the Don Shaun:
A senior member of our family has come under significant fire from her television set. Every morning, several hours before she would like to wake up, it comes on at an unreasonably high volume pumping static into her living quarters.
Repeated investigations of the physical evidence reveal that the timer function for the television remains, as it always has, in the â€˜offâ€™ position.
Why oh why would a TV do this to an 82 year old lady? What can be done to tame this insatiable beast?
Please note that suggestions to purchase a replacement have been met with a dim view; at the end of the day, she would very much like her [expletive deleted] television to work.
Your friend indeed,
Comment by Julie Britt â€” 1/14/2005 @ 4:18 pm
Televisions can be tricky beasts. There are a number of reasons why the TV might be going on without anyone actually telling it to:
1. Signals from a neighbor’s remote are activating the TV. This is probably the least likely scenario.
2. The wiring in the house might be allowing surges that trigger the TV to turn on. Try changing the outlet that the TV is plugged in to.
3. The TV is poorly designed and, with age, the ability to discern what circuits are actually activated is going south. This could indicate that the TV is thinking that someone is turning it on, when really it’s just lost the will to resist current.
My recommended solution to this dilemma? The Clapper.
That’s right, all you need to do is purchase the Friend of the Elderly, Assistant to the Infirm, the one and only Clapper. Hook it up to the TV, and have your grandmother Clap the power off. That way, there won’t be any power going to the TV, so it can’t possibly turn on randomly.
Plus, your grandmother probably wouldn’t be interested in my first thought, which was to install an X10 and an X10 controller program on the local computer and control the power to the TV via software. (Someone smell a geek?)