Things that go "BEEP!" in the night...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by OBW0549, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. OBW0549

    Thread Starter Distinguished Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    2,818
    2,443
    ARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!

    I think I own one too many "smart" devices: one of them has gone rogue and is trying to destroy my sanity.

    Went to bed last night and just as I was drifting off to sleep, "BEEP!"

    Aw, crap. Get up, check the smoke detector out in the hallway; battery good, no problem there.

    Go back to bed, lay there for a while, and drift off to sleep again.

    "BEEP!"

    I ignore it. It's not the smoke detector, so it can't be that important. Start to fall asleep again.

    "BEEP!"

    Oh, good grief! Now I'm pissed off.

    So I got up and spent the next four hours checking every single !@##%^*# electronic device I could find: phone, spare phone, laptops, blood glucose meter, TENS unit, Kindle, my little DSO Nano pocket oscilloscope, my collection of pocket DVMs, my capacitance meter, and even the red laser crosshairs accessory on my drill press. Nada. Batteries all good, all devices happy.

    But I'm not happy. Not happy at all.

    Because something is still beeping. And when I find it... :mad:

    What could it be?
     
    SgtWookie, cmartinez, absf and 3 others like this.
  2. MaxHeadRoom

    Expert

    Jul 18, 2013
    17,694
    5,388
    I just had the same experience, my smoke alarms are 120vac powered and linked together, they just started to beep once every so often, they were a little over the 10yr limit, so replaced them and now no problem, I figure they had somehow detected their life span??:rolleyes:
    Max.
     
    atferrari, #12, OBW0549 and 1 other person like this.
  3. Alec_t

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 17, 2013
    9,478
    2,296
    Obviously what you need is another smart device, to monitor and identify the direction of the beep sources and to alert you accordingly ...... with a beep :D.
     
  4. wayneh

    Expert

    Sep 9, 2010
    15,999
    6,079
    I've had to track down wireless phones that beep when they are running low and alarm clocks that have been enabled by my button-pushing grandchildren. Of course those go off at midnight instead of noon. Something about the tones make them extremely difficult to locate. I have a security system that uses battery if the wall wart in the basement comes unplugged. A couple days later it will beep. At least it's easy to find.

    Does the beeping stop? Seems like you should be able to find it eventually as long as it keeps chirping.
     
    OBW0549 likes this.
  5. OBW0549

    Thread Starter Distinguished Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    2,818
    2,443
    What's making it difficult to locate is it only beeps every 10-15 minutes, the beep is very brief and it's very high-pitched. It seems to be loudest in the back bedroom where I have my workshop, and least loud out here in the living room. But even in the back room when it goes off, it's hard to tell which direction the sound is coming from.

    But I'll find the little bastard-- and when I do, I'm gonna cut its li'l piezo off. Take THAT!!!!
     
    strantor, GopherT, justtrying and 4 others like this.
  6. BR-549

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 22, 2013
    4,747
    1,285
    I wish you luck....happen to me bout a year ago. It finally stopped.......but remains a mystery.
     
    absf and OBW0549 like this.
  7. dl324

    AAC Fanatic!

    Mar 30, 2015
    8,196
    1,971
    I'm having the opposite problem.

    I have a new-fangled Rheem water heater that's supposed to beep when it detects problems like abnormally high temperatures in the control panel cavity that cause it to shut down or water leaking (on the sensor).

    My heater electronics have been failing, so I have to check the heater to see if it's actually working. I've replaced the new heater twice in one month and the third unit failed after 3 days...
     
  8. spinnaker

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    7,815
    3,614
    A moonrock?



    Around 27:00
     
    OBW0549 and absf like this.
  9. spinnaker

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009
    7,815
    3,614
  10. RichardO

    Late Member

    May 4, 2013
    2,273
    893
    Wrist watch? Pocket calculator? CO detector?
     
    OBW0549 likes this.
  11. Reloadron

    Distinguished Member

    Jan 15, 2015
    4,147
    1,932
    Before my father-in-law passed away I had bought a few new smoke detectors for the house. He put them away in an old dresser. Long after he passed away we began to hear a beep. Never could find that beep and a month or two later the beep sort of doubled. They were very faint. Then they went away after several months. It wasn't till a few years later when emptying the old dresser in what was dad's room we found the long forgotten two smoke detectors.

    Ron
     
  12. OBW0549

    Thread Starter Distinguished Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    2,818
    2,443
    I'm starting to wonder if it may be a smoke detector in the adjacent apt. unit, complaining about a weak battery. Sure sounds like a smoke detector, but it isn't mine.
     
    cmartinez likes this.
  13. R!f@@

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 2, 2009
    9,647
    1,110
    I dunno what it is but I sure like to know what you did after you find it. :D
     
  14. djsfantasi

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 11, 2010
    4,502
    1,666
    The high frequency beeps of a failing smoke detector are extremely hard to locate. The chirp seems to be omnidirectional.
     
  15. crutschow

    Expert

    Mar 14, 2008
    21,661
    6,240
    They should be made to beep several times, perhaps several seconds apart, for each sequence.
    That would at least give you a fighting chance to locate the sound. :rolleyes:
     
    OBW0549 likes this.
  16. BR-549

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 22, 2013
    4,747
    1,285
    Man can not find on one beep alone.
     
    SgtWookie and OBW0549 like this.
  17. crutschow

    Expert

    Mar 14, 2008
    21,661
    6,240
    Due to the innate perversity of inanimate objects, they will always start to beep at bedtime.
     
    GopherT, RichardO, SgtWookie and 3 others like this.
  18. #12

    Expert

    Nov 30, 2010
    18,076
    9,680
    I've been running 6 smoke detectors for 30+ years. None of them has ever started to beep in the morning.:mad:
    BTDT! I have two cars with their piezo's amputated.:D And I did two for my sister's microwave ovens.:rolleyes:
    I don't know why she doesn't like her microwave ovens beeping, but I know how to cure them.;)
    Probably needs more microprocessors.:D
    That's a great idea because
     
    cmartinez, absf and OBW0549 like this.
  19. MaxHeadRoom

    Expert

    Jul 18, 2013
    17,694
    5,388
    Probably because 'They're Dead Jim'

    Life span 8-10yrs.
    Max.
     
    spinnaker, R!f@@ and OBW0549 like this.
  20. JWHassler

    Active Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    270
    51
    That happened here once. The dishwasher was just short of finishing a cycle when someone opened the door looking for something, didn't find it, and almost re-closed the door.
    The beeping went on , every 30 seconds(?), all afternoon and things were said that could only be put aside with effort.
     
    OBW0549 likes this.
Loading...