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angartist

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Please Help - The Neighbor's Dog Barking is Affecting My Life
« on: August 12, 2009, 02:09:31 AM »
My neighbor has a loud, large dog with deep bark right outside my bedroom window. Found out after I purchased the house about this problem. So for 5 months I have been talking to the neighbors, left 2 nice letters, and finally had to call animal control. That just pissed the neighbors off, even though they were ignoring me. I never wanted to have bad relations with new neighbors, but at this point I don't care anymore because they obviously don't care about me. They didn't care about the previous owners either. The previous owners even called the cops on the neighbors once. I have looked into soundproof windows but I do not have the $800 - $1000 that each one costs. I have 2 windows so that would be about $2,000 just to TRY and get relief. This was my first home, and so far it has been a nightmare dealing with this. I never would have imagined that I would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on my first home to realize that I will not have peace. Can't take naps in my bedroom. Can't read a book. Can't sleep on the nights that they don't put the dog inside. I don't remember the last time I had 8 hours of sleep.

And I don't feel like I should have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trying to soundproof for a neighbor's dog that barks loudly most of the time - and right by my window. I have the right to peace in my home and I shouldn't have my sleep or nap times dictated by their barking dog.

I am so exhausted.

For now, I would like to try and build a window plug, although I would need a manual with drawings on how to put one together. By the way, at this moment, I am in another bedroom on another side of the house and can hear the dog's bark clearly echoing throughout the neighborhood. That's how LOUD it is.

If this doesn't work, my next step will be to see a lawyer. The LAST thing I want to do is take my new neighbors to court, but they obviously don't care. They are upset with me that I want peace and want to be able to sleep. How crazy is that.

By the way, I have tried the ultrasonic anti-barking devices - two different kinds. Doesn't affect this dog at all.

I am also going to talk to my city council about rethinking their noise ordinance rules. Currently it is up to the individuals to resolve the noise issues. Animal Control can only be called once. Some cities already have in place fines for recurring noise pollution, and those fines seem to keep things QUIET. It also makes the city money. Don't know why more cities aren't doing this.

If I ever move again (and it might happen soon!), I will most certainly NOT live in a city with a crappy noise ordinance, and I will consider this in my next home purchase.

Wow. I needed that rant. Haha. As you can see, I am so fed up with this.

So I guess my question for you guys is: Should I go with a foam plug to try or plexiglass cut to the window size? Can Home Depot do this?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Please Help - The Neighbor's Dog Barking is Affecting My Life
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 03:20:50 PM »
Well your not alone...I would recommend doing the window plugs.
Here is the link on how to build them.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/windowplug.htm

Here's what you want to do to achieve the highest possible reduction.

2" SSP Foam mat + heavy backer board (even cement board if you dont want to remove the plugs), the largest air space from the foam to the glass(1"-3") and the tighest perimeter seal possible when foam compresses to the window box.

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angartist

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Re: Please Help - The Neighbor's Dog Barking is Affecting My Life
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 11:37:21 AM »
Thank you so much! I will try that next.

The one thing I am concerned about is that the depth of my window opening is not very deep, so 2" foam would leave very little air space - less than an inch. I hope it will still work.

Has anyone else with a barking dog that is 8 - 10 feet away from their windows used this method? If so, did it work? Would love to hear from you!

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Re: Please Help - The Neighbor's Dog Barking is Affecting My Life
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 08:07:24 AM »
I too recently purchased my first home and am frustrated to find out that my neighbor's dog makes this horrible scratching noises inside his dog house every half hour or so at night. The sound comes just 10 feet away from bedroom window up in the second floor. I'm also considering putting together a window plug with plywood backing. I'm also considering getting a white noise machine to drown out the noise. Please let me know if the window plugs helps because I can really need some peace and quiet at night. With only 4 hours sleep a night for the past 3 months, I'm losing my health and sanity. Thanks for any update.

mcn1210

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Re: Please Help - The Neighbor's Dog Barking is Affecting My Life
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 03:55:50 PM »
I would appreciate hearing from someone who has tried the window plugs or has had soundproof windows installed.

My neighbor has a loud dog that barks about 10 feet from my bedroom window.  We have nicely approached the neighbor about the problem, but from the lack of results, it is obvious he does not care.  This individual is in law enforcement.  Complaining to the police or animal control will get me no where.

At this point, it is either a matter of putting the house for sale (hoping it sells) or finding a soundproofing solution.

Please help with any methods that have worked for any of you suffering from the same problem.


 

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