How to isolate street noise from the garden?

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Reducing the road noise when you're in the garden is more or less impossible in this situation. Chalk it up to poor urban planning that this is even a problem to begin with. Huh, maybe "planning" is part of the problem…

Anyway, there's at least hope for blocking the sound for people inside the house. Adding more insulation is virtually guaranteed to help, especially insulation that is more "massive" than fiberglass batts are: things like mineral wool batts or dense-packed cellulose in the stud cavities, and mineral wool boards, or polyiso foam boards outboard of them on the outside.

Making another part of the all (preferably the interior) thicker and more massive helps too, but that's hard with typical crappy stud frame construction. However a version of this could be accomplished by thickening up the drywall, or using denser, 5/8" fire-rated...

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Extraneous sounds penetrate into the apartment a number of ways - through walls, windows, doors, communications pipe. Companies that produce building materials, always responsive to consumer demand and immediately begin to offer solutions to problems. Therefore, in today's market of construction materials a wide range of materials which may absorb or reflect sound.

Instruction how to isolate the apartment from noise

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In order to reduce the passage of sound through the walls, the best solution would be facing skeleton, coated gypsum boards. Furthermore, the plate is placed under the absorbent material. Do not skimp and do not buy a heater instead. So buy one of such materials as mineralovolokonnye plate, cellulose or basalt wool, coconut fiber mats, cork agglomerates, foamed glass. They perfectly reflect the sound, only the thickness of the whole structure should be at least 40-50 mm. It is not a pity, but will lose centimeters of living...

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A wall of thick green trees does more than add color to a garden: It can also partially block out noises from the street or loud neighbors. The smartest choices for a noise barrier are evergreen trees, as their year-round foliage reduces sound even in winter when other trees stand naked. You'll also need to space the trees carefully to maximize their noise-canceling effect.

Plant broad-leaved evergreens -- such as eucalyptus, strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo) or wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) -- in a tightly-spaced row that's at least 100 feet wide. If you can't plant that many broad-leaved evergreens, mix in conifers or even deciduous trees with thick foliage, such as willows (Salix) with weeping branches that act as curtains against noise.

Plant the wall of trees as close to the noise source as possible, so the sound has no room to travel over the tips of the trees. The trees should be closer to the sounds than to the area you're trying to keep quiet.

Leave no...

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Yes it can be helpful, but: street noise is usually a very wideband noise mixture. It includes high, mid-range and sometimes very low frequencies, for example buses or trucks passing by. In the mid and high frequency range, the HOFA Acoustic Curtain works very effectively. For physical reasons it is not possible to achieve an effective insulation in the low end. So it depends on the exact nature of the (street) noise, whether the HOFA Acoustic Curtain is the right approach to improve the acoustics in this case. We would like to talk to you personally on your individual acoustic problem. Feel free to contact us:

akustik@hofa.de or by phone: +49 7251...

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Ana's back with an idea for how to block the noise coming from a busy street. What do you think of her idea and how do you block street noises from invading your home? Tell us in the comments

Homeowners living along a major thoroughfare face problems with noise, and it can be a challenge to maintain a little peace and privacy when the traffic level is booming. The solution? Willow or bamboo screens to act as a sight and sound buffer...

One home in Austin's Delwood neighborhood used dark brown willow fencing, available at garden supply stores, framed by stained wood beams. The staggered screens were installed at an angle to the street to block the house's front windows and entryway. The low-key, organic design blends in well with the neighborhood's mid-century aesthetic and acts as a backdrop for informal landscaping.

A house around the corner, which faces one of the neighborhood's main arteries, used bamboo screens to similar effect.

To do it yourself,...

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Millions of Americans live in apartments or townhomes where they share at least one wall with their neighbors. As people go about their day, their conversations, footsteps, music and children cause noise that may be heard in the apartments or homes next door. The good news is, there are ways to improve the acoustic properties of our homes and keep neighbor noise out.

To understand how noise is traveling from our neighbors' homes to our own, we must first take a look at how sound works. Sound creation starts when an object is set in motion, whether it's our vocal cords, footsteps on the floor, or the speakers in our televisions. When these objects move, they cause vibration, which forces nearby air particles away from the object. These air particles travel in the form of sound waves, continuing until they reach our ears. The inner workings of our ears help translate these waves into sounds we can interpret and understand.

We measure the strength of these sounds in the...

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For many of us, home is where we relax, escape from the outside world, and experience moments of blissful peace. But all too often, our fortresses of solitude are invaded by the sounds of traffic, neighbours, pedestrians, and construction, seeking to disturb us and jolt our minds out of their restfulness.

This may be a symptom of modern life, but that does not mean we have to put up with it. In this article, we will explore how to soundproof your house and restore the zen of a peaceful home.

How does sound insulation work?

To answer this, we must first understand what sound is and how it operates. At its most basic, a sound is the energy produced when something vibrates. This energy travels out from the source in waves, causing the air and any objects they come into contact with to also vibrate with the same frequency.

Unlike light, sound waves travel through most objects with relative ease, which is...

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pre-insulated cars VAZ significantly impairs driving pleasure, as almost does not protect the interior from the outside street noise.We can not say that the factory insulation is absent as such.No, it still is, however, its efficiency is almost zero.

In order to remedy the situation, you can make the most noise isolation cabin.This method is applicable for work in cars of any brand, descended from the conveyor of Togliatti auto giant.

material and tools

Before you start to bring to mind inside the car, you must have at its disposal the following:

- insulating material (you can "vibroplasta"), approximately 14 sheets 0,6h0,9 meters;
- solvent - 1 liter;
- a sharp knife, preferably shoe;
- spatula;
- Building a hairdryer;
- screwdriver.

process itself

The work begins with t

he removal of cladding in the vehicle.From skin relieved roof, doors and covers are present on the sides of the rear seats and rear...

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Dreamstime

Today’s houses can be noisy. Though “paper-thin walls” were once the culprit when it came to noise in the house, today’s houses suffer from a combination of open floor plans, lightweight construction, and a multitude of machines and high-tech audio and

video gear

. Good luck trying to find a little peace and quiet.

In this article, we’ll look at the materials and methods that can help quiet the noisy home.

The Noisy Home Syndrome

In many of today’s homes, we’ve removed walls to create a sense of spaciousness. We’ve filled our kitchens with whiz-bang appliances and our family rooms with surround-sound home theaters. Noise has become a byproduct of our busy lives, and accompanying it we’ve created noise pollution.

Sure, noise pollution isn’t like having lead in your paint or microbes in your water, but it’s not just an irritant. It can mess up our sleep, add to our stress, infringe on our privacy, and generally compromise our...

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If you live next to a busy street, you may be able to reduce the traffic noise with your garden. Keep in mind that some sound experts aren’t proponents of using planting materials to reduce noise. They believe that noise barriers made of masonry, concrete, and wood work better. But what if you do have such a noise barrier but still can’t relax in your backyard? Many experts do agree that trees have the potential to help reduce noise by up to 8 decibels. If you’re like me, you may do anything for any amount of decibel reduction of traffic noise.

The best strategy is to plant a row of tall evergreen trees and then a row of evergreen shrubs. According to Raymond Berendt et al. in Quieting: A Practical Guide to Noise Control, a “single layer of trees is worthless as a noise barrier. Due to inter-reflection, multi-rows of trees are more effective”. They recommend thick rows of evergreen trees with smaller evergreen shrubs and plantings underneath. Also be aware of the height of...

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Used correctly, these gadgets could change your life — you might finally get a reprieve from your snoring spouse, or vice versa; you might finally get your baby to sleep (so you can spend more time with your snoring spouse), or you might finally drown out those unashamedly loud neighbors.

The most basic gadget is the Marpac Sound Screen 980A, which hasn’t changed much since it went on the market in the 1960s. The Sound Screen, a small beige cylinder about the size of a large salad bowl, creates white noise mechanically: it uses an internal fan and has no electronics at all. The device, which costs about $50 on Amazon, has two switches — one for a soft sound, one for a loud one — and air vents that you can adjust to change the pitch of the noise.

It is, in other words, drop-dead easy to use. But that’s true of my White Noise app,...

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Glazing on the windows doesn't have anything significant to do with sound. To deaden sound inside the house, install thick curtains or drapes. The thicker the material the more sound absorbtion is the general rule. Installing both sheers and drapes will also help.

Carpeting helps quit a bit, thick pile, heavy nap with carpet pad. Wall hangings will help break up sound waves bouncing directly back through the room. Furniture covered in cloth or cloth covers is preferable to leather or other smooth material.

Throw pillows and blankets draped on the couch or chairs will held to deaden the sound.

Try and minimize open spaces between rooms this will help break up the travel pattern of sound waves entering the house. The fewer hard surfaces sound can reflect off of, the better off you will be. Soften the environment up as much as you can and you will notice a considerable difference.

Outside the house, installing tall, panel fences, trees and thich shrubs and bushes...

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Hi guys,

We moved into a new house a few months back. I'm thinking about mitigating street noise coming from the relatively busy 2 lane street with a bus stop about 20 feet away from the house. It's an old row house with single pane windows + storm windows and what looks like either original, I doubt, or a very old door. Door sits in a 1-2 feet deep cavity. There is also a single pane small glass window right above the door. For now I'm considering concentrating on the first floor only, where we have a tall window and the front door.

I've been researching it a lot. I think windows issue is a much more straightforward fix, aside from being expansive one of course - www.soundproofwindows.com. Door and the glass above it issue is what I'm not quite sure how to approach.

I was thinking about installing a storm door but am not sure how much improvement that's gonna make. I am also not sure how much of a difference replacing the (front) door gonna make. I'm also...

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