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General Chat Thread, Cabinet almost fell on top of me today... in General; One for WTF perhaps ? Today I decided to start the up-grade of our switches. Over to the science block ...
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    Cabinet almost fell on top of me today...

    One for WTF perhaps ?
    Today I decided to start the up-grade of our switches. Over to the science block I go....
    I take out the old 10/100 un-managed switches out, and replace them with nice new managed gigabit switches....All ok so far - [ apart from putting the fibres in the wrong way....]
    So after a quick test [ after putting in the fibres the right way round ] I proceed to put back all the patch leads which thank god are all ready marked.
    Then all of a sudden it started, the cabinet starts to come away from the wall - me thinking, it !!! There is a quite a deal of expensive kit in there starts to try and hold it, I scramble down and start to take the weight on my sholders, feeling my back tingle I manage to reach for my phone, praying Mark [ our maintenance chap ] has his switched on I ring....
    Thank god he answers - I tell him the situation I am in and that there is no way I will be able to hold the cabinet for much - he legs it up to the science block sees the situation I am in, rushes over and helps take the weight.
    We then manage [ whilst holding up the thing ] to pull over a filing cabinet and use the pressure cooker to prop the thing up.....[ You can just see it behind the other wooden shelf thing we found to also take some weight ]
    My back is still twinging now......
    Laugh at the pictures - I do.....

    pix 2 and 3 show just what was holding the cabinet on the wall - Hmmm, I would like to meet Mr Cowboy who put this up.......
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    Lucky escape I'd say.

    It could have fallen at any point good job you were underneath it when it did.

    Ben

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    Ruddy 'ell!

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    Those cables are messy.






    Whoever mounted that on the wall wants hanging.

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    The guy who put that up has a lot in common with the plank of wood that WAS keeping it up. hehe

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    I had a similar thing happen to me about 2 years ago. The cabinet was held up by 4 screws into plasterboard it held 3 switches, patch panels, 3 cable tidys it was right above my desk as well. It only fell of as i had my had inside trying to grab a cable from the back that i had dropped in the top! I managed to shout to my colleague for help and we had 2 engineers on site in the room of the office so we shouted to them for an hand so the 4 of us proceeded to take the cabinet apart to get the units out of it. 2 years later the switches are still on the shelf and tied round a pipe with network. Its now just a store room so its not to much of a problem!!

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    That is a nasty install, who nails up a networking cabinet?

    @webman - just don't let him build his own hanging tower or it won't do much good.

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    Had a simelar one when I first started at my last school it was supported on an old filing cabinet for almost a year until we brought a nice floorstanding cabinet and re-wired the lot into it. I don't trust wall mounted cabinets with a lot of heavy kit in, I always try and have floor standing ones where possible.

    Mike.

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    That looks remarkably like a lot of the installs we had at our school until recently. Even down to the Krone patch panels and that sunk in fibre tray. Not in the SW are you?

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    Wow, amazed it stayed up in the first place! Lucky escape.

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    what the heck!!!!

    my bathroom cabinet's got bigger screws than that holding it up!

    think the builder must've been

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    I should have your back looked at mate, hidden injuries are sooo easy to some by and if it's twinging it can't be good...

    Mods: Can we have a cowboy alert smiley?

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    Feeling a bit better now - just had a two hour lunch break at the local cafe !!
    It's a good thing our maintenance man had his phone on him other wise the thing would be on the floor - i had plans on diving out the way and just letting it fall.....

    We are now checking the other cabinets.....

    These were put up before I and the maintenance chap joined.

    Those cables are messy.
    Not as messy as my boxers.....

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    lmao, who put this thing up?

    Looks like someone has just nailed it to the wall!

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    Had a similar thing happen here, lucky there were 2 of us working in the area. was probably 1 of the oldest small cabs we had from a previous company we got to do our installs. Thing had tiny screws to hold it up!

    our current installer does the monkey bar test. If it doesn't hold his 15 stone in weight while hanging off it then its not good enough

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