I moved into a loft and the acoustics in the hallway are terrible. If someone walks past my talking to someone else, at a normal volume, I can hear every word, even with the television or music on. It is as if the door is made out of paper. What's worse, is that the opposite is true. When walking past a door you can very clearly hear what is going on inside. Any ideas on soundproofing my place? [more inside]
Lateral thinking to the rescue: Please suggest creative ways to make a dripping tap silent. [more inside]
How can I scare away the crow who squawks in the middle of the night in the tree outside my bedroom? [more inside]
my new brakes are squeaking. any quick fix? [more inside]
I have heard that the electric motor in a household blender continues to be noisy, even though the technology for a quieter one exist, is due to some sort of safety standard. I searched everywhere I can, but couldn't find any literature/ actual protocol to back this up. Does the hive mind have an inkling as to where I could find legit, cite-able sources for this?
and then a friend asked if it was "Radar Rat Race" for the VIC 20 and then I had *THAT* going through my head
What is this snippet of computer game music that I'm remembering? (YouTube link of me singing it inside) [more inside]
I'm making a set of sound sculptures which will make noise when stepped on. Please help me brainstorm simple, durable noise-making mechanisms. [more inside]
My neighbors complained to me (in a polite, reasonable way) about me walking too loudly. How can I fix it? [more inside]
Apartment noise, and my own hypersensitivity to that noise, are intersecting with some bigger psychological issues for me about when to stick up for my needs. Help. [more inside]
Where can I play drums without annoying people? [more inside]
Why does my pot of water sound like it's boiling, but when I lift the lid nothing's happening yet? What's making all the noise?
My Apple Time Capsule makes noise; it always has but now it's become an issue. It's 5 months out of warranty and I'm looking for options before I trek down to the Genius Bar and beg for help. [more inside]
Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
What's the best strategy for handling an enraged neighbor? [more inside]
What's that noise in Miles Davis's "Shhh: Peaceful" from "In A Silent Way"? [more inside]
How can I be less sensitive to my surrounding environment? [more inside]
My family (husband and 2 toddlers) lives in a town home and noise from our place is a constant concern of mine. We recently upgraded to a four bedroom that was occupied by a little old lady for quite a number of years. The ladies who live on either side of us seem to be very nice, but our second weekend into the new place we had one come over and ask us to quiet down. [more inside]
The clichéed two-part catcalling whistle that is performed at the sight of a hottie -- almost exclusively a man whistling at a woman -- that sounds like this. Rising, then falling. Where did that particular "tune" come from? What is the earliest recorded instance of its use? How was it popularized?
Noise-canceling headphones, or noise-cancelling earbuds, or earmuffs, or earplugs, or some combination? I need to protect my ears from both subway noise and loud co-workers. [more inside]
Help me (please) soundproof our new home against the trains that run right behind our house. Materials, strategies, tips: all are appreciated. [more inside]
YANMMechanic: Why would my car make a strange croaking noise while turning? [more inside]
I am moving in to a new apartment, and have discovered that my across the hall neighbor is kind of loud. The noise seems to be carrying through the air conditioner vent. Is there anything I can do to muffle this? [more inside]
Did rain cause my new window air conditioner to make a spattering noise or was it normal operation of the unit? [more inside]
Where can I find the raygun (or one similar to it) that James Iha is using in this video
I was driving my '89 Toyota Corolla on a mud road when it bottomed out in a pile of gravel. At first everything seemed ok, but now, when I start the car, there is a loud vibrating noise (louder inside the car than out.) I also get the noise when I release the clutch into first gear, but not the higher gears. It has been a week now: I am not leaking oil or slipping gears and it doesn't seem to be getting worse. Other than the noise the car seems to be driving normally. Can you be my psychic mechanic? [more inside]
I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 Special Edition (http://autos.yahoo.com/2004_hyundai_tiburon_gt_v6_special_edition/) with 53k miles. Recently I noticed an odd sound when I press the clutch pedal. The best way to describe the sound is that it's very much like the rushing air sound you hear when a window is opened. The sound does vary just a bit in pitch depending on how far the clutch is pressed, and the sound stops when the clutch pedal is let back out. I'd swear it sounds like a hole being opened and closed. The sound is very subtle and can't be heard when the radio is up, so I don't know how long it's been there. I first noticed it several months ago and it hasn't changed since then, neither getting worse nor better. As best as I can determine, the sound is coming from the area underneath the pedal. The transmission seems to be working perfectly and I don't abuse the clutch in any way. Someone suggested that it could be the throwout bearing, but I've watched clips of that sound on-line and it doesn't quite match what I'm hearing. Any ideas or suggestions?
Please help us eliminate an unwanted noise from our home theater. [more inside]
how do i calculate acoustic acum from measured pressure vs frequency data. [more inside]
Sometimes I need to get to sleep well before the 1 AM noise cutoff for the shared house I live in. SleepPhones seem to come up in a lot of Ask threads about this sort of thing. Has anyone tried them, and are there cheaper alternatives for comfortable, sleepable headphones? [more inside]
I just microwaved a mug of water. And after about a minute it started making a loud humming noise, like what happens when you run a wet finger around a champagne glass. It sounded like there were aliens landing in my microwave. What happened? [more inside]
My girlfriend's cat has a tendency to become REALLY active at night, most often between the hours of 4 and 6 in the morning. Loudly running around the bedroom, knocking things off of tables, clawing furniture, whatever she can do to make noise. How can we curb this behavior? [more inside]
Why does white on a TV screen cause audible buzzing noise? It's obvious more on an all-white screen, but even small amounts like captions. It seems like it's been this way for decades, through CRT and on to plasma HDTV screens. [more inside]
How do White Noise machines work? Are white-noise sleep machines really made up of a mosaic of tiny repeating patterns?
How do White Noise machines work? Are white-noise sleep machines really made up of a mosaic of tiny repeating patterns? [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for DIY synth kits. I recently built the Weird Sound Generator and Voice of Saturn kits and am now looking for more to build. Does anyone here know of any similar noise-making PCB kits, or something else in general I should look into? Thanks.
How can I make the best out of an upcoming meeting between myself, my landlord, and my noisy downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
Is there a computer headset that has a very limited range of pickup to avoid ambient noise leaking into my Skype calls? [more inside]
I need to mask the noise that comes from my office. What's a simple way to do this? [more inside]
Any way to reduce audible traffic noise from my high rise condo? [more inside]
I am looking for someone to test noise levels from a neighbour in a new condo in Vancouver, Canada. I need a professional opinion and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
My 2005 VW Golf 1.9 litre TDI has started making an odd noise. It doesn't start until maybe 5 seconds after having started the engine and appears to be loudest around the area near the alternator. [more inside]
Why did my oven make a loud banging noise? Is this dangerous? [more inside]
Should I go through with this house purchase? I'm worried about the noise from next door. [more inside]
How can I effectively get my neighbor to stop harrassing me about the reasonable amount of noise I make?
I am having a conflict about noise with my downstairs neighbor, and he has agreed to meet. What talking points should I bring up, how should I start this conversation, and what kinds of body language can I practice to make it effective? [more inside]
How do I stop my bag from squeaking? The canvas (or nylon) strap on my bag is attached to a coated metal ring that squeaks when they rub against each other. [more inside]
YANMD: Ear crinkling sounds, teeth grinding, and more fun. [more inside]
I moved in above a bar. The soundproofing is great, except for the vibrations from the lower bass frequencies. They're using wall-mounted speakers placed pretty close to the ceiling. Is it possible to soundproof against those? And what are some of the things the bar could do to help me? [more inside]
Assuming a grasp of college algebra, what maths would one need to understand the entirety of the wikipedia entry on white noise. Which order would be the most advisable way to learn those maths and which books might be good for a self study on those topics?
A few years ago I bought a vinyl soft-filled cable car toy for my nephew. All it had was a pull-cord on the side that when pulled would make the toy gently shake or rattle until the pull-cord ring was back at the side of the toy. It was great! It made zero noise! It's been discontinued! Help me find something like it that I can order over the internet for a very nice three-year-old's Christmas present. It need not be a cable car but trains or other mechanicos would be awesome! Thank you so much in advance.
How can I deal with the noise from a nearby school?! [more inside]