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#1 *RockTot*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

Okay, I'm desperate to find out what it is, it's driving me batty!

For the last week or so, there has been a banging/tapping noise that has been happening at night/early morning.  It's at the other end of our house so we only hear it on the baby monitors.  It registers on both monitors (my sons door is always closed, the nursery is next to his with door always open).  
I think it registers louder on my sons monitor, and it would have to be pretty loud to go halfway up the noise indicator as it does!
We have run out of ideas as to what the noise could be.  It always sounds the same, and it always bangs about 4 times before stopping.

Can anyone shed any light on what it is PLEASE?

#2 Justaduck

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

Do you have the dishwasher on?
I had that happen at my old place...would turn the dishwasher on before I went to bed and it would do a clunk as the water switched on and off...

or maybe the hot water system if you have it on a night tariff?

#3 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

We have a bird that taps on our window, every single morning.

#4 NunSoFeral

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

Possums?

#5 Girlo

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

Could it be a possum getting in your roof? If it stays at the other end of the house you might not hear it in the roof but you might be hearing it getting it the same way each night.

We had a possum and it came in between 4-5am every morning...

#6 Last Goodbye

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

My first thought was something to do with the water too.  Ours makes a few noises as it's heating up but at my mums makes a terrible racket and sounds like quick succession of popping.

#7 Leha

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

Do you have a fridge with an ice maker . Ours used to do this and it was mostly at night.

#8 honeyjoy2

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

Could be wasps? The strange noises we were hearing in the ceiling at night turned out to be a nest of European wasps!

#9 Anivad

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

Pipes- we have them bang a few times in our place too.

#10 red_squirrel

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

Possums climbing up the water pipes on the outside of the house.
We have that every morning and evening. When they run across the roof or ceilings they thunder.

#11 Gudrun

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

Rats in the roof eating walnuts.

#12 kboomba

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

We have a pretty major possum problem so I am feeling like a bit of an expert!
We have possums knocking on our walls/ceilings at night and in the morning, then they tend to leave in the daytime, only to return again at night. It's a definite knocking sound and happens sporadically. I know they are possums as we have trapped about 8 over the last few years.
Rats on the other hand make scratching sounds, no knocking.
Get a pest person to come over and trap them, and patch the holes they are squeezing in through.

#13 *RockTot*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:13 PM

Yes, could well be something to do with the pipes - we had a plumber come out a week ago.  Not sure why banging would still be happening since all the pipes have been used since then, so they shouldnt have any air trapped in them.
Possums - I'll keep that in mind.  There are hardly any trees around here though, would that matter?  Plus I think our dog would be going mental at a possum, but she doesnt seem to bark at this noise.

#14 FiveAus

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

A pobblebonk frog. We had one outside our bedroom and I would swear that every night, someone was tapping something with a hammer. Turned out it was a pobblebonk frog, they make a sound like a hammer tapping.

#15 Kay1

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Id bet its a possum going out and coming home again at dawn. Probably has to push its way under a gutter or something and makes the bang.

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pobblebonk frog
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#16 Excentrique Feral

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Ghosts, definitely ghosts.

#17 Jjbeanz

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

Lol!

I had this this happen twice, once it was a curtain banging in the wall as we had the windows open and another time it was a frog lol

#18 Azadel

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 18/12/2012, 09:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ghosts, definitely ghosts.


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Do you have dust bunnies. Dust bunnies are ghost poop. That's how you know.

#19 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 18/12/2012, 07:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rats in the roof eating walnuts.

A hippopotamus on the roof eating cake?

#20 Taystee

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

Haha, NotBitzerMaloney, I was coming in to say that!!!!

But I agree- pipes!

#21 Funwith3

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:28 PM

I'm seriously getting scared by this thread...hearing foreign sounds through the baby monitor has always worried me!!  cry1.gif  oomg2.gif

#22 Peanut

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

Hesitated to respond once I saw what section this question is in, but I just wanted to ask if you have considered interference on the monitors?  Over the years our's have picked up fragments of conversations in other houses, general electrical noises and the strangest whooshing and popping noises.  Quite often the interferance registered highly on the monitor when logically we should have also heard it with our own ears.  Anyway, just a thought.

#23 pinkcupcakes

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:38 PM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 18/12/2012, 06:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rats in the roof eating walnuts.


QUOTE (NotBitzerMaloney @ 18/12/2012, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A hippopotamus on the roof eating cake?


i was going to say this too! great minds think alike... happy.gif

our patio awning was getting old and the screws kept popping out, so when we had a strong gust of wind it would pull on the awning shadecloth stuff and make a loud bang...dont spose its anything like that? maybe it could be neighbours? shrug.gif

#24 FeralZombieMum

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:46 PM

We have a colourbond roof and it can make certain noises (of expanding/contracting) when the temperature quickly changes outside. Could it be that?


A couple of weeks ago I went into my DD's room when it was around mid morning. She was upset as there was this strange tapping noise going on outside her window. It had woken her up a few hours earlier and wouldn't stop. (She has Aspergers so has sensory issues with noise).  I put my head close to her window and thought it was some workers building a house in the distance. When I moved from the window, it sounded like it was just outside the window. I pulled her curtain open and saw what was making the noise.
She'd placed a solar powered flower on her window sill and the noise was the leaves moving - when the sun reached her window it started to move.
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#25 Feral_Pooks

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

Dragons.




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