Anyone who has worked in the trenches of IT knows that sometimes the only solution at hand involves duct tape and a long wait for a replacement part. Today’s clever field hack skips the duct tape but bridges a damaged cable with a staple.
What you see here in the picture is a shorted out ribbon cable bridged with a standard office staple. Hack A Day reader Thomas sent the photos in; they explain:
[Thomas] works in a hospital. One night, a piece of equipment went down because of a bad ribbon cable. Doctors were yelling at him to get the equipment up and running so out of frustration, he took stapler to the cable. It held up until a replacement arrived.
A staple is clearly not a long term solution but we love the on-the-spot ingenuity of the hack. Have a clever field hack to share? Sounds off with your duct tape exploits in the comments.
[via Hack A Day]
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 01/4/12