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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 do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters?

It has just recently started raining where I live, and I am new to this house. When the rain ceases and the water is dripping from the gutters through the drain, I can hear the dripping from inside ...
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How can I quiet a noisy downspout? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters? I have metal downspouts that come down from by gutters. One of them happens to be right by my bedroom window. When ...
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Ways to reduce noise in a home near railroad tracks?

My soon-to-be home is approximately 75 to 100 feet away from a semi-busy railroad track with trains that carry coal and other cargo. They do not travel very fast but the rumble/horn is still an issue. ...
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Why does our shower make a screaming noise?

Our shower has a problem...It's very loud! When water hits the correct temperature and flow the shower immediately starts shrieking like a banshee. It seems to be related to the flow because we can ...
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Why does my house carry sound so much?

My home is a 1100sqft, single story home and it carries sound very far and clearly. It make the house 'loud'. When I sneeze loud I hear a high pitch echo. Voices seem to be amplified and with a ...
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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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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 do I make exposed wood stairs less squeaky?

I was wondering if it is possible to make exposed wood stairs less squeaky with a layer of foamy/rubbery material between the stringers/frame and stair treads. Or is there a different solution?
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How can I determine the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating for my condo walls and ceiling?

I work out of my condominium and generally like to have music playing throughout the day. A few nights every week I work late, sometimes until after midnight, so I'm thinking about soundproofing my ...
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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 to improve the acoustics in my living room?

I've just gotten a brand new TV and put it in my living room. The room is, however, extremely echoey. It has a linoleum floor and bare walls, a couch, two chairs, a glass coffee table, and a glass ...
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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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What is causing the loud, electrical humming noise in my walls?

I have a loud electrical sounding humming noise that is vibrating through my house, and appears to be coming through the adjoining wall of my neighbour's house. It starts and stops at any time of day ...
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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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What underlayment should I use to reduce traffic noise under a hardwood or bamboo floor?

I'm in the process of renovating the 2nd story of my New England 1.5 story cape-style home. New OSB subfloors are down with Liquid Nails and deck screws over 5 weeks ago. I'm on to flooring now. I ...
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What sound frequencies does a circular saw emit?

I'm trying to find the best way to sound proof my garage so that using a circular saw would go un-noticed by the neighbors. ( Our strata have rules for noise regulation ) But before ordering ...
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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 a good way to keep cats/animals from scratching on a door?

My girlfriend doesn't like sleeping with my two cats in the room at night, so I've started keeping the door to my bedroom closed. Unfortunately, however, they meow and scratch all night long. Is ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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1answer
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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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Screaming shower head (the sequel)

See also this question: I recently soaked my Moen shower head in vinegar for a day to fix a problem where the center jets which pulsate were not working. Inside is an impeller of some kind and I ...
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How can I reduce the noise from a bathroom fan?

I would like to stop an extractor fan shaking my ceiling as it makes a lot of noise. What is the best way to dampen it? (foam, springs etc). Its an exhaust vent for bathroom and is inline with exhaust ...
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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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How can I stop my radiators “clicking” when they're turned on or off?

I have a central heating system on a timer, and whenever the timer turns on or off, for around ten / fifteen minutes, some of the radiators in my home make regular clicking noises, kinda ...
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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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1answer
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How do I stop a sliding door from squeaking?

I have a sliding door which makes quite a loud squeaking sound when it is opened or closed. As best I can tell the sound is coming from the door rubbing against a metallic guide at the bottom as shown ...
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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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Sticky door when opening, sounds like sticky paint [duplicate]

I am trying to find a solution to my door sticking when I open it. It creates a loud popping sound from the wood after being stuck together. This would be my bathroom door, i work late hours and when ...
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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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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 ...