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Sick of teenagers abusing the use of your house phone? Well your prayers for a solution have been answered. I give to you the Diabolical Phone Switch.

Step 1: Disclaimer

First let me say that I will not be help responsible for any of the dumb crap that may result from any ideas you may derive from the following text.

I am basically presenting a device that I created in a few nights worth of free time to cure a pesky problem I have been having with phone abuse from three teenaged daughters.

Be aware that this device uses line voltages from an AC power outlet, and that proper care should be taken whenever line voltages are to be tinkered with.

So be safe and don't be stupid.
Bravo! Puts the owner (and the one who pays the bills) in complete control. Excellent idea!
<p>my only concern with this would be emergency number access. but hay <br>it would be pretty simple to set up 1 or 2 phones downstairs or in a <br>public area that has direct access and all other lines switched. you <br>know when the hallway lights on, somebody's using the phone when they <br>shouldn't be.<br><br>albeit 15 times more cruel, I would do the same <br>approach with one of those RF remote Christmas light switches. ( just <br>for the enjoyment of watching somebody on the phone and to have it <br>suddenly go dead, and then they hang up and it suddenly works again!)<br><br>or <br> better yet get a phone with a line in use light, And put it by your bed <br> and wait for a unsuspecting stranger to listen to their call and <br>comment back.</p><p>but wait, doesn't everybody now have cell phones and use text messaging.</p><p>also i was curious what type of relay you used and if you get interference or noise on the line. I have been pondering something similar to switch between fax machine and dial-in modem via remote web control.</p>
I'm 16 and I hate phones. (no, seriously I won't answer the phone unless no one else is home). I hate people that talk on cellphones and totally ignore what is going on around them.
I'm 14 and I hate talking on the phone as well. I seriously never use my cellphone for anything other than occasionally texting.
You are one of a kind of teenagers!!
<p>NO, they just text instead..?</p>
I also reluctantly use it for talking to my girlfriend.
Diddo
wow i agree i HATE the phone... i'm 15 i love this
You are one of a kind of teenagers!!
I must ask....if there are *scrolls up to count* [a minimum of] four &quot;one of a kind teenagers&quot; then aren't they in fact four of a kind? and did you say anything other than that on this Instructable? <strong>:D</strong><br/>
Here's one for ya'. I'm 15, don't own a cellphone and don't want to, I only use the land line when I'm on the internet (dial-up), and (going off topic) I have vinyl records and 8-track tapes. Also, what does"BTW" mean?
btw means by the way
14 in 4 days, and I HATE, and I mean HATE, answering the phone...can't stand it. nice instructable, btw.
You are one of a kind of teenagers!!
Haha, I use AIM for talking to my friends. And no, I don't talk like, "hey dude r u gona be at skool tomaroww? kool" I talk there just like I do here...ha
but u talk like dis on here or waz dat jus example?
Ha, I don't know what I meant...actually, haha I was TRYING to say that I type correctly without most of the IM slang most people use on IM's. : )
I know what you mean. I'm not a grammar nazi, but I hate people who spell like that. I'm personally not a fan of aim, but sometimes on gmail's chat thing I will use u, r, k, and stuff like that.
Eh, I like me AIM. Course I haven't had anything else....ha The only slang stuff I use is the occasional WTF.
u haet aam? stranje cuz u spell liek tess.
<h2><sub>WHAT????!!!!</sub></h2>
<h2>huh???</h2>
<h2>why are we shouting?</h2>
You <strong>are</strong> one of a kind teenager !!<br/>
talking on the phone is fun. i enjoy it, i also like texting tho, i send about 9,000 text messages a month. I never use the home phone to talk tho
That's terribly sad. I want you to save this and look back at it in ten years, Clark.
agreed!
Man do I agree with you. If I wanted to talk to someone, I would have called them (but if they were like me they wouldn't have answered). : ). lol
Nice Answer
I like my phone as it keeps me in touch (I was pretty pizzed when it was nicked) but I cant stand people who just yabber on on their phones and get them out in class. Im 13.
I'm exactly the same, my phone is rarely used. Freaking hell, just use a landline. My motto is: "I'm always on MSN, if I'm not on MSN, then it's not usually a good time to talk to me eh?"
You are one of a kind of teenagers!!
Can't you just hook the phone line to a key switch (switch that requires a key to operate) that is hooked to the phone line where it comes out of the wall.
<p>yes, with a double pole switch you could do that. the only concern would be emergency access numbers when the key is not accessible....</p>
Holy damn... This is awesome. Now... if only i could use this with my mother's soap operas... lol
Just use a timer plugged into the TV and then set a weekly schedule to turn it off when the soaps come on :)
I'm actually working on that... something to control the TV...
You, my friend, are awesome... Do you think you could find out how to disconnect specific channels?
Well, all you really need is some sort of frequency jammer (hey, I'm sure you could make your own ;-)) and tune it to the right set of frequencies so that specific channels could be "blocked"
If you use cable, there's a 'parental control' feature you can use to password-lock specified channels. Of course, that only locks the cable box, so the unscrambled 'basic' channels are still available to any cable-ready tv. The tv set itself probably has a 'V-chip', which detects the rating codes applied to individual programs. Very few parents make use of this nanny-state gadget that Congress requires manufacturers to include in all tv sets for US sale, but it's there if you can find the manual to learn to program it.
Naw dude, this would be just take out the TV, Cable Box, Etc as a device. Basically, It's a locking Power strip with a timer.
Same basic concept, just a different appliance. However, I would imagine that to remove certain channels at certain times could be done with a modified V-chip of sorts.
Yeah, depending on who/what kind of service you have and what equipment you have available. In fact, if you have a converter (set-top) box of some sort or a newer TV, there should already be in-built "parental controls" [now, whether they are used by or against the parent is just semantics....] Yeah, my idea was basically to just wire an in-line timer that will cut off the power to the power strip. I was going to use one of those lamp timers. Then, I'd put a switch on the outside of the box to effectively turn on the time, so it would start running. Only problem is that it would have to be reset after every use. I'm still working on the details, but you'd only plug in the TV or the cable box. the VCR(how many of you remember these? :-D), Tivo, and Myth box are connected normally, since they are still always-on... and none of them will work without the TV anyway. good luck.
Thats pretty cool. The only thing I would be a little worried about is if the phone line is disabled for 911 calls.
You could just keep only one phone hidden somewhere which is connected on the always-on side of the main line :)
Nice ! I live in Greece so everything is permited (no FCC rulez hehehe) <br /> Do u use a dual relay?&nbsp; and why not usin the power form the phone itself?<br /> <br />
&nbsp;Single Pull double through type relay, and I use a step down transformer because the relay I had laying about was only like 12 volts.
thanx..... could u please send a schematic (more details?)<br />
I don't hate the phone <sup> as he begins to text. </sup><br/> I JUST HATE THE PEOPLE THAT TALK ON THEM FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i really hate talking on the phone.<br/>

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