Any suggestions? - Cabling photos

July 22, 2022
Workplace social media, at its best, is a place to make and receive helpful professional suggestions -- and if your workplace is in the information and communications technology (ICT) field, so much the better.

Workplace social media, at its best, is a place to make and receive helpful professional suggestions -- and if your workplace is in the information and communications technology (ICT) field, so much the better.

To wit, the silver lining to the mounds of "cablegore" photos as seen at Reddit's photo subcommunities for those in the ICT/IT sphere, is the amount of helpful technical and professional insight often emerging in the Comments of these forums.

Whether you work in the ISP or the OSP; in a colocation, telecom or enterprise facility; in government / academia / healthcare / security; or at an industrial site; or out on the last-mile of the fusion splicing line for residential fiber installations -- if you're finding and sharing "cablefail" photos (or better yet, photos of the times you or someone else 'got it right'), some helpful individual in the forum usually has a suggestion.

Many times very helpful. Other times, not so much....

Any suggestions, you say? The Reddit original poster (OP) here (u/RPLCHC13) explains the site:

I'm currently working with this client to do a full room cleanup, however to save time and money they do not want to move the patch panels, or adjust the rack positioning. I already plan to rip out every single patch cable, and re-connect with proper panduit wire managers between every patch panel and switch...However, currently, the patch cables are coming out of the back of the rack, and going around the left and right to get to the front, which I think looks pretty bad, and I can't come up with a better solution then just zip tying or velcro'ing the cables tight. Anyone have any suggestions?

The customer said they wanted this fixed -- with zero downtime.

A keen eye (u/chloeraccoon) in the Comments asks if the uppermost panel isn't "installed backwards with the Krones facing us?"

As the Fonz used to say, that's Correctamundo. As explained by the OP (u/kostasomonarxidos):

Actually someone wanted the screws in order to use them on a switch on another rack so the patch panel fell and he left it that way 😂😂

They're running Win10 on a dusty CRT monitor, that pretty much says it all.

But that is one fine cable spaghetti monster you've found!

Never heard of a raceway?

Could it be a '4PM on a Friday' special?

"They wore Openreach uniform," writes the OP (u/hopsinjoor), "I don’t know any more than that."

More "downtime" stentorian lip. If it's so important to them, why'd they let it get like this?

Hang in there!

That camera looks like an immense eyeball glaring down, screaming WTH?!

Let us guess, they wanted "no downtime."

Quoth the OP (u/BurgleTurnsworth), "How did you know?! May get lucky at 1am on Christmas morning [though]…"

If you have to ask...

Another likely story, of that we're sure.

Anyone up for a round of Downtime Russian Roulette?

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