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    I recently came across a few stories about cabling jobs. Vibrant has a page devoted to bad cabling jobs. Ugh. Anyone here have any cabling nightmare stories? How did you solve them (scissors?) or did you? I pulled an all nighter cleaning up a patch panel that looked like Cousin It from the Adams family. It was rather amusing actually. We started out pulling wires just after business hours thinking that we could get it done before midnight. At midnight we wondered if we could get the cabling done before business started up in 7 hours. =) We barely made it... and the guy I was working with didn't even bother to go home. He just napped in his chair for a few minutes before getting back to work.

    Anyway, here's an interesting story involving (hopefully) more organized cables. It's about the world's largest "Meet me room".

    Enjoy.
    Wesley David
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    Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

    I have a fair share of cleaning up bad wiring, but the worst was a relatively small job, one subnet a few switches.....and a PBX. We start tearing them out randomly, tagging just a few key connections. The PBX however cannot plug into any port, the phone extension number must match the port!!

    We spent a few extra hours just plugging in a phone, calling another line, noting the extension and marking the cable. Then we had to match the extension to the office. What a mess, thankfully we had the office directory. And yes we had a few mixed up anyway.
    "...if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said” - Alan Greenspan

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    • #3
      Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

      Attached are pictures of a few cabling jobs that Daniel and biggles implemented.
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      • #4
        Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

        I think I lost my Ban stick in the middle photo. V e e e e e r y lucky for you.

        I though the before and after photos in the above series were excellent. Amazing what a difference neat cabling makes.
        1 1 was a racehorse.
        2 2 was 1 2.
        1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
        2 2 1 1 2

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        • #5
          Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

          This is not cabling, this is ART!
          Tom Jones
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          • #6
            Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

            The cables in the third picture are alive. I think I saw movement.

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            • #7
              Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

              Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
              The cables in the third picture are alive. I think I saw movement.
              No, thats just the SysAdmin who got stuck inside.....
              Tom Jones
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              Scotland

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              • #8
                Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                OMG!

                And sometimes I think I have a hard time spending half-an-hour plugging everything back into our three servers/UPS/Tape drives LOL!

                Is the third pic for real??
                A recent poll suggests that 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy

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                • #9
                  Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                  I'd also recommend a Flickr group called "Data Center of Shame". This one reminds me of the racks that I worked on all evening/night/morning.

                  A few other good Flickr groups are:


                  Enjoy!
                  Wesley David
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                  • #10
                    Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                    Amazing. Reminds me of how little I know - I would not know where to begin with most of that stuff, but it looks very cool indeed.
                    A recent poll suggests that 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                      Where to begin?
                      With a few Scissors
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                      • #12
                        Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                        OMG!!! What a mess!!!

                        I share the expierence of "recabling" into the night... It always takes longer then you think...
                        Last edited by Ciro; 16th September 2008, 23:20.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                          Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                          Where to begin?
                          With a few Scissors
                          Bugger the scissors, side cutters or bolt cutters.
                          1 1 was a racehorse.
                          2 2 was 1 2.
                          1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                          2 2 1 1 2

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                          • #14
                            Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                            hehehe...


                            being in the contract IT / managed services business we come across this all the time, and yeah for the long nights and weekend clean-ups....

                            worst cleanup was a NEW building where the data lines wired by a telco company, they daisy chained every single drop in each office, so 1 drop to the office then daisy chain to three other outlets in the office.

                            It took us a bit to figure out why every time we plugged more than one computer in in each office we would loose connectivity on the other.

                            complete re-wire was only solution...
                            Stacey Smith
                            Sr. Systems Engineer

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                            • #15
                              Re: Cabling; The bad and the good

                              In OZ you used to need a specific licence to run phone and data cables. Then some plonker decided that electricians could also run it. When I find the photos I will post them. Sparkies do a great job with power but I'm sorry, they (oh so many but not all) have no idea about data & phone requirements. Data, phone AND power laid in the same channel, not a real crash hot idea. Unfortunately no photos of that one.
                              1 1 was a racehorse.
                              2 2 was 1 2.
                              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                              2 2 1 1 2

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