I have this problem in our condo and it's been going on for a few years now, but only during the late Fall, Winter, and early Spring months. It's kind
of like knocking in the wall, in one corner of our bedroom - although every now and then it'll knock inside a window frame as well, but mostly the one
corner of the room. The bedroom is on the 2nd floor and is - if i were to take the door assembly out - a loft style layout that is
floor on the place. The knocks are more like sharp snaps, but do sound like they are happening to 2x4s, as opposed to the drywall. I've never heard
anything like these noise before, and they sometimes happen in quick bursts of 4 to 6 snaps, with the snaps evenly spaced - which causes me to wonder
how they can be naturally occurring.
There are some other odd aspects that I need to note here, though. These are the things that have me confused as to what it could be, and why I'm not
ready to call these "knocks" spirit communication, even though I can't seem to explain them as being "normal" either.
- The wall in question is a fire wall, and has no wiring at all behind it.
- The snaps happen only when the heater thermostat has been turned on - and only when the switch is on "heat", and not when the switch has been set
to "A/C cool" - even though there's no requirement for the electric heater unit to be turned on. The heat is forced air and is electric, as is
everything else (stove, water heater, etc.) in the place.
- All heating air ducts lie between the 1st floor ceiling and 2nd floor surface, and are at least 10 feet from that wall.
- The snaps are located" about 7 ft up the wall, and 3 feet from the corner where the outer wall (with windows and such) intersects. That section of
firewall is also offset from the condo next door, so it also is an outer wall, although it is a firewall - meaning that it's much more isolated from
the outside than a "normal" wall is.
- The snaps do not ever correspond to temperature changes inside or outside.
- They variate in volume from obvious to pretty damn loud, and (as I said) sometimes they repeat in rapid succession, with a definite interval
consistency, and then go back to single snaps for a while.
- They rarely occur when no one's in the room - I've recorded the room (30 minute segments) with my laptop, and maybe one or two snaps will occur on
some recordings. Also, no EVPs have been recorded during these sessions.
- I've had the maintenance guy from the condo association stand there and shake his head as he listens to them. He's got no idea what they are, and
no idea what could be causing them.
They started about 3/4 of a year after a close friend of mine was murdered, so of course I "blamed" her for them, but the truth is that they don't
seem as interactive as you'd expect from a paranormal source. To be completely frank, my concern is fire of some sort, but I can't figure out how
anything "natural" could be causing these things - especially the rapid count snaps bursts that this whateveritis seems to have learned in the last
year or so. In truth, it's actually getting more proficient, and even showing off (it seems) lately. Again, that doesn't really align with the idea of
wood expanding and contracting, or metal in there somewhere whacking against wood (not that it sounds like either of those, but that's what you'd go
to initially as an explanation).
I'm at a loss here. Any ideas - other than the usual troll stuff, of course - would be welcome. My worst nightmare would be that I let 3 years of
clear warnings go by without fixing something that ended up burning the place to the ground, but the truth is that the wall itself is completely solid
and blank. Nothing "inside" it at all, and even the super was stumped.
edit on 12/29/2011 by NorEaster because: (no reason given)