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Old 08-29-07, 05:04 PM   #1
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I want to explore a abandoned building.

Downtown. What to bring. Safety, ect.
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Photo I.D. in case the fuzz shows up.

I'd also bring my pistol, but living in Montana that's a given.
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I can't believe I forgot that.

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Cynaide pill, just in case the wrong people find you and you find yourself in for a long night... The best way to do it is to hold the glass capsule between your teeth, try not to sneeze.
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A camera.

I used to love exploring derelict buildings when I was a teenager. For some reason I found them very inspiring and made a few short films in them...

I'm inspired. I've got to find some derelict buildings!
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Why would you do that? I rip asbestos out of buildings like that all the time. They are abandoned for a reason, and there isn't much to do at such buildings. Best case scenerio you find some toilet paper to steal that's been in a stall for 8 years. What's the big deal?
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I did this ONCE last year back in Buffalo. We broke into an old grain storage warehouse on the water, it had already been half demolished. Nothing gets the old heart beating* more than creeping around the 7th floor and then almost falling down to the basement and impaling yourself on old rusty rebar. Take a flashlight, and wear dark pants. Not for when you inevitably get a gaping wound on your leg, but to hide the **** stains.


*by "old heart beating" I mean "scare the living bejebbus out of you"
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Old 08-29-07, 08:25 PM   #15
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Welcome to the fun world of urbex!

Check UER out, always good info and people there. There's always the chance that the building you want to explore is in the database. http://www.uer.ca

Bring heavy shoes, tough clothing, camera, flashlight/headlamp, extra batteries, water. Also buy a respirator with P100 filters. These filters protect against any asbestos that's in the building. Only get P100s, because other filters don't protect against asbestos.


Also, it's also good to have a pack of smokes handy to offer any vagrants that you might encounter. It's a gesture of goodwill, and they often have useful information about the building. It's also very important to show the homeless respect, and to respect their space and privacy.

What did the building use to be?
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In australia torch is a noun, in america it's a verb...
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Enough money or plastic to post bail if the cops catch you trespassin'. Or to pay the co-pay at the ER if you fall through the floor and land 20-30 feet below.
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Old 08-29-07, 09:43 PM   #19
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Also, it's also good to have a pack of smokes handy to offer any vagrants that you might encounter. It's a gesture of goodwill, and they often have useful information about the building. It's also very important to show the homeless respect, and to respect their space and privacy.

What did the building use to be?
First off, I'm too young to smoke.

It is currently a construction site, but no-body is there usually. It used to be a factory, but, like most ex-factory buildings, it is being made into a loft. I'm a photographer, but it will be harder to climb in with stuff on my back.
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Seriously, is the building derelict ? If it is really poor, you could fall through a floor, etc.

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Old 08-29-07, 09:58 PM   #21
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Found a nuclear bunker in Kitchener? wft?
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First off, I'm too young to smoke.

It is currently a construction site, but no-body is there usually. It used to be a factory, but, like most ex-factory buildings, it is being made into a loft. I'm a photographer, but it will be harder to climb in with stuff on my back.
This is a different scenario. It's not uncommon for renovation/new construction to be set ablaze, by accident by derelicts in the city, or on purpose by JD's in suburbia. If you're seen there, and some derelict or JD later sets the place ablaze, you may be wanted and held for arson.

If you're too young to smoke, you'd better not be too young to think through all the possible consequences of your actions, and just be prepared to take responsibility for them. Chances are, nothing happens. But since this is some developer's property and it's being renovated, the police may be more inclined to pass by more often, vs checkin' on truly abandoned property....

All I can say is use your best judgment, given what we've all brought to your attention. <shrug> Just remember that Juvey Jail ain't so bad.
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Mmmm.... urban spelunking...
couple years ago a friend and I got into the old Michigan central train depot in Detroit, many people go in there constantly, in fact when we went we weren't the only suburban folks in there checking it out at the time. It was just on a whim that we decided to do it or I would have brought my cameras. I got some cool shots of the outside of it with a Holga that I did for a photography class assignment, I want to get some of the inside but I haven't gone back yet.
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I used to do this quite a bit, even to the point of exploring burnt up buildings....here's what you need:

Bandana or dust mask -- seriously, there are some nasty thins in the air sometimes.
first aid kit -- you never know what may happen, I've gotten cut on a few occaisions
cut-resistant gloves -- I never had them, but wish I could afford them with how many times I snagged my hand on stuff
leatherman or similar QUALITY multitool -- you might have to use it for something...whether popping open a botle of suds in the middle of a burnt down abandoned house, or to loosen up a door hinge that seized up.
flashlight with NEW batteries -- I cannot stress this enough, use new batteries....and if you use a non-led light, carry TWO spare bulbs (in a protective case)...having a light drop out on you sucks.
those lame little single-led kyfob lights -- for changing the bulb when your regular flashlight decides to piss you off
plenty of water and something to munch on -- if things go awry, you might be there a while.
cellphone/CB radio -- pick the best one for the area, and be ready to use it if you need help....poo happens.
a rope -- again, in case poo happens.

Worst I had was getting stuck in a room after my walkway in cracked enough to be too risky to use as a way back....I had to CB my friend who was exploring a nearby area to bring a rope (I forgot mine....)....I ended up rappelling down from that room to ground level.

I ended up taking a polaroid (this was before digital cameras were cheap) of us in front of the fireplace (we figured it was a fitting spot for a burnt down house in the countryside).

edit: you may also want to consider one of those head-mounted lights...it makes things so much easier when you have both hands to work with.

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