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How to Soundproof a Wall Between Apartments (Without Construction)

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Do you have problems with the noise coming through the walls of your apartment? If that’s the case, then you might be looking into the right direction.

You might be living next to a couple of students who like to party even on work days. Or you just don’t feel comfortable listening to your neighbors’ conversations. Or they might have a washing mashing which is banging on the wall.

All of these, and much more are very unpleasant when it comes to sharing a wall with anyone, and you might have started to think about solutions to this problem.

When I had my first child, we’ve been living next to a family who had a very loud dog. It was barking occasionally, even in the middle of the nights, and it just happened that all of our bedrooms had shared walls with this family.

We were often waking up at night from the noises of loud barking and my child even started to get scared of this sound.

Naturally, we had to find the solution to this problem. We started looking here and there, we tried several different methods. Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t.

So, here are some of the fantastic solutions that helped me solve different soundproofing problems over the years

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CPAP Machine Noise Issues and Noise Reduction Tips

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CPAP machines or Continuous Positive Air Pressure Machines are machines that are used in therapy of sleep apnea.

Patients would wear a face mask that is connected to a pump that provides a natural flow of air into the nasal passages during sleep in order to keep the airway properly opened.

There are a lot of people who suffer from sleep apnea these days but are not diagnosed or do nothing about it. There is much less of those people who actually take some action and use a CPAP machine.

One of the reasons could be that these machines can be very loud and sometimes they don’t just affect you, but your partner or roommate as well.

All of the sucking noises and whistling noises coming from the air in a CPAP machine can be very unpleasant when you want to sleep at night.

Since these machines are meant to help you sleep better, but they are not due to the noise, here are a few tricks that you can use to make them quieter.

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How to Soundproof a Dog Crate and Stop Dog Barking in Kennels

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I have always been a dog person (Well, that is an understatement, seeing as I have five of them at the moment). Usually, I prefer adopting them while they are still puppies so that I have all the time to get attached to them and teach them a couple of tricks.

Dogs are just loveable creatures and most households will own one as a pet at some point or another. However, the one annoying thing, besides cleaning up after them, is the constant whining and barking especially when they are still pups.

With my first two puppies, I had to go through the torture of their barking and whining. It was so bad that I even considered giving them away. The whining was especially terrible at night as I prefer not to bring them to bed with me.

While trying to find a solution to all the noise, I stumbled upon the dog crates. The fact that I could make them soundproof seemed very lucrative and I immediately bought one. I worked on soundproofing it further and I loved the results.

Although you can not make the dog crate 100% soundproof, it certainly helps in reducing the noise levels in your house.

If the barking and whining of your adorable creature get on your nerves, then this article will be of great help to you. Here’s how you can solve your problem.

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Soundproof Flooring Materials: Which are the Best? (STC & IIC Compared)

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Sometimes you just wish that upstairs neighbor of yours isn’t so darn loud!

As if a stampede of elephants has just run through the house! Even the TV sounds as if it’s right there in your room, and you don’t even have one. For all those of you who got seriously tired of all the echoes and loud sounds, I have prepared this guide on best soundproof flooring materials.

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Best Soundproofing Insulation to Reduce Noise at Home

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Have you ever entered a room and felt the kind of serenity that only comes from complete silence and lack of external noises?

If you have, you know how fulfilling the experience can be; and if you have not, think about how many times you have thought to yourself “oh, would the neighbor’s dog just stop barking!”, or been worried about the upcoming party you were about to throw.

Living in your home can be much more comfortable with proper soundproofing. Whether you are an engineer planning your next building project or just someone who wants to improve their own living environment there’s a soundproof system available. And for all of you DIY enthusiasts, most of the products aren’t that difficult to put up.

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What Are Some of the Best Sound Deadening Materials?

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You are probably already familiar with the concepts of soundproofing and sound absorbing, but what do you know about sound deadening? Or sound dampening?

As a matter of fact, both sound deadening and sound dampening refer, in most cases, to the same thing. Frankly, not a lot of people know what these are. Do you?

I know that my husband does. Since he cares for his car so much, he must be well informed about soundproofing as well as sound deadening.

And why is that? Well, it is because sound deadening is used to prevent vibrations, rattles, and any dissipation of a noise. This especially refers to the cars but it may be applied to other things, too.

Therefore, it could be said that sound deadening presents a process of reducing rattles, road noises, engine clutter, and vibrations, for example, inside a car.

With this in mind, the materials for sound deadening are massive and dense, which makes a sound dissipate and reduce its energy.

Depending on the location of the noise you are trying to block, there are various and different solutions which you could apply.

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Bathtub Drain Gurgles when Toilet is Flushed: Noise Removal Guide

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A co-worker of mine recently approached me complaining about a noise problem in her bathroom. Apparently, her bathtub drain makes a very annoying gurgling noise every time she flushes the toilet.

My co-worker came to the right person, but as knowledgeable as I am when it comes to fixing noise problems similar to this one, I wasn’t so sure what the cause of this problem might be and how she can fix it.

I had never come across this exact type of problem before. To my surprise, once I’d done some research, I realized the problems and solutions are similar to when your sink gurgles.

I wanted to share this knowledge with you and help you overcome this problem easily and without too much unnecessary work or money-spending.

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Sink Gurgles When Toilet Flushes: Noise Removal Guide

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Anyone who’s ever had a problem with gurgling drains will tell you to try and fix them right away and there is a very good reason behind that.

It’s very important that you know that gurgling drains can be a strong indicator of a larger plumbing problem, which is why you should investigate your plumbing system and solve this as soon as possible.

Whether you’re having trouble with the gurgling noise from your bathtub drain, toilet, or sink, don’t let it continue for too long, because there are practical solutions for all of these problems.

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How to Reduce Airplane Noise in Home

How to Reduce Airplane Noise in Home

I enjoy living in the suburbs. Besides more space, privacy and a peaceful life I can build with my family, privileges of living in the city center are still available and just a car ride from my home.

However, living in suburbs has its downsides too. It’s well familiar that “less crowded space” is not only good for families, but also for the aircraft industry and their tendency to position airports in open-space locations.

This directly affects all homeowners living near the flight path due to their exposure to the airplane noise, which was proven to be connected with series of health problems, including sleep disturbance, hearing impairment and heart disease.

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Train Noise Reduction: 4 Ways to Block Railway Noise at Home

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You finally managed to find that house or apartment you were looking for, being perfect in any sense.

You and your family moved in and everything was just as you imagined. But then it happened – the truth hit you.

Although you had been informed about a train noise, you took it for granted, assuming that it wouldn’t be that much of a problem. Yes, you have a great home now, and yes, the horns and whistles of a train are unbearable.

Although the noise pollution can be a more significant trouble in an urban area, it is always a problem how to deal with the train noise at home when you live near a railroad track, whether in a suburban area or a center of a city.

Noises such as train horn and whistle, although sounded with purpose, could be reduced by certain soundproofing methods to achieve both short-term and permanent solution.

Those who are looking for a noise reduction solution should be aware that it might be needed to employ more than one method if the disquieting noise is immensely loud.

Having in mind all these facts and inconveniences, should you consider selling your dream house and giving up on your home? But why would you do that when you could use some of the following soundproofing solutions and still enjoy your home?

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