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  • Any fence additions that would help block noise from screaming neighbours?

    Have new neighbours who re very loud. I guess better than party music at 3am :-).

    Is there anything that can be added to my 6ft fence that will help defer noise from their direction? Also some extra privacy would be nice too.

    Thanks all :-)
    Last edited by OnTheMove; 09-12-2020, 03:35 PM.

  • #2
    Well you’re not the first wanting the fence to do more than provide a barrier see this article which has some ideas including acoustic panels.

    Sound barrier fence
    If you're prone to throwing loud outdoor parties in the city, these tips and tricks are for you.
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    • #3
      Having the same problem here and thank you for sharing this article. It seems like it would be a big help to solve the issue.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by donna View Post
        Well you’re not the first wanting the fence to do more than provide a barrier see this article which has some ideas including acoustic panels.

        Sound barrier fence
        Donna legend as always !

        Drowninside, I feel for ya. All day long screaming. Once a quiet tranquil place outside.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by donna View Post
          Well you’re not the first wanting the fence to do more than provide a barrier see this article which has some ideas including acoustic panels.

          Sound barrier fence

          Ok read that. Currently we have a 6ft timber panel fence, with 1mm type gaps all way across, is on a slope, their line of sight looks into the house, so the fence needs to be MUCH higher. Not sure how to do this without extreme cost, ie new fence. Is there anyway to clamp panels on our side to raise the line of sight? Only thing is, was built for our property so the ugly post side is on their side if that makes sense. On our side is painted white timber panels.

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          • #6
            You can do anything to your side get some quotes
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            • #7
              Originally posted by donna View Post
              You can do anything to your side get some quotes
              The support posts etc on their side, originally was built by this original house owner. Confused if I can access fence posts or not. The noise pads will likely just get blown off as am in a coastal area facing the prevailing winds. Was hoping I could do something myself :-). Just depends if Im allowed to pop over the fence to make changes or not.

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              • #8
                What about a fence within your boundary and the noise panels attached to that? It would be protected from the weather and just serve it's purpose to reduce noise.

                I also say 'focus on what you can control'.

                cheers,

                Donna
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by donna View Post
                  What about a fence within your boundary and the noise panels attached to that? It would be protected from the weather and just serve it's purpose to reduce noise.

                  I also say 'focus on what you can control'.

                  cheers,

                  Donna
                  Wouldnt that be two fences next to each other? Its an interesting one, when the fence went up it was this house that I bought that put it up, but i didnt own it then. So whether I have a right to jump over the fence to make amendments to the existing fence is probably only able to be answered by somebody at LINZ or the Council?......

                  Im wondering if when they moved in it was just too much for everybody and took a while to adjust, still shouting at people down the yard instead of going down to speak to the young person, but better than the words that were being used prior. Also, having gone from no families and a really peaceful native tree back yard to 3 shouty neighbours for us is also a thing we have to adjust to, maybe a bit of both will go a long way.

                  Still if it continues and is too much to be able to sit out on the deck and watch the native birds etc, I think it will be worth making some kind of amendment to the fence. Love these industrial accoustic panels. If I was making a fence from scratch, I think I would go with them and industrial fencing 12ft, industrial being modern look now etc.

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                  • #10
                    What about double glazing on windows? have seen videos of how this does wonders.

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                    • #11
                      This can be a major bugbear. Some people speak such that they can literally be heard 50m away. Others will operate stereos at high volume regardless of the fact that it can intrude inside most houses within a 50 m radius, and they could be a large number around 20 of them. Pure selfishness and inconsideration.
                      One neighbor would put a fishwife to shame with her screaming at her husband. When it extended to her doing it to two very young children aged about 4, I was fortunate to be able to get the police to call to check on their welfare. When the children explained to their parents how the police had come to check on their aunt this sufficed to curb her behavior for a few years now.
                      Noise control can help if assistance sought promptly.
                      There are reviews of noise blocking solutions. This seems to be no gaps and and an absorbent material eg batts within say a ply frame. Unfortunately with decks and height of speakers the noise will usually pass over the standard 2 m fence. More so as the house acts as a sound shell and it can be impossible to stop it reaching say a second story bedroom.
                      Some people are responsive to explanation, others like one neighbor who parties til 4am 2-3 x pw, not at all.
                      I might tape the drunken bleating "I am just looking for love" and play it back over my 100 watt system at an inopportune time.

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