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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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troll-sniffer 9:21 pm 22 Nov 13

i think you’ll find that if you tun the bass right down or disconnect your subwoofer and just rely on natural bass (like everyone did before subs) you can double your volume in your unit before it can be heard in other units. subs shouldn’t be allowed in apartment blocks, the bass goes through just about any walls like a knife through melting butter.

Northsidechick 7:41 pm 22 Nov 13

I think you are being really considerate to keep the audio off after 8pm. Sadly, I think these things never end well though based on my own experiences. I once left a radio on an AM station when I went away for a weekend. I thought I had left it down low enough so that a burglar might hear faint chatter inside the house but wouldn’t annoy my neighbour with who I shared a common wall. Ah, no. She got me back though, on Monday morning at 6am cracking saucepans above my head and all along the shared wall so hard it reverberated through the house and I thought she might bang her way inside. I moved out after a few months. Tit for tat NEVER works. You could try and talk to your neighbour….if no luck I’d just look at moving to a house to play your big sounds.

tuco 7:01 pm 22 Nov 13

Can we go back to the bit where you “set up surveillance”? Please? Just so I know it’s Canberra we are talking about.

cantdance 5:31 pm 22 Nov 13

I had an unfortunate experience of living in an attached townhouse for a while. Mistakenly thought the dividing wall was sound proof. One of the most frustrating noises from next door was the bass sounds when they watched movies. I spoke to them about it and they told me to come in and listen, granted it didn’t seem that loud. So they left it on and came over to my place, and were surprised at the noise that came through the wall. It was like it was amplified at my end.

OP if you can’t come to a resolution with the neighbour then give the bass a rest or wear headphones. You’d be surprised how noisy it is for those around you.

krome 11:01 pm 19 Nov 13

Deref said :

One of the things I love about RiotACT is that it gives you a real perspective on how sociopaths think (if that’s the word).

Yep, OPs who think they have a nice balanced post to start with, soon show some interesting colours in their following comments.

cring 1:53 pm 19 Nov 13

Thumper said :

In a previous residence I had a neighbour with two small but extremely yappy dogs who didn’t seem to wake up until after 10.30 pm every night. And I mean every night, through til about 5.00am, where upon they would go back to sleep.

No manner of discussing, pleading, imploring said neighbour to keep his dogs inside, worked.

As such, I riled them right up one night, recorded them, transferred it to a loop, and played it back at about 10 fold volume through my band PA directly at his house for a couple of nights.

Never heard the dogs ever again…

Have you considered capitalising on this service, Thumper? I’d gladly pay for something like this…

Pitchka 12:52 pm 19 Nov 13

Alderney said :

Pitchka said :

Alderney said :

Pitchka said :

Basically, the whole of your street probably doesn’t share your taste in music and neither should you subject them to it.

I DGAFF if they like it or not.. Chances are they dont share my taste in music, thats their problem, not mine.

Firstly, I didn’t ask whether or not you gave a fuck.

Secondly, your response points to the fact that you are one of those people who richly deserve all the bad things that happen to them.

Nor did i ask you whether or not my taste in music would suit those around me.

Dont post your opinions if you wont accept that other people have opinions of their own. Have a cry next time disagrees yeah?

Luckily i have fantastic neighbours, no doubt id know when a tool like yourself moved into the neighbourhood.

Madam Cholet 11:29 am 19 Nov 13

mentalist said :

Pitchka said :

the drop in allowed decibels after 10pm is nothing based on my research <– really? Your partner must be a real moaner…

she wasnt a moaner until she met me.

Moaning at your sub-woofer no doubt. The volume of that is.

Deref 11:14 am 19 Nov 13

I remember that our first Chief Minister bought one of those flats in Braddon not long after they were built. She lasted, IIRC, about six months, saying that every time someone flushed the toilet everyone else knew about it. She sold at a loss, I think.

Re sound insulation, the best isn’t distance (remember the moron with the doof machine in his car; although, of course, it works ultimately), it’s mass. Alternate layers of masonry and air do the best job – say brick/concrete, air gap, brick/concrete, rinse, lather, repeat. The lower the frequencies you’re trying to block, the more mass/air gaps you need.

The cheaply-built blocks of flats they make these days usually have a single course of cinder blocks between flats; about as useful as a layer of tissue paper for screening low frequencies.

Thumper 11:07 am 19 Nov 13

In a previous residence I had a neighbour with two small but extremely yappy dogs who didn’t seem to wake up until after 10.30 pm every night. And I mean every night, through til about 5.00am, where upon they would go back to sleep.

No manner of discussing, pleading, imploring said neighbour to keep his dogs inside, worked.

As such, I riled them right up one night, recorded them, transferred it to a loop, and played it back at about 10 fold volume through my band PA directly at his house for a couple of nights.

Never heard the dogs ever again…

Alderney 10:56 am 19 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

Alderney said :

Pitchka said :

Basically, the whole of your street probably doesn’t share your taste in music and neither should you subject them to it.

I DGAFF if they like it or not.. Chances are they dont share my taste in music, thats their problem, not mine.

Firstly, I didn’t ask whether or not you gave a fuck.

Secondly, your response points to the fact that you are one of those people who richly deserve all the bad things that happen to them.

thebrownstreak69 10:25 am 19 Nov 13

Record a sound clip of yourself taking a leak and play it as loud as you can through your big stereo.

R. Slicker 10:00 am 19 Nov 13

DUB said :

mentalist said :

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

That is what well raised people like you and I were taught to do, Asians and many “fellow Rioters” were raised differently- less fortunate, wining, manner-less douchebags.

I say- crank the stereo up! And disregard all negative comments!

Reminds me of that great gay club called The Barracks near Oxford St, Sydney which had a glass urinal behind the bar. When you were sitting at the bar having your drink you got a great view of the guys facing you relieving themselves. Unfortunately The Barracks closed in 1986 when the building was sold to developers and there haven’t been any glass urinals since, probably due to new building codes and licensing laws.

mentalist 8:51 am 19 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

the drop in allowed decibels after 10pm is nothing based on my research <– really? Your partner must be a real moaner…

she wasnt a moaner until she met me.

Deref 8:31 am 19 Nov 13

One of the things I love about RiotACT is that it gives you a real perspective on how sociopaths think (if that’s the word).

Pitchka 8:17 am 19 Nov 13

mentalist said :

Pitchka said :

mentalist said :

As long as i am listening to my music within the allowed allocated times, i dont care for anyones whinging.

best be careful because payback is a bitch. if your annoyed neighbor gets creative you could find it hard to sleep when you want to. the drop in allowed decibels after 10pm is nothing based on my research.

the drop in allowed decibels after 10pm is nothing based on my research <– really? Your partner must be a real moaner…

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