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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