Two examples are our washer and waffle maker. Click on the sound files below of the actual sounds they make. Washing machines are supposed to make soothing, gurgly sounds to lull a baby to sleep. Our washing machine sounds like it's making the signal for lights-out in a prison. Likewise, waffle makers aren't supposed to be obtrusive. The kids make waffles on Sunday morning, after mom and dad have stayed up laaaaaate on Saturday night. Our waffle maker sounds like a fire is breaking out at iHop. After a couple cups of coffee, it's like a 220-volt wire attached to my gut.
So for GeekDad Day -- a.k.a Father's Day 2012 -- my daughter, 9, and son, 11, went around the house to perform a great service to their over-caffeinated dad. They performed open heart surgery to remove all the horrible beeps. It required a little research into the product schematics and a little soldering, but it was worth it. With a few minutes of work, the house was quiet again.