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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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Kettle of Death!
In order to plug the microwave, the kettle, the toaster, and the coffee machine in in the tiny office kitchen, we had a 4 plug ganger. The problem was, it wasn't attached to anything and sort of hung in space against the wall, suspended from the various cables running in different directions.

This was a bit dangerous, as accidentally snagging it would likely pull the kettle off the work surface onto the person making tea

First of all, we duct taped it flush against the wall, but it got knocked free. Then we put the kettle on top of the microwave, so the ganger hung down by the microwave and was slightly out of the way. This looked equally cumbersome. Something had to be done.

We called the maintenance guy. He turned up, had a look at it, then simply unplugged the kettle, pulled the microwave out, revealing 2 wall sockets no one had ever noticed, and plugged the kettle into one of them.

Then he looked at us like we were idiots, and walked out. He was kind of right.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 10:17, 3 replies)
He was double right
If you look on the back of those trailing sockets, there's usually two mounting holes for screws.

But I suppose that it was always an SEP (Someone Else's Problem - the best kind!)
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 10:40, closed)
True but...
In this case it was sombody else's problem -- office workers, or anyone else for that matter, aren't expected to make anything safe. The right thing to do is report the problem and wait for the maintenance company to sort it out. This is the case for legal and practical reasons.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 18:14, closed)
The QOTW for Stupid Colleagues was last week.

//runs away
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 12:37, closed)

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