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Old 11-02-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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My next-door neighbor is driving me nuts. He watches sports games all hours of the day/night and screams, cusses (shouting F.U. at the top of his lungs), and bangs stuff whenever there is a bad play and whoops when there is a good play. The door to his apartment is also weighted in such a way that it slams loudly whenever he or his girlfriend comes or goes, which is frequent. (They let the door close shut by itself rather than manually closing it.) He is routinely up until 1 or 2am, and I'm unsure if he even has a job. In addition, I think the cigarette and pot smoke permeating the hall way at times is emanating from his apartment. I pay high (market rate) rent, which takes me 2 weeks of work to pay. I am reluctant to confront him, because he seems so unstable, and I am worried that he is home all day and might try to get into my apartment or something while I am away at work.

The following have helped me regain my sanity somewhat:
- bought a white noise machine (LetroFan), which I play all night
- foam ear plugs, which I wear almost every night
- run the air conditioner on fan with the vent closed

In addition, I will be getting a second white noise machine to place in the hallway near my door.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:11 PM
 
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not much of a problem with some older buildings.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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my next-door neighbor is driving me nuts. He watches sports games all hours of the day/night and screams, cusses (shouting f.u. At the top of his lungs), and bangs stuff whenever there is a bad play and whoops when there is a good play. The door to his apartment is also weighted in such a way that it slams loudly whenever he or his girlfriend comes or goes, which is frequent. (they let the door close shut by itself rather than manually closing it.) he is routinely up until 1 or 2am, and i'm unsure if he even has a job. In addition, i think the cigarette and pot smoke permeating the hall way at times is emanating from his apartment. I pay high (market rate) rent, which takes me 2 weeks of work to pay. I am reluctant to confront him, because he seems so unstable, and i am worried that he is home all day and might try to get into my apartment or something while i am away at work.

The following have helped me regain my sanity somewhat:
- bought a white noise machine (letrofan), which i play all night
- foam ear plugs, which i wear almost every night
- run the air conditioner on fan with the vent closed

in addition, i will be getting a second white noise machine to place in the hallway near my door.


sounds like a hell, id move
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:59 PM
 
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not much of a problem with some older buildings.
I don't get this. I lived in several newer building and never had any noise issue. And then I lived in several older building and had major noise issues. Maybe I've just been unlucky with the older building I live in but if I could afford a newer building I'd take it. My last two buildings have been older. I can hear everything in my current building. I don't mind it though as I like my neighbors. Only thing I mind is the upstairs guy. But what can you really do about old wood floors beside put carpet down.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:12 PM
 
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Ear plugs just don't work at all for me. I think its cause it's vibrations and sudden boom boom versus a tv or talking. Not to mention I toss and turn all night from side to side so they don't always stay in.



I wish someone like you lived above me. I'd like to be the nice neighbor but I'm frustrated and lack of sleep can make one a *****. People in the building like me and I'm friendly with everyone but if I have to bring out the ***** side to him I will.
Try Mack's silicone earplugs. They should stay in all night if you put them in and kind of seal them into your ear. Use a fresh pair every few nights. I take one earplug and halve it, one half in each ear. They are too big otherwise. You might have to experiment with the size, etc. Couple this with a white noise machine right next to your bed. I used to wake up when the people above me got up at 5 am to get ready for work, and with this combo, now I never do!

Amazon.com: Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs, Value Pack, 6 pr: Beauty
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:31 PM
 
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Try Mack's silicone earplugs. They should stay in all night if you put them in and kind of seal them into your ear. Use a fresh pair every few nights. I take one earplug and halve it, one half in each ear. They are too big otherwise. You might have to experiment with the size, etc. Couple this with a white noise machine right next to your bed. I used to wake up when the people above me got up at 5 am to get ready for work, and with this combo, now I never do!

Amazon.com: Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs, Value Pack, 6 pr: Beauty
Has amazon been the cheapest you can find them? I imagine the cost adds up after a while.
Yes I do the white noise right by my bed.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:50 PM
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OP, where art thou?
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:12 PM
 
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OP, where art thou?
OP neighbor probably drove them nuts and to the funny farm.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:40 PM
 
Location: downtown
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I don't get this. I lived in several newer building and never had any noise issue. And then I lived in several older building and had major noise issues. Maybe I've just been unlucky with the older building I live in but if I could afford a newer building I'd take it. My last two buildings have been older. I can hear everything in my current building. I don't mind it though as I like my neighbors. Only thing I mind is the upstairs guy. But what can you really do about old wood floors beside put carpet down.
Depends on the building.. A lot of older buildings had better materials when compared to manufactured cost effective newer buildings that are like cookie cutter or to low income housing.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:43 PM
 
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Has amazon been the cheapest you can find them? I imagine the cost adds up after a while.
Yes I do the white noise right by my bed.
Target has a reasonable price. Once upon a time Amazon was selling them at some ridiculously low price as an add-on product (spend $25 and you can add-on these discounted products to your order). Why don't you buy a small box and see if they work for you and then if they do, I think you will feel pretty good about spending money to buy more
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