Ok this is exactly the and you nailed it right on..
What I'm trying to dampen are not LOUD out burst because I doubt I'll
ever be able to do that and in the event of we can close the doors and
windows no big deal, but for the other 95% of the time when it's just
voices I'm sure there is SOME type of solution that will help since
the sound is basically just traveling up and over my wall.
What I cannot do here is modify the architectural harmony that is
visible from the exterior. If I put up a wall and stucco it the same
color as the rest within my property it wouldn't be very noticeable
and therefor acceptable. Also remember that the cost of this work here
is not much in comparison to other countries maybe $1000 - $2000 USD
for the wall.
I do have a bunch of left over rubber (about 0.5 cm) thick from a
renovation I'm doing here at my house. I'm going to put that up on the
fence and see what happens. I have a feeling that this will help a
lot. Then I'll know if putting up a concrete block wall, concrete
board wall, or exterior drywall will help. I understand the denser the
product the more it will dampen. That's why I thought the block is
best and next up is the concrete board.
Thanks for the suggestion Ed.
Also thank you to everyone else for their comments. I will take them
all into consideration.
I vote for the landscaping solution and suggest you consider a clumping
bamboo. Most tropical bamboos are clumping types - you don't want the
running bamboo because it can get out of control. Something like Buddha
Belly bamboo or giant timber bamboo will provide a sound barricade and a
good-looking landscaping backdrop. It will not only be a sound barrier, but
also when there is any wind it sways in the breeze and sounds like soft
wooden wind chimes. Finally, in the unlikely event of a hurricane, it will
provide an excellent windbreak, bending but not breaking and providing some
protection for your property.
I planted the bamboo for other reasons, but have discovered it almost
completely blocks the sounds of noisy kids having a party at the swimming
pool next door. It also is a very restful appearance looking at it through
the patio doors to that side of the house. It provides a shaded area for
our orchid collection and is now home to many birds that nest and roost
there where they're protected from predators.
[Neighor's noise coming into backyard and over fence]
Unfortunately, you're going to have to fight the noise with a form of softer
noise: a bubbling fountain, a pond with a "waterfall," etc. Or you could
install an outdoor music system which will allow you to control what music
you do hear.
Of course a water cannon aimed square into the offenders' backyard might
have the desired affect as well. <EG>
How bout 150 db **sine waves**, from 6' Marshall amps??
DAT will clear out asshole neighbors, and virtually *all wildlife*, proly
rats AND roaches.
Choose yer frequency..... the right one will start shattering window glass.
No evil grin here.... ahm in the process of preparing for this..... for
the muthafuckas who see fit to use 5 hp unmufflered leaf blowers, to blow
one effing leaf up the road, for five/six hundred feet.
Gotta be a penis-thing.....
Sounds like community living is not for you. Move to the country.
You'll hear frogs and birds, probably not any quieter, but maybe more
pleasant than neighbors. Certainly closing the windows will reduce
On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:09:15 -0400, "Existential Angst"
"Poor Mr. Flibbety Jib, with a rumble bumble bumble in his head.
We'll try the country life he said, we'll try it, we'll try it, and
maybe if we like we'll buy it."
I forget the rest of the words, I haven't heard them for over 50
years, but the gist of it is he moves to the country and the noises
there annoy him just as much.
This was a 78 rpm record thinner than the average 78 and the size of a
45 and I still have it in the next room, but no time to paly it right
now. It was probably a present in 1950 when I was 3.
Heh, reminds me of my foray to a an old family friend's 200 acre spread
Man, all I did was run from goddamm dive-bombing deer flies.... holy
When I got back, I looked at the concrete underfoot in a kind of religious
I thought I was going to need stitches from those deer flies....
A Parabolic speaker. They have been used in crowd control to focus
sound.. Sorry, my link is broken for a home-made one - intended for
barking dogs. Text from the file...
Plan Type Speaker wall Drawn 05/04/04 Name Dish speaker Status Plan
Application Unknown Dish network
The purpose of this project is create a high power parabolic sound
beam from disgarded objects and materials. The speaker system when
complete should be as powerful as a commercially available unit,
though with very little cost.
Configuration Parabolic reflector
Dimensions 2.m x 1m x .5m
Driver diameter 10" diameter
Power 150 watts
Materials Sheet metal dish
Key components below: dish & speaker
The Satellite dish
Due to changes in TV technology, from cable to satellite to digital
the built environment is littered with disgarded media components. The
satelillite dish is perhaps the most visible of these. It is a very
specific device capable of collecting a wide varity of waves forms
into a focal point whereby they can be converted, in this instance a
single to a moving image.
It also happens that the parabolic dish is a powerful acoustic device
if the process is reversed, collection device replaced with a speaker.
Wave forms are now emitted from its surface. This is achived by
mounting a speaker at the focal point of the dish. The dish reflects
the sound waves into a highly directional beam with remarkable throw
Application: Commercial application for parabolic speaker system are
listed as spaces like Airports, Shopping Malls and stadiums. They are
also used in by the police in situation like crowd control, hostage
crisis, anywhere where long throw intelligable audio is required.
Parabolic surfaces have a very unique acoustical quaility which defies
conventional speaker devices which are bound by the inverse sqaure
law. This physical law states that for a given distance that energy is
emitted from a source be it gravitional, eletrical, or acoustical
energy is spread over a larger and larger continoually sub dividing
area. Thus sound energy emitted from a source is lost more and more
the further it must travel.
Meyer Sound a leading speaker company have developed a parabolic
speaker device that "is the first device to propagate sound waves that
decrease as little as 3 dB SPL per doubling of distance for more than
300 ft, across a five-octave frequency range, with a consistent and
narrow beam width." What kind of results could be achived with
disgarded satellite dish.
Though the dish found only measures 500mm in diameter the speaker
mounted at the focal point is higly efficient and powerful. The E110
driver manufactured by JBL is now a discontinued model from the 1980s
which was very popular with guitar head type speakers and and high
power systems used in Raves.
Maybe you can make a vinyl cover to go over the iron fence. I have a
vinyl cover, lined with a layer of flannel, for my lawnmower, which is
stored outside. I think the vinyl is heavy, but at least the
You could have it made at a furniture upholstery shop, so that it
slips on, ties on to keep it from blowing away, but it could still be
removed. Maybe no one from your n'hood will complain. If they do,
maybe they will be sympathetic to your reasons. IF not, maybe you can
just put it on during particularly loud periods, and let those periods
get longer as no one objects.
Maybe you can get your side by side neighbors to agree that there is a
problem. Or maybe you can ask them if they have a problme, what they
do. Ask the next door neighbors if they would mind very much if you
put the covers on. People like to be asked. Next door n'bors are the
most likely to complain, but are less likely if they are consulted.
Mybe if you order covers for two houses at the same time, you'll get
If you can get the fabric at a fabric store, and I know you can, you
can make them yourself. Just sew three sides of the rectangle, then
turn it inside out so the sewing is hidden. Like a pillow case. TWo
or four small grommets and some attrractive string, maybe long
buckskin shoe laces. It will be ornamental.
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