Old Home - Trying to Figure out Living Room Switches


A mother and her son were forced to move out of their home after a campaign of terror by a 'poltergeist'.

Police officers attended a house in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, on August 8 and 9, following reports of disturbances at the property.

While at the home, they reportedly witnessed paranormal activity including clothes flying across the room, flickering lights and even a 'levitating Chihuahua'.

Investigation: The officers attended a house in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, on August 8 and 9, following reports of disturbances at the property (pictured)

The family dog, which was playing in the garden, was discovered on top of a seven foot high hedge by officers with more than 20 years experience in the forces according to the Daily Record.

Inside the home on Stonelaw Road, the oven doors were seen to be opening and closing according to the report.

And after the lights switched off and then back on again, the lampshades were said to be...

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Once bats move into a house, they rarely relocate, unless evicted using proper bat exclusion techniques. Here's what you need to know to make your building a bat-free zone.


Jodi Liss

Small brown bats are one of three types of bat that commonly inhabit old houses.

Old houses often come with features rarely found in new buildings-plaster walls, stained-glass windows, handcrafted woodwork, bats in the attic. Like many folks, I don’t mind bats in theory, but I will never forget the sight of my mother, in ski mask and pajamas, trying to remove a bat from our house with a fishing net.

So when I found a dozen bats snoozing between the trim and a screen window of my Greek Revival house, I panicked and immediately phoned the local game commission. The licensed wildlife control specialist who responded explained that I didn’t have a bat infestation; the animals I saw were only migrating, taking shelter in my window for a couple of days on their way to someplace else....

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Do the outdoor lights need to come off a GFCI if they're under a covered porch? If so, I'm guessing a GFCI receptable before the lights would be acceptable for this, correct?

The way this 104 year old house (supposedly, even though the rafters have "Oct 1867" painted on them) was built (no studs, just fire blocking and top plates that bear on corners), I want to pull my hair out. Currently I have the entire first floor ceiling removed, and have been running wire along the floor joists and can easily run wire through walls on the secondn floor this way (still have to drill through the fireblocks though). I've got wiring setup for a 20amp circuit for 2 of the 3 bedrooms that are on the 3rd floor. Next up is just figuring out how to power up the 2nd floor hallway light and the first floor living...

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I grew up with a stay-at-home 1960s housewife in a house that was always spotless, to the point that people called my mom “the white tornado.” If I recall correctly, this was at the time of those Mr. Clean commercials where the tornado came through and cleaned the house and then the tornado stopped spinning and it was Mr. Clean. My mother, they claimed, was even better at keeping house than Mr. Clean. Even with a husband away in the military and a house full of kids (usually 5, but always at least 8 on the weekends), she got it all done every day. So how did she do that? Inquiring minds wanted to know, so I interviewed mom. Here’s what she had to say about her daily cleaning routine.

Me: Mom, how old were you when you first got married?
Mom: I married in 1961, when I was 18 and I had my first son in May of 1962. Of course, my husband was in the military so it was a challenge in the beginning. I found our apartment on my own and furnished it while he was away. Then he...

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Jamie wants to know whether strange electrical activity could be a sign of paranormal activity. She writes:

Hi Michelle! I have a spirit here in our apartment. I have heard him speak before; I have felt his presence, and even caught an EVP of him. The past couple days, I noticed something strange: the nightlight in our guest bathroom turned a VERY bright white and then burned out….and last night, the lights on our ficus tree did the same thing (the lights got so bright that it woke me up…was like a sunlight)..and then they burned out, too.

Is this a sign of paranormal activity? I never heard of anything like this, with the exception of lights flickering and going off and on..all of which we have had in the past month as well. Thanks so much.

- Jamie from Wisconsin

Hi Jamie....

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Often the best way to figure out what is wrong with something is to know how it is supposed to work. If you know the sequence of operations, you can pinpoint where the sequence is being disrupted. Your furnace is no exception to the rule.

When your furnace is called into action by the thermostat, there is a rhyme and reason to the procedure it follows in safely turning itself on. Next time your furnace doesn't respond to the call, you will be able to see where the problem lies, and you can either decide that it is within your skills and resources to repair it, or that you need a professional HVAC technician to handle the issue for you.

The following discussion can save you time and money, whether you fix the problem yourself, or end up showing the problem to your service technician.

NOTE: Furnaces burn natural gas, and use electricity, normally 120 volts; both of these present hazards. As always, be sure the power is shut off to your unit before you do any work...

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I've received a number of questions about intelligent ghost hauntings, so let's tackle some of these questions.

What is an Intelligent Haunting?

An intelligent haunting is the rarest type of haunting. (Residual hauntings are far more common.) In this type of haunting, you are dealing with an "intelligent" presence that can communicate with you, and interact with you in a seemingly "intelligent" way. This ghost is best (and most simply) described as the personality of a person who once lived and who has stayed behind in our world.

A good example of an intelligent haunting can be seen in the movie, "The Sixth Sense." The main character in "The Sixth Sense" could hear, see and speak with the ghosts around him.

The ghosts portrayed in the movie were actual human spirits that had...

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