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Noise canceling technology for a whole apartment?

Any good solutions for canceling out my neighbor's bass from their stereo without headphones? Headphones aren't an option all the time if I need to sleep. Are their nose canceling stereos? How well do they work? What else could I try? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 25, 2009 - 13 answers

What do I do? How can I make them move?

How do I get rid of really bad neighbors? Are there any legal issues with giving out their landlord's cell phone number? Are there any Philadelphia-specific ways to get them to move? [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus on Apr 28, 2009 - 38 answers

Please Help Us Deal With A Nasty Neighbor

Please help us figure out what to do about our nasty neighbor. We have a chain link fence between our yards. Because we were on great terms with the people who used to live there before her, their detached garage forms part of the fence that keep our two Labrador dogs in our yard. Two short sections of fence on her property connect their garage to the rest of OUR fence. She just told us that she is going to take those sections down tomorrow, which means our dogs will be able get out of our yard. That is what I need advice about ASAP. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Apr 24, 2009 - 43 answers

Help Me Help Them Help the Earth

In honor of Earth Day, help me find a creative way to encourage my my neighbor to recycle. We have curbside recycling once a week and they never recycle anything. Their trash is an amazing collection of plastic water bottles, aluminum cans and lots and lots of paper. I hate to see all of this stuff go into a landfill when we have recycling and they have so much to be recycled. Can I do anything to gently prod them into maybe recycling? Is it even my business?
posted by Leezie on Apr 22, 2009 - 28 answers

What's the best way to deal with my annoying neighbors?

My upstairs neighbors and I have had small battles throughout the course of the year, but it's been getting worse as of late. Recently they've taken to stomping around at odd hours of the night, and it's driving us crazy. What's the best way to defuse the situation with them? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Apr 15, 2009 - 28 answers

good stories make good neighbors?

Please help me remember this little zen-like "life-is-what-you-make-it" story about moving to a new neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Am I the horrible neighbor they seem to think I am?

How late is too late to expect to be able to make a moderate amount of noise in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Mar 9, 2009 - 31 answers

Sharing snowblower ownership

What do I need to consider when sharing ownership of a power tool with my neighbours? [more inside]
posted by ParsonWreck on Jan 30, 2009 - 10 answers

DIY when apt's super & landlord don't?

My main gripe are the dirty hallways. I rent a 1BR in a 32-unit apartment building in Brooklyn. The rent is well below market and the location is good, but the building isn't properly looked after. The super and landlord and by-and-large my neighbors just don't care. What's the best approach? [more inside]
posted by timnyc on Jan 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Wrong to be annoyed by neighbor?

[Annoying Neighbor Filter] Is it fair to consider a neighbor parking directly in front of the sidewalk that goes to the street into your house every day poor form? Especially on a snow day? [more inside]
posted by gnash on Dec 22, 2008 - 40 answers

How do I placate neighbors irritated by noise?

How do I peacefully coexist with irritable, belligerent neighbors? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Dec 15, 2008 - 27 answers

Help me find a quote/poem/proverb about friendship and neighbors.

Please help me find a quote, proverb or poem, about friendship and neighbors. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Dec 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Howdy Neighbor

Just moved into a new apartment, help me meet my neighbors! [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Nov 11, 2008 - 21 answers

How Do I Drown Out the Noise My Neighbor Creates?

There is little to no insulation between the ceiling of my apartment, and the floor of the apartment above me. I am looking for a way to drown out the noise from my upstairs neighbor. Can anyone, for the sake of my sanity, recommend something that generates enough noise to drown her out? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Sep 28, 2008 - 21 answers

sleep tight and pleeeeaaase don't let the bedbugs bite.

The upstairs neighbors have bedbugs. My roommate and I really really really don't want them! Are there any preventative measures we can take? Bonus points for non-chemical solutions.
posted by purplefiber on Sep 16, 2008 - 12 answers

I can hear their toilet flushing as I type.

Curtainless neighbours enjoy dumping in public and stealing cats. [more inside]
posted by peggynature on Sep 13, 2008 - 43 answers

My neighbors have poisoned the grass in my yard!

My neighbors have poisoned the grass in my yard! [more inside]
posted by lester on Aug 25, 2008 - 32 answers

Lookin' that gift horse in the mouth....

Crouching Homeowner, Hidden Giftgiver: What do I do (and what would you do?) about an unknown person who continues to leave free items in my front garden after I've asked them not to? Tantalizing Details Inside! [more inside]
posted by anitanita on Aug 14, 2008 - 23 answers

Are we inhaling second hand smoke?

Are we inhaling second hand smoke? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Aug 10, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I stop construction workers from waking me?

Noisy Neighbors Filter: The construction at the house next door is waking me up every morning and they start before 8am. How early can residential construction in Chicago begin and what can I do to bust them if they violate that start time? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jul 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Or I could quietly jiggle

How can I work out in my apartment without bothering my neighbors? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Jul 11, 2008 - 26 answers

How do I get my neighbors' dog to stop jumping on me?

How do I get my neighbors' dog to stop jumping on me? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 6, 2008 - 41 answers

Do I have to give dibs to a higher priced Cubs parking space seller?

Wrigleyville residents/capitalist theorists: am I obliged to honor the "dibs" system while selling my parking spot during Cubs night games? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Apr 17, 2008 - 38 answers

What sort of neighbor to be?

This morning, my neighbors down the hall had an extended, high-volume fight. It frightened me in its intensity and content. I called the cops and slipped a note under the door when the aggressor left. Is there anything else I can or should do? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Apr 16, 2008 - 37 answers

Too many presents

My neighbor is very generous - too generous! Her young son and my kids play together fairly often, and each time my kids go to their house to visit, my neighbor sends my kids home with several gifts. Sometimes if she sees my kids playing in the back yard she just hands gifts over the fence. Last time it was a large tin of cookies, a box of Whoppers candies, and a Vitamin Water style drink. In the past gifts have included a hand-knit scarf, brand new clothes, a doll, a box of donuts, and a large plate of homemade fried chicken. At Lunar New Year she gave each of my kids ten bucks plus a box of sweet rolls. I don’t know this woman well at all. We’ve said ‘hi’ a few times but her English is limited and I don’t speak her language which I believe is Thai. I get the sense that our different expectations around gift giving are related to cultural differences (she’s an immigrant from SE Asia, I’m white, born and raised in California), and maybe also that she is just a particularly (or maybe compulsively) gift-giving person. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Mar 20, 2008 - 24 answers

How can we please our neighbor without sacrificing our privacy?

My fiancée and I rent our house, and the next door neighbor (who owns her home) has complained about trees from our yard overhanging into hers. The real estate has said they will pay for this, but our neighbor has to write to them to ask as much. Thing is, we don't really want to give our neighbor the contact details to our real estate, for reasons I will detail inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 - 19 answers

they murdered her

A pair of pit bulls broke into my friend's house and murdered his little dog. What should be done -- legally, ethically, etc.? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Mar 10, 2008 - 87 answers

rubbermaid my brain melt

What do I do about the crappy garbage can rolling around on the street in front of my house? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Feb 17, 2008 - 14 answers

I want it loud... but my neighbours don't!

Please help me find the best music solution for my new but badly insulated (UK) flat. I like my music loud - but my downstairs neighbour doesn't. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Feb 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Stomp stomp stomp, KILL

Some new neighbors just moved into the flat above us. How do I reduce the noise of their constant stomping? Would asking them nicely render a solution? And more importantly, is there some stomping disorder in modern psychology that I should know about? Because their flat is the same size and layout as ours, which isn't that big at all (you can walk across the hall to the door in about 10 steps) and I am genuinely baffled at how much stomping can indeed be done in such a capacity.
posted by bondgirl53001 on Jan 16, 2008 - 33 answers

Don't get your honey where your money is.

How do I maintain positive relations with a group of work friends recently turned neighbors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2007 - 9 answers

The Dos & Don'ts for sleeping with your neighbor...

So I've started sleeping with my neighbor... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2007 - 16 answers

Yucky smoke from neighbor's chimney makes my home stinky. Please help.

What can we do to stop our smelly neighbors? [more inside]
posted by susiepie on Oct 26, 2007 - 13 answers

I've seen the light, and it's killed the mood.

Okay, my neighbors, in Albuquerque, have taken it upon themselves to make use of their security light, keeping it on from 7pm until sunrise, and, well, it's driving me nuts. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 - 27 answers

Oh, what do we know about partying or anything else?

How big and loud can a weekend party be before the neighbors get pissed off? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Oct 16, 2007 - 43 answers

My neighbors are abusing my parking lot! What should I do?

What should I do about neighbors using my building's parking lot? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Oct 14, 2007 - 26 answers

How do I write a nice note to my neighbors asking them to keep it down?

How do I write a polite note to my neighbors letting them know that I can hear everything that goes on in their apartment and asking them to keep it to a reasonable minimum? [more inside]
posted by bijou on Sep 9, 2007 - 27 answers

"Aye Carumba," cried Don Moopy

Cat collars. Ones that snap into action when in range of each other. Suggestions or better ideas most welcome. And of course I've included the whole exasperating tale for your consideration and/or amusement. [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Sep 7, 2007 - 18 answers

The End of Violence

My sister called with disturbing news: tonight, gunfire broke out in the apartment building she just moved into. What advice should I give her? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 4, 2007 - 19 answers

I Can See My Neighbors

My neighbors place (it's a duplex or triplex) is just a little too close. I'd like to create some privacy, but I want to keep my windows open (for the air and the light!), and I don't want to build a nine foot fence. [more inside]
posted by notyou on Jul 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Finding quiet rental properties

What are some good tips for finding a quiet rental property or apartment? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion on Jul 4, 2007 - 26 answers

How to discourage trespassing neighbors?

How do I discourage neighbors from trespassing in my courtyard? [more inside]
posted by lucky mollusk on Jun 8, 2007 - 20 answers

Pruning a neighbor's tree

A neighbor's tree (in DC) has several branches that grow over our yard. We'd like to trim the branches to give our garden some more sunlight. Do we need his permission? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Apr 2, 2007 - 15 answers

off my lawn, you punk!

Heeliefilter: If my 7-year-old neighbor dashes his brains out on my brick driveway, will I be held responsible in any way? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Apr 2, 2007 - 21 answers

Keeping the Rock Alive

I've always been annoyed by people who make a racket in the neighborhood. I'm likely to be one of those people next year. How can I soundproof a room, pacify neighbors, and avoid police? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 20, 2007 - 25 answers

Dogs and cats living together: mass hysteria.

Help my cat adjust to the new neighbour's dog. She has never had to live with a dog before. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Feb 26, 2007 - 6 answers

My neighbors are kinda creeping me out.

Why are the scetchy dudes who live downstairs throwing away hundreds of empty boxes of painkillers? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Feb 15, 2007 - 22 answers

how to ask neighbor to be quiet

My upstairs neighbor has become increasingly loud. He installed wood floors before moving in a year ago, which amplifies the sound. I can tolerate most noise, especially during the early evening. But he comes home after midnight, often with boisterous friends, and their noise keeps me up for hours. I've spoken to him on two occasions to keep it down. Now I want to write a letter. I want to be respectful and respected, but I'm not sure what to say other than to keep it down after hours. I know letter between neighbors can't be enforced, so how can I write it in a way that he'll be understanding and comply? Thanks in advance for advice!
posted by lunachick on Feb 6, 2007 - 30 answers

How to share a washer/dryer with other tenants?

So I found a new home. Its great. Only catch is this: there is a washer dryer hookup but I'm pretty sure its hooked up to only one of the unit's electric/gas (I'm not sure who's). This seems like this would ultimately lead to conflict. I'm trying to figure out a low stress solution to this problem. [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jan 25, 2007 - 8 answers

How to quiet down my noisy Asian neighbors.

What's the best way to get the young Asian couple next door to quiet down their arguments? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Jan 2, 2007 - 31 answers

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