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

Leigh Porter leigh.porter at
Mon Sep 10 15:33:27 UTC 2007

Well, this one time, at band-camp ....

Blake Pfankuch wrote:
> One of my clients has their 34U cabinet under the stairs of the main
> entrance to the facility.  Mind you wood plank stairs, trafficked by
> hundreds if not thousands of people a day.  Over the top of the cabinet
> hangs an extra long shower curtain, at an angle so that all water or mud
> that falls through the wood slats actually drips down the "shower
> curtain" and then runs down the drain, 3 feet away, to the sewer system.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-nanog at [mailto:owner-nanog at] On Behalf Of
> Warren Kumari
> Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 8:56 AM
> To: Leigh Porter
> Cc: Patrick Muldoon; Vinny Abello; nanog at
> Subject: Re: shameful-cabling gallery of infamy - does anybody know
> where it went?
> 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"
> W
> 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
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