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Ask Slashdot: Cost Effective Way To Soundproof My Home? 388

An anonymous reader writes: As more and more people live closer together in tightly packed subdivisions, the mental stress of noise becomes a serious issue. Noise nuisance complaints are on the rise, litigation increasing. We try to tune it out, yet the stress it causes is still present, and there's seemingly no way around it." Six months ago a new neighbor moved in next door who has two dogs, one of which barks incessantly with a high pitched yip that is driving my wife crazy and making it difficult for me to read or work on the computer. I've already talked to my neighbor and he will bring the dog inside but three days later it starts again. What is a cost effective technical solution to knock 10 or 20 dB off the exterior noise? soundproof windows, an interior acoustic blanket,a sound blocking fence, a sound absorbing fence, planting foliage or noise cancelling headphones, or something else. I'm sure I'm not the first slashdotter to have this problem. What has worked for you?
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  • neighbor (Score:5, Funny)

    by greenfruitsalad ( 2008354 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:30PM (#51105315)

    what worked for me was getting rid of THAT neighbor.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      (i submitted that without finishing) i simply created an incessant flow of legal documents from local council, police, neighbors, etc. in the end, the visits from annoyed policemen and council workers became unbearable and he moved. i managed to turn the whole neighborhood against him. now we have a new arsehole in his place but this one is just messy.

      • Seems a bit extreme and you are probably lucky that things didn't backfire and the neighbors and everybody turned against you and you were the one forced out.

        • Re:neighbor (Score:5, Informative)

          by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @02:10PM (#51105919)

          That kinda happened to us. Another typical story about the stupid neighbor with incessantly-barking dog; we called the police over and over (after trying to deal with them personally), a cop came out one day, found the dog barking, waited around 10 minutes, dog was still barking, so he issued a criminal citation. The key here is that dog-barking was a crime in the city I lived in, according to local statute. So he had to go to court and tried to defend himself; he even brought in his next-door neighbors to support him. He drew up a diagram showing how all our neighbors have dogs and we're the weirdos, but of course the prosecuting attorney simple stated the law, showed he was in violation, and he was found guilty.

          "We all don't like you" doesn't mean squat when you're in violation of the law and the police are willing to testify against you and the city is willing to prosecute you. He ended up getting slapped with a fine and having to use a bark collar. The fine was a few hundred dollars I think, not huge, but if he got caught again leaving his dog outside for hours on end barking its head off, the penalty of course would have been much worse. This really shut up the neighbors for a while (both him, and his next-door buddy who also had a noisy dog).

          We eventually did move out, but for other reasons. My advice here: before you buy a house, check out the neighborhood thoroughly and make sure there's no noise issues like that around. Also check out the local ordinances to see what legal power you have in case it becomes a problem. Personally, I've gotten to the point where I think it's pointless to buy a house at all unless you're ready to retire and/or are going to have a lot of land around you. Renting is better: you can move out pretty quickly, and given the way the job market is for engineering, I end up moving every couple of years anyway.

          • When you buy a house, you buy the neighborhood. It's a little like getting married where you also get the spouse, family and kids from the previous marriage(s), not to mention the emotional baggage from the previous marriage(s).
        • it's called despair. imagine not having a good night's sleep for a month or two.

      • Maybe the OP should move.
    • Only for the next person to move in with a bigger dog. Getting rid of the neighbour is not the solution if the neighbour is doing nothing wrong, especially since it can itself land you in trouble.

      How about picking your house based on what you want? Find an apartment complex that bans animals. Move into a house. Move out of the city away from the noise.

      What you have here is a lifestyle choice.

      • Where I live we've had several upstairs neighbors. Some cool, some we worried we would have to carry out a dead body. But alas we have cool neighbors again and it's all good in the hood.
      • Re:neighbor (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Aighearach ( 97333 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @02:03PM (#51105889) Homepage

        Getting rid of the neighbour is not the solution if the neighbour is doing nothing wrong.

        And the corollary, of course: Getting rid of the neighbor is a great solution if they are doing something wrong, like chronically violating the law in a way that prevents you from the peaceful enjoying your premises. "Peaceful enjoyment of the premises" is a legal right in my State that applies to all residences, both homeowners and renters have that right. If the properties have the same owner, you can actually force the landlord to get rid of them.

        Lifestyle choice isn't only something you have on the run. Many people desire to make a lifestyle choice when they select the home. Moving when people break the law in a way that impacts your property is not a sustainable, scalable solution the way that making the person breaking the law move is.

        • Getting rid of the neighbour is not the solution if the neighbour is doing nothing wrong.
          And the corollary, of course: Getting rid of the neighbor is a great solution if they are doing something wrong

          Mr. Converse: Hello kids, I'm Mr. Converse. I'm a misleading fallacy of logic. You may have seen me before, while you were taunting your best friend for being fat. While it is true that if you eat like a snooty porker you will become fat, it is not logically true that if you are fat you had necessarily eaten li

          • Ms. Inverse: Hello you little kids, I'm Ms. Inverse. I put the word "not" in front of both halves of a logical statement, to come up with something that looks right but isn't true. Let me give you an example... White people are good, therefore black people are bad. Isn't that easy?

            Well, it is easy, but you still failed at it. Putting "not" in front of both halves of the logical statement "white people are good" would result in "not white people are not good" which, adjusted for proper grammar, would read as "people who are not white are not good", black people are only a subset of "people who are not white" and bad people are only a subset of "people who are not good", so even if your original statement had been correct (which I don't believe it to be), your corollary was improperly

            • :D
              First, that was a joke.
              Then, Ms. Inverse's logic is supposed to be flawed anyway, just like Mr. converse's. You cannot talk about corollary in those cases, because the propositions are independent from one another. The GP (hi! we know each other from another post :D) wrote the term corollary when he was actually talking about the inverse.
              Finally, black people are a subset of "people who are not white", but I have a hard time finding "people who are not good who are not bad" to show that bad people are on

      • Re:neighbor (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @02:20PM (#51105977)

        If the next person has a bigger dog and the city laws prohibit barking dogs, then you call the police and let the city deal with it again.

        How would you "land in trouble" for using the legal system the way it's meant to be?

        Moving into a house doesn't work: all my dog-barking experiences have been in houses, not apartments. Why should I move out of the city? In my experience, people in the country are even worse. You'd have to move somewhere where you can afford tens of acres around you, which is unrealistic. Why shouldn't I expect people to obey the laws of the city they're in? Why do you dumbass dog owners all think that laws shouldn't apply to you?

        • Why should I move out of the city? In my experience, people in the country are even worse.

          I live out in the country and what really grinds my gears is when someone from the city moves into the country and starts calling the cops about every little thing trying to control everything their neighbors do.

          I'm surrounded by neighbors with barking dogs and the sound of gunshots. I've never been a big fan of the wanna-be dictators that live in cities so it actually brings pleasure to my ears to hear the report of liberty ringing through the woods and my fellow freedom loving country dwellers don't mind

      • Only for the next person to move in with a bigger dog.

        Doesn't necessarily mean a bigger / louder problem.

        When I was young we had two German Shepherds who stayed outside in the back yard most of the time (we lived in Virginia Beach) and were normally pretty quite, unless something was wrong. Once, they *really* startled a guy who climbed over our six-foot privacy fence to retrieve a Frisbee, then vaulted over it w/o it when they started barking and running toward him. Two minutes later, there's a knock on the door by a very embarrassed guy asking for his d

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:58PM (#51105501)

      Aside from the real estate market still being quite soft around the country, moving every time there's too much noise just isn't practical. It's expensive to move even with just getting help paid by pizza and beer.

      And the thing is, no matter where you are, you have to deal with leaf blowers and other lawn equipment, motorcycles, people who insist on having car stereos that can be heard a mile away, people who have those loud pickup trucks and of course the dogs that were mentioned.

      We live in a narcissistic obnoxious society that has no consideration for others.

      • And the thing is, no matter where you are, you have to deal with leaf blowers and other lawn equipment, motorcycles, people who insist on having car stereos that can be heard a mile away, people who have those loud pickup trucks and of course the dogs that were mentioned.

        We live in a narcissistic obnoxious society that has no consideration for others.

        Do you live in Phoenix by chance? This sounds exactly like my experience in Phoenix. What really fixed things was moving the hell out of the southwest, and t

    • Re:neighbor (Score:4, Funny)

      by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @03:55PM (#51106417) Homepage

      With a sound proofed house, "getting rid of the neighbor" is even easier.

  • by clifwlkr ( 614327 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:31PM (#51105319)
    If it is for an annoying dog, just get one of the anti bark devices that look like a bird house first. There are several with good reviews on Amazon. They don't work on all dogs, but there often is success with them. It is worth a shot since they are only like 50 bucks, and soundproofing your home is going to cost a lot more.

    Otherwise what I have found the most effective is outside vegetation around your property border. Gives you privacy from both sight and sound. Also pretty....
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      Both Smith & Wesson and Glock make excellent anti-bark devices.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by KGIII ( 973947 )

        Someone beat me to it. I was going to suggest .22 LR, there are cheap sub-sonics and ways to further reduce the sound. Not for the dog, the dog is innocent. It's the human that's leaving the dog outside and barking. Chain me up and leave me outside and I'm going to be a bit more of a problem than a dog barking.

        • by freeze128 ( 544774 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @02:04PM (#51105891)
          If the submitter takes your advice, there will soon be a follow up question "How do I soundproof my prison cell?"
        • by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <barbarahudsononline@ g m a i l .com> on Saturday December 12, 2015 @02:16PM (#51105959) Journal
          Simpler solution - offer to,take the dog for a walk. It's bored and lonely, it's going to bark. You may even get to like the little yipper once he stops.
          • Depending on the size of the dog, it would be more fun to have a cat big enough to eat it.
            Honestly, I don't like dogs ... and I don't like going for warks, either. Especially not when I'm actually doing something where the barking disturbs and annoys me! The owner would need to be an ectraordinary attractive and simultaniously very promising woman, to with her dog and her on a walk with a dog.
            But nice unconventional idea :) to approach such a problem.

          • Take the responsibility of owning a dog away from the dog owner? No thanks.

          • by xlsior ( 524145 )
            Simpler solution - offer to,take the dog for a walk. It's bored and lonely, it's going to bark. You may even get to like the little yipper once he stops.

            I doubt many people would willing hand their dog over "for a walk" to the neighbor who "always complains" about their precious dog and who "obviously" hates its presence and/or continued existence.
    • by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:38PM (#51105361) Journal

      Better yet if your neighbor is an asshole who is abusing his dog by not feeding him and keeping him outside then call police and society for the prevention of cruelty to animals

    • Presumably they use ultrasonics, that's not going to work very well through a wall.

      Unless you want to point an ultrasonic speaker at his window I don't see a way to avoid massive attenuation.

  • by QuietLagoon ( 813062 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:32PM (#51105321)
    Your main strategy should be to reduce the sound by as much as possible as close to the source as possible.

    .
    As you get closer to your ears, the sound reduction becomes less selective and you wind up reducing the level of sounds that you want to hear..

  • by Dzimas ( 547818 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:33PM (#51105335)

    Document the noise and contact your local bylaw officers. Present them with a clear explanation of what's happening. Video will help. In most jurisdictions, there are restrictions on outside noise that lasts longer than a certain duration and that occurs after a certain cutoff time at night.

    This is not a problem you should attempt to resolve by wrapping your house in 3 feet of bubble wrap and duct tape.

    • by Stripe7 ( 571267 )
      I agree, record the critter, log the time and duration. Check with local ordinances. If nothing else set up a automated recording/logging system. You do not want to injure the dog nor get into who is the bigger neighborhood nuisance competition with the neighbor, both of which would put you in legal hot water. If the police (non-emergency call) can not do anything about it, You might seek a lawyer and see if you can seek some sort of compensation for the lost peace of mind.
    • In our area it is 5 minutes of continuous barking in any 15 minute period max. Call your local animal control, get a video or audio recording.

      There are two warning visits before a modest fine.

      Expect to piss off your neighbors, but the alternatives are much more expensive.

  • by slacka ( 713188 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:36PM (#51105351)

    We created a few "quite spaces" in our loud office with Acoustic Soundproofing panels. You cover the doors, walls, and ceiling, and nothing gets in or out. They worked wonders.

    www.amazon.com/Mybecca-12-Pack-Acoustic-Soundproofing/dp/B00TP7C9YY/

    • by macraig ( 621737 )

      Those wouldn't work for us, where the noise is external and structural and VERY low frequency. Following your lead I poked around a bit and found these, which seem like they might serve the purpose much better. Might....

      http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate... [amazon.com]

  • by U2xhc2hkb3QgU3Vja3M ( 4212163 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:37PM (#51105357)

    The Bose QC25 are the best ones available right now.

    • Two problems:

      1. "No highs, no lows, must be BOSE."

      2. Noise-cancelling headphones generally do not work well for vocal ranges; they work well for constant noise as others have pointed out; generally lower-frequency and/or constant sounds like ICE and turbine engines, road noise, HVAC, and so forth. It actually has the reverse effect on vocal ranges which are intermittent sounds; when the background sound is removed conversational and animal vocalizations become more noticeable. A better solution is sealed

      • 1. "No highs, no lows, must be BOSE."

        Right, meanwhile the warmer and more purple sound coming through the Monster cables makes the music taste more like bananas and less like bat poop.

        The reality is the vast majority of people simply cannot hear the stuff that audiophiles claim to be able to hear. An oscilloscope can't either, apparently.

        Which means in a blind listen I'd bet most people will never be able to tell highs/lows/Bose thing.

        If you're someplace where you want noise cancelling headphones, you're p

        • So I suppose you hear no difference between radio trash full-range speakers and Klipsch reference series or palladium series speakers?

          If you can't hear the difference, I truly feel sorry for you because you really are missing out.

  • by unimacs ( 597299 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:41PM (#51105383)
    New doors, windows, and most importantly improve the insulation in your walls and attic, - also air seal. Insulation can be "dense packed" into walls without opening them up.

    Not only does it make your home quieter, it makes it more energy efficient. It may not eliminate all outside noise, but at least bring it down to a less distracting level.
    • by pepty ( 1976012 )
      For noise like that it's better to just move. Replacing all the windows with ones that have a high STC rating isn't cheap, and then you you are still deafened if you want to open a window or do something outside.
  • by i.r.id10t ( 595143 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:45PM (#51105421)

    My house has 2x6 exterior walls, with insulation in them. My interior walls are 2x4, but are also insulated. Outside noise is so reduced, when there is an accident on the super sharp corner we live on, we don't hear it - hte neighbors 100 yards further away do and they are the ones that call the cops/ambulance. We notice when we see the flashing lights outside...

  • Acoustimat (Score:4, Informative)

    by dohmp ( 13306 ) <dohmp.yahoo@com> on Saturday December 12, 2015 @12:48PM (#51105433)
    See http://www.maxxon.com/ [maxxon.com] I have used their Acoustimat product in the past to make my bedroom substantially quieter, and it worked fantastically. It's, unfortunately, somewhat expensive, but it is at least effective.
    • by Dahamma ( 304068 )

      That sounds really useful for a multi-story building, but not really not so much for the submitter since the dog isn't in his basement :)

      For a dog next door, double paned (or even better, laminated) windows and acoustic insulation/etc in the outer walls would probably be a much more effective first step.

  • This time with the police or a dog catcher in tow.

    Of course there are other ways you could fuck with them. Feed FiFi the dog some ex-lax. Explosive diarrhea will result. You could also experiment with narcoleptics and benzos too. Maybe even some Prozac for the pooch.
    • Of course there are other ways you could fuck with them. Feed FiFi the dog some ex-lax. Explosive diarrhea will result. You could also experiment with narcoleptics and benzos too. Maybe even some Prozac for the pooch.

      All of which stands a pretty decent chance of you having the police show up at your door.

      Pretty sure if you go around poisoning your neighbor's dog you'll find that is frowned upon.

  • Did it to my house. (Score:5, Informative)

    by headhot ( 137860 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @01:01PM (#51105519) Homepage

    It's all about physical isolation, and mass.

    1. Stagger your studs on shared walls. This will mean that the sound hitting his wall and your wall won't pass through the shared studs.
    2. Sound isolating drywall. It's not that much more expensive than regular drywall. Its heavier and has a membrane sandwiched in between: http://www.quietrock.com/ [quietrock.com]
    3. Hat Channels and clips. The clips get screwed to the studs and the hat channel sits on the clips. The channel sits on the clips, and the drywall is screwed to the channel. This means sounds hitting the wall will not transfer to the studs (and vice versa)
    http://www.soundproofingcompan... [soundproofingcompany.com]
    4. Wrap your electrical boxes for outlets and switches with quiet putty, seal up and joits where air can move with acoustic sealant. Anyplace air can move, sound will leak through.
    http://www.soundproofingcompan... [soundproofingcompany.com]
    5. Fill the walls with insulation. The more mass you can cram in there, and the more airflow you can stop the better.. regular R-21 will work.
    6. Double up your flooring. Put acoustic sealant between the layers. Get a mass loaded under rug foam pad.
    http://www.soundproofingcompan... [soundproofingcompany.com]

    I did this all to my TV room, cost about $600. I can crank it up in there, and it can't be heard in the rest of the house.. Its on the second floor above the kids room

  • For an apartment you are somewhat limited. Wall hangings made of heavy fabric are helpful. You can add inexpensive moving blankets behind the decorative layer to aid in sound control.

    For your own house added insulation is really effective. Insulate the exterior walls, blown in is pretty effective.

    If you really need quiet ripping out the interior walls and putting in isolation walls with fiberglass or cotton batting will be much much more effective, both as insulation and soundproofing. You only need to

  • When I worked at the AV dept at our local community college back in 1979 the resident engineer sound proofed a recording room by glueing shag carpet to the walls. I was surprisingly effective.

  • ...about soundproofing, not poisoning dogs, I believe it was.

    Nobody's mentioned that soundproofing and heatproofing are largely the same thing. If your walls are well-insulated, your primary entrance for sound is through the windows. The questioner didn't mention his climate, but if he doesn't have double-pane glass, that's your major problem there. And you're probably cheaper to go to triple-pane or just two sets of double-pane before you start coating all the rest of the walls with another layer of acou

  • by silas_moeckel ( 234313 ) <silas@NosPAM.dsminc-corp.com> on Saturday December 12, 2015 @01:10PM (#51105587) Homepage

    To an actually nice neighborhood where the setbacks and minimum building lots are sufficient.

    Anti Barking electronics work.

    From the sounds of your area do you have a HOA to abuse and thus abuse him, those fun things like 3 people show up to elections so get 2 neighbors and vote yourself in.

    Check the laws abuse him with those, if you can't abuse him while staying within the laws. I suggest ICP blasting as max legal decibels as early/late as possible. Put a sign on speakers that it's dog barking abatement. Another good one is enough security lights to make sure it's daylight coming through his windows sporadically 24/7 you obviously live far to close to your neighbors thus making thus effective.

    Fake it get a lawyer to threaten to sue for the lose of use/value of your home, the cost of soundproofing etc etc. I am not saying it will stick just that many view the threat very seriously.

    Do not use a gun were a nation of insane anti gun laws, often crossbows and other non firearms are just as effective and remember in many places an animal in your yard is fair game to kill check with a lawyer first obviously.

    If you can get away with it kidnap the dog bring it to a distant no kill shelter after checking and removing any microchips. Probably a better life that living with these tools.

    Realize that in everything but moving your going to have to deal with a pissed of neighbor for at least awhile. Suggest a good full coverage CCTV spread to capture any repercussions. I do firmly suggest moving to someplace that has reasonable zoning not these built on top of each other to make the developer happy places.

  • Get a dog silencer (Score:5, Informative)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @01:11PM (#51105593) Journal
    There is a device that detects barking of dogs and sends a high pitched sound beam only dogs can hear towards them. The dogs hear a screeching sound. They very quickly learn not to bark.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      My initial use of a battery powered (four D cells) dog silencer had limited success despite placement beneath an eve within 20-30 feet from a neighboring large attack dog in a neighborhood with small lots and small tightly spaced homes. Later I tried a high powered a dog silencer powered by a 110V outlet under my back patio in a neighborhood with 1/2 acre lots and it worked instant wonders on two large loud dogs nearly 100' away.

  • If these kinds of things bother you, the next neighbor will just as much as the current one.

    I can't stand that kind of living (grew up that way). The other morning my big noise complaint was a moose bugling from across my field, but that's pretty rare. Once in a while a helicopter goes over or a logging truck rolls by, but compared with barking dogs and hourly sirens, there's no contest.

    First be happy, then get rich.

  • It's not the fault of the dog. It can't express it's desires in any other way. The owner hasn't trained it properly so it is just doing what it's natural instincts are telling it to do. To poison the dog is completely unfair to the dog as it hasn't done anything wrong. The fault is entirely with the owner. If they trained the dog properly and paid attention to the dog then it wouldn't be making a whole lot of noise to annoy the neighbourhood.

    • Harming the dog in any way (unless the dog actually attacks you) is neither the answer nor is it right. I once heard an experienced trainer say "We train the owners as much as the dog."

  • Because soundproofing is not a simple process, it's construction. It may be cheaper to hire a lawyer than to improve the soundproofing of your house. Acoustics 101 [acoustics101.com] is a good resource despite late 90s appearance (full disclosure, Auralex is the company that makes the site, I sell Auralex products as well as other manufacturers products). The cheapest way to improve your soundproofing is to use something like their SheetBlok, but a 4'x30' strip runs over $400 and it's really meant to be put in between laye

  • Leyland cypress is fast growing, dense, and looks interesting.

  • Indoor/Outdoor carpet is fairly cheap, and deadens sound pretty well because it has both fuzzy stuff to deaden high frequencies, and also a rubber backing to deaden low frequencies, as in suspended lossy mass.

  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @02:59PM (#51106165) Homepage

    do not even bother with wall soundproofing until you replace all your windows with triple pane and seal up every single air leak. adding a storm window to the outside of the triple pane will also help as each air gap will significantly reduce the sound levels transmitted into the home. after you do all that, THEN have the wall insulation replaced or actually added. Most homes in america have little to no wall insulation as most homes are older than 1950 when heating costs were cheaper than insulating.

    now fix all your doors, bet you that every single one of them has crap seals that all need replacing. Door seals need to be replaced every 4-5 years, 99% of all homeowners do not do this. if your doors are really old wood panels replace the whole door and door jam with a modern steel/fiberglass wood core door with at least a double pane window in it.

    A typical home, expect to spend about $10,000 to bring the windows and doors up to at least current and dramatically reduce the noise incursion.

     

  • Easiest way (Score:5, Funny)

    by tgrigsby ( 164308 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @03:13PM (#51106233) Homepage Journal

    You guys are so funny with your various poisons, sound proofing techniques, intimidation and legal maneuvering. All you need is peanut butter. I guarantee that dog will be gumming a golf-ball sized ball of peanut butter for at least 15 minutes straight, and once it's done getting all the peanut butter out of its mouth, it will be too tired to bark. Works every time.

  • Not so long ago, this thread would have been full of technical solutions, but now mostly its like, call cops, look before you rent... blah blah

    For your windows, you have to get double glass windows for soundproofing. For the walls get Acoustic foam. Something like this
    http://www.foambymail.com/ACS-... [foambymail.com]
    or this
    http://www.foambymail.com/NE/n... [foambymail.com]

    Not too expensive, and will take care of the noise.
    That said, if you are in a concrete building, the sound comes in through doors and windows.

    If you fix your doors and wi

  • .22LR (Score:5, Funny)

    by Macdude ( 23507 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @04:33PM (#51106621)

    A .22LR will do the trick, or if it's a particularly large dog a .38.

  • From TFS "the mental stress of noise becomes a serious issue."
    It seems to be an overlooked part of city life, but I believe noise is a major contributor to general stress and fatigue. And not just noticeable noise like dogs barking or loud music, but the background noises you forget about until it's switched off.
    Have you ever worked in an office building when the aircon goes off and all of a sudden there's an eerie silence? That buzz is in your ear 8 hours a day, but you don't notice it. Background traff
  • Go to Home depot and buy enough foam board to coat the interior of rooms that you need to be quiet. You'll need to cover windows, walls, floors and ceilings as well as doors. You will be creating a dark cave. Plants on the exterior will help, but you'll need an awful lot of plants, and in winter, they may not be very effective with leaves falling in autumn.
  • by Krishnoid ( 984597 ) on Saturday December 12, 2015 @06:45PM (#51107189) Journal

    Obligatory [xkcd.com] xkcds [xkcd.com].

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