Just when I get on a roll…

…some critter chewed through the (mostly underground) Ethernet cable leading from the house to my office. For what possible reason? I still can’t figure it out. Anyway, since the repair involved a $200+ service call fee payable to AT&T, I decided to take on the job myself. All those fussy little wires inside the cable (there are eight of them) had to be individually soldered back together, the solder joints individually shrink wrapped to avoid potential shorts, and the whole mess tucked inside a big piece of heat shrink tubing and sealed. What a pain in the neck! But the effort paid off: I can post again. Am I now an honorary telecom engineer? Evidence points to yes. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, AT&T!

8 thoughts on “Just when I get on a roll…”

  1. Very glad that the problems were only technological in nature, I was beginning to worry. And I’m impressed that you did all that!

    1. I had to go to school a bit on soldering, since I hadn’t done it since I was a kid. But it worked pretty well I think. I guess we’ll see!

      – Joe

  2. As a recovering IT specialist and ma-bell cable monkey…..

    Brav-O Sir for not letting something “techie” throw off your sound sense of logic and wisdom. As you say, it’s just 4 pair
    How sweet the things one could bake with that savings will be

    1. Hey Malachi!

      “Sound sense of logic and wisdom” is definitely overstating things, but thank you. It was the teeny size of those wires that posed the biggest hassle as I’m sure you know. They’re so small they’re almost impossible to twist together, which makes soldering them a real challenge. But once you have the right size wire stripper, solder tip, and solder, half the work is really done. Sitting cross-legged in the dirt along the side of my house, I found myself wondering what sort of field gear the pros like yourself use for this sort of splice repair. Or is a soldering iron as sophisticated as it gets?

      Having done this I’m going to move on to installing a kill switch in my Fender Super-Sonic. This may have opened up a whole new world for me!


      – Joe

  3. If possible, I’d use that ethernet cable as a pull line to pull in two more cables and another fish line in case this happens again.

    It will work, but the connection may negotiate a lower speed and you may have issues pushing large amounts of data across the wire.

    1. That would be something of a project, I don’t mind telling you. But I could figure it out. I take it the second cable would be a backup?

      I just got grass to grow over the buried section…it took about a year. But much must be sacrificed for the greater cause of bandwidth.

      – Joe

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