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Pothole expansion kit

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A compact prepackaged explosive charge issued free of charge to car and truck drivers and motorcyclists, designed to produce an intense radial shockwave. Placed in a water-filled pothole, it widens an deepens the hole by 300%, without dispersing any fragments outside the confines of the hole, and rendering the road entirely impassible.

And then the local road authority have to come along and fix it, rather than ignoring it for another 18 months.

8th of 7, May 19 2017

Penile code violations ala Wanksy. http://www.foldingb...ing-penis-graffiti/
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, May 20 2017]


       //have to// sp.: might
MaxwellBuchanan, May 19 2017

       The somewhat forlorn hope is that a local councillor's chauffeur-driven limo will plunge into the abyss, ideally ending his or her life, but failing that distracting them a little from the endless round of carping, self-aggrandisement, infighting, cronyism and blatant nepotism for just long enough for them to cease playing pocket billards and spend taxpayers money on something the taxpayers actually want and approve of, rather than squandering it on grandiose ego-massaging projects which are doomed to failure and ridicule even before the feasibility study reports that the whole concept is ludicrous, impractical, and a complete waste of resources.
8th of 7, May 19 2017

       If that happened, the money would be spent on (a) a memorial plaque (b) a full investigation of the accident (c) a bunch of flowers tied to the nearest tree or lamp-post, distracting drivers from the actual hazard and (d) additional road signage warning drivers of the hazard.   

       A better solution, surely, would be to design a shaped charge that, when placed in the pothole, shears off a sloping layer of tarmac such that the pothole becomes merely a shallow depression.   

       Alternatively, a large disc of thermite could be used to simply melt the roadway, allowing gravity to level it before it cools and re-sets.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 19 2017

       "There was a series of bad ones in my commute home - I interwebbed up the responsible authorities and sent them messages informing them I was going to plant trees in them." — normzone, May 19 2017
8th of 7, May 20 2017

       ^ That is an interesting idea, if property owners were responsible for road repair... fix it or we put a tree in the hole and a bypass in your front yard.
FlyingToaster, May 20 2017

       I have an ongoing curiosity with an ant colony that made it's home in a pot hole on a lesser traveled dirt road. When I first noticed it I thought what a terrible place to build an anthill. It's in the road, it fills up with water, the soil must be compacted. But over the months they filled in the hole and now it's a slight bump, and their numbers have risen considerably. The entry hole has migrated out of the main flow of traffic, closer to the side of the road and I stop to check on their progress when I'm in the area.


       //property owners were responsible for road repair//

There are several dirt roads in the same area that are maintained by property owners, each owning the section just in front of their parcel of land. These are generally not thru roads and they do fall into disrepair until it is no longer tolerable, when one of the owners gets fed up enough to do something, not just to their portion, but to the whole road.

They do not pay either. They just borrow a grading blade from their friend or cousin or whoever, stick it on their truck, and do the work themselves. When a new neighbor moves in, the topic of paving the road, or perhaps turning it over to the county, is brought up and quickly snuffed.
LimpNotes, May 20 2017

       //There are several dirt roads in the same area that are maintained by property owners, each owning the section just in front of their parcel of land.// Are you talking about MB's section of road in front of his estate that has a toll booth at each end?
Canuck, May 23 2017

       //Are you talking about MB's section of road//

Similar no doubt, but without the cavity searches. Every property owner along the road has the right of ingress and egress and effectively share an easement, that is the road, across each other's land. This right extends to visitors and such so I'm not sure about the legality of setting up a tollbooth. Interesting thought.
LimpNotes, May 23 2017

       I can assure you, when I have my people do a cavity search, they don't use any sort of easement.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 23 2017

       // they don't use any sort of easement //   

       They don't ? What do you call that thing like a pair of pliers with prongs on the side, then ?
8th of 7, May 24 2017

       //What do you call that thing...//

LimpNotes, May 24 2017

       I will use a real world example to point out a flaw.   

       the road I live on washes out every spring. this was ignored. The mail person totaled there car in it a few years back and sued the county for it. Now my road has a sing that says road closed use at own risk every spring and it's still washes out every year.   

       you see my point though.
dev45, May 24 2017

       //Now my road has a sing that says road closed use at own risk every spring and it's still washes out every year. //   

       The lyrics are ok... but you can't really dance to it.   

       No, sounds like one of those Folk song dirges beloved of the finger-in-the-ear and Arran sweater brigade, along the lines of "Owwww, my pig is dead, my house fell down, the mine's fallen in and the squire's raped my daughter, owwwww ...."   

       Music to slash your wrists by.
8th of 7, May 25 2017


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