Diy Advice Haunted House

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At the end of October 2013 the following DIY Advice request appeared on our forum

My house is haunted. I’ve complained to the council but they say it’s nothing to do with them. Some nights it’s like Piccadilly Circus for the undead. Does anyone have any DIY Advice solutions for it


This must be our most surprising request for DIY Advice to date but DIY Advice from KCS tackles anything. We’ve drawn the line at DIY Advice for séances but have been examining the more earthly reasons why some houses are thought to be haunted. Odd noises, creaking sounds and cold spots are present in most homes and especially in older properties and (surprisingly) may be resolvable by reference to DIY Advice rather than calling in an exorcist. Structural noises can easily be mistaken for footsteps and if there’s some knowledge of a previous deceased tenant so much the better. So check out KCS’ DIY Advice for flooring, (especially wooden flooring), repairs.

Investigations into internal property noises, and visual disturbances often arrives at an explanation which can be resolved by referring to some appropriate DIY Advice Toxicologists confirm that exposure to substances like formaldehyde, some pesticides, carbon monoxide and even floor polish can lead to hallucinations of the sort reported in so called ‘haunted’ houses. Ironically these materials may be present in the home following completion of some DIY. Advice from experts also suggests it might be no coincidence that the reports of haunted houses rose exponentially at the turn of the 19th/20th Century when gas lamps became more prevalent in homes. Reports of hauntings increased in line with instances of gassings and explosions. And as early as 1921 an article in a journal linked carbon monoxide poisoning with ‘headaches’, hallucinations, ‘melancholy’, tiredness and other symptoms associated with ‘haunted houses’. So the DIY Advice solution to ‘Nightmare on Acacia Avenue’ might lie in a cheap Carbon Monoxide Detector. You can buy them from any DIY Retailer. They’re very cheap and can either beep or change colour when the carbon monoxide is detected. In 2005 a woman called the authorities to report paranormal activity in her bathroom. It turned out her leaky water heater was delivering hallucinogenic doses of carbon monoxide. Had our DIY Advice been available in 2005 the lady might have been spared her spooky ordeal

DIY Advice for Ghostbusting

So next time you hear or experience something ‘paranormal’ consider the following DIY Advice tips before calling Ghostbusters or the Scooby Doo Gang

  1. 1.     Make sure you experience the phenomenon whilst sobe
Spirits come in bottles
  1. 2.     Make sure you’re not causing the phenomena yourself

The best DIY Advice for ghostbusting may well be avoiding creating your own DIY Ghost. As early as the 1850’s renowned electrical pioneer Michael Faraday found that during séances there was incontrovertible evidence that the participants were causing the phenomena themselves by the power of self suggestion. Faraday found that when he told each participant secretly in advance that the table would move in a certain direction it moved. But when he told half of them it was going to move in one direction and the other half in the other it stayed put

  1. 3.      Infrasound

Make sure something in the house, next door (or even further away), isn’t generating ‘infrasound’. Humans can detect sounds over 20,000 Hertz but not those below. There’s every possibility in any domestic setting that something is generating sounds below that frequency and we are detecting the vibrations in parts of our body or are conscious of the soundwaves present in the air. So ghostbusting DIY Advice might need go no further than switching all suspect appliances off. This is also good DIY Advice for prolonging the life of your appliances and keeping electricity bills down These infrasounds can even cause our eyeballs to vibrate causing us to see things in the corner of our eye. So check out your appliances, especially vibrating appliances which you use for DIY. Advice from experts is that fans are notorious for this effect. Weather patterns, storms, and traffic movement can have the same effect. Cellars (and needless to say crypts) are particularly susceptible to infrasound just below the frequencies audible to the human ear and the vibrations can travel long distances from factories and motorways and railway lines

  1. 4.     Carbon Monoxide 

We make no apologies for coming back to Carbon Monoxide which can have worse and more serious effects than causing occasional hallucinations. Carbon Monoxide is colourless and odourless and is easily absorbed by the body. Our red blood cells absorb it much more easily than they absorb oxygen and the result can be confusion nausea, weakness and death. We’ve all heard of whole families killed by Carbon Monoxide. But this is the easiest of all issues resolvable with DIY Advice. Carbon Monoxide detectors are so cheap to install and are the easiest of DIY. Advice on what to buy is readily available in all major retailers like B and Q.  It can be as easy as sticking a reactive plastic sticker costing no more than a few pence to the boiler

  1. 5.     Draughts

When some people feel cold they (naturally enough) assume it must be a ghost drawing out the heat from the air to give it life. Who wouldn’t make such an assumption? KCS DIY Advice however suggests draughts. When investigators have investigated ‘haunted houses’, they usually identify cold air entering from some source, perhaps through a window or a chimney. Even if it’s a sealed room there are other easy explanations. Some surfaces are warmer than others and everything tends to converge to the same temperature. Convection causes hot air to rise in a house and cool air descends Cool air will feel eerie on the skin and the movement in temperatures can cause the woodwork to make noise. These are all difficulties resolvable with DIY Advice

  1. 6.     Ions

An ion is an atom with an unbalanced number of electrons and protons. When the atom gains an extra electron it becomes a negative ion. When it’s the other way round, it become positive. Naturally, as with cold spots, the first thing we think of when we discover an ionic imbalance is that ghosts must be influencing the ion count. The apparitions are obviously drawing upon the ionic energy to enable them to manifest themselves. It stands to reason. KCS DIY Advice however regards ion detectors as an unreliable method of ghost detection. Unusual ion counts are caused by natural occurrences like the presence of radon gas (you might see a reference to this on your mortgage valuation report), solar radiation and some routine weather conditions. Some of these phenomena are resolvable with DIY Advice and some are not. Interestingly however ionic disturbances can affect our moods. Positive ions make us feel relaxed and calm and negative ones can leave us feeling tired and cause headaches


Where this all leaves ‘Wayne’ and his ‘Piccadilly Circus for the undead’ is another matter Perhaps he is actually experiencing a paranormal phenomena which all the DIY Advice in the world won’t cure. Perhaps his house is built on an Indian Burial Mound.  Or perhaps he could take a leaf out the Scooby Doo Gang’s mystery solving DIY Advice book. Maybe someone’s trying to frighten him out of his home in the hope of buying it at below valuation