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Posted: 2/24/2006 1:39:00 PM EST
... It's enough to drive a guy nuts (worse than I already am).

... Started last night. Shutting down the house for the evening, I detected a low-frequency, randomly oscillating buzzing noise - almost like some kids boom box outside down the street. Actually that's what I thought it was.

... After a couple hours of listening to this in bed I decided to got out and see/hear just WTF was going on - Nothing, zilch, nada. All is dead quite outside. I go back in and try imagining what could be the source. Perhaps the earth-moving construction in the distance (½ mile away). I don't know. I'm tired and finally fall asleep.

... This AM I awake to notice it again right off. But once the TV was on, coffee percolating, shower going, I forgot all about it - off to work I go.

... Well some-bitch! Damned it ain't still there when I get home today.

WTF could it be?

  • The 'fridge is fine

  • The air handler AC / heater is off

  • I "think" I can hear it amplified when I press my ear to the exterior walls

  • I hear it in every room in the house

  • Walk outside and it goes away

  • ... Save my sanity, WTF could this mysterious noise be?

    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:42:52 PM EST
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    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:45:09 PM EST
    mothman is calling
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:46:46 PM EST
    Flip the master switch to the electricity and see if you still hear the noise.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:46:46 PM EST
    [Last Edit: 2/24/2006 1:47:07 PM EST by thedoctors308]
    CIA "mind molester"
    Do you have a craving to buy "Catcher in the Rye"?
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:47:02 PM EST
    vibrator with energizer batteries?
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:47:08 PM EST
    [Last Edit: 2/24/2006 1:47:43 PM EST by sp0rk]
    Vibrator left over by two homosexual man making men love on your bed?

    Just a thought.

    Damn! 6 seconds late!
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:47:20 PM EST
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:47:28 PM EST
    Radar installation near by? Cell phone to close to your speakers?

    Bad spy equipment installed at your home to detect illegal transactions?

    Check um out.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:48:02 PM EST
    Tinfoil makes a pretty hat.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:48:10 PM EST
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:49:49 PM EST
    Do you have your tinfoil on or off?

    Need to know as we are tuning our new array.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:49:55 PM EST
    this aggression will not stand, man!
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:52:09 PM EST
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:52:56 PM EST
    Trigger hung on your airsoft rifle.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:53:17 PM EST
    Tumor. Definately a tumor causing auditory hallucinations.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:53:36 PM EST
    Is it constant, or does it come and go at intervals?

    Any new electronics/appliances in your home?

    Anyone been over to your place around the time it started?

    Is one of your neon signs going hinky?
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:53:58 PM EST
    [Last Edit: 2/24/2006 1:54:27 PM EST by blacklisted]
    Turn off breakers one at a time until it stops.

    That will help narrow it down.

    ETA: Do you have any wireless headphones?
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:55:04 PM EST

    Originally Posted By FrankSquid:
    Sump pump.

    auto shutdown Subwoofer is staying on

    transformer up against a wall or piece of plywood

    I did have my home surround system turn itself on once which cause my sub to hum.
    Never happened again and I couldn't figure it out.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:55:53 PM EST
    Heavy earth-moving machinery 1/2 mile away could easily produce a low frequency sound you'd hear in your house. It's a little weird you wouldn't also hear it outside, but its possible its being transmitted through the ground to your foundation, so your house vibrates but not the air outside your house. This would especially be the case if there was any other noise outside (birds, breeze, etc.) that could mask the sound when you're outside or if there's a lot of stuff blocking the sound getting to you through the air (trees, buildings, etc.)

    You could try the old Indian trick of going outside and putting your ear to the ground. If you can hear/feel the sound through the ground, it just means its a low-frequency that's getting transmitted through the ground but somehow blocked/masked through the air.

    Also, check any of the other appliances. We woke up one morning trying to figure out what the sound was coming from downstairs. Turned out the dishwasher timing mechanism broke and the dishwasher had been on all night. Our dishes were really clean, though.

    Or it could be the aliens.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:57:29 PM EST
    EVP, its too bad you are not recording for playback because the spirits may be planning to kill you off
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:59:54 PM EST
    Flip to master breaker. If it goes away just leave it off.

    Actuly flip it back on and shut off all the others.
    Flip one on at a time untill you hear the sound.
    Now that it,s localized, just unplug each device in the room untill it goes away.
    Thats the device.

    Or it could be bad power(not enough juice) comming into the house.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:02:03 PM EST
    I have the same thing, and it turned out to be a dusk to dawn light. The noise travels the mounting post and it is loud inside and hardly noticable outside.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:11:44 PM EST
    Do you have florecent lights? Ballasts for them make that noise.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:14:31 PM EST
    I have seen an instance of a doorbell button that was stuck in. It caused the doorbell chime to hum until the button was replaced.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:14:33 PM EST
    I had a similar noise, it was the thermostat to my heater.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:15:40 PM EST
    Ham set up near ?
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:17:23 PM EST
    Grabiods !
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:18:49 PM EST
    Another vote for the water heater.

    At times mine sounds like a big truck idling next to the house.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:23:08 PM EST
    Magnetic pulse resonation ...........in the 40watt range
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:31:44 PM EST
    Transformer for doorbell.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:32:42 PM EST
    Check your door bell transformer also your television set . My SONY TV will sometimes hum after I turn it off. To stop the humming, I just unplug it for a few minutes, and it's ok after that.

    Do you have an attic mounted whole house ventilating fan. ?

    Ceiling fans sometimes hum. The glass lightbulb globes can vibrate when the fan is in motion.
    I wrap teflon tape in the grooves that the lightbulb globes fit into. The little screws making contact with the glass can cause this hum.

    good luck.

    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:34:47 PM EST
    Transformers, robots in disguise. Transformers, more than meets the eye!
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:39:44 PM EST

    Originally Posted By intervivos:
    Flip the master switch to the electricity and see if you still hear the noise.

    Quick way to know if it's something operating in your home.

    I live about 1 mile from railroad tracks currently... depending on conditions sometimes trains can cause a low frequency hum like that in the house, although it's not audible outdoors. It's very low frequency sound that is causing the house to resonate.
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    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:46:49 PM EST
    Check the flux capacitor it could be ready to blow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:53:07 PM EST
    Do you have lights on dimmers. The filaments will make noise when dimmed. If you have any speakers that are powered by a device that is on a circiut with flourecent lighting it will make noise sometimes.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:30:29 PM EST
    A neighbor's heatpump compressor could do it. I have a neighbor that has one that I can hear in the house, but can not hear outside. Sound seems to come from the exterior wall closest to him.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:33:26 PM EST
    I had a similar sound once. Drove me nuts. I even called the electric company to see if they had any other reports of transformers buzzing in the neighborhood.

    Turned out, my cell phone's # key was somehow stuck on! So I just heard this steady toooooooooone no matter where I went in the house, yard, garage.

    I hated that phone. So glad when it's time was up and I got to upgrade to a new one!
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:37:09 PM EST
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    My hot water circulating pump can be heard much more distinctly in the house than in the garage where it is mounted to the plumbing. I need to try some vibration dampening techniques.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:42:15 PM EST
    is it........SATAN???

    Seriously, consider the possibility that you may be going insane.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:43:09 PM EST

    Originally Posted By Aimless:

    Bingo !

    Thats what the Drs told me .........

    It eminates south of mid Colo.

    But it might just me
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:46:13 PM EST
    You have a CRT going bad.

    Unplug your monitor and Tv see if that is the buzz. If that is not it, try umpluging one plug at a time till you find the buzz.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:14:12 PM EST
    Is it a 60 Hz hum? If so, that could be a good sign it is from an electrical source.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:22:32 PM EST
    Do you live in a duplex? If not then its just a parallel dimension split. No big deal... but if you see another "you".... DON'T TOUCH HIM!!!
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:32:15 PM EST
    I have cronic migraines and they put me on epilepsy drugs and the damn things do this same thing at nite. Sounds just like heavy earth moving equip nearby. If I move my head it stops. Quit moving , earth moving equip noises. I learned just to ignore it. Getting old sucks.

    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:36:46 PM EST
    My Doorbell would do this when the button would get stuck. See if that is it.

    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:48:41 PM EST
    Chuck Norris is in your attic laughing his ass of right now.

    just tagging for outcome.
    Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:48:58 PM EST
    I have a problem with a portable phone charger/transformer causing the same problem in the house.
    Its the transformer itself that is causing the noise. it effects radios in the room.
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