Building a Solid, Sound-Dampening Gate

Our front fence and gate collapsing in a storm presented a fabulous opportunity to erect a new sound-abating one. The old set-up — just wire rabbit fencing — had none of those qualities. Dampening traffic noise was the goal so I knew a tall, solid fence was required. To block noise, you want a barrier […]

Use a decibel reader…cautiously.

I downloaded a free NIOSH Sound Level Reader app, but with great reluctance. For this blog, I wanted to objectively assess whether certain noise mitigation efforts, such as our tall fence, were successful. But, I also know that our perception of noise is deeply rooted in psychology. I didn’t want objective reality — such as […]

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