World's Toughest Fixes

Wednesday 7:00 PM on National Geographic Premiered Sep 28, 2008 Between Seasons


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  • Extreme Bridges



    Sean Riley visits engineers working high in the sky to save the Fourth Road Bridge, connecting Scotland to the rest of the UK.
  • Atom Smasher

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 7/30/09

    Riley joins a team to fix one of the biggest machines in existence designed to look for atoms.
  • World's Toughest Fixes 2 - Columbia River Dam

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 7/16/09

    Riley heads to Portland, Ore, where a fault in the John Day Dam is stopping cargo traffic in its tracks.
  • Solar Power Plant

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 7/9/09

    Riley joins a crew lifting a 50 ton boiler 160 feet up a tower and suspending it above 24,000 mirrors to create solar power.
  • 50-Ton Rudder

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 6/25/09

    Sean Riley assists some divers in salvaging a rudder of a ship carrying $3 million worth of iron ore.
  • Giant Wind Turbine

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 6/18/09

    Sean Riley heads to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to help set up a giant wind turbine that will provide residents of the area with clean, renewable energy.
  • Alaska Oil Pipeline

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 6/11/09

    Host Sean Riley gets together a 100-person crew to embark on one of the toughest and most dangerous fix-it jobs to date: the Alaskan oil pipeline.
  • Satellite Launch

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 6/4/09

    Sean Riley travels to South America to help launch a satellite into space by using a rocket the size of a large building.
  • Interstate Bridge

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 6/18/09

    In Utah, Sean Riley joins a crew of more than 300 engineers, contractors and laborers as they gamble on an innovative installation technique: demolishing a crumbling concrete bridge and installing a new throughway bridge in just four days. This fix involves huge remote-controlled trailers, enormous hydraulics, and a 4 million-pound, five-lane bridge that must be transported almost two miles before it is installed in one piece on Interstate 80.moreless
  • Cruise Ship Engine

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 12/2/08

    Sean Riley races the clock to help add a more than 200-ton engine to a luxury cruise liner.
  • 2,000-Foot Tower

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 11/26/08

    Sean Riley works to fix a faulty TV antenna nearly half a mile in the air. This extreme fix takes strength, teamwork, and guts.
  • Thirty-Eight Ton Engine

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/8/08

    Sean Riley helps swap out a 38-ton engine on one of the largest ships in the Gulf of Mexico. The fix must be done in the middle of the gulf-and with swells, wind and rain, things can get complicated.moreless
  • Mississippi River Barge

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 6/4/09

    Host Riley travels to Louisiana to help move a barge that got stuck in the Mississippi River during Hurricane Gustav.
  • Giant Telescope

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 10/19/08

    For this tough job, Sean Riley joins a team of engineers to move and clean a 24-foot, 23-ton, $15 million telescope mirror.
  • Boeing 767

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 11/15/08

    Riley joins an elite team to fix a Boeing 767 jet's pressure dome, which helps keep passengers alive up to 43,000 feet.
  • High Voltage Power Lines

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 11/5/08

    Riley and a group of engineers dangle from a helicopter in order to repair live power lines carrying 500,000 volts of electricity.
  • Nuclear Turbine

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 9/28/08

    Sean Riley goes to a nuclear power plant in Berwick Pennsylvania to assist a crew of experts replace a turbine.