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lenu

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Annoying neighbours and their children. HELP!!!
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:44:59 PM »
Now what shall we do?
We bought our house over a year ago. When we moved in we had neighbours that liked arguing at night for several hours, swearing as much as they wanted and as loud as they wanted. I was always repeating and saying to myslelf: 'I wish they disappeared!'. And one day they moved out (I was shocked and could not believe). But...as the other house was rented, the new tenants came in quite quickly. Now these are The Pollard Family or The Pollards - as we are now calling them. They inherited the name after the 'popular' Little Britain character Vicky Pollard ;) They all sound like and look like her! Now we have a mother (aka Vicky), her 2 doughters, her sister (who by the way lives few houses further and is like a copy of her sis Vicky and treats the house as a holiday house and spends there as much time as possible), her son and then we have the dad (who seems to be there only during weekends) and someone who I believe is the dad's brother + his girlfriend (now these appear also during weekends so we have 8 intruders at once!). Apart from the fact that the children go to bed late at night and they (girls and the boy) like running around the house, they jump, scream, shout and now sing on singstar on the highest volume (gosh! I bet the mature mum is playing with them!) we have the 'mums' who are shouting at the kids and very ofter swearing at them - which we cannot stand. We have a 2-month-old little boy over here and he wakes up on many occasions when they are in the house. On one sunny day 'Vicky' decided she wanted to listen to some 'cool' music and she just simpy opened the window and let the kids out in the front garden to have some sort of leisure time with the parasols etc.. (we have nice quite spacious sunny back gardens but still they like to display themselves). We could hear the bass coming from somewhere and it was like someone was hammering our heads. So my husband went and politely asked if she could turned the music down. She only looked and him and grumply turned back without saying anything and went away. God knows if she actually turned the music down. But then I overheard a bit of conversation between her and her sister and the other, once told the story, threw some f** words about my husband. That sort of people live next door to us. We are fed up with our little boy being constantly woken up by them and we are fed up with being forced to hear those monsters. We are so tempted to call the police or so but then on the other hand we don't want to be the black sheep in the area and also, to be frank, the noises they make are common and it's quiet at night so I suppose we could not even call it an anti-social behaviour:( We don't want to have anything to do with them and I am not willing to speak to any of them because surely they'd miss the point and would start swearing at me. The womeb are also twice as big as me so it's easy to be scared (you can never be sure of that sort of people). The walls are very thin so I suppose that that's where the main problem is. I don't expect people to stop talking, living or breathing in the house next ti mine so that it doesn't bother me, but I siply don't want to hear it and I think I have a right to feel comfortable in my own house. So the best and troubleless solution would be sound proofing the walls. What sort of solution would be pefrect for the walls in our case? Has anybody tried those i.e. barrier sheilds, dense fibre matts or any that kind of panels etc? What could be done on a reasonable budget and more in DIY mode? I'm on maternity leave at the moment and cannot afford something that would be too expensive but at the same time I don't want my son (and us) to suffer because of stupid people that forget that they don't live in a freestanding house in the middle of a field! It's so frustrating and upsetting :(( Please help!

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Re: Annoying neighbours and their children. HELP!!!
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 05:56:37 PM »
The first thing you should do is address the windows and doors..these are the weakest points for sound to enter your home. Once you have done this you will have a better idea of how much sound is penetrating the walls. At this time we can determine what level of soundproofing would be needed.
review this link first,
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/soundproofing_doors.htm

http://www.soundproofing.org/options_sound_control_for_windows.htm

If you have any questions feel free to contact me, my information is below.
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lenu

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Re: Annoying neighbours and their children. HELP!!!
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 07:48:35 PM »
Hello Randy!

Thank you very much for your reply. I will show the links to my husband (he's more technical than myself), however I don't thnink the doors and windows are the problem. We have double glazing and the noise is coming from the inside. We have this one wall between us and the neighbours and that's where all the disturbance is coming from/can be heard from. There's not that much noise heard from the outside. What I was thinking about was soundproofing the wall (and the only wall) that is directly touching the neighbours' rooms - equally in our bedroom and in our other room (which is next to their children room). Our walls are only painted and I was thinking of something that would not require a lot of labour and something we could do ourselves - some sort of sound proof panels/tiles, something that would be much of a straight forward thing. Obviously something that would work and would not be too expensive as, unfortunately, money is a deal for us at the moment :(

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Re: Annoying neighbours and their children. HELP!!!
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 03:19:42 PM »
Panels will not work for the transmission through the wall, you will need to add a second layer of drywall at least. I would recommend a commonly used system of MLV w/PSA directly on the existing drywall followed by a final layer of 5/8" drywall with Green glue sandwiched in between. The results will well worth the work and money spent.
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Re: Annoying neighbours and their children. HELP!!!
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2009, 02:05:46 PM »
Hi Randy!

How much roughly of the existing wall would be taken in depth by this solution? Also roughly would this be an expensive project?
Many thanks!

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Re: Annoying neighbours and their children. HELP!!!
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 05:33:47 PM »
it will take up just under an inch, and our materials will run around $3.60 sqft. not including drywall plus the cost of installation.
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