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Old 11-19-2009, 12:31 AM   #16
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I think I found what is causing the noise. It seems to in fact be the hardwood floor. I was adding weather strip around my door so the door was wide open for 10 minutes or so during this whole time so the temp dropped very fast in the living room, and the floor made cracking sounds. When I walked on it it was also cracking more then usual. Probably also has to do with the fact that it's been recently varnished. It's the old style hardwood with ~1.5" wide planks.
Wouldn't doubt it. The last place we lived in prior to our new home was a townhouse built in the 70's. On those cold cold -30C to -40C Canadian winter nights the nail pops sounded like gun shots and would often wake us up at 4AM.

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Old 11-19-2009, 12:44 PM   #17
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I love the weird noises old houses make. Ours has a few. But one stumped me for almost a year after we moved in. If I was home in the late afternoon, the whole house would suddenly shudder, as if from water hammer, or as if something heavy had fallen onto the roof. Trying to track it down drove me crazy.

It was almost a year before I discovered that half a mile away, there was blasting going on at a condo development, and they were allowed to blast exactly once per day. It was too far away to hear, but the shock wave ran through the ground.
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I love the weird noises old houses make. Ours has a few. But one stumped me for almost a year after we moved in. If I was home in the late afternoon, the whole house would suddenly shudder, as if from water hammer, or as if something heavy had fallen onto the roof. Trying to track it down drove me crazy.

It was almost a year before I discovered that half a mile away, there was blasting going on at a condo development, and they were allowed to blast exactly once per day. It was too far away to hear, but the shock wave ran through the ground.
Interesting. This reminds me of a few months ago, there was construction going on the highway near the hospital I work at. A few times per day it felt like something very heavy fell on the floor above us. Everything would shake. We'd always joke and say "oh must be fat guy who fell out of his bed again!". Turns out it was the blasting. Was weird because it sounded so much like the sound and vibration source was above us. I wonder how they got away blasting so close to a hospital though. I hope surgeons were given warnings, would suck during a precise incision lol.
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It is your wooden floor or walls, my friend. Wood expands and contracts due to outside and inside temperature. My house does the samething every now and then not just in one place. Pretty much all throughout the house especially when there is a significant difference in the outside and inside temperature. Sometime it is pretty loud other times we hardly hear it. Wood bends, shrinks, expands, etc.....

If you are still concerned, then my suggestion is to go up into the attic and see if there are any squirrels living up there. I didn't know this, but my neighbor living right across from me noticed that birds are flying about and banging into my attic windows from inside my attic. They were making pretty loud sounds that she left us a note in the mailbox. We were fooled to many times thinking someone was at the door or I yelled my wife to quit breaking the doors.

I think you can probably guess who won that battle...
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It is your wooden floor or walls, my friend. Wood expands and contracts due to outside and inside temperature. My house does the samething every now and then not just in one place. Pretty much all throughout the house especially when there is a significant difference in the outside and inside temperature. Sometime it is pretty loud other times we hardly hear it. Wood bends, shrinks, expands, etc.....

If you are still concerned, then my suggestion is to go up into the attic and see if there are any squirrels living up there. I didn't know this, but my neighbor living right across from me noticed that birds are flying about and banging into my attic windows from inside my attic. They were making pretty loud sounds that she left us a note in the mailbox. We were fooled to many times thinking someone was at the door or I yelled my wife to quit breaking the doors.

I think you can probably guess who won that battle...
Haha no squirrels or other forms of life, attic is well sealed from the outside other then vents that squirrels (even bugs) can't fit in. Been up there already to do a bit of work.

I do have a chipmunk that comes around but have not seen him in a while. I keep forgetting to buy peanuts. The old lady that used to live here probably fed him all the time, he seems to come by the main entrance every now and then.

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