Our view was limited. We had a four-by-eight-inch view above the door handle. We could see another camera, a blank stretch of wall and a small corner of a lit room. We watched for shadows and assembled our tools.
We knew the probable height and position of the button. Could we reach it? The door was not the automatic-opening type. The dead bolt was open, but the electromagnetic lock was closed. We’d taken our MacGyver shopping list to a local hardware store, our $40 worth of spare parts versus a multi-million dollar data center. We made the viewing scope from 1/2 inch narrow pipe, carpet tape, and a convex mirror. We bent the pipe and squeezed the mirror below and past the door. The data center was on a raised floor, and we had a three-fourth-inch clearance. We had our window. In the three-inch mirror, there was the button! We quickly assembled the “finger.” The mirror became a problem because we needed to have both of our devices in view, as we squeezed down next to the door. Two pairs of hands blindly working, while a third pair of eyes directed, and a fourth kept watch. You know what they say about convex mirrors: “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
Part 5 of 7, (to be continued)