Wallenda's Wire is Ready to Go!

June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM EDT

By John Borsa

June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM EDT

HENRIETTA, NY (WKBW) - When O'Connell Electric in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta received a phone call from daredevil Nik Wallenda last August asking if the 101-year-old company could rig a tightrope across Niagara Falls, staffers thought it was a prank.

Michael Parks soon learned the call was no joke. Now his company is just days away from one of its biggest jobs of all time.

"We do a lot of wire work on transmission towers for National Grid or RG&E," said Parks.

But this job is by far their most high-profile.

"It's exciting. There's a lot of buzz around the office. The company is pretty motivated," he said.

It all starts on Tuesday night after the Maid of the Mist shuts down for the night. Parks' team will use a helicopter to pull a special rope from the Canadian side to the U.S. -- and then attach the rope to a 7.5 ton metal cable, which will be strung across the mighty cataract.

Two cranes, one on each side of the border, will keep the 2-inch wide cable steady while two rescue baskets, one at each end, will be on standby just in case there is any trouble.

"We're not too worried about that but we'll have a guy up there ready to go out if anything should happen," said Parks.

Nik Wallenda will walk across Niagara Falls on the tightrope Friday, June 15. You can watch it live right here on WKBW TV-7.

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