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If you live in an apartment, with firewalls between apartments but no soundproofing, at what time in the morning does it become acceptable to:

1. Start using a treadmill;
2. Start the washer;
3. Start the dryer;
4. Make use of a vacuum cleaner?


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May. 25th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
8am. Any earlier merits the use of a bazooka.
May. 25th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
8am. Any earlier merits the use of a bazooka.

Yeah, I got complaint notices the time I went away for the weekend and forgot to disable my alarm clock! I wrote my neighbors a formal note of apology.
May. 25th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
8 am? Although I have had people around me start things like that at 7 am on weekdays, and I find that fairly acceptable, but that's mostly because I'm already up.
May. 27th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Somebody's alarm in my building goes off at 7 (in addition to mine), but I'm not sure if they're next door or on the floor above. I still hear snoring from next door at 8, so I think 9 is probably the earliest I could start making significant noise without disturbing other people.

(You can hear when the people upstairs run the shower, because of the noises the pipes and flooring make, but I make an exception for that. As far as I'm concerned, you're always entitled to take a shower!)
May. 25th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
If the radio is loud eough to cover the soud, at ay time of day or ight.......I really eed a ew keyoard!
May. 27th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I understand. would this hypothetical radio belong to me or my neighbor? What if my neighbor is trying to sleep and doesn't want the radio on?

Edited at 2010-05-27 05:23 pm (UTC)
May. 27th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
LOL, I guess my sarcasm didn't come across as clearly without N's and B's. LOL

What I was snarkily trying to say, if they are playing the radio loud enough that you can't hear the appliance, what difference does it make? You see I have neighbors that blast music all weekend long. Now I don't mind some music, but not Rap or pulsing club at 6am on a Saturday. I have another neighbor that plays old 50's music all day long. Now that isn't too bad, except that from a distance some of it starts to sound like moaning instead of singing.
Then we have the neighbors that hire a private (obnoxious) lawn service that shows up at all hours. Sometimes its 7am, sometimes 7pm.
In other words, I feel your pain but there really isn't anything you can do about it unless you are willing to start a war with your neighbors.
May. 27th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm the one who's trying not to be obnoxious: I got up at 6 one morning, and started wondering when the earliest was that I could use my treadmill (which is in my bedroom, sharing an outside wall with my neighbors' bedroom). The question kind of expanded from there, as I wondered if there were different times different things might be acceptable. A washing machine is usually not too obnoxious, but a vacuum cleaner definitely would be.
May. 25th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Firewalls? :)

I suppose 8am is reasonable, though I personally don't want to hear a damned thing till 9 or later. Or late at night. There's a reason I'm so happy living in a condo now.
May. 25th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Firewalls? :)

I seem to recall seeing on my rental insurance policy that firewalls were present and a reason for a discount. I assume they are literal firewalls. :)

I mentioned it because I figure if a wall is designed to confine a fire to one apartment, it probably is better soundproofing than mere drywall would be.
May. 26th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
As a night owl ... I say 9 AM. Conversely, I say 11 PM is the latest time to do anything noisy.
May. 27th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
The consensus seems to be that by 9 am it's okay.

I agree that by 11 pm, anything loud enough to prevent sleep should have stopped.
May. 28th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh, so you want to be a considerate neighbor! That's easy! One afternoon soon, you go and knock on their door. Introduce yourself and then ask them when they wouldn't be bothered by your treadmill or vacuum. They might be fine with earlier then you expect. Who knows, they might have hearing problems and don't hear you at all. And the best part, you might make friends.
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