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Apartment neighbor's dog
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:59:47 PM »

I just moved into an apartment building, and I have one issue that is bugging me.  I have three party walls, and all seem to be well insulated except one - the one in the stairwell.  This is a 16 unit building, two floors, 8 units front and back.  I live upstairs. The entrances are all private, there is no shared stairwell - I go in my front door, and the stairs go up into my living room.  The next door upstairs neighbor has the same thing on the other side of the party wall.  My issue is that neighbor has a yappy little dog with neuroses, and they leave it alone while they are at work.  Well this thing does nothing but stand at the top of the stairs and bark incessantly at any car or person or insect or dust molecule that goes by, and it seems to go right through the wall to the point that I can hear it in my bedroom - all the way at the opposite end - with the door closed.  I don't hear any other noise through the wall, no TV, no conversation, nothing (some footfall when they go up/down, but that doesnt bother me).  Just the dog.

I rent, so my options are limited (although the manager is very nice and I could probably talk her into letting me do something permanent within reason on my dime), I'd like to know if there's any option that would at least muffle the sound. I don't want to complain because they are very nice, and since it only happens when they are out I dont think theres much they can do about it... Honestly I live 3 blocks from train tracks with 4 consecutive railroad crossings and the train horn doesn't bother me anywhere near as much as the barking.

Randy S

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Re: Apartment neighbor's dog
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 08:44:21 PM »
Dogs barking is actually pretty difficult to reduce as you can see..
This would require construction and a decoupled soundproof wall installed on isolation clips and channel.

Do you think they would let you do this?
if not, at the very least double the mass of the wall would give about 5db drop (30%-40%) reduction.

Randy S.