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

Warren Kumari warren at
Mon Sep 10 14:56:05 UTC 2007

One of the places where I worked had a bunch of networking gear and  
around 12x1U servers all squeezed into a shower stall.... There was a  
cardboard sign hanging from the faucet saying "WARNING!!! Do not turn  


On Sep 10, 2007, at 11:38 AM, Leigh Porter wrote:

> We used to have a POP under somebodys stairs in Bristol in the UK and
> another POP in the loft of a friend of one of the employees. They sold
> their house and the POP stayed there and the new owners knew nothing
> about it, imagine their surprise when a telco engineer turned up  
> wanting
> to fix a fibre fault ;-)
> --
> Leigh
> Patrick Muldoon wrote:
>> 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
>> -- 
>> Patrick Muldoon
>> Network/Software Engineer
>> INOC (
>> Key ID: 0x370D752C
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