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Old 05-22-2012, 03:22 PM   #16
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Ever read Edgar Allen Poe? The tell tail heart? 150-155 beats per min. read the story. All kidding aside I hope you can trace it down.
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how about this for an idea: I have encountered odd rythmic tapping sounds twice so far and know another guy whose tapping sounds have driven him absolutely nuts, to the point where he had video cameras in the attic and was driving random screws everywhere because he thought the house was settling.

anyway in all 3 cases it turned out to be a bad speaker/powered subwoofer of various brands of home stereo systems. usually the capacitors go bad and cause this beating sound. when its the subwoofer, the sound is almost impossible to place because the bass is non directional.

unplug all of your stereo/surround sounds from the wall. any type of speaker you can find and see if it goes away.

this is my first post, i hope i did it right and that it helps you.
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how about this for an idea: I have encountered odd rythmic tapping sounds twice so far and know another guy whose tapping sounds have driven him absolutely nuts, to the point where he had video cameras in the attic and was driving random screws everywhere because he thought the house was settling.

anyway in all 3 cases it turned out to be a bad speaker/powered subwoofer of various brands of home stereo systems. usually the capacitors go bad and cause this beating sound. when its the subwoofer, the sound is almost impossible to place because the bass is non directional.

unplug all of your stereo/surround sounds from the wall. any type of speaker you can find and see if it goes away.

this is my first post, i hope i did it right and that it helps you.
Welcome computer.....and....very plausible option on the cause of the noise.

thinksincode.....are you sure about the rate? A water drip faster than about 60 BPM would be more like a stream.....150 BMP is about 2.5 beats per second.....pretty fast.

Have you tried turning off all the power to the house? That would tell you if it was electrically related.

If electrical is rulled out, then turn off the water supply at the house...if the noise goes away...turn off the water heater....
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I'm pretty certain about the rate - next time it happens, I will see if I can record the sound to get a better estimate.
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do you have any type of attic vent that spins ? or maybe a flapper type vent . or maybe you need one of those air chamber things in the plumbing hot water for expansion etc .
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do you have any type of attic vent that spins ? or maybe a flapper type vent . or maybe you need one of those air chamber things in the plumbing hot water for expansion etc .
I was thinking the vent flap for a dryer/bathroom vent. Mine will flap with a breeze. However, if there is no wind, mine do not flap.

So...my next guess is plumbing of some sort. Not a leak, but perhaps even rubbing pipes??

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OK, so I tried to get a video where you can hear the tapping. This was the best I could get You have to turn the sound up high, and the last 5 seconds or so, you will hear the faint tapping. It is more like 140-145 BPM.

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It's really hard to hear what your talking about....but if I think I'm hearing what I think I am....first, it does not appear to be a consistant freq....the duty cycle seems to change....I'm inclined to aggree olddrivers and bill that it is a vent or flap of some type.

Does it appear to come from the vent that the camera was pointed at? If so, then you most likely have a check valve/flap in there somewhere....chances are, that is what your hearing....

One way to confirm....make sure all windows and doors are closed....does that change anything?

Next...open a door....any change?

Any relationship to wind outside?
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I cannot hear it on my computer cause my speakers are terrible, but I am inclined to agree that it is the damper flap on your exhaust fan. On the housing for the vent fan where the pipe to outside connects, there is a plastic flapper that is there to stop air from outside coming back into the house. It would sound just like you would expect, it is a plastic (possibly metal, but not likely) piece tapping against the metal housing. Breeze from outside causes it. Getting a cap for the outside of the vent that has louvers that open should fix the problem(not a guarantee though). Pressure changes and air movement from inside the house can cause it as well, but that is not nearly as likely. I have seen(heard) these damper flaps make noise in many houses.
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Like ddawg suggested, shut off your main breaker. If you no longer hear it, it is likely not a plumbing issue. At least you could rule that out.
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Wow, just did a google search as I've been hearing the same type of thing from my drop ceiling in the basement. It's not driving me nuts, but has me really curious what it could be. Have been too lazy so far to pop a panel up and take a look, but...there is a bathroom on the main floor directly above the "tap tap...tap tap" spot. There is also PVC piping that was installed about 2yrs ago when the bathroom was reno'd.

The noise I'm hearing happens every 1/2hr sometimes, sometimes every hour or two? The timing seems a little random in the short couple days I've been noticing it, but the sounds are totally rhythmic, sounding identical each time. The best I can describe the sound is if you took a pipe, and flicked it with your finger lightly. Sort of a "ping". It goes ping-ping...ping-ping. The 2 pings are right after each other, like you're tapping your finger on a table, and the gap between pings is just slightly longer than this. 2 or 3 sets of pings, then it's done for a while.

Because it's so rhythmic, I would doubt it's water, or any living thing. No idea...yet.
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I had a tapping noise I was hearing in my basement and it was a rhythmic one as well, mine turned out to be the pipes making a noise from the garden sprinkler running, as the sprinkler oscillated back and forth it makes a small noise down the pipe , i just happened to be down there the same time the sprinkler was on .... so ya never know
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Thanks Brian.... some of the odd sounds you hear have some of the weirdest explanations, and rarely involve the supernatural.... or cockroaches practicing on their new drumsets......

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