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Question DetailsAsked on 7/4/2017

THere is a loud thump followed by loud humming from upstairs apt. living room---person gets up/walks away afterward

I can't tell if it is an exercise machine or video game. Each time he/she is sitting and the loud thump goes off followed by loud hum, he/she gets up and can be heard walking away, either to their kitchen or bathroom. The thump and humming noise last about 3-4 seconds, with humming following the thump on floor above (our ceiling). This awakens us from nap or sleep at night. We cannot figure out what is causing this obnoxious, loud thumping noise with humming. Please help---I have researched the noise and get no valid results.

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Well, regardless of what it is, sounds like time for a nice visit to them to mention that tyou clearly hear it and it wakes you up, and ask if they could set the item on the couch instead of the floor when they get up would probably solve the issue.

My guess - things I can think of just off the cuff - pretty obviously something they are setting down when they get up for a break, so likely:

1) some handheld game or game controller which is either generating a game noise (buzzing critters or such) or has a tactile device on it which vibrates the hand (like a flight controller which simulates the vibration of flying a plane or chopper) to simulate the feeling of what is going on in the game

2) a circulatory simulator - hold in hand or rest hand/arm on it or velcro to arm or leg to stimulate blood flow in people with poor circulation - similar to a handheld massager

3) handheld massager, as above - some also come as wrap around the neck "horseshoe" shaped ones - might be setting it down and it automatically turns off and the motor winds down over the course of several seconds

4) battery operated hand-held fan, which winds down slowly once the power switch or grip-switch is off

5) I doubt an exercise machine, because presumably the humming would occur during use also, unless it is something like an exercise rowing machine (with fan blades used to provide the exercise resistance) and it does not hum till they stand up and it is winding down, and because their weight is not on it it vibrates on the floor some because of uneven footing. In that case, rubber pads under the feet or even folded washclothes or such might solve it. Presumably, if more than once or maybe twice a day, would be something they do sitting on the couch / watching TV rather than an exercise machineunless thety are an exercise freak.

6) Oh how blind I am - 99% sure I have it now - if the thump and humming occur BEFORE he/she starts walking away - the thump is the footrest being pushed back into retracted position or the seat back being returned to upright position (by pulling on the side handle, which might in itself be the thump source as it disengages the tilt lock), and the humming is a power recliner or powered seating-assist booster chair (a recliner which actually elevates and tilts up to half-standing position for people who cannot readily sit and stand by themselves). Now why did I not think of that as the first guess ? If that is it, then maybe just a scrap of carpeting (maybe with good carpet padding under it) large enough to fit under all the chair feet would solve it. Depending on the weight of the chair, might need a thick rubber pad under the chair feet with carpet scrap under that to protect the floor from the marring/blackening which prolonged rubber contact can cause.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Makes no diff to my answer, but getting up from my reclining chair an hour or so ago ... it came to mind the thump may well be shod feet hitting the ground rather than the footrest being put back or the chair tilt being released - then the humming being the powered recliner motor.

I would STRONGLY suspect the neighbor has no idea this noise propogates through the floor (most people do not realize what a sounding board uninsulated floors are, especially if hardwood or laminate floored rather than carpeted, so tread lightly and meekly and you may get a very amenable response - and who knows, maybe make a new friend in that neighbor.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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