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What would be the best way to reduce low frequency noise coming from neighbour above in apartment

I live in an apartment (hopefully that doesn't disqualify from me posting here) and my neighbour once every week or so decides to stay up until about 2am watching TV all night. Normally, this doesn't ...
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How to reduce noise from my refrigerator?

I live in a studio appartment and there is a fridge in my room which makes sleeping difficult. Is there a way to reduce the noise it makes? Is it maybe possible to cover it with noise insulant without ...
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How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

I have a very large backyard surrounded by a tall cinderblock wall. Not only is it HOT in the summer (NM summers) but the noise that bounces around is bad. Someone walking on the sidewalk next to my ...
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How do I prevent harmonic resonance hum in PVC vent of newly installed hot water heater?

I just had a new power vented water heater installed (HTProducts Phoenix Light Duty) in our crawlspace. The contractor that put it in used part of the existing 3" concentric vent from the furnace we ...
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What windows should be used to soundproof from traffic noise?

I am having a house built by a builder. On my contract, it is specified that 'Sound Attenuating' windows would be installed. This is important as the house backs up to a busy road which provides a ...
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Is it frequent to use two Ethernet cables for one phone line?

I'm experiencing some noise on my phone when it is connected in the wall. There's no noise when connected right in the modem. So I decided to check things out and I noticed something that seems odd ...
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We hear a constant bass subwoofer like thumping noise every night from about midnight to 7 am

We live in a relatively quiet area. Since 2012, we hear a low bass rhythmic sound (music?) with slight vibrations in the front bedroom. We cannot hear it outside, only in the room and especially ...
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What does it mean when my fridge sounds like a machine gun?

I have a fridge that I believe to be 20 to 25 years old. (It came with the house.) Not always, but sometimes when it finishes its cooling cycle, it makes a loud rattle-like sound, almost like three ...
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Should I be concerned about creaks when the wind blows?

Is it normal to hear creaks when the wind blows at about 20 mph speed? I heard the creaks in the upstairs when i was sleeping in the bedroom. I guess that was from the attic. I am little worried as ...
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Should I be concerned that the furnace fan is making a loud noise when it turns on?

About three weeks ago our 10 year furnace's blower motor (which also blows for the AC) died (the bearing seized). HVAC company comes out, removes the squirrel cage and motor, puts a new motor (with a ...
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What's causing the rumbling sound when my furnace kicks on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency furnace in my home. Last year it started making a slight whining noise that was audible during the very first stage, before the blower motor started. No ...
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How to stop my washing machine from squeaking?

I own a GE WHDSR316G2WW washing machine. It was whisper-silent when new, but after a few years and several off-balance loads, it developed a persistent squeak that seemed to happen mostly when the ...
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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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What could be causing the grinding noise in my washing machine?

Recently my Kenmore Series 80 washing machine has developed a grinding noise, which occurs just as the washing machine starts doing a spin out to remove the water. It last maybe 3 seconds, and then ...
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annoying vibration, deep humming noise in home

What in my home could possibly vibrate and/or make a very low humming noise? I have been driven mad by a low droning vibration type noise for nearly two years. I have gone through testing various ...
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Why is there increased dryer motor hum while powered by a generator?

We have an off grid home, solar powered 120v. While running the home on the backup generator (also charging batteries), the drum motor on the propane dryer has an increasing noise, then gets to a ...
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How can I stop my boiler from making all this noise?

I'd like to preface this post with the fact that I'm a complete diy amateur. I may say stupid things, or things that make no sense. Please feel free to correct me as I'm always open to learn. So, ...
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Anyone have an idea about unidentified constant noise/vibration in single-family house?

I cannot find the source of a constant noise & vibration that have recently (month or so) been happening in our single-family house. I've asked 2 different people, including our handyman, who ...
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Why did my surge suppressor make a “pop” sound when I plugged something in?

I bought a surge-protecting power bar yesterday. It's a seven-outlet model, made by American Power Conversion Corp.; I found it at the thrift store for $4 second-hand. It appeared to be in decent ...
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What causes hammering from a new diverter when other faucets are quickly turned on and off?

We're doing a minor remodel of our master bathroom, and I have replaced the 30+ year old diverter and nearby pipe with a new one from Delta. Now when any faucet in the house is turned on and off ...
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How to reduce toilet tank refill noise?

The refill tube that goes from the valve into the overflow tube in my toilet tank sprays water with quite a bit of pressure and makes a lot of noise when the tank refills. It's attached with a clip ...
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Is it possible that a room ambient noise generator could reduce traffic sounds from outside?

There are traffic sounds ascending the hill on which I live. Might a "white noise" generator inside my small studio apartment have impact on this type of noise, or is noise impact on individuals ...
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How can I reduce whistling due to wind across a gas fireplace vent?

We have a gas fireplace venting through the roof of our attic bedroom; there's a cap on a chimney up there. Double-wall construction, such that it pulls combustion air in from outside. When the wind ...
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What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?

When the water is turned on for toilet flush or sinks-hot or cold and when the clothes washer is filling (newer type washer that adds more water), many times for the first 4 minutes (starting the ...
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How can I determine what is causing a newly creaking ceiling?

There's an area of my ceiling that has rather suddenly (in the last week) started creaking when the wind blows. It's at a juncture with a wall, right below the attic, and it is very localized (at ...
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Banging behind wall when heat comes on

In the past day I started hearing a banging behind the wall of my house it seems when the heat comes on. We have water heated baseboards. We lived in this house nearly two years and never experienced ...
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How can I reduce the bounciness of a floor? [duplicate]

My apartment is on the second floor of a low-rise building. There are no units directly under it; the apartment sits above the open-air garage. I feel basically everything that my next door ...
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Creaking / Clicking noise coming from wood / cardboard

Feel like I'm starting to lose my mind with this one. I'm regularly hearing a noise in at least two rooms of the house, which I can best describe as a creaking or clicking. I've listened to ...
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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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Mysterious sound coming from basement, related to water pipes

At times I hear these banging sounds (not very loud) when in my living room. I go to the basement (below the room) and it sounds like it's in the ceiling (finished basement). I put my ear to the wall ...
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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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High pitched noise from Shower

I live in an 8 unit co-op. Recently had the bathroom totally redone. New pipes and bathtub/shower. My new shower seems fine. Not long after I got this done I have noticed someone is causing a high ...
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What could be causing the bizarre whistling sound that is coming from the pipes around the en suite and main bath?

The sound changes frequency in a regular pattern, and almost sounds electronic, like an old radio with a bad antenna. We can only hear it in these two bathrooms, and it occurs whether or not the water ...
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How can I make this old space heater more quiet?

I have an old space heater running along the outside-facing walls. It's a very simple heater: it consists of a pipe, a heat sink all along it, and a cover. I don't know what's inside the pipe; most ...
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How can I stop cracking/squeaking sounds while leveling this floor?

I am reconditioning a wooden floor; I pulled up the carpet and am repairing, levelling and then painting the so-so boards I found. I already tried replacing the nails with screws but found that 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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Floor Makes Metal Clang When Walked On - One Room

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. The whole house has hard-wood flooring. One bedroom on the corner of the house has a floor that sounds hollow... When walked on it makes a loud clanging sound... ...
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What could cause my tankless water heater to make a knocking sound?

I recently replaced my water heater with a tankless unit (Rheem). After installation I noticed that whenever I turned on the hot water; or when my central heating unit would turn on, the tankless unit ...
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What could be causing thumping in the wall when the bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used?

I hear a thumping in the wall whenever the second floor bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used (sound is similar to if you let the bottom of your fist fall against a sheetrock wall). It is 'almost' ...
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Can I run CAT5 cables parallel to low voltage (9v) power cables?

The answers to this question clearly state that low voltage and high voltage cables should be kept separate; does this apply to low voltage (9v) power cables and CAT5? The problem: I would like to ...
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Diagnosing loud pool pump motor

The other day I noticed the pump motor for the pop-ups on our pool was louder than usual. There wasn't anything I could attribute this to such as the motor overheating, and the onset wasn't gradual - ...
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Can I clean out a GE dishwasher drain pump?

I have a GE GDT530 dishwasher that just went out of warranty 2 months ago. Now it's starting to make crackling sounds when it's draining water and it sounds like there is some debris in the drain ...
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How to reduce noise from trash chute door closing?

I live in an apartment and unfortunately I live in a room right next to the trash chute room. I hear this loud clicking noise multiple times a day, including sometimes at night and it's starting to ...
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What could be causing my air conditioner to make a humming sound?

I have an air conditioner that has an in-floor intake. When the heat pump turns on, there is a fairly loud humming that comes from the intake. If I step in certain places around the intake the ...
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What is thumping noise I hear in my forced air heat pump?

In the morning when our heat pump is turning on to start heating the house for the morning, I hear repeated thumping that kind of sounds like sheet metal rumbling. This continues periodically for a ...
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Clickey clackey bathroom exhaust louver

I have a bathroom exhaust vent with louvers similar to the image below. It vents out the side of the house above the bathroom between two bedrooms. When it's breezy out, the flaps rattle so that it ...
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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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Funny “thump” sounds sometimes at night, what could be the cause?

I live in a 4-story townhouse that has a wood frame (no concrete except in basement) and was built in late 1980's. Once in a blue moon, whilst laying on the bed at night, I have heard a rather loud ...
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Should a copper central-heating water pipe be mortar-ed in when passing through an internal wall?

I've been trying to track down some very annoying 'ticking' sounds that happen within seconds of the central heating coming on. I know that it likely to do with copper central heating pipes under the ...