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Author Topic: Barking dog next door keeps me up at night and I am feeling constant fatigue...  (Read 8308 times)

angartist

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I just moved into a house with a large dog that has a deep loud bark. The dog barks and howls many times in the night and unfortunately my bedroom window is about 5 feet away from the fence. Not only that, the neighbor's fence is almost falling down with rotted wood. (The worst looking house in the neighborhood - metal junk in the backyard.) I will be getting a board on board cedar fence soon for more privacy, but that is not the major problem. The problem is that the dog's bark is so loud and so close to my window that it wakes me up constantly. I feel very sorry for the dog. The man that lives there always keeps him outside day and night and he is all alone and rarely gets played with or walked. It is not the dog's fault. The previous owners that I bought the home from said they tried to get the neighbor to remedy the problem for many months by asking him to keep the dog inside at night but he didn't do anything. They even called the cops and the city. This is not an HOA neighborhood. I will first try to talk nicely to the man about maybe keeping his dog inside at night. If that doesn't work, I will need to find a soundproofing solution. I have tried listening to white noise machine but it's not enough. Earplugs are not comfortable for me to sleep in. The very loud deep bark right next to the window still wakes me up. I am considering soundproofing those two bedroom windows and the two windows in the master bathroom with some of those interior soundproof windows. I am wondering if any of you have had luck with these windows or if you think the dog is too close to the window to make much difference.

I am also wondering about how much 4 soundproof average size windows would cost. I don't have a lot to spend, but I need my sleep soon! It is affecting my daily and work life. I feel so exhausted!

Thank you for any advice you can give me!

Randy S

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Because of the 5' distance to the barking dog I would recommend taking a 2 part approach.
Soundproof your windows there are a few ways to do this, here is a link to review.
http://www.soundproofing.org/options_sound_control_for_windows.htm
#4 and magnaseal are economic choices.
This will provide you with some reduction, then when you build your new fence make it a high as possible(higher the better) NO gap at the bottom of the fence and seal between the slats. This will also improve your overall results.
 
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davebecerra

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A company that I just ran across is called Quiet Solutions, a division of Serious Materials, which has been in the news quite a bit as of late (for good reasons).  My mother just got her windows replaced with their windows, and is thrilled.  They have superior sound control to any other window on the market, and are not the ugly, clunky sound windows I have in my condo.  I have Milgard Quietline, and while they do work adequately, they have 4 individual sashes on the horizontal sliders, making it quite ugly to look at and a pain to operate.  Check them out--it looks like a very environmentally friendly company as well!

www.quietsolution.com

Adrian

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Hey guys,
Dog noise is a difficult one as it is intermitent.  Traffic can be constant so a reduciton of 50% is noiticable.  With an intermitent noise a 50% reduction may not seem as great as the noise is still intrusive.

With bigger dogs I wounld recommend a thick glazing to stop the vibration.

Keep in mind that you may need to consider more than your windows.  Put your ear to the wall - can you hear noise? If so it doesn't matter how good your windows are if noise is still coming from your walls.

What about your floors - do you have carpet or timber floors.  Carpet is best.  Is your home on stilts or is it on the ground?  If you home is raised the noise may come under the floor aswell.

Hope this helps
Adrian Lafleur

Magnetite (Australia) Pty Ltd
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uglijimus

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Hey guys,
Dog noise is a difficult one as it is intermitent.  Traffic can be constant so a reduciton of 50% is noiticable.  With an intermitent noise a 50% reduction may not seem as great as the noise is still intrusive.

With bigger dogs I wounld recommend a thick glazing to stop the vibration.

I hear the term "glazing" often, and wondered what does it mean?
thanks

Randy S

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glass is usually surrounded by putty called “glazing compound,” which holds the glass in place and seals out the weather. This putty often lasts decades, but over the years it becomes rock-hard, cracks and even falls off the window. Loose or missing compound lets sound, wind and rain leak in around the glass.
Randy Sieg

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wolk

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My husband, son and I live across the street from the 59th Street Bridge in New York city.  Our windows are almost level with the roadway and the noise is deafening. In addition to it our neighbor has a "lovely" barking dog.  I found on internet a company called www.CitiQuiet.com and was impressed with their professionalism and service and overwhelmed at the silence the windows have brought us.  I feel like we are living in the country.  Definitely a great investment; I would recommend these guys to anyone!