Tired of hauling my kids out of my bedroom watching TV when they are
upstairs and supposed to be doing homework, I built a lock-out device.
It is simple and under 10 bucks.
I bought a metal box at Home Depot that is supposed to be installed
outside the home to house an air conditioner fuse. It is 3"x6"x10"
and has a thing to accept a padlock on it. I took out all the stuff
inside, and cut 2 slots on the side of it, so when open I can slide an
electrical cord in, then shut the door, slot is just wide enough to
allow the cord, but not wide enough to let you pull out the plug. I
put the TV plug leading into the box, and an extension cord leading
out. I plug extension cord into the wall. When I want the TV on I
unlock padlock, open box, plug TV into extension cord. When I don't
want tv on, I lock box with plug, and female end of extension cord
A nice added benefit, I don't just turn on the TV every time I go into
the room, the added step of unlocking box leads me to be slightly more
selective in when I watch, which is a good thing, we could all use a
little less TV.
I am now seriously thinking of putting a digital appliance timer on
the main TV downstairs, which would only allow power to TV at
pre-determined times, and locking the plug-timer-extension-cord-end
inside a box. I have my eye on a nice digital timer at Walmart for 15
bucks, but I would have to move up to a larger metal box, maybe small
Obviouly they could cut the cord and install a new plug, but they know
that kind of action would mean the TV goes away for good, so they
won't do that.
Is it pathetic that my kids have reduced me to locking up the TV; yes
(But they are kids after all, I was just like them when I was their
age) but it is effective, and better then yelling at them all the
time. Once TV is truly not an option for them, they are wandering
off and finding other stuff to do, whereas previously me telling them
not to watch tv meant they could lay low for a few minutes until I was
off doing something else, then turn it back on.
Anyway, it is an option for handy dads who are sick of arguing over TV