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This Is What Happens When You Rig a Leaf Blower to a Piece of Insulation Board


"Everybody is a little giddy the first time they see it."

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A video shows a kid squealing in delight as he sits aboard his own hovercraft cruising down the middle of a residential street.

While, some on Reddit have called the experimental gadget "proper dad work," the creator takes the compliments but corrects that it is actually the result of "granddad" work.

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Watch the kid ride the hovercraft like it's a giant Roomba:

That was version 2.0 of the hovercraft. Check out this video of version 1.0 to get a look at the lift the machine has compared to when it's shut off:

Rigging together a 56-volt cordless leaf blower and a circle of polystyrene insulation board, the Redditor going by icehole, who goes by Papa on YouTube, designed the set up based on a proof of concept. The whole board is tethered to a string so the craft doesn't go travel out of control.

"Everybody is a little giddy the first time they see it. Especially the little ones. We're in our 60s and my wife laughed like a little girl when she road it," icehole wrote on Reddit.

While the getup can pull a fully grown man, though the pavement feels a bit rough, he wrote, it's ideal for a 50 to 60 pound kid.

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While many in the YouTube comments have blasted the grandfather for not requiring at least a helmet as protective gear — some went so far as to call it child abuse — icehole wrote on Reddit that they're now using bike helmets.

Icehole gives some rudimentary, step-by-step instructions for how he created the hovercraft on Imgur and wrote on Reddit that he's drafting more formal instructions.

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