Like any self-respecting professional, I hate bodge jobs. I have two simple rules relating to bodging a job:
- Don’t bodge it.
- If you really have to bodge it, make sure you do a better bodge than the last bodger did.
Of course, different people have different ideas of what constitutes a bodge. Let’s establish a baseline:
This is a bodge. In fact, it is a monstrous bodge – and frankly, anyone who doesn’t agree can just stop reading and bugger off now. When I first spotted it in the cellar of our admin building last year, I was glad it was nothing to do with me or my network. Whoever did this needs to be savagely beaten with their own shoes.
Especially because last week, it became my problem.
It turns out this cable is not part of the telephone system, as I had previously suspected. Instead, it is mid-way down a length of cable that runs from an RJ-45 socket in one of the floor boxes in the admin office, and at some unknown time was actually cut completely about 20m further down. The end that is terminated is suspiciously labelled with the name of the company that provides our MIS, which gives me even more reason to dislike them.
I’ve known about the floor box and the loose end of this cable for some time, but it was only last week that I realised that the laughable repair attempt above was part of it. This realisation was annoying because I needed to extend the cut-off length of cable back to the cabinet to provide an additional network port in the office, and running a new cable would, for a variety of reasons, involve destroying half the floor.
Normally I wouldn’t ever extend a network cable, even when done properly. This is a something I consider a bodge, even though many do not. And so it came to pass that I, the Angry Technician, invoked my second rule of bodge jobs:
I decided to sacrifice the extra 20m beyond this and bring a new run from the cabinet all the way back to the cellar, where I could join it properly and fix it near the ceiling, instead of at waist-height where it was previously hanging. It’s still a bodge, and I still don’t like it. But its a hell of a lot better than the last bodger did.