I'll be replacing a fence that borders with a neighbor. It's redwood
picket fence, about 6' high. The neighbor has a pool, so I thought I
might as well try and cut down the noise from the filter and parties
they have, if possible.
I was thinking about building a fence with pickets on both sides so I
can place some sort of noise insulation in between. However, I need
ideas what I could use.
Any advice appreciated!
I would venture that a 6-ft fence alone of any type and w/ any
sound-absorbing capability won't make a lot of difference as most of
what you're hearing now isn't coming _through_ the fence but over it.
You might have some success on the filter noise if you could convince
the neighbor (with some cost share, perhaps) to build an enclosure for
it to block the noise at its source, but the folks/party noise is
pretty much a feature of living in a subdivision.
It won't be quick solution, but if the zoning and space allows, the
most effective longer term solution might be a hedge that can reach
8-10 ft or more in height. Lombardy poplars, for example, while I
think they're kinda' ugly, grow quickly and will fill in almost
solidly. Other choices are available, of course.
As to the direct question, I really have no great ideas for outside
application. The DOT fences along freeways tend to rely on extreme
height and thickness and even they, while mega-bucks/mile, aren't all
I have a friend who manufactures and distributes individual noise
enclosures in various shapes and sizes. Some are specifically
designed for party guests.
They are available at a very reasonable cost, and if the OP desires, I
could probably get him a further discount.
Unfortunately I don't think you'll have much luck. The sounds you are
hearing may be getting reflected off other dwellings. Trees and shrubs help
but your house would look like a compound afterward.
If you are trying to quiet down your HOUSE, as in block the sounds coming in
your home then insulation in the walls will help. If you are trying to
block the noise outside your house, sorry not much you can do in my mind
except plant bushes.
Got room for an 8 foot high dirt berm? That's unfortunately about the
only thing that's likely to be very effective in noise reduction.
If you can get on friendly terms with your neighbor and have some
money to throw at the problem, consider a self-serving gift to them of
a noise-reducing enclosure for their filter, and getting invited to
their parties to enjoy em. :-)
Hello everyone and thank you for responding. Regarding the height of
the fence. The elevation difference between the neighbors yard and my
yard is about 3 feet (I'm below).The fence is on top of a retaining
wall. I was thinking that a difference of 9 feet would make somewhat
noticable difference in noise level. The pool filter sits right next to
the fence (about a foot), so any sound barrier on the fence would
greatly reduce that noise. Their pool is fairly close to the fence
The parties are kids parties, and being a kid at one time, I remember
always screaming when having a pool party so I'm not going to complain
to the neighbors about that. Kids will be kids, at least it's seasonal.
So I'm still trying to figure out something I can perhaps "fill" in
between the pickets that can withstand the weather.
In the tile trade we use 1/4" cork as soundproofing
underlayment. I buy it at the tile dealer but just saw
that Home Depot sells it in 4'x50' rolls.
Since this material is pretty water resistant and
specifically made for soundproofing, along with
being pretty inexpensive (70 cents per sq.ft.), it
could serve your purpose.
For $2 per sq.ft. Nobleseal makes a soundproofing
underlayment that is waterproof, along with having
the soundproofing characteristics. It is about 1/8"
thick and very tough and durable.
BTW, the materials can be doubled up for much
improved soundproofing, and are tested and proven
to greatly reduce sound.
buffalo ny: in our pool, the population increases as air temperatures
rise above 80 degrees F on sunny days. if it's over 90 degrees, nobody
leaves. our kids have always had a pool sized from the baby inflatable
pools on up, but never a pool deeper than their chins. i've been a
lifeguard, wife and 2 kids both swim [including son who was on swim
team in high school.] [even a neighbor's kid on swim team later too.]
the 1990 pool is a 24 ft round x 4 ft deep with about 42" of water.
we have a plain wooden stockade fence. but our friend in vegas has tall
rear yard concrete block walls common to his area that completely
separate each of the new properties. probably 10 ft tall. if there is a
party in the next pool yard you still hear it. always explore the fence
ordinance for all your requirements, and first match up your survey
with the neighbor's survey. you might consult an architect. explore air
conditioning and that "home theater sound system" or " as we call it, a
"stereo" so your windows can be closed. :)
smith email@example.com wrote:
Wayne Newton has 10' or taller fences, but we biddy folks don't.
For the OP. Many public buildings use a variety of panels to deaden
sound and avoid echo. Some are these are simply a piece of carpert
hanging like a picture.. Knowing where to place them is what is the
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
A natural solution?
If you have the retaining wall and install a board on board fence which
provides you 9' of protection, you will notice a little difference. Is
there space to add a row of cedars shrubs (4'-5'wide)?
White cedars are inexpensive and will grow to 20' - 30'. In normal
conditions they will grow 1' per year. You can trim the bottom of
these shrubs aggressively as to control the width of the hedging. The
roots are soft and shallow and will not normally cause issues with
retaining walls and pools until 30-50 years.
Some minor insect control issues should be followed because cedars
provide shelter for the mosquitoes. Make sure you and your party
animal neighbor control any standing water on you property (everyone
should be doing this anyway)
A simple wood trellis against the wall of the house(s) with a vine can
reduce some of the reflective noises.
As mention on one of the postings, a water fall with a pond can help a
Note: Review the by-law for fence height restrictions, swimming pool
enclosure by-laws, and noise by-law.
On 27 Dec 2006 10:11:36 -0800, smith firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Many use hedges of dense evergreen to mask noises. I vote for
And yes, the fence will block the direct path of the noise and will
And yes, you can mask the noise with something more desirable.
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