I think our walls between us and neighbours is quite thin you can hea
loud conversations and music at all times of day and night. We hav
now fallen out over music played at 11.30 at night. Any ideas on soun
proofing and how effective it would be
Been there, done that, gotta say my heart goes out to you. You might
want to peruse my thread on "Neighbor's Wood-Burning," only because
what some of the posters say is true: no matter what you do to remedy
the situation and how in the RIGHT you are, you will be seen by these
people and perhaps others in the building as the bad guy.
If you don't have a lease, move (and in a rural area, try to rent a
mobile home instead).
Finally, if moving is not an option, do this: go to the Salvation Army
store, get an *old* television, and put the "snow" on. This will at
least mask the sound of the music. Unfortunately, I'm sure what you're
reacting to is the bass. This is more difficult to escape from, and I
don't have any suggestions.
I'm serious when I say I'll be praying for you. If people had any idea
how noise equals torture in modern society, maybe they'd be less
hurtful. Maybe, but probably not. It's the trouble with living in the
twenty-first century, with SurroundSound.
In general you want to block air exchange. Air caries sound very well.
(Try opening your car's window as a train is going by.)
Next you want weight. Heavy things (drywall lead sheets etc.) block
You also want to prevent any direct solid connections. Stagger wall
studs or use special isolation devices to keep the sound from traveling
through the wall (remember the two cans on a string (well wire actuarially
worked) you want to break the wire).
Filling in wall cavities with sound absorbing materials (accustical
fiberglass bats) will do a little.
Point source control (special absorption material) at the source of the
sound will also help.
Or you can fight fire with fire. Get a few 12" woofers and screw them
to the studs. Play Anthrax "The Persistence of Time" every once in
awhile, being certain to have an adequate supply of ear plugs for your
family to use. That CD is far from "music" and sounds more like two
Well,most communities have noise ordinances that begin at 11 PM.
So,if they start up at 11:30 PM,call the cops and let them deal with
it.After a couple of times of this,you have solid records to go to the
management to have them deal with it.
If all else fails....
I go outside to the master meter/breaker panel and shut off their electric
power for a second or two.
<< Or you can fight fire with fire. Get a few 12" woofers and screw them
to the studs. Play Anthrax "The Persistence of Time" every once in awhile,
being certain to have an adequate supply of ear plugs for your family to use.
That CD is far from "music" and sounds more like two trains coliding. >>
That's a hoot.
Used to know a wild man years ago who used to operate his chain saw (windows
open of course) when late hour revelry next door got too intense. Holding the
handle firmly against the wall transmitted the racket quite well and
claims are that the nuisance abated after the second time. HTH
The other side of the coin: A friend moved into a new apartment and
started practicing on his grand piano at 3AM. A neighbor called and
complained very politely. My fried replied, "Sir. This is Wolfgang
Steinberg the Third. Do you know how much some people _pay_ to hear me
play?" The neighbor never called again.
Here's another variation on the "fight fire with fire" theme:
Many years ago a friend of mine had a problem: a nearby neighbor would practice
playing her flute at all hours of the night
(and wasn't particularly good). The houses were close together in the neighborhood,
and this was in the summer when everyone
had the windows open.
He got his hands on a sound-effects recording that featured about 20 minutes of
people hysterically laughing. Placed
speakers in the windows, put on the recording, and cranked it up to full volume.
The late-night flute playing stopped!
That's pretty doggone funny.
Speaking of dogs, we once had a neighbor with an incessantly barking dog. A
few minutes with a bullhorn giving him a taste of his own medicine did the
trick. It was surprising how well it worked.
I had an issue like this while living in an apartment during college.
The girl downstairs decided that the recorder was her instrument. To
save her roommates the grief, she would practice outside, right below
our windows. We would moan and groan as she practiced 'Oh When the
Saints' to no avail. Finally one day, fed up, I went out on the walkway
while she was playing and whistled along with her. She figured it out
after a few bars, and the outdoor playing stopped cold.
There is nothing worse than a beginning clarinet player..
Clarinet: " The evil (wood)wind that blows nobody good"
It can be countered by learning to play the Sousaphone........
....... a cooler of beer, a Sousaphone, and ..... hit don't git no
When I lived in an apartment, my neighbor turned up his stereo until
it shook the walls. Each time he did this I went down the basement and
tripped his electrical breaker. He bragged to everyone that his sound
system was so powerful that every time he turned it up it tripped the
breaker. And he turned it down.
Gary R. Lloyd CMS
HVACR Troubleshooting Books/Software
When I was in college the guy in the next room over used to play his stereo loud
all the time. He finally tore it when he decided to throw a party in the suite
lounge (directly across from my room) right in the middle of exams. Enough was
enough.... he left his speakers in the lounge when he finally crawled off to bed
Shortly after that, I went to work. I opened the back of each case and
installed a 1000 ohm resistor in series with the speakers. The next day he put
the speakers back in his room and turned it on. You could hear sound out of
them but the volume was almost nonexistent. He turned them up. The resistors
got hot and I assume they melted because shortly after that all sound ceased.
Being the emotional sort, he heaved his amplifier out the window (we lived on
the third floor of the dorm). Problem solved. I didn't have to listen to his
stereo the rest of the year. Since he then flunked out, I didn't have to listen
to them the following year either.
God helps those who help themselves.
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