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I love where I live, but I don't love my house's construction. It has 24" center studs, lots of space in the walls, and every time an exterior door is shut the windows in nearly all rooms rattle. The roof-mounted AC compressor also induces more vibration than I care for inside. With young kids at home whom I would sometimes prefer to stay asleep, I'd like to find solutions to quiet down these transient noises.

Would adding diagonal bracing (What are these horizontal & diagonal 'studs' in the wall called?) be helpful in transmitting vibrations to the ground instead of the walls? Would new windows be more effective? What can I do to make my house more livable?

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  • Are your studs 2x4 or 2x6...? Jul 22 at 2:58
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    Replacing windows would probably fix it, but can be expensive. Most well installed windows in good condition should not rattle. Windows in poor condition can usually be easily fixed for much less than new windows. Adding pictures of your windows to your question would help.
    – crip659
    Jul 22 at 11:08
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    Just a suggestion: Find a way to slow down the closing of the exterior doors, like a hydraulic door closer. I obviously DK if its air pressure change that rattles your windows or the door closing too fast (slamming). In either case, slowing down the rate of close MIGHT fix your problem. You could test this idea by slowly closing the door and see what happens. Jul 22 at 12:14
  • Tell us more about the windows - are they 2-pane (or more) with grid sandwiched between the panes of glass?
    – Greg Hill
    Jul 22 at 15:49
  • @GeorgeAnderson Could reduce or eliminate the air pressure variable by leaving one door standing open while closing another - or even open the windows themselves a few inches and then close a door.
    – Greg Hill
    Jul 22 at 15:50

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