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 01-08-2007, 11:03 Post: 138542
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Will a privacy fence reduce noise? I'm thinking of the wood panel type fences.

We may have a chance to move to the family farm, and a few of the idiot neighbors have very loud 4-wheelers. I cannot tolerate the noise and rudeness. Even putting the house as far from the road as possible, I'd like more quiet.

Any other suggestions would be welcome. There is no reasoning with these people.

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 01-08-2007, 11:15 Post: 138543
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The only thing that reduces noise by any significant amount is density. Think tall concrete or block barriers like they place along freeways through urban areas or big earthen berms.

I really can sympathize with your. When we built here in the boonies it was dead quiet. The lot next to us was supposedly unbuildable. Then a guy with political connections built a house and garage and a few other buildings and moved in. They didn't meet forest stocking requirements for an occupancy permit but they moved in anyway. Then they built a motorcycle track and run those damn things day and night in the summer. The only peace is on cold, rainy days (which we get a lot of in the winter). Anyway, one day their kids will grow up and move out and maybe things will quiet down.






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 01-08-2007, 11:35 Post: 138544
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I happened to notice the other day when driving thru Waterloo, Ia. on 520 that where the houses have crowed up to the interstate they built heavy solid wooden fences probably 12-14 ft. high for several miles. I think evergreens can also be somewhat effectrive too but not to the degree of a solid wall. Some people we kinda know built a new home within about a hundred ft. of the woven wire fence along I 380. I've been there a couple times, not a moments peace and quiet day or night. I would'nt have built there if they gave me the lot. Frank.






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 01-08-2007, 12:37 Post: 138550
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I think evergreens will help if planted densely enough. Can also help with developing a wind break, which helps carry alot of noise. Anything that can interrupt wind will interrupt sound waves.






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 01-08-2007, 12:49 Post: 138552
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We have 100 foot thick band of 40 foot douglas firs between us and the neighbors and they help a little but nowhere near enough. These trees have not been pruned up either (just for this reason).

[edit] I failed to mention what does help. We have good double-pane windows and a tight house and it helps a LOT to keep everything closed up. That means not opening up the windows during a cool summer evening (and of course higher A/C bills).






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 01-08-2007, 14:26 Post: 138562
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Privacy fences may help some, but the noise of 4 wheelers will get passed them. Large trees also help but you may not live long enough to watch them grow. A combination of trees fences and berms will help. If on farm property, growing corn around your house helps. Trouble with corn it is only tall from the end of July til harvest in November. The rustle of dry corn from the wind is soothing. Usually you wouldn't repeat the corn every year either.






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 01-08-2007, 15:36 Post: 138568
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Bill, not sure now where you are but Leyland Cypress grow very fast compared to some other trees and help. I can tell with the thin line of hardwoods around our house when the leaves fall the noise bounces more. Could also be the fields are normally smooth with no crop then also helps the sound bounce. Anything that helps break the sound waves should help. May not be that noticable to the ear though.






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 01-08-2007, 15:37 Post: 138569
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My experience with large evergreen trees isn't good, either. I was thinking of a tall, thick hedge instead, backed by a tall privacy fence about 10' away from them. Then the house would be another 300' away.

I agree good windows, doors and so on will help with noise inside the house, but won't help me any when in the shop or working in the yard.

Maybe I should just forget about it and wear earplugs all the time. Smile

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 01-08-2007, 18:26 Post: 138587
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Bill, if the sound is an issue only when you are in the shop or outside working...they make a nice headset with radio built in. Sells for between $50 to about $100 depending on the brand and such. Cuts out their noise and give you something you may like. Sure did enjoy mine until my wife happened to use them.








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Unfortunately ATV noise is not something you can attentuate. The high frequency exhaust noise seems to penetrate most materials. Those that it doesn't penetrate it will get past and bounce off.

The wooden walls along highways are mostly rated for tire-related noise, not engine or other sounds. Back home our DOT found that for highways, simply changing the direction of the broomed-concrete finish before it cured from straight down the roadway to swshing it back and forth to running it perpendicular to the road drastically changed one frequency of sound but caused or enhanced another. You'll drive yourself crazy trying to deal with it. Me, I don't mind it. But like Murf, I like those things with engines (not quoting per batum)! Ar-ar-argh!






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