Death by Detector

img_co2.jpg 5 Days. For 5 days at my boyfriend’s apartment the neighbors’ CO2 detector has been chirping. Once every minute. For FIVE DAYS. The bedroom faces an alley, as does the kitchen, where the building’s detectors are located. So every time it chirps the sound rebounds through the windows, all around the alley and is clearly and distinctly audible in his bedroom. So all weekend I was treated to… chirp… chirp… chirp… chirp… it’s more annoying than a water drip. We’ve determined that it is the neighbor directly below him. I am fairly certain that they are at home. Why can’t they hear this? Why haven’t they stopped it? What the hell is going on down there?!? I’ve never been happier that the weekend was over and that I would be sleeping in my own bed again. How sad is it that I’ve been driven from my boyfriend’s arms by the lack of a 9 volt battery? Would it be rude of me to tape a note and a fresh battery in a ziplock to their door?

4 Comments so far

  1. Ben K. (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

    “Would it be rude of me to tape a note and a fresh battery in a ziplock to their door?”

    Not at all. I had this happen to me a few months back when my neighbors went away for vacation. I had the super come and replace the offending battery. It was driving me nuts!

  2. Kathleen (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    Our next door neighbor’s carbon monoxide detector was going off for a couple of hours and we called the super, and he went in and put new batteries in. We were about to stab ourselves in the eardrums after a few hours. I don’t know how you lasted for 5 days!

  3. Miss S (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    That same thing is happening in my house. For some reason we’ve tuned it out by now. But every time someone visits, they ask us what it is.
    Miss S

  4. Fhdogs (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    Miss S – I strongly encourage you to change the battery. Once the low battery alert starts the unit is basically deemed useless.

    Here’s a 2-pack of fakies for .29 Maybe you can share the second one with Cully’s neighbor.

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