Skyscraper Window Replacement Goes About As Wrong As Possible

June 1, 2018

This is a video of a window being replaced on the 47-story Wellhouse tower in Moscow when the entire replacement window is dropped on its way to the roof. Thankfully (I think), the window hits the side of the building about halfway down and shatters instead of waiting to hug the ground. Now I'm no skyscraper window replacement expert, but I don't think any of that was supposed to happen. But like I said, I'm no expert. Maybe, just like making an omelet, you have to-- "You don't have to break a few windows to replace a window." But we don't know that -- best to leave it to these experts. I'm joking, let me do it, I just need a helicopter and four octopuses.

Keep going for the video, actual drop happens at 1:30, followed by some slow motion action.

Thanks to Josh F, who's convinced there's an insurance scam here somewhere. You know what? I did notice a recent life insurance policy for a Mr W. Pane.

  • JJtoob

    I'm glad you make GIFs of the good part because that video has been taken down, I guess...

  • shashi

    What about the person recording from the ground? Are we watching a snuff film?

  • GeneralDisorder

    This can't be Russian. They're wearing safety harnesses. Everyone knows Russians just dangle from buildings. And by everyone I mean that's a thing I've seen on a couple videos. And by "everyone knows that" I mean "I'm just making broad generalizations that don't actually have any basis in reality"

  • Bosun Higgs

    "I've got 100 people down here, and they're covered with glass!"
    —Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson

  • Anton Kovalenko

    Finding original source is not hard you know..

  • Jenai Tymak Shanice Brazell

    I see where it wrong. One of the men let go of his end and the other guy couldn't hold on to it alone. But what good where the ropes and suctions.

  • Mark

    Looks like they will need a few more replacement windows.
    - Captain Obvious

  • The_Wretched

    For a minute there I thought someone was one the piece of glass and not the suction device.

  • Eric Ord

    Vid is u ppl gettin firsts n not even sayin >:(

  • TheQiwiMan

    Oh man, I've only seen the gif of this, it's SO MUCH BETTER in video form! :-D

  • Doog

    So did they break a different window with the one replacement window thus ensuring that they need yet another replacement window?

  • TheQiwiMan


  • James Mcelroy

    in populist Russia, window replace you.

  • ward00

    Silly Russians are at it again

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Draco Basileus

    Maybe they should slow down, instead of Russian to finish the job.

  • Bling Nye

    They could save themselves a lot of pane and frustration.

  • Draco Basileus

    Good thing that pane had half dozen pieces of rope and suction cups attached to it to prevent this. Maybe next time they'll think to tie the other ends to the building.

  • Jenness

    First, I'm glad no one seemed to be harmed because that could really hurt and blind people had there been a ton of foot traffic below. And second....heh....i'm sure Eric Ord will have something to say.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    the window pane is Eric Ord, the ground is a pool of firsts, the workers are us trying to hold him back from greatness

  • Eric Ord



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