I bought a beeping thing. It has a small magnet so I attached it to the
side of the refrigerator at work. It really drove people nuts trying to
locate the source. No one ever did. One day I removed it, just to make
them even more nuts wondering where the beep went.
Never had a problem with beeping. Always find it pretty quickly.
You'll find it in the last place you look.
Funny how it always works that way.
I've had greeting cards tucked away somewhere make noise.
About a month ago I'd hear what sounded like very faint Christmas
music every hour.
Seemed to be coming from a stack of papers on the thing we keep on the
Kept meaning to tell my wife to check it out, but didn't for a couple
When I finally mentioned to her that something was making noise in the
kitchen, she got pissed and pointed to the big "Christmas" clock on
the kitchen wall. Hadn't noticed it.
That'd be my advice, too. Actually, it is my advice, too. :-)
Last time I did that, it turned out to be an ancient smoke alarm that had
once started beeping, then stopped, and I'd thrown on a shelf in the
basement about a year before, figuring that the battery had given out and
the whole thing was due for replacement anyway.
Quite why it suddenly decided to beep again a year later I don't know,
but of course I'd forgotten it was there by then and it took me a while
to work out where the noise was coming from (it'd beep once every 5
minutes or so, too, which is an annoying length of time to be standing
around trying to pinpoint the next beep! :-)
Amazing how much quieter the house is when there's not the fridge,
computers etc. all running.
Got one of those small battery operated clocks you use on vacations?
Check your luggage. I had one of those damn things in the car for
when I go camping. It decided to beep everytime I was driving. I
shut off the alarm, the next time I'm driving it was beeping again.
After several tries, I tossed it in a trash can at a wayside. Later
on I was thinking about the next guy who came along to drop trash in
that can, and phoned in to the police about a bomb in the garbage :)
Of course it could also be your pacemaker is dying....
Or, God is calling you.... Scarey, huh?
Back in the late 70's I worked at an electronic repair depot and me and
one of my coworkers built a little box with a piezoelectric buzzer and
a 555 timer that produced a short "beep" every 5 minutes or so. We hid
it in a crazy girl neighbor's closet in her apartment. It made her a lot
more crazy. We distracted her and retrieved the beeper after several
months and of course every time she asked us for assistance in
tracking down the noise, we pretended not to hear it. It was in her
bedroom closet. :-)
When you hear the beep go to the room where it sounds like it's coming
from. Wait for another beep and so forth and keep moving closer and
closer until you locate it. Maybe it's a camera tucked away in a drawer.
BTW, if it's beeping every 2 minutes, that's not a long time frame between
Awhile back I had problems with beeping in this case it was traced
back to the smoke detector and was happening more and more
frequently. I tried changing the battery no luck. Then when all else
failed I got the detector's specs and found something I never knew in
the many years and multiple houses I have had with smoke detectors. It
seems that manufacturer calls for you to vaccum the detector every
year or so. The reason being that dust will sometimes accumulate on
the ion sensor in the detector and it thinks there is smoke. I
vaccumed the detector and problem cured. Hey they had been installed
for 8 years. I vaccumed them all.
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Turn MAIN BREAKER OFF, does the beeping stop?
I had FIOS just a few months and came home to beep alarm every 5
What a PIA, Verizon wanted to charge me 50 bucks for a replacement
battery on a new install only months old.Claimed there was no
My box beeped for 2 weeks till the replacement finally arrived...
Get a stopwatch or even better, an automatic resetting digital timer. Set
*it* to beep a second or two *before* the problem device beeps. That will
make you aware of when to listen for the problem beep. Stand sideways in
the doorway of each room, one ear facing in, one facing out, just before the
It'll take a few tries, but eventually you'll be able to locate the rogue
device. Works for me and I have a house littered with smoke alarms and
gadgets that beep. Electronic devices are usually quite regular in their
intervals, so the stopwatch "trick" usually works quite well but it does
take a little patience because it's so hard to localize an intermittent
noise. Works even better with two people and four ears trying to localize
each beep by listening for it just before it happens.
A timer of some sort is essential to track this down. It usually takes me
under 10 minutes to find the culprit. The trick is to be standing in a
position where you can use your "stereo" hearing to locate the noise source.
That's why standing in a doorway sideways is helpful. Makes it much easier
to tell whether the sound is in or outside a room.
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