What scary noise is my home making?
January 6, 2010 8:39 PM Subscribe
What is this muffled gunshot sound I hear occasionally in my home?
posted by bryon to home & garden (19 answers total)
Once every couple of weeks, but occasionally more often, I hear a sound like a muffled gunshot in a stairwell of my nearly 103-year-old lathe-and-plaster home. It's a big, two-story Foursquare Style farmhouse (a one-off of this design
). The main, slightly newer, part of the house sits on a limestone foundation over a crawlspace; the older part sits over a limestone basement that floods every spring until the water table settles down.
One relative who is fairly knowledgeable about such things noted the cracks in the plaster over some drywall and said we would need to put a jack under that load-bearing wall someday but that it wasn't cause for immediate concern. Well, I'm concerned. Does cracking plaster make a sound?
I don't know what has kept this place standing to even date and am concerned that this is a horrible structural problem. I am utterly alone in my worry; people keep telling me how well-built these old places are. But no one can tell me what that noise is. Is this perhaps just an ancient home settling?