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 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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World's Toughest Fixes Atom Smasher

A machine 17 miles around, worth seven billion dollars! The Large Hadron Collider is the largest atom-smasher ever built – a colossal instrument buried 300 feet underground, spanning two countries, designed to recreate conditions a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. It could be our key to unlocking the secrets of the universe, except for one tiny thing: ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Cirque du Soleil

Join Riley as he travels to Las Vegas to help high-flying Cirque du Soleil solve a real show-stopper of a problem. At the center of the show is the largest, most technologically advanced theater stage in the world – and it's failing.
  • 2010
  • 00:46:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Rocket Launch

Strap yourself in for this one, because this is definitely out of this world. For this fix, we're going satellite launching. Delivering this piece of high-tech equipment into space will take a rocket the size of a 12-story building and an enormous amount of firepower and it's a job that will be done from one of the most remote places ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes 50-Ton Rudder

Riley heads to a divers' paradise in Curaçao, but this underwater adventure is no vacation. He and a team of top-notch industrial divers are in for some serious heavy lifting – rigging and removing a 50-ton rudder from a massive iron ore carrier bound for China. Riley's a master rigger on land, but on this job he's a fish out ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Blown Away

Batten down the hatches and strap yourself in as we take on a job that brings power to the people – assembling a giant wind turbine. Getting this monster machine off the ground means lifting three massive parts to the top of a 220 foot tower – one weighing as much as an Abrams Tank, another whose combined length is ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/02/2016

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