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Need to Drain Water from Steam Heat Radiators

Our heading system got flooded and now there's tons of water in a couple steam heat radiators that are in the wall (not sticking out like so many). Every time it starts heating the water bangs up against the metal and makes huge, scary banging noises. With a normal radiator I would shim up a side so the water runs out, but these are embedded in the wall. I need help identifying which part of the radiator to unscrew to drain it. [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy on Jan 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Low, frequent rumble in the San Juan Islands?

Mefites in the Pacific Northwest coastal area, Anacortes and San Juans in particular - have you been hearing a low, extended rumble every few minutes? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jan 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Hammer Arresters and HE Washing Machine

I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Open-Source Replacement for iTunes

iTunes has a nice interface but it sucks deep down. Is there a good open-source iTunes alternative for Windows? Linux and Mac OS are nice but not a necessity. [more inside]
posted by anemone of the state on Dec 11, 2014 - 17 answers

How far do I need to be from a highway/parkway to no longer hear it?

How far do I need to be from a highway/parkway to no longer hear it? I hope to use this information to look at a map and find the nearest place that will be quiet in the middle of the night, to record sound. Local road noise or the occasional passing car is not a concern, just highways and parkways that will be busy all night.
posted by xo on Nov 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Scenes where people are having a hard time to have a conversation

I'm looking for movies scenes where protagonists don't understand each other, because of a lot of ambient noise or because the protagonists have to speak very low …people saying "what?", shouting, making weird faces, having a conversation based on a misunderstanding, etc. I'm looking for examples that happen face to face but also by telephone. Thank you in advance!
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2014 - 16 answers

White noise options for iOS?

I have this app but I'm curious what else is available. Bonus points if there are lots of ocean-related noises with a lot of customization.
posted by curious nu on Nov 1, 2014 - 11 answers

I don't really want to be this aware of my own blood.

I sometimes like to use earplugs, but I always end up just listening to my blood loudly pulsing around in my head. This is not ideal. Does anyone have recommendations for earplugs that actually make things quiet, instead of just replacing ambient noise with the noise of my heartbeat? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Can you identify this noise?

I live in a small, 10-unit apartment and have an ongoing issue with noise. There is a constant humming sound around 375 hz that is particularly loud in our apartment and on our floor. [more inside]
posted by knilstad on Oct 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Removing banding noise from video still

I have a video recording of a computer screen, and so the resulting video includes some wavy banding artifacts (the kind you often see when you film a monitor or TV). Small sample image. What is this artifact/noise called, and is there any way to remove it? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Oct 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Downstairs neighbors complaining about child noise, what can we do?

We are in the beginning of an ugly situation with our new neighbors, and would like to figure out what can we do to defend ourselves. They are complaining that our child is running and want him to stop.running completely which is unrealistic given he is two years old. I am walking on eggshells and having trouble sleeping because of this, so looking for support/suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Shusha on Oct 3, 2014 - 105 answers

Ultra sparse music

I'm craving music that has as little sound as possible. I feel like the music that I've encountered all my life rarely has long chunks of silence. I want music that respects silence, tiptoes around it, and very, very rarely intrudes upon it. I want those intrusions to be perfect as well. Does anything come to mind? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 1, 2014 - 55 answers

Suggestions on reducing traffic noise in a high rise apartment?

Anyone have any suggestions for sound dampening in a high rise apt near a freeway? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Best recording option for dictation in a moderately noisy environment?

I would like to dictate memos and documentation when away from my Mac, and then use Dragon to transcribe the recordings. This is in a somewhat noisy environment, similar in volume, tone and variation to a car traveling at a reasonable speed on the highway (HVAC equipment one room over, lots of random rattles and whirs and steady hums.) Not loud, but notable. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Screaming kids are my neighbors, and I am at a loss

I'm debating letting my neighbors know that we can really hear their kids screaming, but I'm not sure if I should. Talk me into or out of it. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Aug 26, 2014 - 38 answers

How much noise is usual and/or acceptable in a shared house?

I have been reflecting on my very recent experience in a house-share from which I am now, blessedly, removed. Specifically, I am doing some reflection on my issues with the noise level, and trying to figure out, for my own future reference, whether the noise levels in the house were reasonable or unreasonable. I would love the hive mind to weigh in about whether the following noise in a shared house is okay or not, as I am obviously not the most dispassionate judge at this point. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Aug 21, 2014 - 31 answers

How do I resolve a neighbor/noise issue?

My newish neighbors keep complaining about the level of noise coming from my apartment, but I'm not being loud. How do I handle this? Sensitive details in the explanation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2014 - 24 answers

screaming kids on the street too noisy, any code in NYC?

Recently there is this family brings their super noisy kids(about 5-6) to run and scream on the street infront of my apartment everyday from 6pm-10pm. The street is in a quite neighborhood, there are families, but I never hear or saw a single kids making such noise outside of there home on the street. One day I went down and talked to the parent and kids, that they shouldn't make noise like this, but they didn't listen and was quite rude, both the parent and the unruling kids. I really can't take this, it's extremly noisy, the screaming can't be stopped by closing my windows and putting on earplugs, not to mention it's hot summer that I need a little bit of breeze and peace in the evening at home. What Can I do? this is in NYC, is there any code for noisy street kids? thanks!
posted by pack2themoon on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Good fences make good BARK BARK BARK BARKBARK BARKBARKBARKBARK!

Advanced dog advice, positive feedback loop edition: Looking for advice on convincing our new rescue pup not to bark at our neighbors' even barkier dogs. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jul 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Name That Noise

What kind of frog (or other animal) is making this noise in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

the alarm clock goes yip yip yipYAP YAPYAPYAPsnarrrrllllllllyipYAPYAPYAP

How can I gracefully address this dog walker's inconsiderate behavior? [more inside]
posted by txtwinkletoes on May 24, 2014 - 11 answers

What the hell are my upstairs neighbors up to?

I have been repeatedly woken at night, often for hours, by noises from the upstairs neighbors, all of which I find bewildering. For a few days I hear them drilling in their bathroom, apparently installing something. Now they wander around upstairs for hours, back and forth to the bathroom, running the water for a few minutes each time, occasionally punctuated by a brief grinding noise I would associate with a garbage disposal, but not for so long that they are disposing garbage (and how would you even get a garbage disposal in a bathroom sink anyway)? [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on May 23, 2014 - 43 answers

Mantras for Enduring Loud Inane Noise

I am about to move from a very quiet corner of my large shared apartment, to a very loud, high traffic area where I will be unable to escape from television noise and very loud people. What are some phrases or slogans which I can repeat to myself regularly, so that I can be as calm and non-judgmental and non-rage-y as possible? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on May 14, 2014 - 16 answers

How big a deal is it to live near a fire station?

Based on your experience, do you think we are going to regret buying a home near a fire station? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on May 12, 2014 - 40 answers

Recommend me degenerate lo-fi noise/"metal" like early Monster Magnet

I've always loved the first two Monster Magnet singles. Murder, Tractor, Freak Shop USA, Lizard Johnny. I'm looking for some jams that rival the dosed basement psychosis of the really early MM. All that comes to mind is Skullflower, which is really more improv than metal, and High Rise, but neither completely scratches the itch. Hip me to the filthiest of dirtbag low fidelity metallic TKOs of any era - stuff that makes Jesus Lizard and Pissed Jeans look like Bon Jovi!
posted by porn in the woods on Apr 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Neighbor's bass is slowly rendering my innards to gelatin - advice?

After searching, I see this has come up on Ask MeFi before in regards to apartment situations. The difference here is that we own, as do our neighbors. We live in Chicago, and naturally the police are less than responsive about these sorts of matters. I have spoken to the vibrating bass vehicle owner himself, twice, which helps for a week or so at most. I am a quiet person and a homebody - also a stay-at-home mom to a toddler and impending baby. There is literally nowhere in the house I can go to escape it when it's at max volume. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Loud music and reptiles

Our science museum throws weekly DJ dance parties in a building full of reptiles, amphibians and sea life. I think thick plastic may protect most of them from the noise. But this Yelp review made me wonder if the vibrations of the loud beats could be stressing them out or worse. Is it harmful for an alligator to have to listen to Skrillex at high volume or are they OK with it?
posted by johngoren on Apr 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Silence a loud outdoor gate

My landlord just installed an alley gate between my building and another. It was in response to some attempted break-ins from the back of the walkup. The problem is that when the door slams shut, it’s really loud and startling. On a Saturday, it slams shut very loudly around 20 or so times a day (not really an exaggeration). To me being the noise sensitive type, who gets a jolt of adrenalin each time it happens, this is a very bad addition to my already urban environs. [more inside]
posted by shimmer on Apr 15, 2014 - 9 answers

What noises are my downstairs neighbor hearing?

I live in the top floor of a newly-constructed (less than a year old) wood-framed apartment complex. I try to be a good neighbor and keep any noises to a minimum. However, yesterday, my neighbor that lived right below my unit came to talk to me about thumping noises that he hears coming directly above him. He says it sounds like somebody was dropping heavy objects or moving furniture. The thing is, he claims he mostly hears this after 11PM. However, I'm usually in bed and sound asleep by 11. So what could it be that he's hearing? [more inside]
posted by gyc on Apr 8, 2014 - 38 answers

What is that electronic noise in my audio system?

I'm hearing some odd noise in my office audio system and I'd like an opinion on what it could be. It appeared right after I replaced three old Shure SCM810 mixers with new versions of the same model. They are usually soft, as heard in this short clip here) but the occasionally sound much louder and become quite noticeable. It reminds me of the interference from Blackberry devices but it's clearly different. Could this be interference from some other device or is something else going on here? Thanks in advance.
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Defendant: 12th man

How do CenturyLink Field and the Seattle Seahawks NFL team not get crushed by a workplace safety lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Jan 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for Data Center headphones

I work in a data center, and when amongst the racks the noise is pretty tremendous - gotta lean in towards the person you're talking to just to hear them, ear plugs are a must for any long-term work if you don't have other coverage. So I'm looking for good headphones in the 100-150 dollar range that have either active or very effective passive noise cancellation/reduction. The restriction - no earbuds, I hate 'em. Over-ear cans are the way to go. The Sennheiser 280 is a classic standby, but I can't find any specifics on how much white-noise type sound they block. The 429/439s look pretty swank as well, but once again, can't find any details beyond nebulous claims of 'sound isolation'. Anyone in a similar noise environment have recommendations?
posted by FatherDagon on Jan 14, 2014 - 12 answers

False noise complaints and an eviction threat

My 80-year-old grandparents live in subsidized housing in New Jersey. The neighbor in the apartment next door has been repeatedly making false noise complaints about them, saying that he can't sleep because they play the radio loudly all night (completely untrue). They were even visited by the property manager to tell them to stop. Now they've received a "notice to cease," saying that they'll be evicted if they don't stop. How can we deal with this without a lawyer? More details below. [more inside]
posted by lolichka on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Everything is loud and I hate it.

I live in Palo Alto and find it impossible to concentrate and get anything done in public, my office being the only exception I've found. My apartment has single-pane windows and faces a busy street. I can hear traffic, car stereos, and even loud sidewalk conversations really, really well. The cafes where I can actually get a seat are also super-loud. I am picking up 77-80 dB on my phone mic at La Boulange right now, even when no music is playing. It is unbearable. Where can I find respite (defined as being able to concentrate, read, and work on a laptop) within 30 minutes of downtown PA via some combination of bike, bus, and Caltrain? (Do not suggest headphones or earplugs.)
posted by Nomyte on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

What makes an aircraft flying overhead noisier?

I've been doing research on jet aircraft noise over urban areas. And, while I've uncovered some very clear explanations of the different types of aircraft noise to share with others, there are some questions that still are eluding my Google foo. I'm looking for resources that will help me to answer a variety of specific questions about aircraft noise, whether they are discussion groups or specific authors of research papers, etc. The kinds of questions I'm seeking resources for are all related to aircraft noise, but can be somewhat different. For example: [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Dec 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB.

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB. I'm thinking about buying a fridge, and the fridges I'm considering have noise levels ranging from 28dB to 47dB (according to the latest fridge assessment in Choice). Fridges with a 28dB noise level rating are too expensive for me, though, so I'm trying to find something I can afford but which won't annoy me too much (I'm sensitive to the noise of a buzzing fridge). What I can afford tends to be somewhere in the mid-30s dB range. But it's no use going into a noisy showroom and trying to properly gauge how a fridge will sound in my quiet home. So I'm wondering if there's a way I can test these different noise levels at home before I buy, to see what's the difference.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Any audio equivalent of "extract a person or object using Photoshop"?

I have a sound recording that ideally I would like to remove the background sound from. My recording has unfortunately captured the unwanted sound of an episode of Doctor Who being played from a TV in the background. Is there a way to filter that out? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

How will 3rd floor renovations affect us?

If you've ever lived on the first floor and had renovations going on on the third floor/roof (adding dormers, installing plumbing for a bathroom, etc), please tell me your story! I'm trying to figure out if this will be a minor inconvenience (eg, only distant noise) or a major headache (feels like it's happening in my apartment). The building is a 2-family condo with three floors altogether. Thanks!
posted by cider on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

The neighbour's screaming kids

I live in a terrace with shared walls. My neighbours have really loud kids and scream at them a lot. Can I ask them to keep it down or does that make me a childless uncompassionate jerk? How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Nov 4, 2013 - 41 answers

Home is Where the Highway Is

What is it like owning a home near a *loud* highway or other noisy high-traffic roadway? How do you cope? Will I regret buying this house? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Nov 2, 2013 - 47 answers

Noisy men’s shoes as a status symbol?

In my workplace, it seems that for males, the higher up you are in the hierarchy, the noisier are the shoes, almost as if it’s in the job description. Middle managers shoes tend to make a bearable noise level, but when a male VP walks by, I could swear he’s wearing high heels. Are quality men’s shoes noisier? Or is this just that executives tend to prefer noisy loafers by design?
posted by racingjs on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

What makes a ringtone audible in an urban environment?

Even with the ringer set on maximum volume, I tend not to hear my phone ringing when I'm out walking on a busy London street. I'd like a ringtone that will be audible over traffic noise, but not be earsplitting or annoying when I'm indoors. Are there any acoustic properties (other than sheer loudness) that I should look for in a ringtone to help it stand out against a background of car engines and other street noise?
posted by yankeefog on Sep 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Knock, Knock. Who's There? CAR TROUBLE!

My car started making a weird noise on my drive home from work tonight. I got home, did some research, and discovered that the noise sounds a lot like "engine knock". I checked my oil level, and it's borderline low-ish. Is is OK to drive to a mechanic or should I walk/take the bus to AutoZone and top up the oil before starting it again? Am I already completely screwed? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Do I need a new computer power supply, or can I fix this one?

I have a 650W power supply in my computer that I installed myself back when I asked this question (scroll through the answers on that for most system specs). This morning, the fan on the power supply started making noise. Do I need to replace the supply entirely, or is this something I can fix on my own? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Measuring and collecting data on aircraft noise

I need to measure some noise, complicated environmental noise. And store the data. Aircraft noise. (Which is complicated to measure.) Some initial research is turning up that it could be done with equipment like a Real Time Audio Analyzer w 1/3 Octave Band Filters or equivalent. I need to do it separately from city-owned or airport owned equipment. I know there are experts who do this and the analysis is not easy. Best case scenario, there would be an individual or group which could be hired within the Chicagoland area to help. Next best thing would be the ability to collect data ourselves that could be analyzed later. Anyone familiar with the resources and strategies used for residents to collect data on aircraft noise?
posted by jeanmari on Aug 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Please. Stop. Whining.

My dog whines incessantly when I leave him alone. Time has passed. I've tried all the things. Dog is otherwise great. It is time for my sweet pup who I otherwise adore to chill out quietly in his kennel so that I can leave the house. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 11, 2013 - 27 answers

What are the major sources of cabin noise in cars?

I've been thinking of buying noise dampening products to make my car interior quieter. It seems that the common approaches are to get spray-on dampener for the wheel wells and peel/stick sheets for areas like the trunk. Some people go nuts and tear the entire car apart to line the entire cabin with sheets. I don't have time or money to go nuts, but I would be willing to be a little crazy to target the top 3 or 4 sources of cabin noise, if I could figure out what they are. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

name that song

What is this music? It was a piece by a woman composer; I think she had won some sort of important contemporary classical music award or was otherwise highly acclaimed, but the piece had a very postmodern/rockish sensibility. The beginning is a repetitive, kind of Olympo-fascist horn line and I think it resolves into something messier partway through the song. It's very catchy despite being kind of cacophonous. There was a music video for it that somehow involved, I think, horses or pegasi, an MS Paint aesthetic, and things with bright red eyes. [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 27, 2013 - 9 answers

How to soundproof a caravan?

Hi, Could someone please tell me what options are available for soundproofing a mobile home? Is it possible to get double-glazing and possibly soundproof the walls somehow? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on May 24, 2013 - 3 answers

How should I approach complaining about noise from a new bar?

My new neighbor is a piano bar that plays live music during the weekends. How should I go about complaining about the noise from their live shows? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on May 17, 2013 - 21 answers

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