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Events June 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

Change of Train Schedule along New York Ave?

I live off of New York and Montana NE. Sometimes you can hear a train whistle blast loudly or a train fly by, but never consistently.

All day yesterday the whistles sounded like they were right next door instead of 2 blocks and a DPW truck site away. They also came at a greater frequency and the whistle actually startled me once when I was upstairs in the bathroom with the door shut.

Out of shear interest does anyone know of any track work happening? schedule or safety policy changes? Or some other reason I might have started to notice this more over the weekend?


Real Estate June 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Soundproofing Help Needed!

PoPville: anyone have recommendations for a good soundproofing contractor? My problem is noise/vibration from footfalls on my ceiling (I don’t hear voices, TV, or anything else), and it’s pretty unbearable. Wood joist/drywall construction. If I can’t mitigate it I’m going to have to sell, so (1) I would really appreciate a reference or two from all you good Samaritans out there, and (2) I am willing to pay a fair bit to address this, so it will be worth some lucky contractor’s while.

Thanks in advance, and my apologies if this is not the right forum for a request like this.

-Patrick in Adams Morgan

Public Safety June 16, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Periodic explosion/boom in Columbia Heights?

Has anyone else heard the sudden, huge booms happening in Columbia Heights over the last few days? The first time it happened it set off car alarms on my street, but I never hear sirens or anything afterwards. It happens in the middle of the day and the middle of the night.

Anyone have any idea what it could be? It scares the shit out of me every time! Especially the ones at night.

Home and Garden June 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

Seeking local acoustical engineer for noise control inside rowhouse

My DC rowhouse was built in the 1890s. Since then, the adjacent house has been converted to apartments, such that the living room of one neighbor’s apartment abuts my bedroom, which is located in the back of the house. Unfortunately, this neighbor holds late night parties, making it impossible for me to sleep on weekends. Also, in the many, many years since I moved into the house, the neighborhood has developed into a nightlife destination, making it unworkable to move my bedroom to the front of the house.

I’ve pretty much exhausted the tools at my disposal to address the late-night noise situation (talking it over with neighbor, waiting for neighbor to move out, calling the police, etc.), which have not been effective. I’d prefer not to litigate. I now seek to engineer around the problem. I have researched various options, including different kinds of insulation and soundproof windows. Sound mitigation, however, is tricky and can be expensive. I therefore seek an expert’s opinion before I start spending money and ripping out plaster.

I’ve already reached out to companies listed on the National Council of Acoustical Consultants Web site, but they generally are large companies that don’t do residential work, or their consultants are based in other cities and request travel reimbursement. My usual go-to for home improvement and maintenance issues, Angie’s List, is not much help in this area.

If anyone can recommend a local acoustical engineer who advises homeowners, and, preferably, has experience with historic properties, I’d be very grateful.

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