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I don't know if this is the appropriate forum venue for my question but here goes. I recentlymoved into an apartment that is right on a major street and of course,unbeknownst to me, a fire station close by as well. Does anyone know the best way to limit the tremendous array of high and low frequency level noises coming through my windows. They are quite large and have researched all kinds of diy forums. I can't afford the window plug or the fitted plexiglass. I am also a renter so am limited. I am buying the blackout curtains with some noise inhibiting ability. I didn't know if there is a home out there with experience using items from around the home to place behind the curtain. Layers of different types of fabric?...couple layers of bubble wrap?...mattress cover pads? I use a noise machine at night but need something 24/7. Any help at all would be most appreciated!!

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    Steve Waclo Nov 27, 2014

    Hello Pamela! Got your question and just figured out how to reply. The inner glass of my two pane system is made of laminated glass and the manufacturer does a lot of business sound proofing windows of homes in airport flight paths for the FAA. I'm just speculating, but if a sound barrier is all about the 2" air space, maybe it doesn't matter what "contains" the air. I believe the name of the company I bought from is, wait for it, Soundproof Windows" and I think they are in Reno. They were very helpful and I'd suggest a call. All the best.

  • Pamela Boguzis
    Pamela Boguzis Nov 27, 2014

    Yes, i have heard of them. Thank you for taking the time to help me. Happy & Healthy Holidays to you and yours!

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Hi Pamela!

My sympathies on your problem. We live next to a busy road and after considerable research, I installed sound-resistant windows, which helped a lot, but were expensive. Not a solution for you.

What I have learned is that the best way to block sound thru windows, other than turning them into a wall, is to provide at least a 2" air gap between the existing glass and an interior glass barrier, which is how my windows work. Even with that solution however, low frequencies are very difficult to mute (loud pipes save lives, I guess ??).

You are on the right track with heavy drapes, but prepare to be disappointed. On the bright side, you may get used to it ??.

For sleeping, consider soft ear plugs. No joke. They work well.

Sorry to hear about you problem.

All the best.

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Testimonial: "Thank you for your quick response! I did so much research...ahhhh! I did read about having the 2" gap between the 2 layers. Believe me...I think i!m close to being an expert on the physics of sound :). I was just wondering I'd anyone had success with stuff around the home or low-cost store bought stuff that I referred to in my request.....day stuff. I do wear the earplugs as well as the noise machine. I just don't feel like wearing them all day. I'm disabled from working so I'm home ALL day long!! I so appreciate your input! Thank you so much! Have a good evening!"

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    Pamela Boguzis Nov 26, 2014

    Hi Steve...it's the woman with the noise issue bere. My windows are about 36" by 63". Do you think a sheet of plexiglass woul be fairly inexpensive? i would then caulk them into place with mortite. That was a solution i reasoned out for myself after all my googling. But only if the p!exiglass is on the cheap, which i believe might be. What do you think?

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You might want to try some cheap insulation such as recycled blue jean material or the pink styro 2" thick during the evening and night. This would allow you to remove during the day for light.

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Testimonial: "Thank you for the suggestion. I was wondering if anyone had any success before I go out to buy anything. Being on a tight budget doesn't help matters. Again, thank you for your help! Have a good night!"

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