A Man, A Can, and a Plan


We have TRULY earned the name "Trailer Trash".

And I'll tell you why.

It's all because of my husband, Jim.

Our Wi-Fi here in the park is iffy on a GOOD day.

It can be quite frustrating.

Jim said that he was going to try something to get a better reception.


It's what I call

A man, (I wanted him to stand in a Superman pose - with his hands on his hips and his legs spread, but he absolutely refused. He's no fun.)

a can,

and boy did he have a PLAN!

He was going to make a "Cantenna".....an antenna out of a can AND stick it on top of our trailer.

I was NOT happy about this.

My one friend suggested we glue feathers to the can so it would look like a bird.

My other friend thought we were putting up something like this:

Uh, no.

And thank GOD it was nothing like THIS.

Because I would have flat out left him.

So Jim began working on "The Plan".

Measuring to see what size drill bit he needed.

Drilling the hole for the connector.

Thankfully he has removed the "Maxwell House" label from the can, and is now attaching the connector.

The next step is to attach the can to some PVC pipe. Jim found this neat Velcro tape at Home Depot that breaks off in three inch increments.

He thinks two straps ought to hold the can.

Jim climbs the ladder on the back of our trailer with cantenna in hand.

He scouts around looking for the nearest Wi-Fi antenna so he will know which direction to point the can. (Inside the can is a wire that acts as an antenna).

Oh-oh. We have a problem. The can falls off the pipe.

Jim determines that the horizontal pipe is too short.

No problem. He measures a longer piece from the bottom of the pipe,

and cuts it off!

The longer length is perfect! Notice the lid on the coffee can. This is to keep birds from nesting in the can and goofing up our antenna!

Jim goes back up the ladder with the new, improved cantenna.

He attaches it to our ladder.


So there you have it. A cantenna on my candominium. Thankfully it's at the rear of our trailer so it's not noticeable from the street.

Jim said the cantenna has upped his wi-fi signal three times to what it used to be; mine is still so-so. I just might have to tap into that cantenna myself!

If you are interested in the plans for the cantenna, email me and I would be happy to send them to you.

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