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Old 06-08-2018, 07:20 PM   #1
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I want to buy a cheap drone just to goof around with. You think I can use it to pull wire ?
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use it to look in attics and places like that
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You can pull string across a drop ceiling to pull wire!

And spy on your sexy neighbor!

Just don't auto asphyxiate while checking her out!
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Perhaps it could be utilized to drop items onto the houses or even the persons who do not pay their bills.

This would be far more effective if the above-mentioned items were of the explosive type......
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Perhaps it could be utilized to drop items onto the houses or even the persons who do not pay their bills.

This would be far more effective if the above-mentioned items were of the explosive type......
ATF open the door before we kick it in!
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I'm getting my underground marked out... square city block, 5 buildings, couple of ponds, 5 onsite transformer pads, couple of surface parking lots with receptacles. etc.

You can fly the drone over the site taking a hi res video and then map a scaled version onto the site diagram.

The drone has to fly +33 meters and only allowed to point down. No looking at the +70 year old ladies. Watch the ducks and there are two geese that don't like drones. The gov will put you in jail if you harm the geese. The old ladies will burn your truck to the ground if you harm the ducks.

Call me when you are set up.

^^ This is a good idea. I get half the money just for thinking about it.
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You won’t be able to do much with a cheap drone, except watch it fly in the house. My drone can go over 4 miles away from me. I use it to cruise over the river. If you go looking for a drone look for one with GPS.


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The only thing mine was good for was watching it takeoff for the first time at full throttle and not respond to any commands. It's blue lights were beautiful as it crested the dark, snowy horizon.
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I saw one fly over my house the other day. I wanted to shoot it out of the sky.

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I have a buddy that is a GC and has been piloting a drone with software for roofing estimates. The drone video captures a rooftop, and sends the information to a server and it does the calculations for estimates and insurance claims.


He has gone from doing 4 estimates a day to about 12-15 a day. He had to jump through a large number of hoops to legally fly the thing, but he says it has been totally worth it.


The estimating software is really accurate too apparently. The only trouble it has is with low pitched roofs, can't quite tell if there is a valley or not, but that is not the drone, that is the video capture software.


The only thing I would think a drone would be good for in our line of work would be pole line inspection / maintenance. Perhaps you could use it for street light or parking lot illumination survey, looking for dark spots at night or something...


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I have a buddy that is a GC and has been piloting a drone with software for roofing estimates. The drone video captures a rooftop, and sends the information to a server and it does the calculations for estimates and insurance claims.


He has gone from doing 4 estimates a day to about 12-15 a day. He had to jump through a large number of hoops to legally fly the thing, but he says it has been totally worth it.


The estimating software is really accurate too apparently. The only trouble it has is with low pitched roofs, can't quite tell if there is a valley or not, but that is not the drone, that is the video capture software.


The only thing I would think a drone would be good for in our line of work would be pole line inspection / maintenance. Perhaps you could use it for street light or parking lot illumination survey, looking for dark spots at night or something...


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People do that with Google Maps and measure distance feature.
I measured for an 600 amp underground feeder and nailed it perfectly.
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My son had one in his car. We didn't have an extension ladder. He was able to look around on the roof and get the data we needed for the condenser and makeup air mechanical loads.
Pretty cool.
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My son had one in his car. We didn't have an extension ladder. He was able to look around on the roof and get the data we needed for the condenser and makeup air mechanical loads.
Pretty cool.

That sounds awesome when you think about it!
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I'm seriously considering taking a 3 credit course on drones offered by a local university.
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Not too off topic but a friend of mine (licensed pilot) spent big bucks on a really nice drone with several cameras etc on it and on it's maiden flight he put it right into HV transmission wires and killed it.

If his wife ever knew!
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I will take a few site pics during a day of trenching for underground which I then hand a copy over to my customer for their reference and always keep a copy myself. My drone is nothing fancy, approx. $700 but takes 4K video and ranges approx. 300ft which could be further but works for myself.
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We bid a local water and sewer project that had, right in the specs, a requirement of weekly aerial photos.
We didn't get the job, it went to someone out of town that bid what our gear package cost.
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