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    Noise reduction

    We live in tight quarters with our neighbors being close. Their music comes over. Is there anything out there that we could put up that would block the sound - particularly when I don't feel like listening to old fart music?
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    Re: Noise reduction

    Louder speakers. Sorry couldn't resist. Invite them over to your parties?
    Have you tried speaking to them about the issue?
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    Re: Noise reduction

    Any kind of fence will reduce the sound, a wall with sound absorbent material inside will reduce it the most. But unless the wall is very tall it won't be all that effective.
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    Re: Noise reduction

    Tall evergreen shrubs would help, but it is not a quick solution. A free standing fountain, or waterfall can help disguise or drown out the neighbor's music.
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    Re: Noise reduction

    A wall with a vine growing on it AND a water feature to muffle it?

    Maybe a wall like walls in the house with plywood on either side of 2x4 or even 4x4 with spray foam between the plywood. You could paint a pretty mural on it.

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    Re: Noise reduction

    I have been through this with my neighbor and with me being the offending party. I did not realize how much the sound echoed between our houses until I went over one night to help the neighbor move something in his backyard. Shortly after I added a new hedge between where they sit and where we sit to help dampen the sound. I also ended up moving the speakers to closer to where I sit. It might be worth talking to them in a polite way.
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    Re: Noise reduction

    I agree that a tall thick fence helps.. it really keeps our party noise in. Also agree a water feature could help block their music. If I go in the alley during a party the waterfall definitely overrides party noise. I'm sure my "other" neighbors like that sound better too.

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    Re: Noise reduction

    I have "whisper wall" sheet rock in my media room, not sure if they make an outdoor application or not.
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    Re: Noise reduction

    We already have a double wood fence -- unfortunately I didn't realize how much noisier it was with all the concrete in our yard. I looked into sound barriers but you have to put them up in between the fence and ours is already up with a cat fence on top of that! We have 2 trees that we planted that I think are evergreens and 2 bamboo and 3 queen ann palms.

    We have a water feature on our pool.

    Bobodaclown -- these are the same neighbors who had a cow that we ruined their side of our shared lawn while installing our pool - even tho we had their permission to do so and told them we would put it back. AND we did and made sure it was to their specification. However, they have turned into a decidedly petty lot who are the type to not talk to you rather than be mature and tell you what the problem is. They are way too old (late 30s and early 40s) to behave this way. I wanted to try and resolve it without having to say anything to them bc I am about to have to say something to them that their $&#*^$#*&^%$ dog that is barking again. As an example of petty, we stained our fence. They had stained their fence previous to us -- like a year previous. However, the side piece - the one that faces out, they didn't stain it so we did. Then one weekend, they took the board down, made a point of leaning it against the side of their house (we live in a cul-de-sac) so we could see it and replaced it with Their board with Their stain color on it. PETTY.

    And also, after their pool was finished in April of '13, they did not once invite us over.
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    Re: Noise reduction

    Welllllllllllll It sure looks like you have done all that you can do

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    Re: Noise reduction

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Welllllllllllll It sure looks like you have done all that you can do

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    Re: Noise reduction

    My wife came across a product called Accoustifence, aka, Accustiblock. We have a problem with traffic noise coming through our back fence. It is expensive but might be worth it. Do a Google search and if anyone else has ever used it, please reply!
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    Re: Noise reduction

    I sense your frustration and - at times - emotion can make a completely innocent action seem malicious. A good conversation is in order. Besides the volume of the speaker, perhaps the height and direction can be altered. A nice outdoor speaker pointed at their house from the yard will give great sound focused back to their party than towards your shared space. Beyond that, DENSITY is required to deaden sound, so anything you can place between the two areas will help (some). Greenscape, hard scape and even heavy outdoor curtains can help. I agree that placing a white noise closer to your area will help - especially a waterfall of some height (2' or greater) landing on water or rock.
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