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How can I soften the clicking sound of a light switch

Not really. Your option is pretty much replace the switch with a quieter one. Switches are $2 to $5. Since SE archives questions, I'll mention that some switches are loud because they are special ...
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How do i stop office chair sound when leaning back?

I've used Lock Ease for this exact issue. Lock Ease is an amazing product. It's dry graphite, with an alcohol (I think) based carrier fluid packaged in an aerosol can. The carrier fluid help gets the ...
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Best setup for 5.1 speakers in room

Yes there are guidelines for how to place the speakers. E.g. here is a Dolby 5.1 placement guide. But the short answer is A, B, C, F, and E in your diagram, if you have to pick from those exact spots. ...
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grandfather clock annoying neighbour

If you like the clock chiming but want to dampen the sound adding a piece of foam tape to the end of each of the chime rods or adjust the hammer throw so they don't strike as hard. I have a ...
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Help soundproofing already built room

I've attempted to build a reasonably soundproof music room in my basement and can tell you it is a tall order. I built a room when finishing my basement using double drywall with Green Glue, a ...
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Pictures Covering Home Theater Speakers

Googling "acoustically transparent fabric" returns a variety of companies that provide materials that advertise the characteristics you require. For example: https://fabricmate.com/fabric/acoustic-...
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Beeping/chirping sound (one soft, one loud) each minute in ceiling just above wired smoke alarm that is not the smoke alarm itself

Walking around a house trying to figure out where a faint beep is coming from can be frustrating. If you have done this, and you have successfully determined that it's coming from behind a drywall ...
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Squeaky sounds from our GE dryer. Is this the dryer belt failing?

Belt and/or rollers (that support the drum as it rotates). Commonly available as a kit of both, often for barely more money than either alone, and the major pain is getting in there to replace them, ...
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My toilet sounds like an angry goose

Turned out to be the fill valve. Once I replaced it, everything quieted down.
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Something is beeping in my house intermittently. It is not the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors!

A once per hour beep sounds a lot like a low battery indicator -- what else do you have running on batteries around the house? Some things to check: Internet/Phone - specifically in my area, Verizon ...
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Clicking noise in wall, every 23 seconds

Typically a main stack vent that is rubbing against a structural stud, sill plate, or drywall. I have fixed this ticking/clicking noise in two houses by cutting out the offending piece of 3/4" ...
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What is the best wire (material, construction and gauge) for a 30 meter wire telephone?

You want very stiff taut wire. Otherwise you will have to pull it VERY tight to pull it to the limits of its springiness so the sound won't get dampened by that spring action. Also preferably ...
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How can I muffle a speaker on a small TV?

Get a small piece of foam padding (the stuff they use for chair cushions would work great) and tape that over the speaker. You'll probably have to turn the volume up some.
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How can I muffle a speaker on a small TV?

An alternative to duct taping a towel over your monitor speaker would be to: Get a used A/V receiver at a thrift shop that has HDMI in/out. Go >HDMI from Apple TV and Blue Ray >into the A/V unit ...
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Squeaky sounds from our GE dryer. Is this the dryer belt failing?

If the GE dryer hasn't been used for a while, that could be a factor. But quite a few times when faced with a squeaky dryer, my experience has been: cold room bearing "dry" (many dryers ...
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How to silence creaking / moaning floor boards

First thing I'd try is screw the floor down tighter. Use a stud finder to locate the joists, then drive a couple screws (2" should do it) down into the joists. If that doesn't fix it, try to work ...
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Constant high pitched sound within first floor bathroom wall, can't figure it out

I heard the sound recording. I could be wrong, but it does not sound like animals. To me, it sounds like an oscillating appliance, e.g. a radon fan, which presumably would be shared by both houses in ...
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Squeaky sounds from our GE dryer. Is this the dryer belt failing?

The squeaking noise is most likely the rear bearing of the drum or the front drum support. I just replaced both for a GE dryer which had been making a grinding noise. When I inspected the inside there ...
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What could be the source of a tapping type sound coming from my upstairs air ducts?

I don’t insulate interior ductwork either. But I think what you are hearing is the expansion and contraction of the metal ductwork. The noise can go on for quite a while when heating and then again ...
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Ticking/tapping sound

There is an insect called a deathwatch beetle. It makes a ticking / tapping sound to attract a mate. Follow this link to the Wikipedia page that includes a recording of the sound.
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How can I disable the air conditioner beeper?

[Attention, do not try this w/o a electronics technician that can give you warranties that your air conditioner will not be damaged! You have been warned!] A few months later... I talked to a friend ...
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What is this noise in my water pipes?

It might be your water heater relief valve discharging when the line pressure gets too high. It's there to relieve pressure in the tank if the water gets too hot, but will also act on high pressure. ...
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My toilet sounds like an angry goose

It sounds like the flapper might not be sealing initially. As it fills, the water pushes on it and completes the seal. It's probably slightly warped on one side (given the light-pink color, this ...
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Brand new AC unit makes whooshing sound and air "chokes"

I would verify the screw that connects the blower to the blower motor is tight, I have seen where a loose fan (squirrel cage) slipping has caused this exact issue. I don’t have time to look it up ...
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Condo Sound Insulation, Warranty

The Code says you are to, “have a STC rating of not less than 50 (45 If field tested) for air borne noise” in walls between dwelling units. (See ICC Section 1207.2) Also, any “penetrations for piping,...
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Condo Sound Insulation, Warranty

Ask the developer to provide the "sound transmission class" rating that was specified ( and guaranteed if it was ) and how that was implemented. I.E. what products or building techniques ...
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Clicking noise in wall, every 23 seconds

If your house is behind a smart electric meter, you may be hearing FSK -- frequency shift keying -- data packets superimposed on the 60HZ AC power. The data rate is low, usually 2400 baud, but that ...
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Clicking noise in wall, every 23 seconds

Consistent timing (23 seconds) seems to rule out expansion / contraction issues in my opinion. The fact that it briefly changed the time interval makes me think it's some sort of thermostat device, ...
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How to diagnose and fix apartment AC that makes intermittent whooshing noise

I had this issue with my indoor wall mount unit, after it had been serviced/cleaned. After inspecting it myself, I found out the cleaning technician, did not click the cover back into place properly (...
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How to diagnose and fix apartment AC that makes intermittent whooshing noise

My air con (Samsung split system) was making a whooshing sound for the past 12 mths and getting worse. I thought I was pretty good and regular at cleaning my filters but have discovered I'm not as ...
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