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Old 03-04-10, 04:20 PM
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Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

I need to harness the Powers of Otter here in an attempt to silence the behemoth below me. My couch sits right above the spot where this crusty old whale watches her TV every night and she plays it just loud enough that I can hear the reverberations of her crappy CRT set echoing through the floor. We knocked on the floor one night when it was particularly loud, and she banged right back! I told my property manager, and she's having a letter sent (I want this documented), but I don't know if she'll obey.

So, anyone know a good way to neutralize the sound? I was thinking about getting a large area rug and putting some soundproofing material underneath, but I thought there might be a helpful Otter or two who knows a reasonable solution as well.

Thoughts?
Old 03-04-10, 04:24 PM
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

Have you knocked on her door when the TV is particularly loud and said "sorry for bothering you but your TV is really loud in our apartment, could you please turn it down?"
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

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Have you knocked on her door when the TV is particularly loud and said "sorry for bothering you but your TV is really loud in our apartment, could you please turn it down?"
That's just crazy talk.
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Get a very loud stereo/speakers/subwoofer, and crank them. Lay them face down on the floor, if you have to.
I recommend playing "Reign in Blood" by Slayer. Old ladies just love Slayer.
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I've found the combination of herbal teas and Beano to be quite efficient at eliminating noises from down there.
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That's it, throw a tantrum and hit the floor...that showed her.

Reasonable solution? Politely ask yourself (of course, now you've dug yourself a hole by being a jerk already) or take it to the apt manager and let them mediate the situation. Although I'm sure even they have more important issues to be concerned with.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

^concur. Also, remember that anything she can do you can top because your floor is her cieling, so if this gets into a pissing contest you're pretty much guaranteed to win. So play it cool, keep your trump card close to your chest, and try to settle it like a man. You can always bust out the bass speakers or the barbells or the bowling ball or the grape stomping later.

That or buy a house and own both sides of the floor/cieling/walls.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

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That would be my response as well. You probably will only have to do it once...
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

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That's it, throw a tantrum and hit the floor...that showed her.

Reasonable solution? Politely ask yourself (of course, now you've dug yourself a hole by being a jerk already) or take it to the apt manager and let them mediate the situation. Although I'm sure even they have more important issues to be concerned with.
Yea, I figured as much. Next time it gets bad I'll probably just go downstairs and talk with her. But I'm one of those people who can easily be driven mad by the most minute sounds sometimes, this being one of them. So I'm trying to come up with some solution to eliminate any potential noise that creeps up.

For the record, it was my gf who stomped on the floor. She was way more pissed at the time, but I know the next step needs to be talking to her.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

On behalf of crusty old whales everywhere:

Go down there and kill her.

Preferably with a harpoon.


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Drill a hole through and slowly drip water on her head.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

Bang on the floor even harder, and crank your stereo up to 11 and leave it there all night.

That'll show her, and I'm sure she'll change her ways.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

The obvious solution is a 2 inch hole saw and adequate hose to reach from your tailpipe to her exterior wall.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

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For the record, it was my gf who stomped on the floor. She was way more pissed at the time, but I know the next step needs to be talking to her.
That thread is going to be way better than this one.

If you are hyper sensitive to noises, do you think it's worth finding a place (house perhaps) where this won't be an issue? That might be overkill, but it really depends on how sensitive you are to the situation.
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Shake that whale's liver loose.
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Smother the TV slowly, right in front of the horrified neighbor.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

First of all, what's with all the CRT hate you HDTV elitist? How are CRT's louder?

Second, if her guests park their cars in front of your house on occasion, let it slide.
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Drill a hole through and slowly drip water on her head.
This gets my vote as both the most practical and most effective solution.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

contact your local HAM radio club, and tell them about the problem. They can set up a small station in your room to broadcast a signal that will damp out her signals. This will cause one of two things.

If she is watching digital, her TV screen will go blank.

If she is watching analogue, her signal will get weak, and the volume will do down. If she turns up her volume, you turn up your power. Keep doing this until you are sure she has her volume cranked all the way up. Then cut your power. If it doesn't blow out her eardrums, it will probably blow out her speakers.
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Re: Eliminating noise from downstairs neighbor?

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contact your local HAM radio club, and tell them about the problem. They can set up a small station in your room to broadcast a signal that will damp out her signals. This will cause one of two things.

If she is watching digital, her TV screen will go blank.

If she is watching analogue, her signal will get weak, and the volume will do down. If she turns up her volume, you turn up your power. Keep doing this until you are sure she has her volume cranked all the way up. Then cut your power. If it doesn't blow out her eardrums, it will probably blow out her speakers.
I like this best, followed by Vibs suggestion.

I anticipate going down to talk tonight, so we'll see how that goes.
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contact your local HAM radio club, and tell them about the problem. They can set up a small station in your room to broadcast a signal that will damp out her signals. This will cause one of two things.

If she is watching digital, her TV screen will go blank.

If she is watching analogue, her signal will get weak, and the volume will do down. If she turns up her volume, you turn up your power. Keep doing this until you are sure she has her volume cranked all the way up. Then cut your power. If it doesn't blow out her eardrums, it will probably blow out her speakers.
Wow...this is evil, but the person is an idiot if she cranks up her sound.
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Stomp on your floor and yell, "SHUT THE FUCK UP".

Or just act like an all around angry loon. That gets me a lot of respect. Nobody ever knows when it's going to go down "Falling Down" style.
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Short out the electric socket in front of her apartment Seinfeld style.
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I find that there are few people problems that cannot be solved by a beaker of sulfuric acid thrown in one's face.

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