SF Good Questions: How Can I Reduce the Sound of Street Noise?

SF Good Questions: How Can I Reduce the Sound of Street Noise?

leslie
Apr 29, 2008

Hi AT:SF, I have a studio apartment on Powell Street and it is so noisy here. I can hear everything from the street (cable cars, cars speeding up the street, fire trucks, police cruisers, etc.). The apartment was built in the 1930s. I work nights sometimes and I can't sleep well. Please tell me what I can do to reduce the noise coming from the outside of my windows. My studio faces the street. Thanks.

-Sleepless for 5 years

Sleepless,

Besides the obvious solution of moving (sleepless for five years? Are you kidding?), you might try a sound machine, heavy curtains, earplugs...

And check out these posts, some related to street noise, some related to neighbor noise:
How To: Soundproof Your Home
Good Questions: Window Noise & Privacy Solution?
House Tour: New Family Home #5
Extreme Soundproofing
The Lovely Side of Neighbor Noise
Noise Tops the Charts
Garbage and Noise in the Bedroom
Noise Pollution: Chainsaw at Midnight? Oh No, He Didn't!
Noisy Neighbors
Good Questions: Ceiling Insulation?
Hot Tip: Cityproof Windows Will Make You Feel Like Charleton Heston in Omega Man
Cityproof Windows: Fighting Noise, Draft & Dirt
Good Questions: Sound-Dampening Paint?
Good Questions: Does Insulation Paint Work?
Being Neighborly: Loud and Obnoxious Neighbors

Anyone else?

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