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Is an HVAC Muffler/Silencer on Direct Vent Water Heater safe or appropriate?

I have a direct vent hot water heater and it makes a good amount of noise near it and also to the upper levels since it is in an unfinished room in the basement and the floor trusses above allow for a ...
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New Minka Aire ceiling fan is making this tapping noise

My wife and I got a new Minka Aire Light Wave ceiling fan for our 1965 townhouse, and it's been making a tapping noise that's been keeping me awake. We tried installing a longer downrod since it was ...
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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 extreme wind noise in a standing seam roof?

I've noted lots of wind noise from our standing seam panels, a roaring in the metal 'pans' forming the long panels that is, at times, deafening. My question: is there a reasonably effective solution? ...
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Loud noise in closet from door slam below

In that old building with wooden floors where I live, a loud noise can be heard once or twice during the night from a closet in my bedroom. I finally understood the neighbor downstairs is slamming a ...
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Home Soundproofing Solutions - Existing Ceiling and Walls

I have done a lot of research and the results seem very varied so wanted some input from others as to what the best solution would be. Problem: In a flat with existing ceiling and walls. Some walls ...
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How do I fix a loud intake vent?

In the master bedroom, there is one of four intake vents in the house, and this particular one is very loud. Our house has two vertical air shafts that run parallel to each other, one for supply and ...
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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 Home from Outside Noise [closed]

My neighborhood has become much noisier over time and I'm hoping to reduce the amount of outside noise coming in. I thought upgrading my old windows (original from the 80s which were clearly shot) to ...
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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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Soundproofing around water softener

I'm trying to come up with options for soundproofing around our water softener (and the mechanicals that go alongside it - not including water heater). Currently when it goes through it's regen cycle, ...
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Soundproofing a partywall for airborne noises [duplicate]

I need help soundproofing one of my bedroom walls, which is shared with the neighbors. Specifically I just want to reduce, as much as possible, chattering and loud talking sounds. I own an apartment ...
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How can I mitigate humming from a streetside electrical transformer?

I have humming coming in and I think it is from the green box on ground, electrical transformer, in the front yard. It also has a hum. I have reported to electric company, but I don't think they will ...
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Best sound-proofing techniques and recommended sound-absorbing materials? [closed]

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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Adding return air vents in bedrooms to reduce return air noise and increase total return air capacity

I did my homework here the best I could and I hope someone can help by checking my work. In an attempt to make things as clear as possible, I made the following diagram. This is my existing system ...
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How do I reduce noise from the bolt hitting the strike plate on a door with an automatic closer? [closed]

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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What can I do to stop the creaking noise when I turn on/tun the heat?

Every time I turn on the heat on, the HVAC creaks loudly and it’s really annoying. It makes noise every time it runs…I can hear the noise in the floor upstairs. It makes sounds until I decide to turn ...
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Baby cry noise reduction [closed]

I'm looking for a noise-reduction solution for a residential apartment - the neighbours' baby cries all night and our walls are quite thin... It must be relatively cheap and easy to (self-)install. ...
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How can I conveniently soundproof a bedroom window? [duplicate]

Does anyone have an inexpensive way to “soundproof” a bedroom window that doesn’t require lots of installation? I’ve read about different techniques like acoustic foam/panels/blankets, but some people ...
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How can I reduce noise coming in a window for under $100?

I live 200 feet from a 6 lane highway, and the noise is rather annoying to say the least. I would like to reduce the noise coming into my 58"x 70" bedroom window by at least 50%, as I think ...
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How should I fix a thrumming fan? Issue relates to fan housing

I have a 3 year old Hunter-brand ceiling fan in my master bedroom. There is a thrumming sound (best described as a rhythmic buzz that happens with the same frequency of the blades). I have ascertained ...
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How can I reduce rain noise on a metal roof?

My house has a sheet metal roof, and it is quite loud when it rains. I want to reduce the noise level. I've read that an appropriate roof underlayment is ideal, but I understand that this needs to be ...
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Constant humming noise in house

I'm looking for ideas on what might cause the very deep hum I hear in my house when it's quiet. It's been present 24/7 for many years. When I'm alone in the house and nothing is turned on it's ...
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Reducing the noise made by pinecones landing on my roof

The back half of my house has a flat roof. Dozens of feet above this roof hangs a tree. This tree drops pinecones. The sound of these pinecones hitting my roof at speed is very loud. Is there ...
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Is a large backyard fishpond a possible cause of ambient noise?

My neighbor has installed an 18-ft fishpond in his backyard. I am hearing ambient noise in my house, and only in my house, i.e., not right outside my house. The sound is low-frequency, resonating ...
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What door is recommended when I want to noise dampen my furnace room?

Our basement is being renovated. Aside from the furnace room, it will have a mother-in-law suite, a common area, a bathroom, and another bedroom. Our bedrooms, which are next to the furnace room, are ...
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Concrete legs for sound-proofing bed

I'm currently living on an apartment where: The noise insulation is quite good, BUT You can 'feel' the steps on the apartment underneath, as , I guess, they vibration gets transmitted through the ...
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Is it OK to have multiple layers of faced insulation on an interior wall for sound deadening?

I'm finishing my basement and adding insulation. I am insulating the ceiling joists between my basement and upstairs living room as well since the room is for a theater. So, it's for acoustic purposes ...
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How to stop plastic panels below windows making popping noises as they warm up

We have plastic panels below our bedroom windows like in the photo. In the summer when the sun rises they make loud popping and cracking noises as they warm up. What can we do to stop or reduce the ...
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Is it beneficial to use Quietrock drywall in addition to Rockwool Sound Insulation?

How much additional noise reduction can I get by combining Rockwool sound insulation with QuietRock drywall? Or does one render the other moot? I'm looking to add some noise reduction to an unfinished ...
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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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Sound dampening a sump pump space

My house has 2 sump pumps that run every minute or so on wet days (and sometimes dry ones). Even with a French drain, there is constant water coming into the sump pits. They are both enclosed with a ...
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Move/replace loud range hood fan with fan on exterior of home

I have a natural gas range and a range hood with a fan that I find to be too loud even on the lowest setting. The wall that the range hood is mounted to is an exterior wall, and I can see an exhaust ...
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Reduce low-frequency noise from nearby rail yard during home renovation and wall (re)construction

Background I live about 350 m from a rail yard. The idling engine are rather noisy. Within my house, only the very low frequencies usually make it through the walls to the living space. I haven't ...
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How can I reduce noise in my water pipes?

I have a 1941 ranch house with two floors (SFH turned into a non-conforming duplex) and the pipes are making a loud banging sound every day and night. (Day is less followed, less heard because I'm not ...
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How can one lessen noise from a drop bar latch?

I live in a historic 18th century American home that has "drop bar latches" as door hardware on the interior doors. Although this is possibly a reproduction of a best guess at the original ...
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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 Silence a Loud PTAC AC Unit?

I moved into an apartment with a loud (and somewhat not so cooling) PTAC in-wall AC unit. Each room has its own, a total of 3. The land lord is super cheap and only replaced the 8+ year old unit in ...
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Is laminated or triple pane Best choice to replace window pane glass?

Our windows (from 2000s) leak air and we can hear street noise in otherwise quiet neighborhood eg car doors, conversations on sidewalk. We use honeycomb cellular shades as dual purpose to also block ...
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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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How can I reduce the propagation of noise inside a home?

How can I reduce the propagation of noise inside a home? I have an apartment that's about 85 m2, with three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus living room and kitchen. If anyone eats cereal in the kitchen, I ...
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How to stop gurgling/gushing sound from a drain hose?

I'm in the process of building an NFT hydroponics system that includes drain hoses connecting the growing channels vertically. They are the black corrugated hoses in the picture below and the noise ...
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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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Home theater acoustic: How to calculate the required volume of a Helmholtz absorber to reduce reverb [closed]

I would like to fight a resonance with a Helmholtz absorber in a room with a volume of 97 cubic meters. I'm building a home theater in a room that's 9.2m long (11 x 3.3 x 3.2). In the beginning I had ...
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Outdoor Ac unit causes home cinema to hum

The design of my new home placed the outdoor ac unit of my ducted system right outside my home theatre. I love my new house but this is really bothering me as it makes the home theatre feel like an ...
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How to reduce ear splitting intercom noise?

My landlord replaced our fancy intercom system to a cheap one, I am guessing because of maintenance. The new one does not have any controls and I am trying to reduce the noise of the buzzing or, if ...
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Tips for avoiding floor impact noise [closed]

We had a 2-story extension built, complies with earthquake code in Oregon. It only has a sub-floor right now but the impact noise from the bedroom to the kitchen downstairs is shocking. The final ...
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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 hollow-...
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Loud brass valve - how to make it quieter?

I have a 0.5hp pond pump, powering my backyard water features. My pump is actually very quiet - quieter than the natural sound of the running water, so you don't notice it. The pump circulates 960 ...
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New floorboards upstairs now sounding drum-like when I walk on it. How do I add sound proofing after gluing the panels in?

In an upstairs bedroom, super squeaky tongue and groove planks were removed, and large panels were put in. I used that expensive tape on the joists, the panels were all cut to fit with tiny gaps by ...