System Ops: 1.9 Million Gallon Thermal Energy Storage Tank

I was leaving work for the first time when it was light out in I don't know how long to go to the dentist yesterday and I saw this beast for the first time In case your sense of scale is off, that thing is freakin' huge. If anyone was wondering what the heck it was here is what I found out. Department of Administration is installing a new 1.9 million gallon thermal energy storage tank constructed adjacent to the Capitol Heat and Power Plant (CHPP) building located at 624 East Main Street and will assist in the delivery of chilled water to the Capitol and other downtown state office buildings. The possible addition of a thermal energy storage tank will increase the efficiency of the plant’s chilled water system. It will allow for generation and storage of chilled water during off peak energy loads thus minimizing the use of the electric chillers during on peak loads. CHPP will be purchasing electricity from Madison Gas & Electric (MG&E) and will be routed to the CHPP switchgear which will be controlled by CHPP operators. CHPP manages the flow of electricity to the Capitol building and to power the plant The thermal energy storage tank will blend into the surrounding buildings if it is constructed. The tank is anticipated to be shorter than the cooling towers that currently exist on the project site and incorporate building materials, colors, and detailing that are intended to be aesthetically pleasing.


System Ops: Lead Lined Network Cables

500 MCM PILC Lead lined 3-Phase network conductor, completely submersible...

Some older lead lined (without the poly sheath) 3-phase conductor that recently failed. It had been in service since 1956.


Oldbike: Saying Goodbye to the Lollipops Part 1

A while ago I stated that I wanted to clean up the look of the turn signals on the bike.  I knew that I wanted to re-use the original signals and shorten the ridiculously long stalks that Suzuki deemed necessary.  The main reason for keeping the original turn signals is primarily a financial one and secondarily a cosmetic one.  I really can’t think of any new aftermarket turn signals that would blend with the looks of my 32 year old bike so combining that with the extra cost involved, I set about modifying the stalks to make them shorter.

I had hoped that I would be able to have my machinist friend shorten up the original stalks and re-thread them but he stated that it would be too much work so my next plan was to find shorter bolts in the same diameter and thread pitch (M10 X 1.25) and have him drill out the centers which he found to be more agreeable.

I had hoped that I would be able to have my machinist friend shorten up the original stalks and re-thread them but he stated that it would be too much work so my next plan was to find shorter bolts in the same diameter and thread pitch (M10 X 1.25) and have him drill out the centers which he found to be more agreeable.

These obviously, are much shorter than the original stalks.

I did add a nut to each signal to act as a small spacer to make sure that there was no contact between the turn signal and the headlight mounting bracket.

I had to cut the connector on the positive lead off to get the wire out of the stalks since they were put on after the wire was run through the stalk and the connector was a larger diameter than the wire itself. Consequently then I had to re-solder the wire together.

That was a pretty simple task and as I am typing this I am realizing that I used black electrical tape to cover the soldered bits when I actually have shrink tubing and a heat gun, so I will have to go back and re-do the job properly later.

I was only able to get the front signals mounted as the rear signals were originally mounted to the luggage rack-type thing which I removed.  My plan is to drill mounting holes in the rear fender and mount the turn signal directly to that.

I am really happy with the results on the front  and am sure that I will be happy with the rear as well once they are mounted but I will need to do some searching for a tail-light smaller than the original but bigger than the smaller one I had found on side of the road, proportion will be key.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading, and look forward to some more turn signal work next time and I will be working on finding parts for the intake leaks on the engine as well.


Found Coolness: Barney's Side-car

Probably my favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show EVER! When he drives off he leaves Andy behind because the townspeople have put the side-car up on blocks!

Barney Fife: If you ride with your mouth open in the wind and put your tongue against the roof of your mouth, its impossible to pronounce a word that begins with the letter 's'.
Andy Taylor: You didn't let anyone see you riding with your mouth open?
Found Here: Mayberry Wiki

Artsy Fartsy: Shimmery Overture Center



Oldbike: Losing the Gigantic Taillight

It has been a while since I have worked on oldbike, and this last Sunday I decided to at least give “the ball” a little nudge to start it rolling again.  I have heard it said about any project that the trick to finishing it is to do at least one little thing related to the project once a week.  I let myself fall off that wagon a bit.  Of course marital, domestic, family, and social obligations will take precedence to the work on oldbike (and they have) but there have been times where I could have popped out for a bit and didn’t.  I guess I would say that I was a little burned out on the project.  I have gotten past the desire to make this into a CafĂ© racer per-se and am firmly focused on tailoring this bike to my needs not anyone’s preconceived notions of what it should be.  Right now my vision is (and I think I’ve said it before) an urban assault/commuter geared for quick acceleration probably with a top speed of around 70-80mph perhaps with some sort of 0n/off road tires if the make them and for some reason I want to be able to ride the things down some stairs…
I took aim at the most glaringly ugly thing on the bike to me, the huge tail light… it had to go.  Really all it took was a 10mm socket and a wrench for the three nuts that hold the light riser to the fender and a flat head screw driver to loosen the wire looms that run under the rear fender to get the thing off.

Once I had it off I had to take a peek inside the lens just out of curiosity and it is amazing how pristine the inside of the taillight was!  I am sure that it is exactly the same as it looked on the day the bike was assembled 31 years ago!

Once off, the rear end of the bike looked so much more spritely and light!

Things to come for the winter will be a search for new gaskets and boots for the carbs and intake, perhaps a teardown of the engine after that if the new boots and gaskets fix the warm idling issue to remove a broken bolt for the cam chain tensioner and re-gasketing the engine.  I still need to manufacture some seat mounting hardware to match the mounting points on the oldbike and once I do I would like to lose those taillight/luggage rack mount points and weld in a seat-look to match the contours of the rear of the seat.  And with respect to the fenders I had originally planned on trimming them but if this is going to be a true commuter bike the full fenders would be nice for the inevitable rain I’ll end up in.  I will repaint the gas tank this winter too but I kind of like the chrome on the fenders so those will get a little cleaning and that will be it.  The headers and mufflers are ugly; I’ll have to decide what to do about that.  As I sit here typing the list keeps getting longer! I would like to have the thing road-worthy by spring as a time table.

I am thinking of giving this little taillight lens that I found (literally) on the side of a road while on a run, a try, though the only issue is that if I plan on keeping the stock turn signals this might be a little small.  I might have to keep looking for something more balanced.

So yeah… I didn’t do a whole lot of work for this post but I need to get started somewhere and hopefully this little nugget will be the just the nudge I need to get the project rolling again.

Thanks of course for reading!


From The Archives: 09 Pohle's Badger Blast (Badgers Vs. Gophers)

2011-11-12 Pohle's Badger Blast XXI

Me and Anne on the train from the mall of America to the tailgate.

I got a lot of compliments on my "purse..." I tried to tell people that it was actually a cooler (which it was) nobody believed me.

It was a good time, probably could have done with half as many drinks though... maybe even one third.

Me and a Bucky Badger ice sculpture.

Lovely ladies


From The Archives: 08

2011-10-10 I bought this book because I saw it sitting on Ben Spies' coffee table and was curious. This is some pretty deep stuff for a MotoGP rider to be reading!

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 01

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 02

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 03

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 04

2011-11-03 Didn't realize I had these pictures of Jeremy, a go-carting break during a camping weekend at Devil's Lake

2011-11-03 Too cool for school in his pink go-cart

2011-11-03 I'm pretty sure I remember a bottle of beer flying out of one of his pockets and breaking on the track :-D

Moto: Throwback

Some old school photos with some digital dust.

The most expensive motorcycle picture in my riding career.

2004-05-15 MSB Blanchardville Ride & Camping

One of the SV's many different looks!