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petefritz
"Dripping Water"

For the last few months I could have sworn that I heard water dripping inside the walls of my bathroom. Daily...I'd go in the basement with a flashlight and search the floorboards for a wet spot...nothing! I finally got around to fixing the drain and tightening the handles (two neglected projects) on the bathroom faucet figuring that would solve the drip...drip...drip sound. Like the Telltale Heart...IT WAS STILL THERE! I put my ear against each wall, walked out of the bathroom, and unplugged the fish tank filter that was on the aquarium on the other side of the wall. Back in the bathroom...drip....drip...drip. Desperate for resolution I unplugged the lamp that was plugged into an outlet on the other side of the bathroom wall. No drip sound!!!! The timer that the lamp was plugged into was making the sound. A tick, tick sound from the timer sounded like drip, drip in the bathroom. That timer is now in a thousand pieces in a Wisconsin landfill.

A. Spruce
Re: "Dripping Water"
petefritz wrote:

That timer is now in a thousand pieces in a Wisconsin landfill.

That's not very green ... ;)

goldhiller
Re: "Dripping Water"

pete,

That's funny. Well.......at least it is to those of us who didn't have to run down the source of the noise. :)

Reminds me very much of the first visit I made into a (now long-term) client's basement to install a new water heater. I could hear this dang ticking sound from another room down there. Very intermittant kinda deal. Looked around, but was unable to determine the source. Drove me nuts while I worked down there. Looked around some more later and eventually I found it. They'd installed/plugged in one of those devices that are supposed to drive away mice and that's what it does; it makes intermittant clicking noises. Once I found the dang thing I wanted to stroke it with my hammer.:D

BTW, the device doesn't work. They had mice problems in the basement which I resolved by plugging up a hole in the foundation.

A. Spruce
Re: "Dripping Water"
goldhiller wrote:

Reminds me very much of the first visit I made into a (now long-term) client's basement to install a new water heater. I could hear this dang ticking sound from another room down there. Very intermittant kinda deal. Looked around, but was unable to determine the source. Drove me nuts while I worked down there. Looked around some more later and eventually I found it. They'd installed/plugged in one of those devices that are supposed to drive away mice and that's what it does; it makes intermittant clicking noises. Once I found the dang thing I wanted to stroke it with my hammer.:D

BTW, the device doesn't work. They had mice problems in the basement which I resolved by plugging up a hole in the foundation.

I just told of a similar instance that I had. Customer had a house riddled with mice and had one of those "sonic" devices going in the crawlspace. I fought headaches and ill temper whenever I was under the house, worse when at the access point which was where the device was deployed. Once I realized what it was and disabled it, my headaches and temper abated. The house remained mouse infested, oddly enough, it was surrounded by rice paddys, no wonder there was a mouse problem.

Another issue that was a bit annoying, but not healthfully detrimental, at least in small doses, was that there was a radio transmission tower approximately 300 feet from the house. The receptacles in the kitchen acted as radio receivers and you could hear the radio station that was transmitting from that tower! LOL :D the next door neighbor sued and the station or tower owner had to have their house "shielded" against the tower transmissions.

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