Sunday, August 06, 2006
Rearranging the furniture
As always happens, if you run out of things to do, someone will make them up for you. I returned to my room after lunch today, intending on taking a nice nap. Alas, I had a nastygram from the housing office complaining that my TV was blocking the circuit breaker panel in my room (I have the breakers for all 3 units in the CHU.) Apparently that was in the small print of the rules that I signed. Anyway, I decided to move the TV (and stand) to another corner of the room, which was easy enough, until I realized the cable TV cord was coming up on the wrong side of the floor. I could probably have easily solved the problem with duct tape, but given a lot of time and little motivation to buy duct tape, I used my trusty leatherman to drill a hole in the right location. Then I had to feed the cord out of the old hole, fish it to the other side behind the front steps with a mop, and push it up through the new hole. Somewhere in this process I realized that it was carrying some sort of live current with the TV signal, as I kept zapping myself! Finally, I got my setup just the way I want it on the other side of the room. With the side benefit that it won't be as noisy for my neighbor. And when my neighbor trips the circuit breaker again, it's now easily accessible.