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Noise transmission characteristics of dome structures?

Is a dome structure (e.g. geodome or binishell) more or less likely to transmit inside noise to the outside world, compared to the usual parallelepiped structure, at equal other conditions (same ...
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Reducing noise from hardwood floors

We have a ranch (single-story) house with hardwood floors on most of the ground level. The basement below this level is finished, and is where I work out of at home. We have kids that like to run ...
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Noise insulation of apartment right above noisy pub

How good can you isolate an apartment that's right above a very noisy rocker's pub? Could we install a thicker floor, or would the noise go through the walls anyway? What material would work best ...
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How do I stop the ticking noise coming from my furnace duct? [duplicate]

I've had some HVAC people here to look at the ticking noise coming from our furnace duct. One of them installed a brace on the piece in question. This seemed to make the ticking less frequent, ...
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Letting fresh air through a window without letting noise in

I live in an apartment and it's pretty noisy outside, so I usually keep my windows closed. It does get pretty stuffy inside though, so I'm wondering if there's a way to get air through the window ...
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Best sound-proofing techniques and recommended sound-absorbing materials?

This is fundamentaly a question about soundproofing and sound absorbtion. When working this project I've realised I don't understand the concepts as much as I though I did. I basically set up a shelf ...
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Fix noisy washing machine spin cycle

I have a Whirlpool WWDC9440 Freestanding Washing Machine which I've had for 4 years. Recently (or gradually as I can't remember a step change) the spin cycle has become very noisy with the vibrations ...
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How can I prevent echo from footsteps on a hollow, temporary stage?

I am working with a dance group who use a temporary stage that can be easily set up and broken down for shows. It stands between 2 and 3 feet off the ground. The only problem with this stage is that ...
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Replace drop ceiling with drywall and soundproofing

This is my basement ceiling this morning: After a couple of hours, I removed all drop ceiling for entire basement with 1 living room and 2 bedrooms: I would like to install drywall with access ...
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How can I reduce noise from tenants coming through my heating duct?

I live in an old house with a wood frame and forced air heating. My family lives upstairs and we rent out the bottom floor. My problem is that the sound from my tenant's bedroom travels directly into ...
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Can a motorized damper be installed inside existing ductwork?

My HVAC system consists of a fan, furnace, compressor-driven AC, and evaporative cooler. The problem is that there is a large air volume used only by the evaporative cooler that is generating a lot of ...
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Should I Insulate Between Floors to Reduce Noise?

We're in the process of turning our large unfinished attic into a bonus room and bathroom. Originally the attic floor contained the insulation that kept the house warm. Now we'll spray foam the ...
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Sealing middle of sliding window with portable air conditioner installed

In my bedroom I have a one hose portable AC unit, because my only bedroom window is a sliding window. Currently, I set up the window kit in the day and take it out before bed. The reason for this is ...
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Constructing a simple silent bedframe: felt pads for connecting surfaces?

I will construct a simple wooden bed, nothing fancy. The main concerns for it are quietness when moving, and stability to allow adding small hooks, latches and whatnot to the sides. It'll be either ...
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Means of adjusting fan speed on Bryant gas furnace

My home is heated by a Bryant 359AAV furnace. The thermostat controls and indicates whether the fan is ON or OFF, but the furnace has a four-speed fan. I believe the installer set the fan on "HI" and ...
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noisy pipes in wall

Problem We live in a condo and have a problem with noisy (whistling / shrieking / whooshing) pipes in our bedroom wall. We've identified one or two fixtures in the building that are the source of the ...
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Lessen noise from adjacent room

I have a housemate who tends to snore during the night. Since our rooms share a wall, I tend to hear it. We live in an apartment building made from concrete panels. I'd like to do some basic ...
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Remove reverb and soundproof room

I have a room I'd like to be able to record in, and I'm looking at foam panels and various items to influence the sound quality/propagation/acoustic, etc. Thing is, the more I read about it, the more ...
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Why don't heat pumps run for a bit BEFORE starting the air circulation fan?

I'd like to think I understand how heat pumps work decently well. My home has one plus electric heat, which I try not to resort to because heat pump is more efficient, if slower. When a traditional ...
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Ideas about sound coming from floor

I live in an apartment and there is a low frequency noise coming from the floor of my bedroom. It is coming from the ceiling fan in the apartment below. The sound is very low, but after listening for ...
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how to deal with oversized furnace

I recently got a new furnace for our 1200 sqft house in Denver CO. We are planning on adding a second story in a year and I was going to wait until we did that to replace the furnace. Then the furnace ...
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Kitchen Cabinet “Cracks” when opened

A cabinet door in my kitchen makes a loud annoying "cracking" noise when I open and close it and I'm curious if this is something that I can fix simply by adjusting the adjustment screws or if there ...
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Soundproofing bathroom/bedroom wall

I have a wall between the bathroom and bedroom. The sound transfer between the bathroom -> bedroom is huge. Mainly the water sounds from the toilet and shower. I'm about to tile the whole ...
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I have a chirping sound in my house that moves around

It is not the smoke detector. We have just had rain and there was a ton of tree frogs out front in the trees. Could a tree frog be in my house making that chirping noise? (The chirping sound moves ...
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Reducing traffic noise in front and back yard

Our rural house is located 200 yards from an interstate highway overpass. House is parralel to interstate, and overpass is located near a corner of property. How can we reduce the noise entering the ...
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Road noise reduction in the balcony

I am living in an apartment which has a balcony right next to the small road. Even thought the road is quite small, cars are still driving there and it makes a lot of sound if the doors to the balcony ...
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Soundproofing workshed floor & roof

Roof high side Window __o o o o o__ Door o--|--|--|--o o--|--|--|--o o o o o o Roof low side I'm planning a soundproof shed using pine posts, laid out ...
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How does the decibel rating vary with the BTU capacity of an air conditioning unit?

Across similar models from the same manufacturer, differing only in BTU, which are quietest when operating at the lowest setting to cool the same room? In order words, are larger (and more expensive) ...
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Home Network Interference on Cat6 Unshielded cable

Background: I live in a level two apartment and want to get WiFi in my individual lockup basement garage and install a security camera. I have pulled a Cat6 UTP cable to the garage via the services ...
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How To Get A Noise Barrier In my Community

I moved into a new house about a year ago that's located inside a very nice well established neighborhood that's been around for decades. At the end of the neighborhood is a busy highway that has been ...
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Mystery constant, fast, and barely audible vibration in private home

I recently moved to the top floor of a three story home that is near an infrequently used express track (primarily on weekends during construction on the local line/once or so an hour). A train ...
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Noisy ducts, problem with insulation?

I have what I'm coming to believe is a unique noise issue with the HVAC ducting in my house. I've spoken to four different professionals and they are all somewhat dumbfounded. The problem is that my ...
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Isolating a workstation located in an open space office

I have a large room in my house, which I use as an open space office where several people are working on their own desk (see image below for an idea of how it looks like). Several persons make many ...
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How to reduce echo in a room?

What would be the cheapest way to reduce echo in an empty room? I'll be having an empty room in my apartment for perhaps a few months and right now, there's nothing I could put in there, except ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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); hissing ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...