shameful-cabling gallery of infamy - does anybody know where it went?

Patrick Muldoon doon at
Mon Sep 10 10:13:08 UTC 2007

On Sep 10, 2007, at 12:34 AM, Vinny Abello wrote:

> One of the stranger things a field tech of ours encountered wasn't  
> necessarily bad wiring (although it's not great), but the fact that  
> the demarc was located next to the toilet in the bathroom.  
> Naturally, the constant humidity caused bad corrosion problems and  
> other issues with their telco services. :) So as a general rule of  
> thumb, avoid putting your telco and/or network gear next to the  
> crapper or the services the equipment is meant to provide might  
> also stink

I know of one ISP that had their local POP in a small rural town,   
the bathroom of a local store, sitting on a shelf in rather close  
proximity to the sink  (Sorry don't have pictures).  So Router, modem  
bank and a couple T1's.  The kicker was they had it all plugged into  
an extension cord that ran to another part of a back room.   More  
than 1 time we (as the local telco) had to go out there cause they  
where certain it was a problem with the Ts, When in fact someone had  
either tripped over the power cord or unplugged it somehow.


Patrick Muldoon
Network/Software Engineer
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