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They are the builders of some of the most crucial and underappreciated elements of the New York City infrastructure — from its water and sewage tunnels, to its subway systems and bridge footings. In the early 1900s, the Sandhogs worked in conditions so dangerous that they lost an average of a man a mile, but they never backed down from the work that needed to be done. While the work now is just as dangerous, most of these urban miners' century-old working methods are still used. Their dedication is based on a brotherhood that has been handed down through the generations and preserved almost perfectly today. Their union, leadership, and spirit are forged in iron and steel, and reflect the age-old spirit of American destiny. So what does it take to be a Sandhog? What’s it like working deep down in holes that go as far into the ground as Manhattan skyscrapers go high? What's the first day on the job like and what does it take to survive intact? Burrow far beneath the concrete jungle with Sandhogs to find out.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoWhat Lies Beneath||Hundreds of feet below one of the world's most famous cities, a different breed of men dig and blast their way through solid rock. These urban miners create the tunnels that ensure the survival of the city above. Meet Walking Boss Morgan Curran and the Sandhogs of Local 147. Under great pressure, these men work to complete the Croton Filtration Plant, a facility that will help ensure the safety of the city's water supply. In one tunnel they use the "Mole", an enormous tunnel-boring machine that relentlessly eats away at the rock. In the other tunnel, they're using large quantities of dynamite to blast their way through the earth. When a void develops along one of the tunnel walls, the hogs race to put up ring steel to prevent a cave in. And while the Brooklyn Bridge celebrates its 125th anniversary, the Sandhogs continue to toil below, preparing and detonating their next blast.||42:10||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoPunching Through||Hundreds of feet below one of the world's most famous cities, a different breed of men dig and blast their way through solid rock. These urban miners create the tunnels that ensure the survival of the city above. Meet Walking Boss Morgan Curran and the Sandhogs of Local 147. Under great pressure, these men work to complete the Croton Filtration Plant, a facility that will help ensure the safety of the city's water supply. In one tunnel they use the "Mole", an enormous tunnel-boring machine that relentlessly eats away at the rock. In the other tunnel, they're using large quantities of dynamite to blast their way through the earth. When a void develops along one of the tunnel walls, the hogs race to put up ring steel to prevent a cave in. And while the Brooklyn Bridge celebrates its 125th anniversary, the Sandhogs continue to toil below, preparing and detonating their next blast.||43:09||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoLeaders Among Hogs||At the Croton Filtration Plant in the Bronx, the sandhogs continue to mine deep beneath the city. After punching through to the 118-year old New Croton Aqueduct tunnel, Repete and his crew prepare for the project's next step of permanently joining the two tunnels. In the upper tunnel newly appointed foreman Anthony Aviles is pushing his mole crew too hard. Tensions build until the gang finally snaps and a fight breaks out on the mole, forcing Walking Boss Morgan Curran to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, in the heart of Manhattan, at the new #7 subway extension site, Walking Boss Martin Hostetter is out for the day, leaving Foreman Ryan McGinty with the greatest challenge of his career his first solo blast. Back at Croton, Anthony pushes for a personal record and proves he's a good miner, but Morgan questions whether he has what it takes to be a good leader.||43:19||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoIt Is What It Is||Discover a world under New York City where injury and death on the job are common occurrences. Watch as these workers toil underneath the streets of New York City just as they have for the past 150 years--they are an instrumental part of the development of the city. Their union, their identity and their culture have been forged in iron and steel, and it is a bond that is truly shared as a brotherhood.||43:11||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideo3745 Feet||Morgan and the gang in the Croton Filtration site's upper tunnel begin a critical turn with the mole. As they steadily close in on their goal of mining 3745 feet, the gang has little margin for error. But mid-way into the turn the mole's navigation system goes down, making it so they may have to go forth 'blind'. While on Manhattan's west side, young sandhog Jason Durkin commits the rookie tunnelworker's gaffe known as hanging a steel and his fellow hogs don't let him off the hook easily. Back at Croton, the mole mines the final stretch of rock in the upper tunnel as Morgan plans an important explosion which will allow the sandhogs to back the mole out of the tunnel. As Morgan and his gang wrestle the jackleg drill, the sandhogs at the #7 subway line site get a reminder of how dangerous the jackleg really is when Jason is injured by the mammoth machine. Finally, Morgan and gang attempt a tricky double explosion, out in front of the mole.||43:11||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoJob Security||At the Croton Filtration Plant in Bronx, NY, Walking Boss Morgan Curran and his gang work to complete the new tunnel's connection to the 118-year old New Croton Aqueduct. As the concrete pour begins, signaling the winding down of this job, Morgan begins his search for the next big drill and blast job. Morgan is reminded of why he hates concrete so much when clogs in the lines slow progress and injuries strike the crew. On the east side of town, the sandhogs are working on the first major upgrade to the LIRR in over a century. And new tunneling technology is moving in that could make drill and blasting obsolete - signaling the end of an era for NY's hard rock miners. Back at Croton, the completion of the lower tunnel forces Morgan to face the worst part of being a boss laying off some of his gang.||43:11||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoThe End of an Era||On Manhattan's west side, a tunnel said to be the largest public works construction project in the history of the western hemisphere nears completion: New York City's Water Tunnel #3. After 38 years, the sandhogs prepare for the final blasts in this tunnel. With vital tunnel infrastructure dangerously close to the blast site, Master Blaster Eddie Greenan is brought in to supervise. But unexpected collateral damage from the first blast creates problems. Meanwhile, a few blocks away at the #7 Subway expansion site, Martin and Ryan reach a milestone as they finish the shaft and begin mining forward. But there's problems with the blasting plan, and the gang reaches out for help. Back at water tunnel #3, Eddie and the hogs wrestle to complete the final blast, which would conclude the Sandhogs biggest project ever.||43:07||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Meltdown||Discover a world under New York City where injury and death on the job are common occurrences. Watch as these workers toil underneath the streets of New York City just as they have for the past 150 years--they are an instrumental part of the development of the city. Their union, their identity and their culture have been forged in iron and steel, and it is a bond that is truly shared as a brotherhood.||43:10||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Roadheader||The moment of truth has arrived for the Sandhogs using the Roadheader at East Side Access. But before it can do battle against Manhattan's diamond-hard subterranean rock, near-disaster strikes. As Little Al's crew tries to maneuver the giant machine into place, it pierces a water line. Meanwhile, on the West Mole dayshift, a member of the gang has gone AWOL, forcing foreman Gregg Ryan and Wes Telesford to break in a "shaper"--a young, inexperienced Sandhog. The hazing is relentless, as are the mining problems that continue to plague the gang. Over on the #7 subway site, tension builds between Jared and his father, walking boss Martin Hostetter. Back at East Side Access, the Roadheader finally smashes into the rock: will it be a $4 million bust, or is it the future of mining for the Sandhogs?||43:11||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoA Band of Brothers||On the #7 Subway line extension project, Walking Boss Martin Hostetter and Foreman Ryan McGinty ready their gang for an important two weeks. They are preparing the final few blasts to complete the giant subterranean cavern. Over the past four months this relatively inexperienced crew of sandhogs has refined their skills and come together as an effective gang of drill and blasters. But as they work, mechanical problems slow their progress, and frustration mounts. Over at the East Side Access site, the West Tunnel mole gang confronts one obstacle after another in their efforts to mine 25 feet a day. Broken components on the mole shut down production and the gang must go out in front of it to get it fixed. When the 300-ton mole derails, the gang is thoroughly tested, using hand-tools and ingenuity to get it back on track so mining can continue.||43:09||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoLooking Forward||At the Croton Filtration Plant, Walking Boss Morgan Curran and his gang finish prepping the mole for it's third and final tunnel. With work picking up again Morgan rehires Elom, Mikey Bones and Romo, returning his old gang to full strength. Thinking forward to the next job, he needs his gang to begin this final segment without incident, to ensure their future prospects. Over at the East Side Access site in Queens, foreman Tom Kelly oversees a series of precise blasts. But a nagging shoulder injury sends him to the doctor where he is told to stay off of ladders and away from heavy equipment. Ignoring the doctor's advice, Tommy returns to the job the next day to build a protective bulkhead, helping to secure to tunnel against the blast. Back at Croton, the mole gang encounters a string of bad luck, and mining production falls below average. Morgan, concerned that this will tarnish the reputation of his gang, pushes his crew to step in up--or else.||43:10||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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This was fascinating stuff. Well made and interesting to watch. My wife watched with me. Another show that clearly shows you what you DONT want to do for a living. Along the lines of the show Dirty Jobs. One of my favorite shows as well.
Holds its own
Certainly, Sandhogs is riding the coattails of some rather recent popular "reality" series such as Deadliest Catch, Axemen, Ice Road Truckers, etc. Not packing the same "bang for your buck" as these aforementioned series, it still holds up to 45 minutes of interesting television. I was recently in NY for the first time, and was utterly fascinated in just how and who were instrumental in the construction of the subways, etc. This show certainly answers quite a few questions, and my hat is off to these individuals whose work goes often unnoticed until you need them...
Best show ever. takes you into one of the jobs that allow NYC to function and keep from crumbling to the ground