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(CNN)   France's president, the 2024 Olympics are taking place in Paris but the Eiffel tower is riddled with rust and in dire need of massive repair. Qu'est-ce qu'on fait? France: Here's 60 million Euro, just slap some paint on it   (cnn.com) divider line
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2022-07-05 3:52:40 PM  
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2022-07-05 3:55:47 PM  
"It is simple, if Gustave Eiffel visited the place he would have a heart attack," one unnamed manager at the tower told Marianne.

I think if Gustave Eiffel visited the place, many of the people there would have a heart attack.
 
2022-07-05 3:59:39 PM  
I can do it for 30 million Euro, including drop cloths.
 
2022-07-05 4:00:21 PM  
I would think they'd have a staff of people dedicated to constantly maintaining the tower.  St. Paul's Cathedral in London has people who work full time to restore things like ornate wood work.  USN ships have staff to fight salt water corrosion.  It's the signature piece or architecture for your city.  60M Euros could pay for staff and materials for 10 years of maintenance.
 
2022-07-05 4:00:24 PM  
Slap some bondo in there - good as new!
 
2022-07-05 4:00:51 PM  
Who could have guessed that the Eiffel Tower was in dire need of repairs because they refused to close it because then they would lose money?
 
2022-07-05 4:03:03 PM  
That's why there's a constant painting process on the Golden Gate Bridge;  constant vigilance.  Don't let it fall into a pile of rust.
 
2022-07-05 4:06:20 PM  

foo monkey: I would think they'd have a staff of people dedicated to constantly maintaining the tower.  St. Paul's Cathedral in London has people who work full time to restore things like ornate wood work.  USN ships have staff to fight salt water corrosion.  It's the signature piece or architecture for your city.  60M Euros could pay for staff and materials for 10 years of maintenance.


You might think that an International Icon, like the MOTHER F-ING Eiffel Tower, would be a repair and maintenance priority....

/ You might think that..

// on the other hand...France does have a shiat-ton of other cool stuff to maintain. Versailles comes to mind.
 
2022-07-05 4:11:04 PM  

iheartscotch: Who could have guessed that the Eiffel Tower was in dire need of repairs because they refused to close it because then they would lose money?


They should do like DC and close it permanently.  As far as pictures go, we've gotten used to the Washington Monument wrapped up in scaffolding.  It looks like an iron condom.

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2022-07-05 4:11:10 PM  
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2022-07-05 4:17:44 PM  

foo monkey: iheartscotch: Who could have guessed that the Eiffel Tower was in dire need of repairs because they refused to close it because then they would lose money?

They should do like DC and close it permanently.  As far as pictures go, we've gotten used to the Washington Monument wrapped up in scaffolding.  It looks like an iron condom.

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Maybe, if they really wanted to keep it open, they should make it a seasonal thing.

But, that comes with its own problems. It's GOT TO move. Expand in the heat, contract in the cold, sway in the wind..all of that fun stuff. It's got to be pretty hard to do correctly. And you probably cause more damage if you F-up a measurement.

/ every* structure moves a little. It's when it stops moving that you should be concerned.
 
2022-07-05 4:18:36 PM  
Well it was supposed to come down in ten years anyway
 
2022-07-05 4:30:17 PM  

foo monkey: iheartscotch: Who could have guessed that the Eiffel Tower was in dire need of repairs because they refused to close it because then they would lose money?

They should do like DC and close it permanently.  As far as pictures go, we've gotten used to the Washington Monument wrapped up in scaffolding.  It looks like an iron condom.

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And Big Ben just got unwrapped, from all its repairs.  It's not like the world, or tourism stops because your tourist attraction needs some attention.  Rust never sleeps.

Oh well, I guess France just considered the elements and [insert surrender phrase here].
 
2022-07-05 4:30:54 PM  
Flex Seal!
 
2022-07-05 4:31:32 PM  
Gotta grind off that rust before you paint it, or you're just going to make it worse.
 
2022-07-05 4:32:24 PM  
Start a 5 year refurbishment project, pronto!
 
2022-07-05 4:35:06 PM  
It's never flown and I'm willing to bet that it probably never will.
Le French on le moon by le 1900.  Crappe' du bull.
 
2022-07-05 4:36:45 PM  
If it's that bad, how much is it to tear it down and rebuild it using the original plans?

I know in Las Vegas that they wanted to build the replica full sized but they weren't allowed to because it is too close to the airport.
 
2022-07-05 4:41:13 PM  
I know how we can help. Same dude designed the Statue of Liberty. Let's just send them pieces of that. It's not like we're using it.
 
2022-07-05 4:43:37 PM  
This from a country that instead of repairing a cathedral after a fire puts a glass spire through it. And puts a glass pyramid in front of a palace.

Maybe they don't repair it because they're scared some farkers going to demand they put a glass dome on the top.
 
2022-07-05 4:46:09 PM  
Once over dust, twice over rust.
 
2022-07-05 4:47:25 PM  

mongbiohazard: Gotta grind off that rust before you paint it, or you're just going to make it worse.


Take it down to the soda blasters, that'll reveal how rotten it really is.

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2022-07-05 4:50:38 PM  

Slaxl: This from a country that instead of repairing a cathedral after a fire puts a glass spire through it. And puts a glass pyramid in front of a palace.

Maybe they don't repair it because they're scared some farkers going to demand they put a glass dome on the top.


If you need to build an annex or addition to something that was created by incredible craftsmen hundreds of years go and took decades to construct, if not longer, cost and expertise and time make doing it to the same quality and look just not possible today. Thus, the idea is to go fully modern and emphasize the disparity, while also making something that's interesting in its own right.
 
2022-07-05 4:50:52 PM  

foo monkey: I would think they'd have a staff of people dedicated to constantly maintaining the tower.  St. Paul's Cathedral in London has people who work full time to restore things like ornate wood work.  USN ships have staff to fight salt water corrosion.  It's the signature piece or architecture for your city.  60M Euros could pay for staff and materials for 10 years of maintenance.


The Golden Gate Bridge is basically painted 365 days a year, give or take. Yay, capitalism. When that collapses in the middle of the extra pressure of the Olympics, put the CEOs head on a spike.
 
2022-07-05 4:52:35 PM  
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We were on the tower in 2019. Being interested in engineering marvels, the structure looked good on the second platform and the stairways. The pit where visitors climb into the Otis lift looked like it hasn't been painted since the 1920s looked solid. It was a fun experience visiting the tower. Fun fact: The lift operator once sat outside the lift in a chair. There's a mannequin on that chair now. Yikes.
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2022-07-05 4:55:01 PM  
Sounds like irony to me...
 
2022-07-05 4:55:19 PM  
France's president is taking place in Paris in 2024, Subby?
 
2022-07-05 4:56:16 PM  
Was it meant to be a permanent structure or just something for a world's fair? If the latter, durn they got their money's worth. If the former, where'd they put that guillotine?
 
2022-07-05 5:00:43 PM  

iheartscotch: foo monkey: I would think they'd have a staff of people dedicated to constantly maintaining the tower.  St. Paul's Cathedral in London has people who work full time to restore things like ornate wood work.  USN ships have staff to fight salt water corrosion.  It's the signature piece or architecture for your city.  60M Euros could pay for staff and materials for 10 years of maintenance.

You might think that an International Icon, like the MOTHER F-ING Eiffel Tower, would be a repair and maintenance priority....

/ You might think that..

// on the other hand...France does have a shiat-ton of other cool stuff to maintain. Versailles comes to mind.


Yo dawg, I hear Notre Dame needs some maintenance...
 
2022-07-05 5:02:27 PM  
Popsicle sticks
 
2022-07-05 5:05:49 PM  

BaseballFan: That's why there's a constant painting process on the Golden Gate Bridge;  constant vigilance.  Don't let it fall into a pile of rust.


That's a myth.
 
2022-07-05 5:07:02 PM  
Paige, non!
 
2022-07-05 5:07:03 PM  
We just had a global pandemic and now Europe might have to spend on Ukraine.

The Eiffel Tower is not an urgent priority.
 
2022-07-05 5:08:02 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: If it's that bad, how much is it to tear it down and rebuild it using the original plans?

I know in Las Vegas that they wanted to build the replica full sized but they weren't allowed to because it is too close to the airport.


If they want to stick to the original wrought iron for full authenticity, that's going to be a problem since structural wrought iron isn't made anymore.
 
2022-07-05 5:12:56 PM  
Metal rusts, news at 11:00
 
2022-07-05 5:18:53 PM  

KB202: BaseballFan: That's why there's a constant painting process on the Golden Gate Bridge;  constant vigilance.  Don't let it fall into a pile of rust.

That's a myth.


Promoted by none other than the bridge's own website!  The conspiracy goes right to the top!

https://www.goldengate.org/bridge/bridge-maintenance/painting-the-bridge/
 
2022-07-05 5:20:09 PM  
It's because the French are lazy farks. Working on the tower would cost €2 billion and take 10 years, because the workers would only work for 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. And they would constantly go on strike because they want more cigarette and baguette breaks. farking losers.
 
2022-07-05 5:32:03 PM  

foo monkey: KB202: BaseballFan: That's why there's a constant painting process on the Golden Gate Bridge;  constant vigilance.  Don't let it fall into a pile of rust.

That's a myth.

Promoted by none other than the bridge's own website!  The conspiracy goes right to the top!

https://www.goldengate.org/bridge/bridge-maintenance/painting-the-bridge/


Who are you going to believe, the Internet Man Who Knows Everything (Even Things Which Are Not Technically True), or sandbagging gubbermint burrocrats? Study it out, sheepperson!
 
2022-07-05 5:33:29 PM  

whosits_112: It's because the French are lazy farks. Working on the tower would cost €2 billion and take 10 years, because the workers would only work for 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. And they would constantly go on strike because they want more cigarette and baguette breaks. farking losers.


God forbid that workers have decent pay and working conditions right?

farking pricks.
 
2022-07-05 5:39:45 PM  

iron de havilland: mongbiohazard: Gotta grind off that rust before you paint it, or you're just going to make it worse.

Take it down to the soda blasters, that'll reveal how rotten it really is.

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What is that from?  It looks like a more "bro" version of Top Gear.
 
2022-07-05 5:46:34 PM  

foo monkey: iheartscotch: Who could have guessed that the Eiffel Tower was in dire need of repairs because they refused to close it because then they would lose money?

They should do like DC and close it permanently.  As far as pictures go, we've gotten used to the Washington Monument wrapped up in scaffolding.  It looks like an iron condom.

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Iron Condom is the name of my... ahh, I can't think of anything clever, come up with your own.
 
2022-07-05 5:57:05 PM  

Sporkabob: iron de havilland: mongbiohazard: Gotta grind off that rust before you paint it, or you're just going to make it worse.

Take it down to the soda blasters, that'll reveal how rotten it really is.

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What is that from?  It looks like a more "bro" version of Top Gear.


Car SOS.

Each episode they take a clapped-out old car that the owner is emotionally attached to but unable to restore themselves and they do it up and give it back to them.

It's kinda schlocky in that it's put together in a reality TV format of Tim blagging for parts in a way that has clearly been worked out by the production team in advance, but it's also genuinely wholesome because they're doing up someone's pride and joy, and my eyes are often a bit damp at the reveal.

And they do do all kinds of cars, including a Model A Ford, there was some other 20s or 30s car by Singer (not the sewing machine company) and the most recent series I've seen had some hill-climbing custom.

But yeah, pretty much every episode has them sending the shell to either the soda blasters or acid dippers and a lot of Fuzz talking about rot.

/Also, Fuzz used to be in Pop Will Eat Itself.
 
2022-07-05 6:08:43 PM  

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/actually ok with heights but sh*t like that always gives a strange vertigo
 
2022-07-05 6:15:29 PM  

hammettman: foo monkey: iheartscotch: Who could have guessed that the Eiffel Tower was in dire need of repairs because they refused to close it because then they would lose money?

They should do like DC and close it permanently.  As far as pictures go, we've gotten used to the Washington Monument wrapped up in scaffolding.  It looks like an iron condom.

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And Big Ben just got unwrapped, from all its repairs.  It's not like the world, or tourism stops because your tourist attraction needs some attention.  Rust never sleeps.

Oh well, I guess France just considered the elements and [insert surrender phrase here].


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2022-07-05 6:21:49 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: If it's that bad, how much is it to tear it down and rebuild it using the original plans?


It's a broadcast tower now, but not on the original plans. They added the antenna array to convince the city to keep it standing after the World's Fair, where it was hated by every Parisian that saw it.

This may be a secret plan to get it finally destroyed.
 
2022-07-05 6:37:19 PM  
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2022-07-05 6:41:56 PM  

iron de havilland: whosits_112: It's because the French are lazy farks. Working on the tower would cost €2 billion and take 10 years, because the workers would only work for 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. And they would constantly go on strike because they want more cigarette and baguette breaks. farking losers.

God forbid that workers have decent pay and working conditions right?

farking pricks.


Point to where in my post that I say workers shouldn't have decent pay and working conditions.

I'm making fun of the French habit of striking/rioting over dumb shiat, and how they barely work at all.
 
2022-07-05 6:45:32 PM  
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2022-07-05 6:57:36 PM  

whosits_112: iron de havilland: whosits_112: It's because the French are lazy farks. Working on the tower would cost €2 billion and take 10 years, because the workers would only work for 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. And they would constantly go on strike because they want more cigarette and baguette breaks. farking losers.

God forbid that workers have decent pay and working conditions right?

farking pricks.

Point to where in my post that I say workers shouldn't have decent pay and working conditions.

I'm making fun of the French habit of striking/rioting over dumb shiat, and how they barely work at all.


So you're not against decent pay and working conditions, you just think that all French people are lazy?

FWIW I'm reminded of an anecdote Stephen Fry related in an episode of QI about a time the Statue of Liberty needed maintenance, and there weren't workers skilled enough to do it in the US, so they had to import a team from France to do the work. And the US workers were not very pleased that their French counterparts expected things like a decent lunch break and good food. IIRC the message that Fry was going for was along the lines of the job not being able to be automated, it required skilled craftspeople working meticulously, and there's some foible of American culture that balks at such concepts.

Not saying I necessarily agree with his assessment, but it's funny to compare your attitude to his.
 
2022-07-05 7:27:52 PM  
I would think even rebuilding it would be feasible. Incredibly, it only weighs 10000 metric tons. That's only about the same amount of iron/steel as a medium sized ocean freighter.
 
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