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Alternative solution: give your brother ear plugs for the duration of his visit. A pole with a thick curtain can muffle the sounds somewhat, but not much and the curtains needs to be very thick and heavy. All the sounds that are transmitted through the ceiling/floor (any walking around, opening and closing doors, creaking floorboards, moving objects over the ...


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Most knob sets with that hole on the outside are intended to be unlocked with a small flat-blade screwdriver. Some come with a "key" that is just exactly, made from bent heavy wire. Try shining a light into the hole, you should see a slot inside; put a small screwdriver into the slot, and turn one way or the other. Done!


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As with all wooden items, they should be stored flat with gaps all round for air flow to prevent warping. Propping against a wall will encourage warp as the wood soaks the moisture from the air and nothing supporting the middle from sagging. Look at the storage section of https://www.intouch-quality.com/blog/wood-warping-and-how-to-prevent-it


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