Re-attach a button to your pants in your server room with CAT6 UTP

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Don't you just hate it when you're minding your own business, trying to go to the bathroom when your pants button decides to make a break for it? I still haven't figured out why no clothing company has figured out a way to affix buttons to the pants permanently. It's really a pain.

Well if you work in IT and you need a quick fix, look no further than that giant spool of CAT6 UTP laying in the corner of the server room!

(as is customary....sorry for the crappy pictures but they were taken on my phone while standing in my server room trying to fiddle my button back on to my pants....i'm so glad that i've got a lock on the door and no windows haha)
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Step 1: Supplies

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Obviously you'll need some newly buttonless pants
A button (hopefully THE button)
Some CAT6 UTP (or any solid core wire of a small guage)
Some pliers (or a way to cut your wire)
A paperclip

Step 2: Poke a hole

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Take your paperclip and open it up enough to make a make shift awl. Then poke a guide hole into your pants in the region where the original button was. You should probably go ahead and poke at least one more (4 if you want to be fancy or if you're hoping for a permanent fix).

I found that poking the hole through the pants RIGHT before you thread the UTP strand through the hole is better since the threads have a habit of closing back up as you try to monkey with your pants (while wearing them).

Step 3: Prep your UTP

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Now pull out one pair out of your UTP cable and untwist it. you only need one of the wires from the pair.

i also found it to be a good idea to strip a small bit off the end of the strand

Step 4: Thread your UTP

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now thread your strand through the hole you made with the paper clip.
I started threading from the outside to the inside, then passed the wire back through from the inside to the outside, but you can do whatever you want
Nicely done.

And the answer for why the buttons are always popping off is that millions of buttonless pairs of pants get thrown into dark corners of closets, enriching clothing manufacturers because most of us are too stoopid to figure out a quick fix like this one.
tiuk6 years ago
Reminds me of the time I got to work and realized I had forgotten to put on a belt. I spent the rest of the day with a tied piece of cat5 around my waist.
ilpug tiuk4 years ago
i did that with a charger extension cable once in an Airsoft game... then i wandered around for like ten minutes going "where the hell is my charger cord"

nice instructable. down and dirty. a great way to use the cable i have lying around
"Have you seen Bob recently?"
"Uhh... Last I saw him, he was in the server room with his pants around his ankles...."

mattronix5 years ago
networking your self
ll.136 years ago
mmm, crappy pic'alicious. =D

-Great instructable for the emergency!
crapflinger (author)  ll.136 years ago
the worst part is that my camera on my phone is actually pretty decent....just hard to get the pics right hehe
My guess is that camera phones are seriously lacking a Macro function. =)
crapflinger (author)  ll.136 years ago
no doubt hehe....