The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did...

Reminded of an incident that happened several years ago by this thread: Do You Use Wire Crimp Beanies?

Problem was that one day some critter chewed thru a category cable that ran from my garage to the upstairs and ultimately to the NVR. The cable already existed when I bought the house, and I had little idea how it got through the ceiling and wall space.

I was lucky enough to find where it was chewed, it was at the bottom of a closet, and there was about a foot exposed. Pulling it yielded about 6 inches slack, but no more.

My first thought, not really knowing any best practices, was to crimp a plug on each side and connect them with a gender bender. Regardless of what standards this would have broken, it would have worked and was far superior to what I actually did.

Unable to quickly locate a gender changer, instead a 'brilliant' and fully formed idea came to me.

I would simply use my new EZ crimp tool to crimp a single shell on to both ends of the cable!

For anyone not familiar, EZ shells have holes at the end of the wire guides which are meant to let you push the conductors all the way out the front of the plug. Which makes it easier to get in and verify before crimping.

My great idea was to feed wires from both cables into both sides. Here is a reenactment of the cables, after prepping but before crimping, to illustrate:

Here is it after I crimped them together in one shot:

Cable worked, the camera was up.

Everything was great except for one thing.

Can anybody figure out what it was?

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