Mystery thing on the Sacramento River

I noticed this odd thing near the Sacramento River next to the Bonnyview bridge south of Redding and wondered what it was. A closer look reveals more interesting details, but still no great clues.

View from the bridge. I used enhancement filters in Pixlr that took a very impressionist view??

Another less detailed structure across the river; no sign of a similar spout on it. Maybe a flap gate though??

Water valve at the base.

Bolts and remains of some wooden piece that was attached to the end of the spout

The top has an interesting shape with pointed ends. I keep thinking maybe it supported a pier or bridge deck?

Climbing rungs are present. Also, note form marks. Whatever it is, it was poured in place concrete using wood slat forms. The spout has marks suggesting that either water flows from it (why and from where??) or that’s just the path rainwater takes while draining off it.

So here’s what really gets me about this thing. It sticks way up beside the river. There’s nothing nearby in sight that’s up higher than it is, which would logically drain from it. It’s fairly small and very very high up so it doesn’t make much sense that water from the Sacramento River would divert through it in a flood. The angle of the spout with its sweeping curve does sort of suggest an inlet though. Could it predate the Keswick Dam regulating water levels and reducing seasonal flooding down here?

I’ve found nothing looking it up online; there’s gotta be somewhere it’s documented, but I’m not sure where to look.

Bizarre.

You go away, Pennywise. Nobody asked you.

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In other news, the economy is still total shit unless you’re already rich.

25 Cent Life Hack: Stop Ceiling Fan Wobble

Got a wobbling fan?

Stop the fan and tip it with your hand. Don’t hit the ceiling.

Move it slowly and watch as it rocks and settles down. The high side needs a balance weight.

As suggested by the title, I stuck a quarter up there with a double sided tape pad from the junk drawer.

Adjust / repeat as necessary.

* may also work with a penny, dime, two quarters— your mileage may vary. Probably won’t work on “hugger” style low profile fans as easily as you can’t tilt them – just try the weight on each blade until you see the best improvement then fine tune by moving it in and out on the blade.

Frequently Asked Ridiculous Questions (FARQ)

How did you wind up in California?

I went to the left. Then to the left a bit more. Then up and down a few times.

So you traded hurricanes for earthquakes?

I’m nowhere near the San Andreas Fault, but thanks for your concern.

Are they REALLY still using old Moseley PCL-505s?

Yes. And they sound just fine, thanks!

Rain please

This California fire season is unusually scary. Early in the week, high winds whipped up massive, fast moving fires that consumed dry vegetation and in some cases wiped out entire neighborhoods. I’m very glad to see CALM conditions have appeared, so the fire activity is settling down a bit.

Wouldn’t mind seeing some nice rainfall hit though. I’m told it usually rains in the winter here. How does California winter work? I don’t know yet.

(This is a screenshot and is not current data! Please see links below for live data.)


The red dots on this map show recent fire activity; yellow dots are historic points.

For current data please see the following:
Cal Fire’s live map

GEOMAC

MODIS Fire Detection data in Google Earth (as seen in the screenshot)

Linguini Mountain

Names changed to protect the innocent.

And guilty.

Here we go. Before you read this you will need to take some reasonable precautions:

i love VFDs

The road up Linguini Mountain is the kind of thing either dreams or nightmares are made of. It’s well maintained but narrow and unpaved. One edge is a small anti erosion ditch that could easily snag a wheel; the other edge is…… Let’s not think about that too hard, but man what a view

After a switchback that inexplicably shut down the truck engine and those VFD readouts pictured above went blank…. Umm…. Yeah… I made it

Okay, no clue what’s with that but let’s just go inside.

At the far wall sits this generator. It’s too small to run the transmitter so there’s an emergency backup relay system that switches the exciter output straight to the antenna if the site is on gen power, so it remains on the air at low power.

Beyond this point, uhhHERE BE DRAGONS

This transfer switch….. I have no words.

Not exactly what Burk Technologies had in mind for their ARC-16 control ports but ok

Wait maybe on the other hand that was better

Wait what’s going on here

No this can’t be

That isn’t seriously—–??

The air filter was not in use, it ought to be just squeaky clean in that cavity..

Gonna cautiously assume that’s at least 240vac exposed

Old marti repurposed to send telemetry but wait what’s that?

And where’s it powered?

Wait wait enhance

That’s… A tree spine jamming the wires in

Reportedly this QEI won’t run if you put the cover on

That twisted pair bridge wire runs who knows where

Welp. Looks like i have a project.

What is any of this

There are mountains on one side and orange groves on the other. The bus is a Gillig low floor that looks like it either gets fully cleaned nightly or it juuuuust rolled up here from Hayward.

Something tells me I’m not on MDT anymore.

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