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Nov 24th 2017 by Snapshot52 • 31 Questions • 262 Points

First, let's get the proof out of the way. So, now, I am managing our company's largest store, and am swamped with managerial duties, training employees, and dealing with annoying vendors. But, I'm taking some time out for all of you guys.

There are lots of new, exciting things that have recently come out/are coming soon!

For those who NEED the most power, I've got just the Crack you need! Since we last talked, there are new bagless and cordless vacuums on the market, and some other exciting things.

So, on to business...here's the copypasta.

First AMA

Second AMA

Last AMA

YouTube Channel Here's some basics to get you started:

  • Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will almost always:

1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning).

2) Be in service for much longer.

3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables).

4) Filter your air better.

Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is. Things you should do to maintain your vac, regularly:

1) Clear your brush roller/agitator of hair and fibers. Clear the bearing caps as well, if possible. (monthly)

2) Change your belts before they break. This is important to maintain proper tension against the agitator. (~ yearly for "stretch" belts)

3) Never use soap when washing any parts of your vacuum, including the outer bag, duct system, agitator, filters, etc. Soap attracts dirt, and is difficult to rinse away thoroughly.

  • Types of vacs:

1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well.

2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright.

3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often.

4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction.

My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they're talking about.

Q:

What was the process of being initially detained? Did the FBI just knock on your door while you were home and said you were under arrest?

A:

How many times have you been arrested and what happened?


Q:

What are your thoughts on Roombas??

And have you ever had to fix one?

A:

Well, the FBI agent and my local sheriff did not press charges. However, the FBI agent did have to report his findings to the Ohio sheriff. Then, they pressed charges and I was arrested at work. Taken to jail and waited 27 days for extradition.


Q:

Once but now the police station is full of subscribers

A:

I think they're okay for doing light cleaning throughout the week, between regular deep vacuuming (assuming carpeting). I think Neato and Miele robots are better systems than Roomba.

I worked on an early model Roomba and it felt like a crap product. They've since made their machines into modular systems that the consumer can diagnose and replace components easily, so I don't see them come into the shop so much.


Q:

What was the moment when you realized "Oh man, this might not be considered a prank and I may be in deeper trouble than I initially thought?"

A:

What's with the mannequin legs in the garden?


Q:

I just bought the Roomba 960 for the wife. We have a very large single floor home with refinished hardwood floors. I tested it out on the tile at work yesterday and it seems to do a reasonable job. I think letting it run constantly will keep the floors looking cleaner longer, especially with a small pet (we have a 19lbs dog). I hope I didn't drop $600 for nothing.

A:

The minute the voice on the other end of the phone claimed to be an FBI agent.


Q:

They were left over from a TV project......you can't chuck legs away

A:

I hope it serves you well for a good, long time.


Q:

Do you still browse 4chan or have you sworn off that website since getting arrested?

I'm sure you've had a lot of time to think about what caused you to threaten that

A:

What was one project that you regretting starting because it got too dangerous, costly, etc., but had to finish anyways? Thanks!


Q:

Why in God’s name do they still sell that stupid carpet powder stuff ? Every vacuum I’ve ever cleaned that saw it was just clogged with that crap.

A:

I have sworn off the website. It hasn't even touched my address bar. It's like a PTSD thing for me now.


Q:

The fire tornado just WOULD NOT WORK but turns out it was just the weather so glad I persevered but was a tough, cold January!

A:

Dude...seriously!


Q:

What is your biggest takeaway from this experience?

A:

How is your relationship with your neighbours?


Q:

How do you suggest cleaning out the hose? I have a vacuum with an accordian hose and a wife who routinely vacuums up wet things that should have been cleaned up by other methods.
For everyone that inevitably tells me to fix the wife problem, I have tried, and that would still leave me with my dirty hose that had build up from when it got wet then was used on more dry things.

A:

To work as hard as I can to be the great person I know I can be. My life was a wreck when I was doing all that stuff. I was overeating, drinking everyday, and I dropped out of school...


Q:

They like it when I'm on holiday

A:

Soak it in vinegar overnight, then rinse it out with just water with a hose sprayer or something. Set it out in the sun to dry completely.

Easy Fix.


Q:

So do you think prison helped you as a person?

A:

Do you know that Furz means fart in German? Maybe it was your destiny to become a plumber and now you disturbed the space time continuum?


Q:

What is the best Portable Vacuum to have in the car? I do Lyft and Uber and it would be nice to have something small in the trunk.

A:

It's helped me because I do not want to be anything like the people there. Selling drugs, beating women, hurting kids. It's a terrible thing. I want to be the exact opposite. I want to be a clean, sober guy, an amazing husband and a family of my own someday.


Q:

I'm very aware of this and feel I should make a German themed Colin fart video

A:

You might like Dyson's V7 or V8 cordless stick vacs. They're pretty good for that kind of thing.


Q:

What was prison life like with people who knew you were in for threatening to shoot up a school?

A:

HOW THE HELL HAVE YOU NOT DIED, YET?


Q:

Did you see this clever comic by u/lolnein?

A:

I was called Osama a lot and they made a ton of jokes my way.


Q:

I ask myself this, maybe I'm a cat...

A:

Thanks! I hadn't seen that before. I chuckled audibly.


Q:

Follow up, do you think you're on some sort of watchlist now?

A:

I've seen all your videos and always wonder, is that tie a clip-on? safety wise of course.

edit: grammer


Q:

What are your thoughts on Simplicity? (Still good? Maintenance issues to be aware of? etc.) I got a Simplicity canister more than ten years ago, and love it. I think the only thing I've replaced on it was the hose.

A:

Absolutely.


Q:

No it's not! Probably should be..

A:

Simplicity is a very good brand. You might not know that Simplicity is Riccar's sister company and the two brand's vacuums are almost identical.


Q:

What was the most difficult aspect about adjusting to prison life?

What did you do with your time?

A:

What do you use the bunker for? And how does it smell afterwards?


Q:

My budget is $150.

Mostly laminate floors with a couple of thick rugs. No pets, couple of kids.

Which vacuum do you recommend?

A:

The most difficult thing is adjusting to zero privacy and being treated less than human by guards and other staff.


Q:

Rick uses it as a band practice room, I watch the formula 1 down there and it's a store for my inventions. It doesn't smell and has never got damp! #amazing

A:

Anything under $200 is gonna be pure shit. The best bang for your buck @ $200 MSRP is Fuller Brush's Easy Made. It's a helluva lot of vacuum for the price and won't fall apart as fast as the shitty ones.


Q:

Follow up, what has been the hardest adjustment coming out as a convicted felon?

A:

Who is your favorite inventor?


Q:

Who makes the good (see; not too f'ing expensive) shampoo vacuum cleaner?

Here in England, you can rent a "Rug Doctor" but no idea if they are any good or not.

A:

Taking a shower without shoes on and being able to be in a quiet place.


Q:

Wallace of Wallace and Gromit

A:

I don't recommend any consumer level shampooers. Hiring a professional with heated extraction is ideal, renting is better than nothing.


Q:

So, how do your friends and family view you? I'm sure it'll be a fun topic to bring up around the holidays..

A:

Do you want your son to follow in your footsteps or would you rather he did something a little safer?


Q:

We've been pretty happy with Bissel's Big Green Clean Machine, but it's not as good as paying for heated extraction. I think a home unit is great to have for pet stains and kid stains when paying for professional cleaning every time is impractical.

A:

They know I would never truly hurt anyone. But they understand I was being a drunk douche and watching me throw my life away. I am very lucky for a shot at redemption.


Q:

If he is interested in what I'm doing, but I won't push him into it!

A:

I agree. At least the Big Green is a decent machine. Just ALWAYS do a full rinse run after the shampoo run.


Q:

Do you have a job now? What is it? How are you getting back on your feet?

A:

Love your show. Do you have any background in engineering?


Q:

I work as a repair technician for a goodwill type organization in Europe, my job is to test and repair pretty much everything in your kitchen/living room. I pretty much learn on the job with some courses on the side, so I have a lot to learn. Vacuum cleaners come in all the time, and usually the 'fixes' we do is simply cleaning out the filters and replacing a bag if needed. If there's an actual defect chances are it is too time-intensive to fix, as we do need to make 'some' money.

Have any general tips that could help me salvage more of them rather than forfeiting them to recycling?

A:

I have several jobs lined up. Hope I will be hired back tomorrow!


Q:

I'ma plummer by trade but all my welding and machining skills are all self taught. I've just bought tools and tried to use them. Things have been broken along the way

A:

Man, I don't know what your margins are like, but I can tell you that Youtube is a great recourse for repair tips. I go there when I've got a real odd ball that even my veteran techs in the company are stumped on.


Q:

What was your job before you were arrested?

A:

What was your favourite build and why?


Q:

I have 3 large dogs and 2 cats. What floor cleaning device do you suggest? I've murdered three different vacuums and am in need of advice.

A:

I was a weekend custodial guy at the University of South Florida, a position I held for almost 5 years.


Q:

I have many favourites but the bunker gets used the most, the mobility scooter launched the channel and I can't believe the hover bike worked

A:

If you have a lot of carpeting, a carpet rake can be used prior to vacuuming to save on bags or having to empty dust bins as much.

Also, with that kind of heavy duty environment, you really should invest in a premium vacuum and then have it serviced regularly. You should also do monthly maintenance on your brush roller, to remove any built up hair on the brush and around the brush bearing end caps. This will greatly increase the lifespan of the brush roller and belts. Change your belts once a year.


Q:

What was their reaction, they fire you immediately, or did you quit?

What do you think you might do for work now?

A:

Where do you get inspiration from? On a similar note, what youtube channels are your favorite?


Q:

Thanks for the info! Top 3 recommended make/models?

A:

I was fired by the president of the University.


Q:

Inspiration can come from many places, other videos, silly thoughts and accidental mistakes. Hacksmith, James Bruton and Alec Steele are pretty good!

A:

The top three brands in the US are Riccar, Miele, and Sebo. Not necessarily in that order. Obviously, with all three, the more you spend the more vacuum you're gonna get.


Q:

Aside from what you were arrested for, what do you think was the worst thing you did online while trolling?

A:

How do you feel about the YouTube community right now? Also, have you ever thought about a colab with William Osman or one of the other engineerish channels?


Q:

Thank you

A:

100% Other than that, it was mostly sports trolling on /sp/


Q:

I feel YouTube is the same now as it ever was with people talking and sharing ideas. It's just got bigger which can change people's perceptions. I'll have to check that guy out!

A:

You're welcome. I hope it was helpful.


Q:

Have you ever watched the "Fresh Out" series on youtube about prison/getting out?

It's really interesting and I'm wondering if you had similar experiences?

https://www.youtube.com/user/FreshOutSeries

Like, did you ever get your cheeks busted or have to split some wigs?

A:

Hey Colin. Thanks for the videos. I was turned on to them by an old mate of yours here in Thailand. He passes on this message:

Hey fur ball .. hows it going when can we make some more cheap kungfu movies

(slantie)

As for my question: When are you coming down to Thailand to make a few videos? Let's just say there are fewer safety rules/regulations down here.


Q:

So based on your previous threads, I bought a Miele C3 cat/dog. Love the vacuum, but I'm a little confused about setting the height for the powerhead for our carpet.

Obviously too low and it's too hard to push around, and too high and it's not touching the carpet at all. But there seem to be two settings that "work" for each of our different carpets (we have carpeted rooms with a 3/4 inch pile, and then some rugs that are lower).

Is there any more accurate way to determine the ideal height? If there are two that seem to work, is it better to pick the higher or lower one? Am I just way-overthinking this?

A:

I have been notified of it and have bookmarked it for future viewing. I am still getting caught up.


Q:

Funny you should ask I have an idea in mind which would take me there. Tell Tanner fish freedom is looking for him

A:

With every vacuum that has height adjustment there is only one proper procedure to determine the best height.

Always start on the highest setting and work it down just until it starts to vibrate the rug/carpet, an NO lower. This allows for ideal agitation in the fibers and airflow into the vacuum. Also, with your Miele, keep in mind that the ideal power settings are the rug settings whenever you're on carpeting.


Q:

Did doing stuff like that give you a high? What was your primary motivation? And how do you recommend getting across to others who still partake in harmful "pranks" and cyber bullying?

A:

How much notice do you give to the neighbours / the police / the council for your projects? The AT-AT for exampple, did you need planning permission for that?


Q:

Oh shit, I've been doing the complete opposite! I thought that getting the bristles deeper in = deeper clean. 😫

A:

Absolutely it was a high. Coupled with being drunk. It was a different kind of euphoria having the power to make people freak out think something bad is going to happen when it really isn't.


Q:

I find forgiveness is easier to seek than permission

A:

Exactly the opposite of what you intended. It wears out your vacuum and your carpet.


Q:

did the realization that there are actual dangers incurred from such behavior; make you feel a sense of guilt and as though you had done something definitely wrong? do you feel regret over your decisions and not because of the impact it had on you personally?

A:

How did you put out the largest bonfire? Thx!


Q:

It seems like every time I buy a vacuum cleaner, they lose all suction within a week. My dirt devil just happened to have this problem. I tried cleaning out all the ports on it and still nothing, bad suction like all the other vacs I get. What's going on you think?

A:

I feel guilty for it every day. I wish I had not have been such a loser. The hardest part was encountering the people at the STAR Behavioral center who were directly affected. I tried so hard to prove that it was just a mistake.

It changed me personally because I have now eliminated negativity from my life. I am going to be more outgoing and positive and really try to make an impact on the people I know and will meet. I don't want to be a bad guy or solely know as the guy who went to prison for trolling... I want to be a guy who is know to persevere.


Q:

To my surprise we woke up in the morning and it had all burnt away. I think the ground was so hot it helped keep the coals burning until gone

A:

You're buying shitty vacuums.

Seriously, spend more for a higher quality vacuum that has better performance. Also, I'm not saying you're a dirty person, but vacuuming at least once a week can help alleviate clogs.

Also, take your time vacuuming. Racing through the job can cause lots of debris to come rushing in and causing a blockage.

One last thing...do manually pick up any objects larger than dirt, dust, and hair to avoid those clogging your vac.


Q:

How exactly did they track you down?

A:

Hi Colin, been a fan for years, your projects are great.. my favourite is the TukTuk..

Simple question... how many fireworks for 6 million subs and what will they be attached to ? :D


Q:

What are your thoughts on built in vacuum systems for homes? I have a Miele vacuum that I love but will be building a home soon and some people are suggesting it would be a mistake not to get one built in. If I do go that route, what are the better brands?

A:

The FBI got my IP address and my ISP gave them my billing info.


Q:

For 6 mill I might do something different

A:

Central vac systems are great if you're building a home. That being said, because of the long, heavy hoses most systems use, just about everyone I know with a CV system also has a conventional vac because the don't enjoy lugging around the hoses.


Q:

Upthread, you mentioned the euphoria of manipulating people. There are a lot of programs and ideas being thrown about on how to discourage other people, especially young people, from doing something similar. What do you think would be most effective?

A:

Hi Colin, Love your work! Have you ever destroyed a safety tie or has it always done it’s job?


Q:

Brand suggestions? And yes, the suggestion was that if we do get a central vac that we get a hose for every floor (which makes me think we might as well get a vacuum for every floor if we do that).

A:

Showing the weirdness of being disconnected from the constant flow of information. Like I can't count the times I wish I could have Google'd the answer to something or have even checked simple baseball scores.


Q:

We are currently on the 2nd tie and 3rd shirt. The previous tie was falling apart and stank really bad

A:

The only system I know well that is available today is by ProLine. They have systems big enough for just about any home.

The price to have a system installed, complete with a high-end power brush head is gonna cost roughly $1300-$2000.


Q:

Have any newfound hobbies or interests after getting out of prison?

I wish you the best by the way.

A:

What project are you most looking forward to?


Q:

What are your feelings in regards to hard wood flooring/tile/linoleum?

A:

Jeopardy and Magic The Gathering.


Q:

Next year I want to test something in an exotic location so I actually get a holiday!

A:

Bare floors are certainly cleaner than carpeting. Carpeting is the single filthiest thing in one's home.


Q:

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A:

Hey Colin, love the channel! What project would you most like to do if you had an unlimited budget?


Q:

Ugh, and the weirdest of people that have carpeting in their BATHROOM! How can anyone think that is ok? I can't even keep a bath mat in there...

A:

We pretrialed it all the way until the day before actual trial, then I flipped my plea and took the deal.


Q:

Homemade roller-coaster

A:

That is fucking disgusting! I actually have a customer with a carpeted kitchen for fuck's sake.


Q:

What made you think that was a good idea? I’m not even being an asshole, I promise. When I was a freshman (2000) a kid in my grade made a bomb threat though some really vague communication with someone on a burner phone, they caught him quickly and we never saw him again. Even though you were states away, you weren’t nervous?? Did you know they were coming for you, or was it a surprise? Thank you, I followed you from the other thread.

A:

Have you made any inventions that you actually use on a day to day basis? I don't imagine a thermite kettle to be too practical in the long run


Q:

I had an apartment with carpeted kitchen. Week 1 I dropped an egg, and from that day on I could never walk barefoot in my own kitchen for fear of what else was in there.

A:

It was kind of like the old 4chan cardstand threads. You know, the one where someone would post the webcam of Times Square that was positioned in front of a store with a Cardstand out front. OP would then say, HEY IM GOING TO TIP OVER THAT CARDSTAND IN 30 MINUTES! And then it never happens. It was like that. HEY I AM GOING TO SHOOT UP A SCHOOL IN FOUR HOURS, the goal is to make you wait the 4 hours to see if it actually happens.


Q:

I just made a sheet metal folder which has come in handy

A:

*Shudders....


Q:

Where do you think you’re going after this, and how do you think it changed from what where you would be going?

A:

Hi Colin - who is your favourite tube supplier in Peterborough and why is it Apex Tubes?


Q:

I've got a two-parter for ya.

1) If I have a strong preference for an upright vacuum, should I be concerned that it might not be ideal for my home? I have about 50/50 carpet/hard flooring. I simply hate dragging a stupid canister behind me that repeatedly pops me in the heels as I'm vacuuming.

2) I've already got a Dyson vac that I ashamedly bought years ago. In your opinion is it worth upgrading to a higher quality bagged vacuum? Or should I keep using the one I have until it dies?

A:

I would be dead now. My drinking would have gotten to the point where I could have gone drinking and driving.

Now, even through this painful experience, I see a light. I am smarter and more driven to be an amazing, hard working person who will overcome this thing.


Q:

I just love that dairy grade stainless and the free supply of biscuits

A:

I don't know what kind of canisters you've had, but I've never had issues with my canisters following me around. But, they have long hoses. Canisters are ideal for a home like yours, but if you really want an upright, there are options. You'll want one that can shut off the brush roller and a long accessory tool hose, or at least the ability to use an extension hose kit.

If you can budget for a new premium bagged vacuum, ditch the shitty old Dyson.


Q:

What was your daily routine in prison?

A:

Have you been to Bombay Cottage in Stamford? I went on the way to Stansted from the north and it was well nice

edit: holy shit I just found this image when googling it https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/07/fb/1c/aa/havin-fun-with-our-tuck.jpg


Q:

Do you know the song from Once, "Broken Hearted Hoover-Fixer-Sucker Guy"? It is a gem. I hope you don't have a similar sad tale.

A:

Wake up about 6:30AM, go to breakfast, come back, watch the first hour of GMA. Then watch Match Game on GSN, then go outside to listen to BBC News Hour on my radio, come back in for count, lunch, Afternoon GED instructor job, count again, dinner, jeopardy, more TV then bed. Rinse, Repeat.


Q:

YES that's my local Indian!

A:

That is a great song. I have a sad tale of my own.


Q:

What was your first meal once you got out of prison?

A:

What is the most scared you have ever been doing one of your videos?


Q:

Which one wins in a fight, a roomba or a Corgi? The Corgi has heterochromia if that affects the odds at all.

A:

My Family and I ordered a 120 Nugget Party platter from Chick-Fil-A in Princeton, WV. IT WAS AMAZING!!


Q:

Half way through the 360 swing build it didn't look safe which was worrying as I was nearly 10 metres off the ground!

A:

I mean, Roombas are kinda cheaply built. I think a Corgi could take it.


Q:

At what point did: "wow, i'm fucked." sink in?

A:

Would you ever consider a colab with Adam Savage, aka. u/mistersavage? A video of you guys on Tested would be amazing.


Q:

Kirby vs dyson?

A:

When the FBI agent called me.


Q:

Yeah there's a few I'd like to collab with that are stateside but the huge, gaping pot of water in between makes things difficult. My next collab will probs be with Alec Steele

A:

Not a big fan of either. The Kirby lasts forever, but has shit filtration. The Dysons have shit airflow, choke on everything, and fall apart with ease.


Q:

How do you feel now coming back to the internet? I feel like i'd never use the internet again after going to prison for it.

A:

Hello, thank you for your time and efforts

How do you scavenge for parts? Do have quite the collection before hand or you go looking during the planning stages?


Q:

You're a legend!

Thoughts on hand vacuums? I'm looking for something for the car mainly. :)

A:

I thought I would be banned from the internet. So much has changed. It's taking a while to get used too. Like WHY is the Facebook app 600mb on Android?


Q:

A little bit of both. Four of the under bench drawers you see in the shed are full of potentially useful items. Sometimes I'll find an item and make the project around that

A:

Thanks! There's a lot of options out there. Try visiting your local vacuum retailer. Support your locally owned small businesses.


Q:

What was the thought process behind the school you picked? Was it just totally random - dart at a map sort of thing?

What was your trial like? Was the prosecution focused on proving you made the threats, or trying to show how damaging the effect was, or trying to paint you as a dangerous character?

A:

Do you have any more plans to fart at France, did anyone give you shit for pulling that prank?


Q:

We have a Rainbow (not my choice, husband bought it some years before we met) and I fucking hate it. I hate its big heavy dumbshit canister, I hate its stupidly short hoses, I hate dumping out carpet soup when I'm done with it. Given the option I'd happily fill the water reservoir with kerosene and light the bitch on fire.

Unfortunately, a quality vacuum isn't in the budget right now. Any tips on keeping this big dumb sonofabitch in good shape?

And thanks for doing another AMA! Never thought vacuum cleaners could be this interesting.

A:

It was basically a random place I picked out. Oh, the prosecution did everything they could. The media followed my case every time I had a pretrial, there was a camera.


Q:

Yes, the French need more poking. A post Brexit build may be in order

A:

Thank you for the kind words. I'm sorry about your Rainbow woes.

The best thing I can tell you to keep it in tip top shape is to always empty and set the bowl aside to dry when you finish vacuuming. Take off the separator and rinse it off every time. If the separator is caked with scale, soak it overnight in a cup of vinegar.

Wipe the motor gasket (the part that sits on the bowl) and keep it clean and supple.

Change your belt on the powerbrush nozzle once a year, and take the brush roller out once every month or two to check for hair around the bearing end caps.

Good luck.


Q:

Are prisons really as racially segregated as shown on TV? Where you only able to socialize with other people who shares your skin color?

A:

Have you ever shat in the fastest toilet?


Q:

I have inherited a rainbow vacuum that I am pretty happy with, with one exception. I have a Cane Corso (big dog), and even after thoroughly cleaning the vacuum, it smells like heated dog funk every time I run it. Is there anything that can be done to get rid of that??

A:

No not really. The prison I was at was about 55% African American, 40% White, and 5% other races. Most guys are cool with each other. The only thing that really causes problems is calling someone a "bitch" regardless of race.


Q:

Yes got to fully test things

A:

Take it to your local vac repair shop for a cleaning service.


Q:

Did you ever feel like a criminal when you did the trolling and did you ever think it would/could backfire?

A:

Which project gave you the most satisfaction when you finished it?


Q:

I wanted a Riccar Butler, but it seems to be discontinued. Should I buy used or is there a better product in the car-detailing segment?

A:

No, I just felt like your average troll. Just took it a little too far obviously.


Q:

The 100mph dodgem as I'd made such a good job of it I couldn't stop staring at it!

A:

Tacony still makes a commercial version of the Butler under the brand name Clean Max. Your Riccar dealer can order one from his supplier for you.


Q:

Have you seen the troll trace South Parks?

A:

Before you got big, how did you finance all these!?!?


Q:

how did the vacuum cleaner cross the road?

A:

YES! They hit home HARD.


Q:

Some projects aren't as expensive as they look, it was a case of waiting for parts to become available at the right price

A:

With a really aggressive agitator and a self-propelling transmission, I assume.


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Did you get any of /sp/'s letters while in jail?

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Do you plan your designs beforehand, or just get an idea and run with it? Also, how often have you gotten to the middle of a project and found you had to change everything? Thanks for doing this AMA! One of my favorite channels on YouTube.


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Yes I got quite a few. I was surprised at how supportive most of them were.

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I may do a rough sketch but most of the time I just start and yes you do sometimes have to change things


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You've spoken a bit how you realized you were in actual, serious trouble when the FBI called you.

I don't want to dredge up bad memories, but can you walk us through what that actually felt like? Knowing that they were coming after you. Were you sick? Did some kind of "flight" instinct kick in where you felt like running? A lot of pacing and anxiety? Did you call your parents?

Just wondering how it went down. Good to see you're on a better path now, man.

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Hello Colin. I really enjoy watching your videos on YouTube. A lot of the time, it seems that you're working alone in your shed. Are there generally more people around working on things than we see, or are you typically just slogging away keeping yourself (and us) entertained?


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Well, when I spoke to the FBI agent over the phone he demanded somewhere I could meet with him immediately. It was the morning after the iPhone 6 came out and I had been waiting in line all night with a friend. So I meet with him at the local Waffle House. My instinct the entire time was to try and explain that the threat was just a joke post on 4chan and that I would never hurt anyone. At the end of the meeting I was in tears but he said the FBI was not charging me but he had to report back to Ohio and it was up to them to charge me and left the meeting. Ohio issued the warrant and I was arrested in Florida the next day.

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Most of the time it is just me but Rick helps me out on the larger projects where a second pair of hands is needed. But I do all the editing, designing, social media etc all myself


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You met with the FBI without a lawyer?! Jesus.

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How often do sponsors reach out to you to make thing like the Deus Ex gauntlets and others?


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Yeah, THAT was a huge mistake.

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Things come in waves as games, films etc. all tend to come out at similar times eg. spring, summer, Christmas


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What does your family think of your story? It must be a real conversation starter at Thanksgiving.

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Do you ever plan on doing a bigger project for your magneto shoes? Or something else with the electro magnets?


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It certainly is. I am so thankful for my family.

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Yeah, mk2 magnet shoes is on the to do list


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Is there any casual ways prison had changed your life? Like new interests, new skills, even new knowledge you had never even thought of perusing before?

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How does your other half deal with your unique profession?


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I got so into Jeopardy. I watched and self kept my own score for 386 episodes. I am seriously going to write the producers and show them my self scoring system and let them know how much the show meant to me to help me get through the toughest time of my life.

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I am the reward in this ever giving profession mwahahah


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Worst thing about prison? Best thing about it? How did your family and friends react? How do the act around you now that you're back?

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I mentioned this in a comment section but it didn't really pick up steam so I'm going to mention it here as a potential project for Furze's invention show. Can you make a machine, that makes coleslaw? So you put all your lovely veggies in and a few jars of mayo and it slices the veggies and mixes it all together all at once. Inb4 any smartass tries to mention a food processor or a blender they don't chop things they just mush which isn't what the beautiful slaw is about. On a related note more Furze's invention show pls xox.


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Worst thing, the food. Aramark ran the food service at the prison I was at and they were probably spending $1 a day per inmate for 3 meals. Best thing, it's hard to say but probably the ability to tune out and be disconnected from the internet. I read about 20 books during my stay and watched 386 episodes of Jeopardy.

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It's a good idea but a Furze slaw wouldn't have mayo in as I hate it. Mother used salad cream as a replacement, is this acceptable?


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What are your future aspirations?

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whats your favorite food?


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Get a STEM degree and start a family and advocate anti-trolling.

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Sunday Roast


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Why did you take away from prison?

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ever thought about going on robot wars? or making something even better aka something that wouldnt fit to their pansy safety rules ;D


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That I never want to go BACK to prison. Being a thousand miles away from home, not being able to be with the people who love and care for you, how much you miss the simple things in life like bathroom privacy...

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I nearly did last series but timing wise it didn't work


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Speaking of loved ones, what was the reaction of all of your family? Upset, angry? Were you disowned? Did they visit you in prison? Did they welcome you back to the free world with open arms?

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How long did it take to build your bunker?


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My family was disappointed but they have been completely supportive the entire time. Along with my friends and church. I am so lucky to have so many people care for me. It makes you appreciate the people in your life.

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I started on the first of August and finished 10th October but in the middle I built the Assassin's Creed hidden blade so I think 6-7 weeks


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So what you're saying is, they weren't angry...just disappointed?

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As a creator who are some of your biggest influences, in the past and today?


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Yeah, they pulled that line. It hurt so much worse.

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Love the Victorians as they built everything so solid and to last. As for the present so many people doing so many cool things it's hard to choose. Also I'm locked in a shed for 24hrs so I have blinkered vision


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Now that you are out, what plans do you have for the next year or two of your life in terms of bettering yourself, and were you able to learn any trades or education in prison? Also, I'm from the Tampa Bay area also, have you heard about the possible serial killer in Seminole Heights?!

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How smug will you be if you ever actually have to use your bunker?


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I'm structuring my entire life. I will be doing my 50/50/50 plan. I can not go to bed at night unless I do 50 minutes of working out, 50 minutes of learning Spanish, and 50 minutes of learning Piano. It gets me off the computer and broadening my horizons.

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I'll be the loneliest smuggyest person around


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If you ever have any questions about piano in your learning please let me know I would be happy to help you. Best of luck :)

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Love the channel Colin, also saw your exhibit at Beaulieu which was awesome.

My question is has there been a project you scrapped or altered for safety reasons? Also will you be doing more on YouTube red or will you be doing free to watch from now on?


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Thank you!

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There is no more YouTube Red videos so all videos free as normal from now on. I made a bacon cooking machine which at present is a bacon jamming and burning machine


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Where there any things you were particularly scared about that turned up not being a big deal or not as serious when you got sentenced?

And on the flip side was there anything that you thought woulden't be too bad but ended up being a lot worse.

Also, if you don't mind me asking..How old are you?

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How do you find sponsors? Do they come to you or do you go to them? Also what was the best sponsor to work with?


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Prison Rape really isn't a big deal thanks to PREA. I thought it would be going on non-stop.

And air conditioning. Since it was Ohio, I thought the dorm not having air conditioning would be fine. Winter and Summer really proved that wrong.

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All sponsors come to me. They're all great to work with as I only work with sponsors who allow me to do what I want to do


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How has your life changed now that you're out of prison?

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Hi Colin!! Been a subscriber for over a year now, love your style of building, what was the first large piece of manufacturing equipment you bought for your shed, and which machine would you miss the most if it broke?


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I have a new appreciation for my family and everyone that loves me. They were the only ones who stood by me while the 4chan side of the internet slaughtered me with memes and jokes.

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A pillar drill would be the first large one but welder would be missed as when I first learnt to weld I felt like the world was opened up before me


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Do you feel like an adult after leaving the prison?

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Hey Colin. We are engineers and developers. Some of the videos you make inspire us. Have you ever thought of making a jetpack build? A more serious question though, what do you think of STEM initiatives for school children?


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No I feel like a shmuck who screwed his life up and has to work twice as hard to prove that I am not a bad guy.

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Yeah I'd love to make a jetpack at some point as it would complete my James Bond villain status to go with my bunker. As for STEM getting kids into science, building or anything in a practical way from an early age is great


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Hey, I don’t know if you’re still reading these, but im wondering that, since you’ve said that you think you deserved your punishment, do you think you were a bad person before your arrest? Obviously prison has changed you, and served as a rehab facility like it is meant to, but personally i would have a hard time thinking of myself as a bad person whether past or present.

Thanks for doing this AMA!

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How did you gain your initial YouTube audience? Was it a viral video that set off your career or was it constant really good videos or something else?


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I was definitely a bad person. What kind of good guy threatens to hurt little kids? Like what on EARTH was I thinking? I was alienating my friends to drive me places because I was drunk, I gave up on my responsibilities to my family and church all for the selfish purposes of drinking and internet.

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Mixture of both. wall of death, mobility scooter, jet bike videos gave initial boost but good content has maintained growth


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What's it like hearing about major world news from inside prison. Events like the shooting in vegas or the attacks in paris?

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What do your wife and neighbors think of all of your shenanigans?


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There are tough days for them but generally they are supportive!


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What do you think is the best way to get through to the teenage/early 20s trolls in 2017?

Also, good on you for learning from the experience and having the humility to talk to others about it. All the best man

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It's show them what it's like to be disconnected. I elaborated on that in another comment.


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What's your life plan after this?

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Work as hard as I can, Love as hard as I can, Learn as much as I can, Be as positive as I can AND NEVER DRINK AGAIN.