Beeping alarm clock behind wall torments family for 13 years

A FAMILY who have been "haunted" by an alarm clock which has been ringing for 13 YEARS have peace at last after it was finally removed from their home.

The beeping nuisance - stuck inside a vent - has been chiming away every day for more than a decade driving homeowner Jerry Lynn and his wife up the wall.

The builder told a local news station that the clock's presence in the wall is his fault, but he never dreamt he would still be dealing with the issue years later.

The Sun reports Mr Lynn says he was using the clock, tied to a string and dangling inside the wall, to help him locate a spot in the wall where he needed to drill to run some wire.

He set the alarm for ten minutes, then sent the clock down into the gap between the walls, hoping that listening for the chime would allow him to pinpoint the prime drilling location.

Unfortunately, the clock wasn't properly secured to the string, and when he heard the "trunk" of the battery-operated gadget breaking free from its tether, he knew it was bad, but didn't think it would be an issue for long.

That was in 2004, and "it is still going off every day," he revealed last month.

Mr Lynn told the KDKA: "During Daylight Saving Time it goes off at ten minutes to eight, and during standard time it goes off at ten minutes to seven at night."

Mr Lynn says he though the clock's batteries would have died after a few months, but somehow they were still lively enough to keep the clock beeping every single day.

Keith Andreen and Dawn Michelucci of Low-Cost Heating and Airconditioning saw the story on TV, so they went to the Pittsburgh home to investigate.

After a fair bit of work they managed to remove the clock through a garage vent and found a corroded battery was still powering it.

"I see a clock with vibrant numbers stuck on a wire," Michelucci said when she first spotted the clock.

"This is the first time, no pun intended, that I had to remove a clock from inside ductwork," Andreen said.

After a few minutes, the crew was able to remove the clock from the wall.

The Rayovac battery was corroding, but it was still working.

As for the fate of the alarm clock, Mr Lynn said it will have a place of honour somewhere in the house - just not in the wall.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.

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