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Wireless bell that rings when no one is there at the door (“ghost”/ “phantom” bell ringing)

This is uncommon but happens a fair bit:

E.g. see this: http://forum.cakewalk.com/My-Door-Bell-Rings-And-No-One-Is-There-m2987349.aspx

The doorbell ghost!

And this: https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-life/255539-door-bell-ringing-5-times-nobody-there.html

and this: https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/182884-door-bell-ringing/

http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/ever-since-my-dad-died-our-doorbell-rings-randomly-with-no-one-there.250078309/

GUYS, THERE ARE NO GHOSTS, NO SPIRITS, NO SUCH THING. ONLY THE REAL WORLD, WITH REAL CAUSES (I KNOW, I’M SORRY TO DISAPPOINT!). THESE ARE SOME OF THE POSSIBLE CAUSES:

  1. Sticky button:  “a sticking button can cause the chime to ring continuously or randomly, depending on how well it is making contact with the sensor. Test the button by pressing and releasing to feel if it sticks, or by disconnecting the button while leaving the rest of the system intact and listening to see if it still randomly chimes.” [Source]

2. Another wireless device attempting to communicate on the same frequency as your wireless doorbell is a common cause of phantom ringing. The culprit can be a neighbor’s wireless doorbell, a garage door opener, car fobs, remote controls and wireless microphones. To fix the problem, you will need to change the privacy code on your doorbell. Depending on the model, you may need to cut wires, change the position of dip switches or push a series of buttons. Check with the manufacturer for specific instructions. [Source]

“A wireless doorbell may be receiving signals from nearby doorbells or electronic devices such as cell phones or garage door openers. Some wireless models allow you to change the frequency at which they operate, which may solve the problem. If not, you may need to purchase a new doorbell with a range of frequencies and the ability to block other frequencies.” [Source]

Other reasons a wireless doorbell may ring without being pressed include:

3. Low batteries

4. Damage to the receiver

5. Moisture in the button mechanism. [Source]

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Using Cointracking.info for cryptocurrency tax records

I purchased the version with API, which is broadly a good thing go do as it saves some time. But it can pretty badly mess up things, as well. Further, a couple of exchanges that I have used were not listed.

I have managed to recreate (using csv outputs, with significant manual corrections), a basic file of transactions. The generic CSV file is available here.

How to use cointracking.info effectively

  1. Prepare an initial comprehensive up-to-date set of data using APIs, etc.
  2. Export the data as a csv file.
  3. Collapse, manually, the multiple trades for a single transaction into a single trade (e.g. an exchange might purchase bits of BTC at a time as part of a single transaction).
  4. Delete the entire data on cointracking.info (use “bulk edit” option)
  5. If you need to, upload the fresh file using the “Enter coins”>Bulk imports>csv option. Otherwise, the csv file contains all relevant info for tax purposes.

 

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