The day the internet died

optical fibre cut by hedge trimmer

Oops. At the start of the holiday weekend, I managed to cut the optical fibre providing our internet connection. I realise that it’s one of our most important cables, one of the thinnest and most vulnerable, and pretty much the only one we have that I’m incapable of repairing myself!

In case you’re wondering, the hedge wasn’t there when the fibre was installed, and had since grown up to cover it. I would have been alright if it weren’t for the fact that optical fibres can’t be bent around tight corners, and so had to bulge away from the wall before going through it…

A day that shall live on in infamy. Though not as much infamy as it might have had in the absence of phone-based backup connections.

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Trimming hedges is definitely off the menu here – all ours are full of nests and chirrupping baby birds 🙂 Hope you had fun assembling the backup internet 🙂

Thankfully, our CityFibre FTTP connection is mostly buried, apart from the last metre attached to the house. Maybe now is the time to learn fibre splicing? Although I think the kit required isn’t cheap.

See the full width of your double edged trimmer? I’ve learned that 4x that width is the distance that has to be cleared from cables. First year or two, it’s delicate work, with attention paid. After you’ve established that buffer distance, it’s easier. And it’s worth the effort…

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