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Unread 08-10-2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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What pedals (and pedal power supply) are you using, if any?
I rarely use pedals in the house anymore. Even at church I only use maybe a BDAB or maybe my zoom multistomp.

Of course, in my current house the power hasn't been a problem. In the last two houses we lived in though having even a single CFL on in any socket in any room lead to horrible noise. The only solution was turning the lights off. I don't know what the difference is between those houses and this one, but the house wiring definitely had an effect.

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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:12 AM   #17
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I rarely use pedals in the house anymore. Even at church I only use maybe a BDAB or maybe my zoom multistomp.

Of course, in my current house the power hasn't been a problem. In the last two houses we lived in though having even a single CFL on in any socket in any room lead to horrible noise. The only solution was turning the lights off. I don't know what the difference is between those houses and this one, but the house wiring definitely had an effect.
Whatever outlet you plugged your amp into may have been on the same circuit as the cfl, even if it was on the other side of the house. I'm an electrician and its pretty normal, especially in older houses.

Dimmers can also cause a lot of noise. If there's a dimmer in the room, turn it off and see if it helps
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Unread 08-17-2013, 05:33 AM   #18
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Dimmers can also cause a lot of noise. If there's a dimmer in the room, turn it off and see if it helps
bad dimmers on the circuit can add a lot of noise even if the dimmer is off. Or at least they did in my house, just FWIW. I assume they were bad because they made any amp buzz like a hive of angry bees even if I was using a dead quiet guitar into a low noise floor amp. I swapped out the dimmers for switches in the house and things got much better. We also had several issues with the electrical installs in this house so I am assuming there may have been some substandard work or parts contributing towards this.

I have no idea if an off dimmer should make noise. ieatdirt, should it be capable of that? I know mine did, but for all I know that was a symptom of a failing part.
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bad dimmers on the circuit can add a lot of noise even if the dimmer is off. Or at least they did in my house, just FWIW. I assume they were bad because they made any amp buzz like a hive of angry bees even if I was using a dead quiet guitar into a low noise floor amp. I swapped out the dimmers for switches in the house and things got much better. We also had several issues with the electrical installs in this house so I am assuming there may have been some substandard work or parts contributing towards this.

I have no idea if an off dimmer should make noise. ieatdirt, should it be capable of that? I know mine did, but for all I know that was a symptom of a failing part.
I think it depends on the type of dimmer. We only really use the more expensive ones because cheaper ones can be problematic. If the dimmer is on that turns the light off but doesn't 100% stop the flow of voltage, it would definitely cause the problem.

On the other hand, stuff like that doesn't always work the same way. You could have a good dimmer that's installed properly and turned off, and it would still cause hum. Generally though, turning them off fixes the problem
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