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Old 02-17-2016, 11:06 AM   #27401
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They've been pouring liquid nitrogen into this hole for the past month:





Lots of liquid nitrogen.






Judging by the numbers on the tanker, they seem to swap it out about once a week.

There's so much damned nitrogen that the area around the worksite has formed its own weather system.






The trucks around the hole all say "Con Edison" on the side, as do the worker's uniforms. So clearly, this is a front company owned by Hans Gruber's nephew. It is, after all, just two blocks north of both the United Nations headquarters and the Trump World Tower.






Remembering that the Die Hard series of movies are principally centered around John McClaine, an NYPD cop, only a small amount of embellishment is required to understand that this is the setup for the next sequel in what few people realize was in fact a documentary, rather than a series of fictional action movies.

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I bet they spring a nitrogen leak and are trying to keep the line cold while they isolate/repair leak
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In all seriousness, liquid nitrogen tanks are a common sight on the streets of NYC. Normally they're not this big, but you see a lot of stainless 160L tanks standing on street corners with lines running down into manholes.



Remember that the power and communications infrastructure in Manhattan is quite old. Some of it literally dates back to Edison and Tesla, and thus, there's a lot of old cloth-and-oil insulated cable down there.

Liquid nitrogen is used as both a dessicant (to keep moisture out of the wiring) as well as an aid to repairing the old cable. The nitrogen solidifies the oil which jackets the cables, allowing the cable to be cut and spliced without all of the oil leaking out.


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Old 02-17-2016, 12:15 PM   #27403
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Liquid nitrogen is used as both a dessicant (to keep moisture out of the wiring) as well as an aid to repairing the old cable. The nitrogen solidifies the oil which jackets the cables, allowing the cable to be cut and spliced without all of the oil leaking out.
Thank you for the explanation.
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In all seriousness, liquid nitrogen tanks are a common sight on the streets of NYC. Normally they're not this big, but you see a lot of stainless 160L tanks standing on street corners with lines running down into manholes.



Remember that the power and communications infrastructure in Manhattan is quite old. Some of it literally dates back to Edison and Tesla, and thus, there's a lot of old cloth-and-oil insulated cable down there.

Liquid nitrogen is used as both a dessicant (to keep moisture out of the wiring) as well as an aid to repairing the old cable. The nitrogen solidifies the oil which jackets the cables, allowing the cable to be cut and spliced without all of the oil leaking out.





Thanks for that, neat to know
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this is why i never slow down for cops on the side of the road:

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we need more russian videos and less odd sexual fantasties...

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A rare moment when all of my trucks are home in the gulag:







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no news in NYC eh.

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Dirty monitor booger?

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no news in NYC eh.
Nah, I took that picture early on a Sunday morning. It's about the only time that they're all off the road, and I think it was the first time I've actually seen the whole fleet at once.


Did you know that small, gasoline-powered generators of the type sold for on-vehicle mounting still use carburetors and mechanical speed governors? Blows my freaking mind. It also makes it hard to select UPSes for them; you need units that don't care about large, sudden swings in line frequency or else they'll drain their batteries and then shut down. I find that the Eaton 9130 works well in this role. It's pricey, but you can adjust the frequency and voltage tolerance at the front panel.









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Man, these guys suck at autocross.

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Best rock star tour bus ever:





And Brice Dickinson drives the bus.
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Man, these guys suck at autocross.
Russians do it better.

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Best rock star tour bus ever:

(Picture of second-best rock star tour bus ever.)
I do believe that Hotblack Desiato would disagree, were he not spending the year dead for tax purposes.






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I remember someone posted the 46 and 2 cover the kids did.

So here is Sober.

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