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Noises from attic - Should I be concerned?

You should always be concerned about a new noise in your house. Examine the outside upper story soffit framing to see if any soffits are missing or broken. If so, there's a good chance something's ...
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Why is there increased dryer motor hum while powered by a generator?

Is your generator producing true sine wave, modified sine wave, or square wave output? The motor's designed to work on sine-wave AC, which is what large generators are happiest producing, and which ...
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Cover & sound-suppression for doorbell transformer in utility closet

The best way to eliminate transformer noise is to purchase a quality transformer. The noise is because the laminated core is heavily loaded or overloaded and the plates are actually vibrating because ...
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Random buzzing/humming in bottom corner of Living Room…not electric?

Walk outside and look for bees or wasps going in and out of your wall. If they are honeybees, it is far preferable to call someone to come and remove them rather than to kill them. Once they have been ...
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What is the safest and quietest practical lightweight electric saw to cut 2x4 to use inside an apartment?

jigsaw. but really i think you underestimate how easy it is to cut through dimensional lumber with a sharp handsaw.
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Trying to identify rhythmic humming in home

I don't know if this is the same issue but I'll mention it because "WUm-WUm-WUm-WUm-WUm" is exactly how I would describe it. When I moved into my first home, I would sometimes hear a low ...
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We hear a constant bass subwoofer like thumping noise every night from about midnight to 7 am

Listen, sound patterns travel in the weirdest ways. My house is on a hill and there is a college a block away. Every night my house was shaking from bass and I was like "what the hell". I am ...
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Can I clean out a GE dishwasher drain pump?

GE dishwasher won’t drain. Washer is washing, but doesn’t drain. During drain cycle you hear a hum, but no water is flowing into the garbage disposal. Troubleshooting: Two common problems: 1. Drain ...
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How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

Plant climbing vines at the wall, let them climb and cover. Take note of the "sound walls" around the interstates or beltways around the cities. Many have vines growing over them to aid in the sound ...
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Creaking / Clicking noise coming from wood / cardboard

I hear the same noise and have done in a few houses. After years of chasing sounds round rooms I'm pretty sure the culprit is a tiny brown beetle I've found a few times, 1-3mm max. I'm struggling to ...
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How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

Here in Southern California when tract homes are constructed along freeways a block wall is constructed the length of the lots. Similar to yours I'm guessing. Rather than having a smooth and flat ...
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Cover & sound-suppression for doorbell transformer in utility closet

First, even though the exposed wires are low-voltage, likely 16 VAC, they should be covered for esthetics (if the transformer were accessible to children, not inside a closet, it is likely required). ...
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Could a Cadet heater release metallic nanoparticles?

A short or arcing would most likely sound more like a buzzing (but could sound like a hiss, I guess) but would also be accompanied by smoke, a nasty "fried circuitry" ozoneish smell, and ...
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Hear current draw through AMP?

Tools like a "skillsaw" employ what is called a universal motor. These have brushes and a commutator which creates tiny sparks which generate electrical noise. That noise is getting into ...
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We have a chirping sound that is every 30 seconds or so. It isn’t the smoke, CO detectors or animal in the walls

Expanding on my comment, I suggest a couple of binary searches. That basically means splitting the house into two zones, and working out which zone the beeping is in, then splitting that into two ...
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Is it possible that a room ambient noise generator could reduce traffic sounds from outside?

A white noise generator is like spraying perfume to cover a nasty smell. The smell is still there, just the perfume is stronger. The nastier the smell, the stronger the perfume needs to be to cover. ...
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We hear a constant bass subwoofer like thumping noise every night from about midnight to 7 am

Low sounds travel further, and are a lot harder to pinpoint direction. I used to live in a house that if you slept in the front upstairs bedroom, you could hear a low rumble all night long. Only I ...
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How to reduce toilet tank refill noise?

You could try partially closing the water supply shutoff valve to the water tank unit. This would reduce pressure and flow rate some and thus could also reduce the noise produced in tank. If you do ...
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How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

You can buy sound deadening panels or sheeting - You would construct a fence-like structure inside your block wall, then hang the sound absorbing panels or sheeting from that. The material can be part-...
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Help soundproofing already built room

I've attempted to build a reasonably soundproof music room in my basement and can tell you it is a tall order. I built a room when finishing my basement using double drywall with Green Glue, a ...
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What kind of professional to call for help with structure-borne noise issues from HVAC

As an engineer having dealt with window and wall mount A/C noise problems for over a half century, I can offer you the most likely cause of the noise transmission and the solution to solve the noise ...
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What is the safest and quietest practical lightweight electric saw to cut 2x4 to use inside an apartment?

I don't know if this is a legitimate answer, but I'd reconsider a hand saw. Depending on what works well for you, and what you need to do with the saw. I'd try a pull saw, very easy to use and makes ...
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How do I find the source of a constant high pitch whistle in bathroom?

Posting as answer: Did you try shutting off power to your house at the main breaker? That would rule out any AC-mains connected devices. What about your toilet? The fill valve can make noises like ...
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Loud brass valve - how to make it quieter?

A "globe valve" would be more suitable for the task. Both ball valves and gate valves are intended primarily for shutoff - either fully open, or fully closed. A likely noise source is ...
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Noises from attic - Should I be concerned?

Do woodpeckers live in your vicinity ? That rattling sound with a few slower bangs after it really sounds like a woodpecker hammering. The other noises are certainly birds. That isn't necessarily ...
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How to fix a creaky carpeted floor?

They make special screws just for your problem. After you screw it down they break off, leaving the screwed portion below the level of the carpet pad. Do an internet search.
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Where are the coils in this fridge?

I don't think cleaning the coils is going to solve the clicking noise, that is probably a more involved repair. Since the coils are not in the compressor compartment shown in your photos (which would ...
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Eliminating ticking noise of pipe in wall

Cut out the 1/2" drywall in the affected area & hot-patch in 1/4" drywall. A gap won't wear out over time, but any & all padding, greasing or spraying will. But yes, even a slight temperature ...
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15-year-old fridge goes "clunk" at end of cycle

Sounds like a broken or worn-out "vibration damping mount.the inertia of the internal moving parts at shutdown will cause the hole compressor to rotate up off of the mounting and slam back as ...
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Why does my vinyl siding make noise when it is windy?

Vinyl siding (along with steel) is fastened to your walls with nails that aren't fully set. This allows lateral movement when the siding expands and contracts due to temperature change. Ideally, the ...
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