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Tuesday November 16, 2004 // By Sandy

Tap tap tap tap tap tap tap

There is an evil presence in our house, and it’s slowly driving me insane. Whenever our radiators kick on, we’re greeted with the chinese-water-torture-like sound of pipes being tapped with dripping water. It’s loud, it’s annoying, and it wakes me up in the middle of the night.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment building with a crappy heating system, you know what I’m talking about. I’m very familiar with it myself, since in my last apartment, I had a radiator that exhibited this sadistic quality, driving me to employ earplugs on a nightly basis. Eventually, I got my landlords to remove the offensive radiator, and the tapping stopped.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

When we first saw our condo, and I noticed the radiators, I bemoaned the lack of forced air heat, which was so prevalent in all the condos we had seen before. Don’t worry, I was told, radiator heat is better. It feels more natural. But what of the noises, I said. Oh, they said, that’s a consequence of older, less kept-up buildings. With a recently rehabbed condo building, you’re going to get quality piping.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

And frankly, it was good in the beginning, when the radiators first came on. Recently, the tapping’s gotten worse. It only lasts for a minute or two each time the radiators come on, but those two minutes are enough to make my eyes roll back in their sockets and make my fists grab the sheets in frustration. The few times I’ve attempted to track the sound down to the offensive unit, it appears to not be coming from a radiator but rather the walls. This worries me, for obvious reasons.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

The problem was discussed at the recent all-building get-together. I was assured any tapping problem was a result of misaligned radiators and could be easily solved with a shim and some elbow grease. Let’s hope so. I plan to tap (har har) the knowledge of my HVAC-inclined cousins when they next visit. It’s looking like this may end up being my first serious foray into the word of home improvement. Should be fun. In the meanwhile, however, let’s pray for my sanity.

Tap.

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Posted by Andrew // Nov 30, 17:56
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