My husband and I have no relationship with the people in the apartment next to mine, other than smiling at each other on the elevator, and so we're at a bit of a loss about how to approach them about their dog's barking. As far as we've been told, our building doesn't allow dogs. How can we bring it up without creating a negative relationship right from the get-go?
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My cat howls at night. Every night. Without fail. I've tried many things to no avail. I would prefer to just put in earplugs and ignore him, which has been the only somewhat effective method, but my roommate won't, and my roommate is starting to hate both me and my cat. Please help me!
This design concept from UK designer Nicola Hume is called "Listen Here," and would make it so that locals could share the sounds of their hometown. The idea is that you could put wireless microphones around your favorite neighborhood locations, and visitors could listen to them via a public kiosk. The sounds would be mapped — so visitors could listen in, and then head off to go experience the sounds first-hand.
My husband and I are about to apply for an apartment. It's almost perfect! Except for the interstate being a stone's throw from the balcony. Are there any non-damaging but permanent ways to help keep our apartment relatively quiet and calm?
So this one time, the condo beneath ours was completely gutted and remodeled, with heavy construction for a couple weeks. The construction guys listened to a lot of Russian pop while they worked. Hours and hours of it. At a certain point, it got so ridiculous that I had to capture it. No tape deck, so I used my camera…but then I had to figure out something to fill the screen with while recording the ridiculous music. This very odd video was the result. Obviously, audio is key — and patience doesn't hurt.
Our neighbors upstairs walk REALLY loudly. This isn't normal. The walking shakes our ceiling, scares our cats, and goes on late into the night.
I don't think it's right to try to confront people about walking, when the problem is probably that there isn't enough insulation between their apartment and ours to mask the noise. Is there anything we can do from down here that can minimize the noise? Or is this worth talking to our neighbors about?
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