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What Sound Looks Like

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It’s almost certain that the lower-right button is D, but as for B and C, that’s something of a guessing game. The orientation of buttons on doorbells can be confusing. For example, often in two-level buildings the lower-number address is on the bottom, so the numbers align with the vertical hierarchy of the living quarters. Sometimes the buttons in a four-spot setup like this one will run top/bottom, sometimes left side/right side. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them run clockwise or counterclockwise, but such a scenario is likely out there, given how haphazard many urban-apartment doorbells are. That is all presuming there are actually B, C, and D apartments in the building anymore. Maybe the whole place was taken over and turned into a mini-mansion: living large while hiding in plain, determinedly indistinct sight.

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By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • By What Sound Looks Like on June 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    […] lost in my wandering. This one originally, weeks back, only had that A label in the upper left (see here), and at the time I pondered whether the remaining apartments would be labeled up/down or […]

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