Beeping from attic
We recently moved into a used house and a few months ago noticed a high
pitched beeping sound which seemed to originate from a particular
location of the ceiling in the hallway. This beeping sound continued
for several hours, until finally it started to gradually become quieter
and quieter, until after an additional hour or two the sound faded
away... as if a battery had been depleted.
We haven't yet entered the attic, as the barely human-sized access hole
in our closet isn't very inviting.
Can anyone offer any theories as to what the source of sound could have
been? ...how about advice on climbing into the attic?
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A month ago the same beeping was heard in my house. I thought it was the UPS
for the computer. Hauled that out and the beeping persisted. Then I started
getting wierd and thinking a baby chipmunk or some other critter was in the
house and even got down looking under furniture and in the closet. Silly me.
I then realized the beeps were a single beep I counted 45 seconds apart and
had to head into the bathroom when something beeped right over head. Sure
enough, there was a smoke alarm we hardly ever pay attention to and luckily
it has a weak battery detection that beeps every 45 seconds.
<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
URL http://www.metromilwaukee.com/clintongallagher /
Sounds like someone lost their pager. I had a emergency service call
about 5 years ago, for a unknown motor sound in the upper floor hallway
of a home. I went there and sure enough I heard a motor sound, checked
all the bath fans, circulator pumps, and nothing was running , I then
went down and turned off the main breaker and the noise was still
there. I investigated a little further and found out that the owners 17
year old daughter dropped her 6" vibrator behind the dresser before she
left for school. Service call: $90 Look on moms face: Priceless!
In our new house we have ceiling smoke detectors in every room.
are wired together and line/battery powered. When one beeps, it is
impossible to tell which one, even when 2 feet from it on a ladder.
The sound is so high pitched, and only beeps once a minute for a tenth
of a second.....
As a practical matter, I would unplug them, one by one, until the
stopped. Usually I would have to unplug 5 or 6 before I foung the
So I unplugged all the damn things.... One or another would run
every month and I was constantly hauling a ladder out......and I just
got tired of the hassle...
There needs to be a better way of signaling a low battery than
beeping it's ass off......
At least if a fire starts, it won't be due to a short in the smoke
I like the one I can buy for $5 and hang on the wall. Cheaper and
to locate when bad..
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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