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Noise reduction hood @ exhaust vent

I live on a busy street in San Francisco and recently installed an exterior exhaust vent line for my range hood (it used to be a worthless recirculating type). Doing so has increased the street noise ...
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Vacuum Breaker Valve on Hose Bib Humming / Noise

I have one of these vacuum breakers on my outdoor hose faucet. Every time I turn it on, it creates a loud noise in the form of a hum or drone I can hear throughout the house. While I have been able ...
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What can I do to stop my fiberglass bathtub from squeaking?

I have a fiberglass bathtub in my mobile home that is roughly 5' x 4' in size. The mobile home is a 1978 doublewide, and the tub was in the home when we purchased it, 5 years ago, so I'm sure it's ...
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How can I mitigate low frequency reverb in a bedroom?

Outside my bedroom window, there is a store air conditioner which runs 24/7. It's noisy in general, but closing the window takes care of most higher frequencies. My issue is with a specific low ...
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Window unit lets in lots of outdoor noise. How to insulate?

I just moved to NYC and I have a window unit like this: The foldable frame around either side lets in a considerable amount of outside noise; it's just as if the window was open. In fact, I'd swear ...
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Soundproofing a Door with a Shower Pump Behind It

I have a small room in which a shower pump is located. This room is only separated from the rest of the house by a wooden door. The shower pump is located on top of some sort of vibration dampening ...
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How to break a sheet of glass quietly?

I have a sheet of glass over the kitchen door (for natural light to hit the entry hallway) VICIOUSLY GLUED to the fame. I'm removing the entire frame to replace the old wood door with a glass door and ...
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How can I build a wood fence to block sound?

I live on a busy street that is separated from a highway by a restaurant parking lot, and I would like to replace my wrought iron fence with a wooden fence for both privacy and to block sound. I am ...
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Adding insulation in a finished ceiling with no access

I live in a condo that the builder decided not to put insulation between the different levels. I don't own the condo above me. With hardwood floors and no insulation it's very noisy. My goal is ...
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Noisey Baseboard Heating

My house has baseboard heating from a natural gas water boiler and I am hearing some rattling when I turn on the heat at night on the 2nd floor. My house has 2 zones and I believe the issue is that ...
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15-year-old fridge goes “clunk” at end of cycle

Started happening a few years ago, unclear whether it has gotten any louder or whether there's anything that makes it better or worse. I don't think it was this bad when new, though. Functionally, ...
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Thermal Expansion and Contraction in Two Story Townhome

I live in California in the city of Chatsworth to be exact. I live in a two story Townhome and for the most part when I sleep in my bedroom it's very quiet. Occasionally there will be nights sometimes ...
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Eliminating ticking noise of pipe in wall

I know that the ABS main stack in my home is not rubbing against the floor or attic plywood openings; it is rubbing against the drywall in a interior wall when the pipe expands with the use of hot ...
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Banging pipes/radiator

I just moved into a new apartment and the steam heating is driving me insane. There are three kinds of noise: banging pipes when the heat comes on (seems to be coming from the floor/walls); ...
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Decreasing low frequency noise from air conditioner

We just recently bought a house with a pair of air conditioners on the roof. They make a dreadfully loud low frequency noise when they're on. Being a geek, I naturally had to take measurements. One ...
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How to address loud cold air return

The cold air return on my forced air furnace is too loud. While it is is tolerable, there is a noticeable sound of rushing air when the furnace is running (not a whistling sound, just a blowing sound)....
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How do I reduce noise from the bolt hitting the strike plate on a door with an automatic closer?

In our office, the door at the entrance has a k2 door closer. Our problem is that when the door closes, it makes a very loud clicking noise. I believe this is the result of the latch bolt hitting the ...
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Fog horn noise while using hose water

I have a dog grooming trailer that I sometimes work in from my house. To do this, I run my hose to the rv water heater, which then gets warm and runs to the nozzle that I use to spray the dogs down. ...
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Is it possible to have a reasonably soundproof sliding door to a bedroom?

We are planning a major house refurbishment, and in particular changing doors to two bedrooms. Our architect came up with this idea to put really wide sliding doors in, to get nice space after they ...
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How to soundproof rehearsal room in shared building with other rehearsal rooms?

I rent a small room for rehearsals of my rock band. It's 16m2 (172 sq ft). It's in a building with many other rehearsal rooms. There is no soundproofing in the entire building, so if you're unlucky ...
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Fixing a creaking NEW chipboard floor

I have a newly created floor (for a loft conversion) that is chipboard over wooden joists with noggins. At present there is no ceiling below it. Some of the joists have been doubled up due to the ...
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Where are the coils in this fridge?

I just moved to a new rental apartment and the refrigerator is making a very loud clicking noise. As a quick remedy, I thought I can clean the coils but I couldn't find them. I checked the back and ...
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How to sound proof bedroom floor above garage door?

We live in an apartment building. Our two bedrooms are directly above the building's garage door. The opening and closing of the garage door disrupts the peace at home and sleep of my family. Since ...
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How do I reduce the noise from my forced air furnace?

We recently had a new forced air furnace and return installed. The unit works great, but the return (which is in an adjacent closet to the furnace closet) is quite loud. What are some solutions I can ...
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How can I stop our duct work “pinging” at night?

I'm in Canada, and our home is a bit older, ~20 years, and the duct work seems to be making a rather loud "pinging" noise at night. I assume this is due to colder weather in general, and the hot air ...
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HVAC supply vent noise: how to eliminate the whistling wind tunnel?

Every time the heat turns on (rented house), we are getting choked with too much dry hot air in our small room. When I try to close the supply vent it produces a really loud whistling noise. I either ...
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Can I stick ceiling acoustic panels to my wall with intent to reduce room echo?

I know it's far from ideal, but I have a few excess cartons of ceiling tiles. If I stick some to my walls, will it help to noticeably reduce my room's echo or reverberation? Or will the difference be ...
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Single handle shower faucet from the 80s making loud noises

In my guest bathroom, there is a single handle shower faucet, likely an early Delta or American Standard scald-free ('monitor') that occasionally screams/whistles when being operated. It doesn't leak,...
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Thin walls means lots of noise

My bedroom is directly under my neighbors living room, he has crazy hours and I find myself waking up constantly. I tried talking to him and he's trying his best but it's just not good enough. What ...
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How can I soundproof my room to reduce street noise?

My bedroom is facing a busy street, with many bars/restaurants. People are shouting and cabs are honking. The 2 windows are double-pane, and the wall is the exterior wall, so solid brick. There are ...
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How can I quiet a bathroom exhaust fan that became loud only after the duct was added?

I had a fan added in my bathroom. Surprisingly there wasn't one at all. When the fan was first installed they had it venting into the ceiling. It was a .5 sone fan and you could hardly tell that it ...
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Is there any way to heat up a space noise free?

I hate my gas furnace so much, because the central heating system is so noisy. So, I bought a portable oil radiator heater, which is a temporary solution for me. It is truly noise free though. But ...
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How can I reduce noise from an air handler unit in an open closet?

How can I reduce the noise from an air handler unit? I have a Goodman AR42-1 air handler unit in an open closet. The setup looks like this: When the air handler activates it sounds like this: ...
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Very effective sound-proof room

In my new apartment, I plan to very well isolate a room (phonetically). This is for general purpose ; to play music as well as gaming, watching films, or why not, just shouting out loud. You get the ...
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How do I quiet noisy drain pipes?

I recently replaced cast iron drain pipes from my second story bathroom with pvc, and I've noticed the new pipes are much much louder when the bathroom is used. The pipes run down through a wall right ...
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What are some cost-effective tips for reducing external sound from entering a room?

I have a small office room that shares a wall with our living room. When we have guests over, their voices travel fairly well; they sound somewhat muffled but are still audible. As I work from home ...
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How to get fresh air to flat without letting noise in

My flat is at 4th floor just next to very noisy street (cars/trams); above my flat there's only roof (no other floors or attic). I have problems with fresh air inside because I try to keep my windows ...
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Quite high pitched noise in room

When I'm trying to sleep I hear a high pitched, ringing noise. I can only hear it if everything else is quiet. I've considered if this is a medical issue, such as tinnitus, but before jumping to ...
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How do I reduce door shut noise?

I live in a 3 bedroom shared house and want to reduce the noise that the bathroom door makes when it closes. I tried to find a photo of the door. It's basically a old mansion block of apartments in ...
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Difference between Rockwool and Acoustic Foam

As far as I understand, mineral-fiber ("rockwool") and acoustic form perform similar roles: sound absorption, or reducing echo. The fact that both exist and are for sale imply there's a trade-off ...
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Difference between 36 and 42db of noise isolation?

I do want to install various soundproofing improvements in an apartment, but when equipment and materials indicate the level of isolation, I really cannot judge at all the difference between them. I ...
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What DIY should I do on the ceiling to prevent noise from neighbor upstairs?

I live in a apartment. My neighbor who live upstairs, like to drag their chair and stomp their feet when ever their relative children come to visit them. So, what should I do to my ceiling to block ...
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How can I reduce the amount of noise transferred through my exterior walls?

My apartment building is near a mosque and as you may already know when the Moslems pray they like to use loudspeakers. And I mean LOUD. As I live in an apartment I am not allowed to make any changes ...
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Soundproofing a room so sound doesn't go out as much

So the building I live in is really bad with sound. What I want is a way to soundproof my room so I can talk with my normal voice without upsetting the people who live above me. The floor above me is ...
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Noise reduction for roof air condensers

I have built a 38"x81" pressure treated platform to host an air condenser and a heat pump (two unit house) on the roof of my house. It is positioned right above the master bedroom so I am a little ...
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How do I silence a creaking wooden spiral staircase?

We have a spiral staircase with 14 closed wooden steps. Most steps creak when you put your weight on them (or take it off). The noise intensity depends on where exactly on the step you stand. How ...
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How can I reduce outside noise inside my apartment?

I would like to reduce the outside noise from inside my apartment. Outside, of my apartment is the hallway, and it can get noisy. I was thinking about placing felt pads on my door to reduce the noise....
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Methods for dampening condo floor noise?

I recently purchased a top level condo with floating bamboo floors. My HOA doesn't have any rules around hardwood floor installation and I think that whoever installed these floors didn't put a very ...
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Do silent door latches exist? [duplicate]

Is there such a thing as a silent (or muffled) door latch? The doors inside my house make a very loud click when the latch snaps into the frame when closing the door.
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Water falling on top of central AC

So I have an AC unit outside my room onto which a whole bunch of water falls from straight from the gutter. Will this ruin the unit? Also, it makes A LOT of noise. What would be the best way to dampen ...