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Strange residential noise problem in Canberra

By mentalist - 17 November 2013 58

I live in a unit complex with a neighbor above me. I recently bought a new sound system with subwoofer.

I usually watch action movies/thrillers starting at about 6pm until 8pm. I know my neighbor wakes early(around 5am) so thats why I cut the sound around 8pm so they can sleep.

My hearing is fairly sensitive so I can’t imagine my noise is unreasonable. They try to lead “by example” I guess and are dead quiet, until I start my noise up. Last night I hear stomping around, doors banging, but I continue my movie.

This morning he purposely woke me up at 5am by causing water hammer, doors banging and whatever else he can do. I imagine others next to him can also hear.

I’m not sure whether I should retaliate with all out war, my sound system($2000) can go about 4 times higher than I currently play, and I can also cause noise after 10pm when he is sleeping, also with accidental water hammer.

What would you do?

What’s Your opinion?


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Strange residential noise problem in Canberra
Nightshade 10:13 pm 17 Nov 13

mentalist said :

i hear them piss in their toilet. perhaps they should hit the side of the toilet first instead of the water?

It sounds like your building has very thin walls. Not the place for a loud sound system then. I agree with the suggestions to use headphones while listening to it.

toriness 9:58 pm 17 Nov 13

headphones for your own viewing so you don’t need to worry about the sound disturbing others and i recommend earplugs so your own sleep isn’t disturbed as well by what sounds like a possibly vindictive neighbour (who could have approached you if he thought you were being too noisy as well). everything about this post makes me not miss apartment living at all.

BimboGeek 9:57 pm 17 Nov 13

Are you sure he didn’t sneak into your flat and hide a pea under your mattress? If you can’t sleep because of water hammers and stomping then you’re a princess.

mentalist 9:03 pm 17 Nov 13

el said :

mentalist said :

it can go loud, but i dont consider it too loud. i asked my neighbor next to me this morning and he said he can hear it only when an explosion occurs which is not often.

If your neighbours can hear it, it’s too loud.

i hear them piss in their toilet. perhaps they should hit the side of the toilet first instead of the water?

el 8:38 pm 17 Nov 13

mentalist said :

it can go loud, but i dont consider it too loud. i asked my neighbor next to me this morning and he said he can hear it only when an explosion occurs which is not often.

If your neighbours can hear it, it’s too loud.

mentalist 8:26 pm 17 Nov 13

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

mentalist said :

54-11 said :

You’re an ignorant f***wit. Behave in a civilised manner when you are living in close proximity to other people.

Jeez, this world has too many self-entitled, uncaring pricks like you in it.

read my 3:10pm post you assuming f*** stick

You admit that you have a very loud sound system that you only operate between certain hours because of the noise. It it’s that loud, don’t use it without headphones.

I live in an apartment complex, noise can be an issue, which is why when I am home alone watching a movie or listening to music, I use headphones.

I hope you don’t move into my neighbourhood any time soon.

And WTF does it matter if your neighbour is Asian???

it can go loud, but i dont consider it too loud. i asked my neighbor next to me this morning and he said he can hear it only when an explosion occurs which is not often. big deal.

its important because asians, in general, have a culture of being indirect and saying things in round about ways, or subtly implying things to save face.

Queen_of_the_Bun 7:33 pm 17 Nov 13

mentalist said :

54-11 said :

You’re an ignorant f***wit. Behave in a civilised manner when you are living in close proximity to other people.

Jeez, this world has too many self-entitled, uncaring pricks like you in it.

read my 3:10pm post you assuming f*** stick

You admit that you have a very loud sound system that you only operate between certain hours because of the noise. It it’s that loud, don’t use it without headphones.

I live in an apartment complex, noise can be an issue, which is why when I am home alone watching a movie or listening to music, I use headphones.

I hope you don’t move into my neighbourhood any time soon.

And WTF does it matter if your neighbour is Asian???

Roundhead89 5:40 pm 17 Nov 13

I had a problem years ago with the neighbour revving up her car at 3AM and waking me up. When she finished her shift and arrived home a few days later I put my Kamahl record on, opened the windows and gave them both barrels at full volume. Never heard a peep out of them after that.

maxblues 5:29 pm 17 Nov 13

Even when residents of apartment complexes are trying to be considerate to others, it is almost impossible not to hear some noise from the neighbours. If people are sensitive to noise, then apartment living is not the best choice. It is unfortunate when people move into town centres and complain about the noise from entertainment venues. The strangest I ever witnessed was a new resident who had moved into an apartment near Rundle St East , Adelaide. He walked into a record store in the middle of the day to complain about latest release they were playing. I was shopping there at the time and did not consider it to be loud. I wonder how that resident gets on when the Clipsal 500 runs.

Vindalu 4:46 pm 17 Nov 13

I’ve lived in Holland where the living is close and the people are civilised – the rules there are very simple – if other people can hear you it is too loud. You can do what you want in the privacy of your home but it should never impinge on others. I don’t know how people can play loud (usually crappy) music knowing others have to endure it, no matter what time of day, – it’s just plain ignorant.

mentalist 4:17 pm 17 Nov 13

54-11 said :

You’re an ignorant f***wit. Behave in a civilised manner when you are living in close proximity to other people.

Jeez, this world has too many self-entitled, uncaring pricks like you in it.

read my 3:10pm post you assuming fuck stick

mentalist 3:10 pm 17 Nov 13

miz said :

Buy a good pair of headphones. For yourself.

Headphones(for music) or ear muffs(to block sound)?

This morning he is tapping something on the floor above my room, i guess to imitate my bass which woke me up.

I approached him this morning saying we need to talk and i said does my sound system bother you. i said i stop my sound when you go to bed at 8pm, and he said no i go to bed at 5 or 6pm(which is not true) and i do 14 hour days, but the sound doesnt bother me because i have ear plugs. but in another sentence he said “on the weekend is no problem because i dont work”.

This guy is asian. Is this a case or the general indirect nature of many asians, and i need to read between the lines and pay attention to his actions rather than what he says?

I asked my other neighbor next to my lounge room if the sound bothers him and he said when the bass goes off with an explosion he can hear it rumble but it doesnt bother him because its not all the time(like bass in music) and he has his TV on anyway.

Madam Cholet 3:04 pm 17 Nov 13

Whilst you are being considerate by turning your noise down at 8pm, loud noise at any time can be annoying. You should maybe look at the environment regs which give maximum noise levels permitted in residential areas – including units.

Obviously they should speak with you rather than just retaliate – if that is what they are doing, but a lot of the time, once we at annoyed, ‘talking’ is just not going to happen easily.

They are entitled to peaceful enjoyment of their property, which you may indeed be intruding upon.

Agree with first post – get some headphones.

54-11 2:45 pm 17 Nov 13

You’re an ignorant f***wit. Behave in a civilised manner when you are living in close proximity to other people.

Jeez, this world has too many self-entitled, uncaring pricks like you in it.

miz 2:31 pm 17 Nov 13

Buy a good pair of headphones. For yourself.

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