Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | April 2, 2009

The Case Of The Two April Fools

It was a dark and stormy night. (Actually it wasn’t stormy, but that’s how Snoopy starts all his mystery novels…)

It started about 3:00 in the morning…a brief one second mysterious chirp recurring about once every minute. Most likely a smoke detector needing a new battery. While slightly irritating, it could wait until we got up at 6:00 AM.

Mary has two smoke detectors and it was difficult deciding which was chirping, so I had her stand by one while I stood near the other…and we waited for the next chirp. Sure enough…CHIRP! “It’s yours!”, I shouted as Mary was shouting the same words to me. How mysterious!

I walked to Mary’s location, next chirp…nope it wasn’t hers. So we walked to my location…next chirp…nope it wasn’t mine. How could that be????

Sure enough…another minute…another chirp. We stood looking at each other, really puzzled.

Okay, only one way to find the guilty smoke detector…remove the battery from one then wait for the other to sound. But a problem…there was no battery! It was an only hard wired smoke detector…no battery!

Okay, one has to be defective despite the both passed the test button test. Next step, unhook one and wait by the other…soon enough another CHIRP, but it wasn’t the smoke detector. What in the heck is going on????

Okay, time to get serious! Unhook the other and put them in the car in the garage!!!! Can you believe it???? Another CHIRP!!!! Where in the heck is it coming from????

To make a long story short, we hunted… listened…the chirp continued. One by one Mary turn off circuit breakers…the Chirp continued!!!! It appeared to be in the dining room area. We unplugged everything including my computer and scanner. Nope…CHIRP!!!! All day long!!!!

At about 3:00 PM, I’m on my hands and knees…listening… It sounds like maybe coming from a table which was against a wall. How could that be????

We moved the table away from the wall and there was the culprit…A carbon monoxide detector chirping away! It had been there so long that Mary had totally forgot about it!

The photo below show the detector with a battery that because of age had opened at the bottom. Mystery solved. But for about nine hours, both Mary and myself were April Fools! Needless to say we each enjoyed a great laugh at ourselves.

The culprit and its associate.

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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