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If you have seen truck tire carcasses on the highway, you have probably wondered how that truck could continue on without the missing piece. Most likely it didn’t. What the trucker was forced to do was to pull over to the side of the road and call a guy like Junior Blackmar of Kissimmee, Florida to do what he does for a living and is portrayed in this video.
After you mentally block out the commercial message for the specialty tool maker that sponsored the competition in which this video was entered, watch the actual tire change and look for two things. Junior is very proficient at what he does and wrestling with truck tires is very physical work. His body weight and feet are as much a tool as are the specialty tools that are featured. The way he swings that mall may look like just muscle over matter but actually there’s some precision involved.
Knowing where to strike the bead without damaging the rim or having the sledge hammer bounce back in your face is a learned skill. Likewise the placement of the bars when he’s removing the tire from the rim isn’t something he does haphazardly. What may look like unskilled labor is actually a very precise decision making process learned over time while on the job.
Junior’s ending phrase: “That’s alls to it,” is a bit of intentional understatement. Changing the tire was made to look easy, but the $500 he made by winning the video submission contest was probably much easier.