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Old 04-12-2010, 02:38 PM   #16
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I'm pretty sure you'll find it's somehow related to the old doorbell.

DO keep us posted, as we ALL love a good mystery here! (with a happy ending, of course)

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the *taptaptap* sounds like a solenoid attempting to open, and eventually doing so, then it lets go......hence the reset sound... *chunk*

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LOL it does sound like a woodpecker but if it were a woodpecker wouldn't it poking non-stop to get the hell outta the wall and should be gone since they make holes real fast. Please keep us posted what you find :D
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Make some banging noises of your own while you hear the rapping
and see if the noise source is scared into temporary silence.
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did the feathered intruder look like any of theses?

http://www.thewildlifeporch.com/2009...-north-america

Might be a mate that was chasing bugs and got stuck in the wall.

Do you know Morse Code? Sounded like SOS to me. or get me the....
out a here...
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If you're sure it isn't the hot water pipe expanding and contracting, one other thing to check is the vent pipe serving the sink. Can you tell if the vent might be in this wall cavity?

The only reason I keep saying that I think it's plumbing related is because the sound file in your post is exactly the sound a pipe makes when it rubs against wood.
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If you're sure it isn't the hot water pipe expanding and contracting, one other thing to check is the vent pipe serving the sink. Can you tell if the vent might be in this wall cavity?

The only reason I keep saying that I think it's plumbing related is because the sound file in your post is exactly the sound a pipe makes when it rubs against wood.
I am not a plumber but I do know a little about birds and I would have to agree with the above post. I cannot think it is an animal of any kind. A woodpecker pecks to find insects. I would think it would look elsewhere other than in your wall cavity.
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Fabrk8r, I'm sorry I doubted you! I am pretty sure it is something to do with the plumbing. I filled up a bowl for our dogs in stationary tub located in the basement, and when I turned the water off a sound came from that same location . Not the same sound, but a sound none the less. So in further investigation I noticed I could stop the tap-tap-tap sound by relieving pressure in the line. So the question is now, what can I do to reduce this sound? And what would cause this sudden constant irritation? It is pretty audible, I can hear it pretty much anywhere in the house and in the backyard.


The bird that flew out of the attic wasn't any type of woodpecker I have seen. It was pretty much plain black and had a long narrow beak. It must just have been a coincidence . That and as many people have said it doesn't make sense for a bird to be in the wall.
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If it IS a pipe, you'll need to open the wall anyways and lock it in place.

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If it is "water hammer" the first thing to do is check your home's water pressure. This can easily be done by connecting a water pressure gauge, available at any hardware store or home center, to a convenient tap. I usually use an outside hose bib. If your water pressure is excessive...anything over about 80psi is too much...you will need to see if you already have a PRV (pressure reducing valve) on your incoming water supply.

Check those things first and then let me know what you find.
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I think I have solved the mystery!

The only variable I have changed since last fall, a variable I didn't take into consideration, is the water line that runs outside. I attached a hose to it and left pressure to it and the 2 valves open.

My guess is there was some sort of oscillation of pressure caused by slight changes in water pressure throughout the neighborhood. Which was then harmonically amplified through the semi-elastic hose. I had to do some work on the wall that contains the line connected to the hose. The pipe runs very snuggly through a few 2x4s. For some reason the sound seems to be projected up into the wall above, which contains no pipes . I noticed it was louder in the day, which would make sense with this theory, as the hose is more elastic when it is warm. And the hose is directly in the sun for most of the day.

No sounds since I closed the valves and revealed the pressure.

Thanks for your help everyone! I sure am glad I didn't open up the wall!
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Well, that was easy!

Glad you solved the mystery.

No animals were harmed in the posting of this thread.
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Hi,

I've just moved into a house and this problem was in the bathroom. Loud clicking noise every now and again. We thought it was a woodpecker until pest control said unlikely as we don't get them in this area. (Austin TX). After a few weeks of this noise, I was standing in the bathroom when it happened again and was just about to bang on the wall to scare said 'thing' away and I saw the electrical socket vibrate. I then googled this and there is lots of info on the net.

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