Author Topic: Noise from 24-hour drive-through  (Read 3911 times)


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Noise from 24-hour drive-through
« on: May 30, 2006, 07:33:24 PM »
So the restaurant on the other side of our back fence has changed hands, and is now a 24-hour Mexican drive-through restaurant, and there's enough loud cars all throughout the night to prove it, as well as the drive-through speaker.

We have a 75-year-old home with maybe 20 yards from the back of the house to the wood fence, which needs to be replaced soon, so I'm trying to find out what would be best to replace it with.

Being in Idaho, we don't seem to have all that many options that someone in Southern California would, but what should we be looking at? We'd like it to be at least 8' tall (maybe 10) so we don't have to see it as well as hear it. Should we be looking at concrete (expensive?), and is vinyl completely worthless at blocking out sound?

Thanks in advance!


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Re: Noise from 24-hour drive-through
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2006, 10:23:00 PM »
Whatever you choose, build it tall and massive.  10' concrete (if that's allowed) would be good, probably your best choice.  And yes, vinyl is pretty worthless.


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Re: Noise from 24-hour drive-through
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2006, 11:23:54 PM »
Hi mtsmylie,

Using 6" C.M.U. (Concrete block) filled with concrete will give you a 50 STC wall.  Build it as high as the building codes in your area allow.  And yes, vinyl fencing available from a material or fence supply store is pretty worthless for stopping sound.  However, some people have had success using 1/8" thick MLV inside a stucco wall assembly.  This is almost effective as the 6" solid concrete wall.