Field Hacks: Ribbon Cable Fixed with a Staple

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 4th, 2012

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/4/12
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