Posted by Anna on February 24, 1999 at 12:00:30:
In Reply to: Re: Demanding Sound-Proof Windows posted by Kiri on February 22, 1999 at 18:32:35:
: : I live on a street that feeds directly into one of NYC's tunnels,
: : consequently, I am subject to the noise of every heavy commercial
: : vehicle known to man. I can no longer be in my bedroom without ear-plugs
: : and cannot sleep at night.
: : Can I demand that my landlord install sound-proof
: : windows (or something of the kind) on the street-side of the building?
: : It's become intolerable.
: You probably can't demand such a thing, but you could ask nicely, or beg. Or, if it's that intolerable, getting them installed yourself might be worth it if the landlord won't. I'm very sensitive to noise myself and bought a white noise machine at Brookstone for $89. It really helps, although of course it won't block out car alarms, honks, ambulances or really loud noises. I have to ask why you moved into such a place to begin with.
Even if you install new or extra windows, the noise & vibrations might still come thru the walls.
But if you want to live there: reputable window installers will give you free estimates (Yellow Pages, friends, neighbors, & coworkers). There is one that advertises in the free weeklies: it installs a second, internal window for noise control: name is CityQuiet or CityProof?
Landlords will often agree to tenants improvements, if tenant pays for it and leaves it when they move out....
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