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cascadesgal

06:05AM | 08/16/07
Member Since: 08/11/07
4 lifetime posts
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I have been having an ongoing noise problem (only at night) in a newly constructed house. At first I thought is was the smoke detectors (they were taken off the electrical wires and are now only on batteries) in 14 foot ceilings. When I first moved in there was a problem with the security system (alarms going off day and night) they replaced the battery which registered low. About 2 months or more I heard (only during the wee hours of the night) an alarm then a dying battery sound. The security company came and took out the keypad and powered down the system (saying nothing should be coming out of it). I wanted them to take out the wiring, but the builder convinced me that the steps they took would solve the problem. Last night at the same time the sound was different (it's so hard to describe sounds) first a wail then it sounded like clacking (or like the sound of someone sending morse code). I know all this sounds unbelievable - please someone out there help. If I was reading this I would think some crazy woman is writing this. My fight with the builder is that there is an ongoing electrical problem. I do have to say that they are putting in a noise activated tape recorder tonight, but are now trying to put the blame on me, saying that I have done or brought something into this house that is causing this. PLEASE, PLEASE tell me what the problem is. Thank you.

Billhart

09:00AM | 08/16/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
First you should post to the orginal thread rather than starting a new one so that one can check back and see all of the details and what has been looked at.

http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Beepingchirping_new_house_am_hours-Electrical-1-T7552.html

" If I was reading this I would think some crazy woman is writing this."

Do you remember the play/movie "GasLight"? LOL.

I am glad that they are puting in the tape recorder. With an actual sound MAYBE some one will reconize the sound.

But lets look at some of the possibilities as strange as they might be.

IIRC the sound seems to be coming from the attic, but sounds are often hard to track down.

First are there any animals that might be living in the attic? I would think that most would make scratching/chewing sounds. But what about bats? And bats are active at night. Maybe a google on bat sounds and see if they make any audible sounds. You might also look in the phone book for wildlife control specialist and see what they say.

Turbine vents in the roof and be bad and make noise, but normally that would not happen at night and with still air.

Are there any power vents in the roof? A whole house fan with automatic shutters?

Where is the HVAC equipement located? Is there any parts of it in the attic?

Do you have anykind of "high tech" lighting systems. X-10 or programable lighting scene systems? And that inclused any motion sensor lights that active light remote from the sensor lights.

Do you have any high tech appliacnes. I have seen some washer driers that look like you can program with with more options than the alarm systems and they not only beep when done, but for too hight, too cold, or the wrong brand of detergent used .
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