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Reducing the high pitched sound of writing on chalkboard

Apparently, the way you grab the chalk influences in the noise: if you fully grab it, putting your forefinger over it, it will eliminate vibrations. Also, write without making a lot of pressure. ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I am in a similar situation at home. I get up to go to work at around six in the morning whilst my wife and two very young children (2 and newborn) continue to sleep. If I make too much noise and ...
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Reduce blender noise

They actually make blender sound enclosures which will dampen a blender's noise considerably. These are generally designed for retail applications (i.e. expensive), but you can draw on the basic ...
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How to eat loud food (chips, celery) quietly

To me, this is more of a manners question, as crunchy foods are meant to be crunched. So, offer some chips (etc.) to your workmates before snacking. Explain they are welcome to any and apologize for ...
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How can I stop plastic bags that cover computer speakers from vibrating?

Stop using plastic bags to cover your speakers.Change the stuff you use to protect your desk speakers. Use something instead of a thin plastic bag that is: inexpensive easy to find easy to install ...
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How to make sure I can't be heard by neighbours (without asking them)?

Best way I can suggest: ask. Ask the ones on your floor closest to your shower; ask the ones above and below your apartment. If they don't know offhand, they probably aren't being bothered by it. ...
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How can I stop plastic bags that cover computer speakers from vibrating?

Virolina provided a good answer: speakers make the air vibrate, and plastic bags are going to be affected by those vibrations because they're so thin and lightweight. My suggestion is to avoid using ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I'd suggest ensuring people close their doors while sleeping (they should anyway, for fire safety and privacy), and you may want to install a noise machine in the hallway, or play a CD of surf sounds, ...
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How to reduce the noise from my household washing machine

It sounds as though your washing machine needs to be balanced properly. If you've never done it, it can be a bit of a black art. The machine will normally have 2 feet at the front which can be ...
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Coping with the dynamic loudness inequality of a Zoom classroom

If you have a Windows computer, you can try to limit the peak level for your output by using SoundLock. There may be an equivalent program for the Scottish computer. The directions are on the site. ...
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How to wake up without waking up other people in the same room?

Drink lot of water before sleep, so you could wake u on the morning by call of natural (biological ). It won't disturb any one but you. Water is good for everything.
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How can I soundproof my room (or part of it) so I can sing without annoying my roommates?

One of the best materials for soundproofing is, believe it or not, eggcrate foam. It might not be your cheapest option, but it is certainly not your most expensive. Thick blankets would probably be ...
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DIY sound insulation material for high frequencies

Usually, a high-pitched sound from electronics is due to something resonating. It may well be possible to kill the sound at source by breaking the resonance. If a component is emitting sound due to ...
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How to reduce the noise of the mini printing machine?

Many, if not most, minimalist printers are manufactured to keep material cost low for competitive pricing and so do not have any more costly provision to be silent in operation. Fan noise tends to be ...
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How do I get a sound every 25 seconds

A battery operated bluetooth speaker on the odd platform where you can't get power. Then inside, plugged in if need be, something that can play to the speaker. This could easily be a phone since it ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

If it is your appliance or if they are ok with it, you could remove the bell from the appliances or have a technician do it, is pretty simple. Have a pair of slippers in your car or near the door ...
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How to eat loud food (chips, celery) quietly

You don't mention if the foods must be raw. If you can cook them first it will soften foods like carrots and other crunchy vegetables and they will no longer be crunchy.
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Managing day-to-day sound from upstairs neighbours

Noise cancelling headphones would protect your ears, as opposed to blasting loud noise which slowly damages hearing. That said, it's not truly a "lifehack", as these headphones range from US$60 to ...
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How can I stop plastic bags that cover computer speakers from vibrating?

For outdoors applications, you can get waterproof loudspeaker covers. These are used on PA systems etc. They are made to let the sound through without letting water in. For your desk, covering the ...
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How to minimize breathing being recorded in phone?

The most available 'mics' are a pair of earbuds (like from an iPhone) that have built in mic, this can help a lot, and they are very available. You can often find a few in the junk drawer in your ...
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Lessen sound vibration from speakers

The best kind of foam to use for seismic isolation is a soft absorbent polyurethane foam which is dark grey. The worst kind of foam to use is one that is stiff such as white styrofoam which conducts ...
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Is there a technique to check if the people downstairs can hear us running on a treadmill without asking them?

The most simple answer is: If you can hear it, they can hear it as well. If you can't hear it, there's no way to know besides asking them. In a physical sense, sound is a vibration of air. It spreads ...
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How do I live with noisy neighbors?

Let's concentrate on the music first. Humans hear sounds in 2 different ways: The air vibration (sound wave) travels into the ear channel, causes the eardrum to vibrate as well, which is then ...
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Coping with the dynamic loudness inequality of a Zoom classroom

If you have Windows with a Realtek Audio driver, there is a setting for Loudness Equalization. Loudness "equalization" was the MS term. Such that increasing the volume above a certain ...
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Adding a temporary door

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 ...
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How to reduce the noise from my household washing machine

If the tenant below is complaining, I would imagine the washing machine is perhaps shaking on a hard floor. The best way to reduce the sound of these humanoid washing machines is to place something ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

You could try sound proofing the kitchen and wash your hands in the kitchen sink. Sheetrock can be used to sound-proof your kitchen. As pseyfert stated with the folding doors this is indeed a good ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

Walking around the house is probably loudest when placing feet heel-first to the floor. Walking front-first is a lot better (now it depends on the house: on the concrete floor, you should be inaudible,...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

You have indicated the action that should be taken which is to isolate the kitchen (sources of noise) from the rest of the household or vise-versa. Kitchen doors are problematic and are rarely used ...
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How to reduce noise disturbance?

Try to cover the door and window with cotton as it will not allow the sound to pass away this concept is also used in the studio also. And you want to implement this properly try to put insulator in ...
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