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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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Noisy hot water tap after outage

The problem seems to have been caused by air trapped in the branch leading to the dishwasher--which is indeed next to the one feeding the kitchen sink. Running a short dishwasher cycle to bleed air ...
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New framing occasionally makes loud popping sound when walking upstairs

Sounds like there's typical flex in the floor, and one of the nails up into the joists is slipping. Try removing the nails into the joists in that area. If that's the problem, you can do a couple ...
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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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How to make a table fan noisy?

I use my fan for this very reason. 'Fortunately' mine makes enough noise that simply turning it up to high works well enough so I use the fan speed and location within the house to fine tune things to ...
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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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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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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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Reduce low-frequency noise from nearby rail yard during home renovation and wall (re)construction

After comments: You won't achieve this in a domestic build, unless you're starting from scratch. You need mass & air-gapping (de-coupling). When you're dealing with such low frequencies & ...
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How can reduce swimming pool pump vibration through the ground?

If you can feel the vibration standing next to it that is what's transferring noise into your house. I don't think a barrier will be of much use. My pool pump doesn't make any noticeable vibration. ...
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Loud bang beneath the house, lights flickered

A loud bang combined with a breaker tripping is cause for concern. If the house has a basement, try to follow the line that tripped to see if you can find the damage. If you can live without that ...
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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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Why is my electrical panel buzzing?

Either find the broken/bad joint in the conduit, or (might be simpler) add a ground wire in this particular circuit's conduit. At some point the hot to ground voltage will be correct. If that point is ...
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Next door neighbor's smoke alarm keeps chirping every 30 seconds

The smoke alarm could chirp for years. If you can see the alarm it will flash when it beeps (most types). At night if you are videoing you should be able to get a faint light and beep every 30 ...
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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 do I stop noise coming from the rest of the house?

Sound transmission happens primarily through two paths: Transmission through surfaces. In this case, lots of sound is likely coming through the glass in your door. A dense wood door will transmit ...
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Loud noise in closet from door slam below

You cannot expect to solve this problem in your apartment. The sound is conducted through the building structure, which spreads it over so large an area that you cannot reduce it much if at all. I’m ...
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Next door neighbor's smoke alarm keeps chirping every 30 seconds

If other neighbors can hear it bring them in as supporting evidence. If they can't... You can ask the police to check on it, but if it isn't loud enough to be violating a noise ordinance there isn't ...
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What could cause my tankless water heater to make a knocking sound?

I have the same water heater and those knock noises are the flow valve actuators turning on and off...completely normal.
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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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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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