/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Deep Space Antenna

Riley's heading to the Mojave Desert and teaming up with NASA for a fix that's out of this world. NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is located 35 miles north of the desert city of Barstow, California and Riley needs to help with an antenna repair led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • 2010
  • 00:45:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/01/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Texas High Tower

It's red, white and rusty all over. An obsolete TV antenna towering over 500 feet above the bustling San Antonio city center has to come down to earth. The smallest slip-up and someone could go off the air permanently.
  • 2010
  • 00:45:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/01/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Big Bridge

Hang on tight and don’t look down as we scale the iconic bridges of the UK: the world-famous Tower Bridge in London, and the historic Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. Riley will help construct scaffolding, 367 feet above the water, dangling on a pole over speeding trains. And on an aging suspension bridge, Riley’s rappelling down a ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/01/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Solar Tower

Grab your sunglasses, we're going to harness the sun to drive two new solar reflective power towers. This show is definitely not for the superstitious, as Riley joins a crew lifting two 65-ton boilers 160 feet up to two towers and suspending them above 24,000 mirrors. One slip and it'll be more than seven years' bad luck.
  • 2009
  • 00:47:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2016

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