I am buying a house that sits about 200 feet from a train track. The
track is on an elevated embankment. They like to do a bit of
switching with all the banging and clanging, then they power up the
locomotive and shove it all away. I get a combination of noise from
the cars and then the vibration when those engines power up.
The vibration is the most annoying as the whole floor vibrates in a
buzzing kind of way.
My house has a full block basement and is constructed of wood siding
under aluminum siding.
My windows are old wood with old wood storms. My exterior doors have
to be replaced.
This house needs lots of work from replacing the roof to new drywall
inside to finishing the basement. What can I do as I proceed with the
work to reduce the noise and vibration?
There are some good sound-dampening techniques out there, but as
another poster said, once you open a window, all bets are off.
To start with, go research resilient channels. Put then in everywhere
when you replace your sheet rock. It will isolate your inside walls
from the outside walls so the sound can't get in. Some windows have
better sound qualities than others, so get ones with good some
Use soft flooring. No hardwoods or tile, except as necessary.
Expanding on the above, why not gut the place, convert it into an
anechoic chamber like the ones used for testing sound output in
industrial stuff and be assured that you will be living in dead
silence? Nah, better to cut the losses and move on I think.
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