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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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Gym Noise Reduction: Echos, Soundproofing and Quiet Weight Lifting Tips

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Regular exercising matters a lot. It’s an excellent stress reliever and a perfect way to stay in a good shape. However, even in while working out, we cannot escape the noise.

Whether it’s a home gym or a huge sports centre where we exercise, there are lots of sounds. Loud music, a noise coming from the machines, sounds coming from people exercising, you name it.

As you know, I always do my best to come up with various tips on soundproofing our surroundings, so I did some research on this subject as well.

So, let’s find out where does the noise come from and what are the best ways to manage gym noise reduction.

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Car Undercoating Soundproofing: Does It Reduce Noise?

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Each one of us spends a significant part of the day in our vehicle. Normally we try to exclude all the noise that comes along, but there are days when it’s simply more nerve-wracking than usual. We try to think of as many ways as possible to deal with it without spending a fortune.

Have you heard of car undercoating? Some people swear that it’s the best thing to fix the unwanted sounds issue. Let’s see what it is and how does it work. Perhaps this could be a solution to your problems.

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How to Fix Squeaky Hardwood Floors (From Above & Below)

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If you live in an older house, you’ll probably come across the problem of a squeaky floor.

Sure, vintage houses are unique and, in a way, charming, but problems like this make it difficult to enjoy the time you spend in them. You don’t want to feel like you’re living in a haunted house.

My friend used to put up with her squeaky floors for years just because she had no idea that it’s incredibly easy to solve this and that she can do it all on her own. She thought that she would need to hire a professional and spend tons of money just because she was not well informed.

Luckily, I am here to show you how to fix your squeaky hardwood floor and let you know that it’s rather easy. In fact, there is a number of different ways to fix your floors and you don’t even have to be a professional to do it.

You won’t need to spend a lot of money and time – the entire fixing process usually doesn’t last longer than ten minutes.

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Noise Blocking Window Film: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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Noise is an inevitable part of our lives. It’s everywhere around us. That’s why we try to think of as many solutions as possible to control the sound level in our homes.

If you have been with me reading my various tips on soundproofing, you have seen that practically every part of your house can be treated for soundproofing. Doors, windows, machines etc, whatever comes to your mind, you can make it sound more silent.

Here I shall tell you more about noise blocking window film. You will find out what it is and how it works. Moreover, I have found some interesting scientific discoveries on this subject to share with you.

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Noise Cancelling System for Home: How to “Build” One Easily

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Making your home a quiet place can sometimes be a tricky job. There is no such thing as a magic wand that will make your home all of a sudden a better place to live.

You will need to make some measures of soundproofing before being able to finally enjoy your silence.

I’ve been asked a lot is there any kind of noise cancelling system for home, or noise protection that can definitely work. The answer is: there is!

Of course, as implementing any other system, you will need to make some layers of protection all over your home.

When I started building my soundproofing system for home, we were short on budget and needed to act quickly. Our baby couldn’t sleep because of a traffic noise and the neighbors all around the house.

So, we did some soundproofing but it wasn’t enough. We’ve covered windows and doors, but walls were still a wick point.

Therefore, if you intend to build the system that will completely work out, you will need to cover every single point of your home. From windows, ceiling, walls, doors, to even floor.

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How to Quiet a Sump Pump: 3 Noise Reduction Steps

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I love my basement. It’s so convenient and allows me to store all sorts of useless junk that my husband and kids want to keep around for no good reason. From old toys to keepsakes that no sane person would hoard, it’s a blessing in disguise to be able to placate them by dumping all the unnecessary garbage in there.

However, there is a problem with it, in the form of some flooding, when the rain gets too intense. It’s because our home is on low land, which anyone with homes or even driveways on such land knows is a risk.

Luckily, we have the sump basin and sump pump that carries any excess water through some piping, away from the basement. This way, we avoid any damage that flooding might cause.

However, a sump pump can be loud and that is why we’ll be discussing some possible reasons for that and what kind of noise they could produce. We’ll also go into how to deal with them precisely.

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Sound Isolation Clips vs Resilient Channel (For Noise Reduction)

Sound Isolation Clips vs Resilient Channel

Make no mistake, these solutions are but one amongst many in the sea of soundproofing via decoupling methods. However, as they tend to be the most used and prominent, I figure it’s best to discuss them and how you might make a decision on what works better for you.

Discussions on how best to do this kind of soundproofing often come up relating to the home. I know I’ve experienced my fair share of issues with something that looked good and I wanted in my home due to that.

I’ve also had personal experience having to choose between these, as my parents wanted to install a partition in their games’ room. Of course, they came to me, and that is when I learned just how confusing and difficult picking between these can be.

That’s why I am going to do try my best to simplify it all and, alongside explanations, give you a succinct overview of what is better in which category and what you should ultimately choose.

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Where to Place Acoustic Panels For Best Sound Effect

How To Make a Soundproof Booth in Your Home

It’s enough of a challenge to figure out where you lie in the spectrum of people who need acoustic treatments or soundproofing and similar dilemmas. As discussed before, it can be a bit of a fine line to walk.

I know, for us, it wasn’t exactly an easy feat, when we set it up in our home’s theater room. It’s always a struggle to decide what you need and how to achieve it best. It doesn’t help when you consider that a wrong investment can cost a lot if you make mistakes.

Obviously, it’s not that hard or costly to purchase some acoustic panels, but it can add up if you end up going in without a solid plan. Costs do add up if you need to buy multiples of even the best deal.

That’s why the goal here today is to make sure you:

-End up able to form a clear and concise plan of action
-Know what to aim for in terms of material and coverage
-Don’t end up wasting money

One word of warning: there is no ideal solution that can magically solve all your acoustic problems. In all honesty, the science of acoustics often relies on a person’s feel of it all and their opinion on how things ought to be, more than it relies on something precisely and coldly based on math alone.

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Soundproofing Ceiling Speakers: Easy Noise Reduction Techniques

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Aren’t home theaters just the best?

Although not all of us can afford them, there is no denying the fact that the movie-watching experience in a home theater if far more superior to watching movies on your laptop or TV. The sound, the video quality, the size of the screen, everything is better.

Now, when it comes to sound, you know how important it is to have quality speakers. However, these speakers are quite massive and they have loads and loads of cables, and sometimes that just negatively affects the look of the room.

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