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Native Texan

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Native Texan

Good Morning from Texas! I purchased a new duplex home in the summer of 2016, for family use, though I do not live in it  full time. Normally, I live in Switzerland 🇨🇭. 

 

From the beginning, my daughter and I noticed a  high frequency sound, which we  tried to identify by process of elimination. Unfortunately,  it still has not been identified and it is almost two years.

 

Since I only visit occasionally, I honestly forget about this issue. Yet, each time I am here, I am bothered by the sound. It is quite disturbing and ruins the pleasure by such a lovely place. 

 

During the first year, whilst under warranty, we complained to the builder who diligently sent electricians to investigate the noise. No one else could hear it, though coming from the street it seems very quiet inside. I think they thought we were crazy! Yet, once alone and quiet, the sound is penetrating, almost painful.

 

Since I am currently in the house, I face this situation again and would be most grateful if someone who help us. I did not realize this forum is from the UK, but I suppose you might have a more objective opinion about American construction. 

 

Is the a measurement device which we could use to identify the source?

 

Kind regards and greetings from Texas.

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poni

howdy, you must first make sure its electrical, fist turn off all the circuit breakers at main fuse board if the noise stops, turn on each one at a time and when the noise starts tell us what it controls

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Native Texan

Howdy! Yes, we tried this last year, though I am willing to do it again. The sound gets stuck in our ears and it is hard to differentiate. I do not have this buzzing in other locations!

 

Family still asleep so I’ll try later and report back.

Thanks!

That’s why I wondered if there is a measuring device!

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Evans Electric

Good evening .   Just wondering if you have a whole house  , recirculating ventilation system ,  the sort that runs continuously  ?  

I can't think of a measuring device  to be honest . 

Poni's suggestion  on switching off  then back on one at a time is the one to go with first . 

Some transformers can  emit noise  which could become noticeable  in a quiet house.

 

Could it be wind  wafting down from the White House ??    

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Andy™

have you tried shooting it?

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roys

I use to have a proper high pitched constant whine in my house, then I got divorced and it strangely stopped, result!😀

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Native Texan

Interestingly, I experienced the same sound in my nephew‘s brand new house this week! I have been living out of US for 30 years and this is our American home.  Could the different types of construction could make a difference? The wood (stick?)  framing with electrical wiring running through the walls is different than in Europe. Not to mention, vented air conditioning. ( miss that part!)

 

I know it sounds weird, but sure would like to figure this out or determine what kind of house I should purchase in the future to avoid the problem.

 

 

 

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roys

Lots of timber framed houses in Scotland, granted we don't often have air con, but I can't say I have heard of any issues like you are experiencing, but on a serious note I do have tinnitus from 30 years in industry, so I probably wouldn't notice any difference anyway.

As previously mentioned the best advice, turn off incomer,  if noise is still there it is either external or not from elelctrics in house.

Good luck in finding it and please keep us updated on this. 

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Blue Duck

You say you have been living in Switzerland which is 50hz 230v AC and you have this issue in Texas which is 60hz 110v AC.

 

clutching at straws....

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Tony S

This topic cropped up on a US website. The conclusion was that the noise came from the numerous pole mount transformers (pole pigs) in residential areas.

 

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OK this is a bit silly.

 

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Native Texan

It‘s morning, everyone else is asleep and I am alone with this zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !

So annoying ! 

 

I‘d like to go on a witch hunt, but the circuit  breaker is in my sleeping daughter‘s room. Ugh.😟

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Onoff

Tinitus?

 

Just to add that a friend is plagued by it when the surroundings are TOO QUIET. Then he hears this constant whine. So bad he's had psychological issues.

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binky

it's dreadful affliction

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Tony S

Although tinnitus is incurable research is going on at Nottingham’s University Hospital to try and find the cause.

 

I’ve working in heavy industry (noisy) for  40+ years and now I’m cursed with tinnitus.

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roys
6 hours ago, Tony S said:

 

 

I’ve working in heavy industry (noisy) for  40+ years and now I’m cursed with tinnitus.

Me too, 35 years working on or by turbines, generators, motors and compressors have left me with failing hearing and tinnitus.

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Tony S

At a rough guess, like me you probably lip read. It was the only way we could communicate working on the plant. One of the plants I worked on was in the Guinness book of records as the loudest place on this planet.

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Evans Electric

Until you switch off the mains we cannot move on .

Possible causes to date :-   

1)  Air Conditioning.

2)  A transformer in the house.

3) A hornets nest in the attic.

4)  Tinnitus 

5)  The Mexicans are tunnelling below  for their army to reclaim Texas .  (If so please clean your musket and report to the Alamo  immediately. )     

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Tony S

Guinness = G-u-i-n-n-e-s-s

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Evans Electric
8 minutes ago, Tony S said:

One of the plants I worked on was in the Guinness book of records as the loudest place on this planet.

 

I thought the drop forgings and press work was bad  but going into  contracting  I think the Bottling Plant at Bass Charrington Brewery  was  the worst noise ....ear defenders  were mandatory  as 1000's  of glass bottles banged against each other on the filling , stoppering & labelling  track .      

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