For a new homeowner, it’d be a nightmare — an alarm clock stuck somewhere in the walls of the house, going off every day without fail. But for a Pittsburgh couple, it became a thing of comfort, even after 13 years.
In fact, Sylvia and Jerry Lynn knew exactly where the alarm clock was and how it got there, and they were reminded of its existence every night when it would start screeching at 7:50 p.m. So what’s the story behind it?
13 years ago, Jerry was running a cable through his walls for a TV set upstairs and decided a clever way to figure out exactly where to drill a hole in the wall was to lower an alarm clock by a string down an air duct. He set the clock to go off at 7:50 p.m. and planned to listen to the sound of it behind the wall so he’d know where to drill.
The only problem was, he didn’t use a strong enough string. The moment Jerry started lowering the clock, the string broke, dropping the timepiece into the living room wall below. With no way to easily retrieve it, Jerry decided to leave it in there and wait for the batteries to die out in a couple months.
But 13 years passed, and the Rayovac battery inside the clock refused to quit, allowing the clock to faithfully blast its alarm every single day — more than 4,500 times over the years. Yet Jerry refused to break through the wall to get it removed.
Asked why, he and Sylvia said it’d become quite a conversation piece when having guests over to play cards in the evenings.
“You're sitting around playing bridge and it goes off. Is that an alarm clock? Why is the alarm clock going off? It's in the wall," Jerry said.
Finally, a local air conditioning company recently volunteered to remove the clock. They accessed the air duct from the basement below the living room and fished it out. But that’s not the end of the beloved timepiece’s story.
“It’s gotten to be part of us,” Sylvia said.
And that’s why they couple has now placed the rescued clock on their living room mantel where it will continue to let them know, every single night, that the time is now 7:50 p.m.
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