How to build your own wireless cell phone boosters

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to build your own wireless cell phone boosters
(cell phone image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

The convenience of a cell phone can be sorely tested when the signal inside your home is weak or nonexistent. You can build a cell phone booster that will dramatically increase the signal strength of the cell phone’s receiving antenna. A few hardware and common household supplies will be needed, along with some tools. Get adult supervision if you are underage, because a minor shouldn’t build the cell phone booster alone.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • 680gr empty aluminium can
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a sheet of newspaper on a table. Stand the empty aluminium can on the newspaper. Stand the cell phone next to the aluminium can. Make a hole at the top of the cell phone into the aluminium can with the blade of the scissors. Place the cell phone aside.

  2. 2

    Cut off the top of the aluminium can with the scissors. Dispose of the cut-off piece of the aluminium can in the trash.

  3. 3

    Measure 2 inches up from the bottom of the aluminium can. Make a hole in the aluminium can with the blade of the scissors at the 2-inch mark. Cut around the aluminium can to remove the bottom. Dispose of the bottom of the aluminium can in the trash.

  4. 4

    Cut down the length of the aluminium can with the scissors until you reach the can’s bottom. Measure 8 inches across the aluminium can from the cut just made. Cut down the length of the aluminium can with the scissors at the 8-inch mark until you reach the can’s bottom.

  5. 5

    Cut across the bottom of the aluminium can between the two cuts. Pull the strip of aluminium out of the aluminium can with your fingers.

  6. 6

    Turn the aluminium can upside down on the newspaper. Clamp the jaws of the pliers against the top of the lid of the aluminium can where the strip of aluminium has been removed. Lift up on the jaws of the pliers. Repeat this procedure across the length of the aluminium can where the strip of aluminium has been removed.

  7. 7

    Stand the aluminium can right-side up on the newspaper.

  8. 8

    Clamp the jaws of the pliers against the bottom of the lid of the aluminium can where the strip of aluminium has been removed. Push down on the jaws of the pliers. Repeat this procedure across the length of the aluminium can where the strip of aluminium has been removed.

  9. 9

    Cut the ends off each side of the top of the aluminium can with the scissors at a right inward angle.

  10. 10

    Crimp both sides of the aluminium can with the jaws of the pliers.

  11. 11

    Crimp the cut-off ends of each side of the top of the aluminium can with the jaws of the pliers.

  12. 12

    Hammer down the inside bottom of the aluminium can with the jaws of the pliers.

  13. 13

    Stand the cell phone up inside of the aluminium can that is now a cell phone booster.

Tips and warnings

  • Work gloves will protect your fingers when pulling on the strip of aluminium cut off from the aluminium can.
  • A wireless home network can interfere with the reception of a cell phone.

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