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English Spiderman climbs walls with vacuum cleaner Answered

Jem Stansfield is a great guy. He cobbles together a Spiderman suit with some vacuum cleaners and climbs the outsides of buildings with it. That's just awesome.

From the article:

"I hope activities like this teach children that if you understand the world around you, you can make it work for you," he said.

"Normal boring day-to-day objects can do exciting things for you."

This dude is my new hero. And it gets better. His future plans involve driving a car powered by coffee beans. He's like an alternate universe version of Tim Anderson.

The first video covers the making of the gloves and the second is a climb up the outside of a building.

Link via gizmodo


ok but weres the how to make ad a step to step next time ok cheers ok

 Yay! Best use of a vacuum cleaner, ever.

this is one of the best things i have ever seen i so want to do it

This was on British TV some time ago.

I have extracted an indirect promise (from his agent) to have a look at joining Instructables.

I saw it on TV too.

One big problem with it becoming an instructable, and hence encouraging more people to make and then try their own versions, is that not everyone has easy access to the sort of safety equipment (harness and safety line and extra personnel) which were used as precautions when climbing the building. Also the climbing surface had to be strong, secure and non-detachable (unlike ceiling tiles).

Does instructables have any sort of graded do-not-try-this-at-home classification system? Eg the items where people play with electricity would be more dangerous (require greater initial expertise and careful construction) than ones that just involve playing with plasticine. Or is everyone assumed to be responsible for working that out for themselves?

This was discussed elsewhere in a fitfully-recurring topic.

Basically, if you're considered capable of using power tools safely, you should be capable of spotting the obvious dangers in any of the projects here, and authors should point out the less-obvious dangers.

The Usual Suspects tend to point out stupid stuff, or highlight missed hazards, but, ultimately, an individual's safety is the individual's own responsibility.

It's in the ToS: Each user must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

I don't appear to be able to view that link/thread (? pro users only). However, since the policy seems to be some sort of caveat constructor one, the next stop should be the personal jet pack! (I did search but only found a fake/prop version on here so far.)

You're right.  The policy, in terms of liability, is essentially that the site administrators are not responsible for how content gets used.  If you're stupid enough, just take yourself out of the gene pool and stop bothering us :-)

But seriously, we have (as Kiteman noted) been trying to encourage the site to have some sort of dangerosity rating or flagging system.

As for the jet packs, the Mythbusters (gotta love 'em!) did a really cool episode on that, and found that you actually could build one, but it wouldn't look like, or act like, the movie versions.  More to the point, there's no failsafe.  What exactly do you do when you're 100 feet up and the engine quits?  Besides fall, I mean...

You know, there are hobby jet-pack Makers out there, and even though NASA was involved for a while, I have never heard of one falling out of the sky.

I guess the peroxide engines are so simple that they just throttle back as they run out of fuel and lower the pilot to the ground?

Old topic, I know, but they don't really work that way. The pressure drops fast, and the rate of "burn" drops, and the thrust drops. And you start to descend, and you cannot put more power in, as it is dropping away, so you descend faster, and then your knees give way, and your shins end up in your thighs. If you are lucky. The most common error in flying a helicopter or other hovering craft is not having enough power to overcome your downwards momentum plus your weight. It ranges from a heavy landing, to writing the machine off, up to killing people. It even affects parachutes - if you mess up your landing flare, you will "fall" a good ten feet sometimes. Seriously, it's a major, major risk, even with instruments and being able to look down properly. Without any way to judge rate of descent accurately, you'll kill yourself.

> "just take yourself out of the gene pool"

If you're viewing dangerosity mostly in those terms, you could call the rating system "Darwin Awardliness".

Oops, sorry, yes it is in the pro forum.  However, I think my post above summarises the discussion fairly well.

i saw it too. it's bang goes theory, right?


Point them at me if they have any questions!  That would be most excellent.

This is awesome, thanks so much! I tried this and I am using it for my science project. My dad could even do it (200lb).

does anyone mind if i replicate this? it's brilliantly simple actually!

We won't mind as long as credit is given to the man and an instructable is made! :D

actualy i'm quite confused now. at first i thought it was just an inner tube making the seal but now i'm not sure. any input?

btw.. could he use the cord attached to his leg to push him up right, not just purely arm strength right 


8 years ago

Ive Discovered what my Holidays will be about


8 years ago

While a clever idea and a fun vid, you don't really want to hear a real climbers perspective on this...

Well, since this requires an extension cord and there's not much skill involved in the handholds I'd say this is pretty far outside real climbing anyway.

I wasn't actually going to elaborate ;-)...on the climbing, anyway... (like, how can you get tired in 20ft when you have etriers to stand on?)

It's more the drama that irritates. People freaking when he slips? With two toprope lines, he's safer then any of the spectators. One of those funky paddles falls and detaches from the hose, and they'll wish they stayed home...

The rain? All those guys belaying at the top were watching for lightning, not rain...

Ah, yes, the video. Well, just watching him climb up a wall is pretty boring on its own. Producers had to spice it up somehow. :)

Like "Cliffhanger" and "Vertical Limit"?

But I like a little reality, now and then...(especially when it's more interesting than the fictionalized version.) Oh, well. Safety, now that's the "climbers perspective..."

Yup. Climbers are hardly alone there. Hackers get treated ridiculously in movies.

has this news only just reached you all in america cos in britan where i live this is last years news

p.s im scottish  not some snooty english guy.

After seeing this we must simply have an instructable off this on here!

No matter how much it costs,, I'm making this and then I'll con somebody into betting a few cases of beer with me wether or not I can climb a wall!

And by judging the video it looks remarkably easy to...

Two vacuumcleaners, plywood, rubber and some protection gear and you're good to go.

Man I wish I was in an American school right now... I bet this would win me first prize in a science fair :D

if u want to stick to brick you can't  use just plain rubber, it's a bit more complicated than that

Mini contest - see which of you two makes this into an Instructable first and best...

Cool as soon as my kamishibai is finished I'll start drawing up some plans. See if it falls in my budget range. Only thing that is not clear to me is what rubber he ended up using and how and where he attatched it to the plywood...

would anyone care if i replicated it? it think i know how he did it. brilliantly simple actually!


8 years ago

Wow. That's awesome. (On a side note, I'd like to say that I love how the British pronounce aluminum)

I never thought of this!  I have 3 vacuum cleaner motors in my basement right now, and I was going to make a hovercraft : /, not nearly as cool as climbing walls!  They used a similar design on Mythbusters in a movie-myth thief episode I believe.

 lol pic- What are you looking at?!?


8 years ago

im going to make one ...but take it a step further and attach the vacuum cleaner to a bike (H)

haha, imagine seeing a bicycle going up your building one day, that would be awesome.

Saw this a while back on TV. What a hero!

"Spiderman"?  With those hoses coming off his back, he looks rather more like Doc Oc!

That really sucks.

I see he didn't use the Dyson components which promise to never loose suction. 

He should have went for four-wheel drive and made a set of suction pads for his feet too.

The documentary clip was actually pretty good.  It looks like the producers got the better of him in the second clip...oh noes, here comes the rain, we can't reschedule the launch...I'm getting tired of climbing although I have biceps bigger than the professional climber with the camera following me up...  Precursor of things to come when US TV mine for good ideas from British TV and mess it up.