How to Block Neighbors' Noise?

How to Block Neighbors' Noise?

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Tess Wilson
Sep 13, 2015

Q: Hi Apartment Therapy! All of the windows in my apartment face an empty concrete alley. My neighbors in the building next door watch TV and yell at each other until late at night. I don't think it rises to levels where I could call the police about a noise violation, but they are loud enough that they keep me up at night, sometimes until 3am. I can't knock on their door and ask them to keep it down because I can't get into their building...

My landlord cares about absolutely nothing and would not be any help. White noise isn't enough to mask the yelling. Does anyone have any experience with noise-blocking curtains? Do they work? Are there any other soundproofing methods I could use in my apartment? -Sent by Violet

Editor: Please share all of your soundproofing wisdom with Violet, but if you have any recommendations for addressing the larger, louder issue, I'm guessing that advice would be appreciated, too. Thanks!

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