How can it actually be that with roughly 83 million people living in Germany, always exactly those living above me who prefer to practice tap dancing at night and on weekends and who otherwise behave in a highly disruptive manner? In such a situation, it would be constructive to go upstairs, seek a conversation – and hope for the best. If you like it a little more passive-aggressive, knock on the ceiling with a broomstick – and hope for the best. And if you just want to see everything burn – build a nerve device.
Tallywhacker – in German: Schniedel – is what a resourceful Reddit user calls the device that he built solely for his neighbors from above to really drive insane. To do this, a spring doorstop is hit by a plastic arch at irregular intervals of 5 to 30 seconds. The result is the vibration of a strong spring that is transmitted directly to the ground. According to the 21st century, the device can be integrated into the smart home of its creator thanks to an Arduino platform and can be switched on or off with a corresponding voice command.
The plastic arch of the Tallywhacker is driven by a motor that is actually built into remote control cars, spring door stoppers are available for a few euros and thankfully the creator has also made the Arduino code available – whoever has it wants to torture your own neighbor, you can easily recreate the device.