We recently moved the country to an old homestead.
Normally we like the quiet, but we are really starting to get freaked
out by the sounds of a car door slamming.
Every time it happens, we go the front of the house and look out in
our driveway which is a quarter mile from the dirt county road and
there is nothing there. It is half a mile to the nearest neighbor.
We contacted the previous owner said she said it spooked her, too.
This has been happening at least once a day for the last 3 months and
we are frustrated.
:> We recently moved the country to an old homestead.
:> Normally we like the quiet, but we are really starting to get freaked:> out by the sounds of a car door slamming.
:> Every time it happens, we go the front of the house and look out in:> our driveway which is a quarter mile from the dirt county road and:> there is nothing there. It is half a mile to the nearest neighbor.
:> We contacted the previous owner said she said it spooked her, too.
:> This has been happening at least once a day for the last 3 months and:> we are frustrated.
:> Any ideas?
:Earplugs. Fifty cents. Problem solved.
Yeah, I gotta laugh too. 1/2 mile from the nearest neighbor and you are
freaked out by noise! I guess it just goes to show you can never have
enough peace. I consider myself lucky when it's quiet where I live and I
guess it's one reason I get up so early in the morning. It's about the
only time you can depend on it being quiet (well, almost depend!).
I was feeling sorry for myself until I had a conversation with a woman I
know who said she grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She told me about the ambient
noise problems there and I quickly realized it was 10x worse than what I
have to put up with. She said to keep her sanity she got into listening
to the radio all the time. It gave her an anchor amidst the chaos. She
and I volunteer at a college radio station.
it's amazing how sensitive our hearing is. especially when
things are truly quiet. train car coupling can easily be
heard for miles. as can the dropping of a dumpster by
it's handler truck.
of course, if you have kids, they're likely the cause. :-)
Unlike the other posters I'm not convinced you are hearing a car door.
Start keeping a diary of time, room, wind, weather, et c. Collecting a bit
of data may localize the noise and help you locate the cause. Look for loose
stuff around the house and secure it. Make sure gates shut tight. Look in
the crawl space and attic. Is something expanding and contracting during the
Cheap car, tinny rattley sound or an expensive car, solid dull thunk. Maybe
your neighbors are closer to you than the road, either beside or behind you,
or there is a cliff, wall or something solid to bounce the sound. Damp days
make the sound travel long distances, I can hear a train go over another
rail crossing on foggy days, and it is about 2 miles away.
As mentioned it sounds like it could be something with climate Something
expanding from heat and just a coincidence it sounds like a gar door ( and
now you have told yourself it a car door) What time of day dose it happen?
Has it been hotter than usual?
The neighbors cows are stealing candy or cigarettes out of your
car.... or for that matter, they might even be trying to drive your
car. Dont leave the keys in it, or your car might start MOOVING...
I have a pony in the back yard that sometimes likes to use the corner
of the house as a back scratcher. That tends to spook the crap out of
me in the middle of a good sleep, particularly when she uses the
corner right next to my bed. Of course that still beats the noise I
dealt with when I lived in the city.
It's most likely my next door neighbor. She's constantly slamming her
doors for no reason. OMG, it's over and over ten thousand times. She
likes to creep around late at night and make noises. A real mental, that
: Any ideas?
Yes, I agree with the others that it isn't a car door slamming. Quite
unlikely, anyway. Scout around until you figure out what's making the
noise. Some day you may be lucky enough to be right next to what's doing
it when it happens, and then you will probably know immediately. Don't
start believing in ghosts!
Got any livestock nearby? Could be something like one of these:
They can lift up the door to chow down and when they withdraw, that door
slams down sounding just like a car door.
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