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Pittsburgh family has had a clock stuck in their wall for 13 years, and it rings every day

June 20th, 2017 at 1:37 PM
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Anyone with a smartphone knows how annoying the daily beeps and chimes can be, especially when you have a habit of silencing or ignoring them entirely, but imagine having a wall in your home that simply won’t shut up. That’s the reality for one Pittsburgh family after an alarm clock mishap in 2004 resulted in a daily alert that has rung every single day for the past 13 years.

Jerry Lynn, the homeowner, told a local news station that the clock’s presence in the wall is his fault, but that he never dreamed he would still be dealing with the issue well over a decade later. 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 “thunk” 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,” 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.”

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

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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