A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

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A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Grndslmhttr3 » Tue May 24, 2016 12:34 am

Has anyone had this problem before? The cable is right outside of the window in the back of my apartment, and squirrels are always dicking around on the ledge. I was away for the weekend and came back to find the cable absolutely shredded.

My internet is fucked, of course. I'm assuming Verizon will fix it, but I'm not sure how to go about preventing this from happening again. If it's not fixed by the release of the new Witcher 3 DLC then heads will roll.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by MrBlip » Tue May 24, 2016 11:12 am

squirrels chew through everything. we have like 4 boards on the side of our house from where we patched squirrels chewing through the wood, and I've encountered my share of coax and cat5 lines that had been chewed through when I worked out in the field.

it's ok though, patching a fiber optic cable is easy. just take the light coming from the street end and tie it in with the dark going to your modem and make sure it's sealed tight with some black electrical tape (so the light can't escape). light should return to your modem shortly and you'll be able to use the internet again.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Ian7 » Tue May 24, 2016 4:09 pm

Poison. Lot's of poison.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Eviltechie » Tue May 24, 2016 7:07 pm

MrBlip wrote:it's ok though, patching a fiber optic cable is easy. just take the light coming from the street end and tie it in with the dark going to your modem and make sure it's sealed tight with some black electrical tape (so the light can't escape). light should return to your modem shortly and you'll be able to use the internet again.
That's not quite how it works. You need to get a fusion splicer and weld the cables together.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Django » Tue May 24, 2016 7:44 pm

Squirrels 1, White people 0
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Ian7 » Wed May 25, 2016 11:04 am

Django wrote:Squirrels 1, White people 0
White people 2016, Non white people 0
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Grndslmhttr3 » Wed May 25, 2016 2:35 pm

Django is just mad that I didn't check my privilege
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Django » Thu May 26, 2016 2:01 am

Grndslmhttr3 wrote:Django is just mad that I didn't check my privilege
Real reason is cause i'm jealous

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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Grndslmhttr3 » Thu May 26, 2016 4:42 pm

Verizon didn't show yesterday. They said they called and couldn't get a hold of me, but obviously they never called. Then they said they would show up today after 2; clearly they did not and once again neglected to call me, so I called them again and found out I was never put on the schedule for today. Now they say they'll show up between 5 and 6 tomorrow evening. If I have to get on the phone with these dickheads one more time, I'm going to blow a gasket.

After they finally fix it, I bet a squirrel will probably chew through it within a month or two because my fucking neighbor downstairs feeds them because she's a dumb asshole. Fuck her and fuck Verizon.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Grndslmhttr3 » Thu May 26, 2016 5:27 pm

Now they are coming today, apparently. I still maintain that they and my neighbor can fuck themselves.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Bash » Sat May 28, 2016 1:57 pm

Sprinkle Urine and human hair around the area you want to protect.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Grndslmhttr3 » Sat May 28, 2016 2:42 pm

What about wrapping the cable in lead tape?
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Eviltechie » Sat May 28, 2016 7:59 pm

Grndslmhttr3 wrote:What about wrapping the cable in lead tape?
Not likely to help. Lead is usually thought of as having a sweet taste. It's also incredibly soft and a rodent would have no problem chewing through it.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Ian7 » Sun May 29, 2016 3:07 pm

Cover it in spices, like really spicy sauce or something. That's we used to do to get my stupid dog to stop eating her poo.
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Re: A squirrel chewed through my fiber optic cable

Post by Grndslmhttr3 » Sun May 29, 2016 9:53 pm

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Grndslmhttr3 wrote:What about wrapping the cable in lead tape?
Not likely to help. Lead is usually thought of as having a sweet taste. It's also incredibly soft and a rodent would have no problem chewing through it.
Damn. At least they'd die a miserable death, right?
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