I live in a 2 1/2 story townhouse, shop in half the garage. The garage
opens out onto a city-owned alley, with condos on each side, running
about 2 blocks. Even tho I buy my tools with low noise in mind, I was
getting an occasional complaint from one neighbor across the way, who
would leave her windows open and get too much noise. It's been my
experience the buildings actually amplify noise.
We live under an airport flight path (in certain wind conditions), a
4-5 daily helicopter flight path, have gardeners who use loud leaf
blowers, and have kids skateboarding and riding those chainsaw
motorized scooters in the alley, but of course my tools are the only
thing she complains about.
Over the last 5-6 months, she's been having her place extensively
remodeled, with lots of contractor noise. Funny, havn't heard a word
from her lately, and I was kinda hoping to, so I could put her in her
place. Seems HER noise is somehow less bothersome than MY noise (same
or less level)
I even built a cabinet lined with sound board for my router table that
holds my shop vac, formerly my loudest motors. Now I have a real dust
collector that's much quieter.
The portable planer is my loudest tool, along with my router, so when I
use them, sometimes I remember to shut the garage door just when
they're on. Other times, I need the light and air. It gets over 90
there in the summer.
When I'm not making a commission for someone, I've moved on to turning
on the lathe, with occasional bandsaw to cut blanks. Very quiet and
enjoyable, and can be profitable. Ever tried turning?