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Old 02.07.2012, 17:32
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Living with construction noise

Living and working directly opposite a construction site (renovation of a whole house block) is becoming mentally exhausting. The project began last February and will last another 8 months. Constant throbbing, machinery, metal saws, builders shouting - not to mention the dust, dirt, huge cement mixers and lorries parked on the road outside our house.

- Moving is not an option.
- Complaining is not an option (it's all within the law and regulations)
- I'm not looking for monetary compensation.

Does anybody else have to endure constant noise and, if so, how do you deal with it?

I'm looking for health tips, ideas for de-stressing etc.



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Old 02.07.2012, 17:38
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Re: Living with construction noise

Ugh... I feel for you. I had to deal with a lot of construction noise while living in downtown Zurich, and it practically drove me to madness -- especially because they're allowed to start making noise as early as 7:00 am here!

I suggest you get out of the house as much as possible to avoid the noise. And you might want to consider wearing earplugs and/or noise-reducing earphones.

Also... I am a really light sleeper and use a white noise machine, which really helps drown out background noise. You could also listen to some of your favorite music on a higher-than-usual level while you're at home to help drown it out.

I wish you good sleep and peace of mind!
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Re: Living with construction noise

I feel your pain! We had this for about eighteen months directly across from our building. I work at home, too, and so I was forever opening and shutting windows, depending on what was happening outside. It was also a big hassle for all my music students and their parents, trying to get to my place for their lessons! And then I had to watch out for my daughter and her friends walking to and from school and narrowly missing being run over by reversing trucks. Aaaagh!

I would just say enjoy your Sundays and be friendly to the builders when you see them. That way, if you have a question or want them to move a particularly badly parked truck they might actually consider it.
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Re: Living with construction noise

sound like you could be our neighbour -- with two projects going on including one adjoining our back yard we have been dealing with the same things for over a year with a December completion date for the one in our backyard

advice ? ... pray for weekends and early finishing
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Re: Living with construction noise

We've lived with roadworks, tram-track works and finally a building site within touching distance of our place over a period of 4 years.

I agree it is mentally exhausting and was worst when I had a couple of months unemployment where I didn't have reason to be out of the house from 8-6 in the day.

A few times we had to complain because the building renovation guys did noisy stuff before 7am (one day they started up some stinky rattly machine at 6.15am and combined it with a circular saw used for cutting paving slabs right outside our bedroom window - the barstewards!). I gave the building firm both barrels of angry-woman bullets that day!

You will find that the noisy, dusty work will tail off once they've done the major renovation and it will quieten down when the interior fitters (plasterers, tilers, parquet floorers) come in.

My advice is try to be out as much as possible. Make plans for a swim somewhere or a shopping trip when they are at it hammer and tongs.

I feel your pain!
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And you might want to consider wearing earplugs and/or noise-reducing earphones.
Any particular ear-plugs? I've tried some but find the noise in my brain can be louder when the outside noise is blocked out. Perhaps I'm just weird.
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Great excuse for retail therapy, thx!
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Living and working directly opposite a construction site (renovation of a whole house block) is becoming mentally exhausting. The project began last February and will last another 8 months. Constant throbbing, machinery, metal saws, builders shouting - not to mention the dust, dirt, huge cement mixers and lorries parked on the road outside our house.

- Moving is not an option.
- Complaining is not an option (it's all within the law and regulations)
- I'm not looking for monetary compensation.

Does anybody else have to endure constant noise and, if so, how do you deal with it?

I'm looking for health tips, ideas for de-stressing etc.



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Oh, dear that is a bummer. Maybe if it is not unreasonable, can you leave your place during the daytime? At least the most part of the week until they finish at 5 p.m? The noise can get on your nerves though and unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about it either...Good Luck
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Re: Living with construction noise

Well, many years ago when I was living in town I was unlucky enough to live one street down from Voltaplatz when they were digging the tunnel underneath. It was absolutely horrendous - driving the supports down into the ground - pounding all day. And then they were behind schedule and were allowed to work all night for 2 weeks. And it wasn't just noise - there were also vibrations and dust to deal with. We were told not to open our windows at one point as the vibrations would be dangerous. We were compensated - but it wasn't enough cash to go and stay permanently in a hotel so we had to just live with it. Not fun at all. Many people moved and the flats were then empty as nobody wanted to live there, so it also became a bit sad and lonely.

Anyway, the thing that kept me going was really knowing when it was going to be finished. I suppose being a public construction (rather than a private building) they did inform us about everything that was going on and exactly when they would be doing the most noisy things. Is there any way you can get a detailed schedule of what is going on?

The thing is, they are not going to stop until it's finished so I suppose the best thing is to work to their schedule - go out when they are doing the noisiest things (usually first thing in the morning), enjoy their lunch break, and when they are done in the evening have a nice peaceful bath and relax. Back then I did not have kids so I was able to spend a lot more time either at work or out, which helps of course. I also got myself a museum pass and a road bike at that time and spent a lot of time either in lovely quiet places full of old stuff or cycling as far away as possible!
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Any particular ear-plugs? I've tried some but find the noise in my brain can be louder when the outside noise is blocked out. Perhaps I'm just weird.
Lol. Well, I've only used two kinds of earplugs here -- both were bought from Migros. One type is yellow foam ones that work okay but like to fall out. The others are orange and more "squishy" and work better and stay in better. The downside is that both types can become a bit uncomfortable after wearing them for a few hours.

But I know what you mean about the noise in your brain. Often when I wear the earplugs while trying to sleep, I find myself focusing on my heartbeat, which is kind of creepy.
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Re: Living with construction noise

A lot of people think that road construction and repairs should be done on a 24hour basis, we all hear the complaints of the motorists about 'the length of time' taken to complete a job - so thank your lucky stars it hasn't happened yet everywhere.
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Re: Living with construction noise

I'm a Manager of a late night bar in Langenthal. Don't get to bed until about 4 am. Since the begining of the year they've started building new blocks just outside our bedroom window!

The noise starts at 7 am, (vibrating the concrete is the worst).

The only way for me is to grab sleep whenever poss, like on Saterdays and Sundays. Sometimes on a Sunday I feel sort of Zombified.

Still, one day it will finish... then I can continue to think about my plans to rule the world... develope faster than light travel... everlasting peace I might save for next year...

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Any particular ear-plugs? I've tried some but find the noise in my brain can be louder when the outside noise is blocked out. Perhaps I'm just weird.
If you check out post offices, you'll see they have earplugs with two types of interchangeable plastic cores depending on the frequency that they are supposed to block. They come in a tiny matchbox size yellow box.

They work great for airplane travel (both jet and piston) and are quite comfy (for me at least) to wear.

Failing that, Sony makes some amazing earbud headsets that also have active noise cancelling. Even when the ANC is off they block most of the noise, but with the ANC on you're positively in another world.

Hope this helps.
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Use the noise as a cover to be noisy yourself, may be the only chance you get to break the rules!

Seriously, hope it soon ends, noise can be like torture.
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Re: Living with construction noise

Thanks for all the suggestions.

So, it's ear-plugs, positive thinking, thanking my lucky stars that it's not worse, and a little exercise and retail therapy. Venting on here is pretty good too!
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