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I have the unique ability to become very flexible after cracking every joint in my body -- Anon Guest

On a kludge station like Amalgam, you get repair junctions like these. They were spaces where cables, pipes, and the occasional load-bearing strut ran through because they were convenient, and then access was added as an afterthought because it was all becoming inconvenient. Time and entropy had made it even moreso.

"Can you get up in there?" asked Engineer Laisse. They were quite done having their breakdown by now, thankyou, and had hired the most flexible JOAT on the roster. The hope was that 'flexible' meant 'physically flexible' and not 'mentally' or 'emotionally'.

"I could but you might not like it. Full offensensitivity warning for disturbing body sounds."

Okay... That was a strange one. "What kind of disturbing body sounds?"

"I have the ability to become very flexible after cracking every joint in my body."

"Ah. Yes. I shall turn off my audio input until you are done." Engineer Laisse watched in fascination as JOAT Dar bent themselves around in unlikely positions. They finished with a thumb's up. Engineer Laisse turned the audio input back on. "Are you good?"

"Now. Yes." JOAT Dar picked their way into the cluster junction and bent in even more unusual ways to get to the centre of contention. They were as flexible as advertised. Thank the Powers that be.

Unfortunately, what they were not flexible about was the how to repair the problem.

"Just add the insulator like I asked..."

"But ductape is cheaper and more flexible."

"Ductape is what caused this problem."

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But the duct tape is so simple and pure it can't possibly be the cause of any problem XD

That's what JOAT Dar thinks, too. Alas, there are some problems Ductape can't solve, like a solvent leak that erodes the glue in ductape.