Natural Noise Barriers
LESLIE: Ron in Alabama needs some help with a noisy situation. What’s going on?RON: Yeah, well, I’ve got a generator and I live on a lake and so the sound travels pretty well. But my neighbor – you know, when the generator activates, we don’t hear it inside our house; it’s well-insulated. But the deflection off of my house takes what sound there is over to my neighbor’s and I’m just wondering if there’s some – I’m being a courteous neighbor – is there some way I can deflect that sound either straight up or up the hill, away from his house?TOM: Yeah, well, it’s always nice to be nice to the neighbors because you never know when you need to have that favor returned. (chuckles)Ron, what I would do is I would install – I wouldn’t install – I would plant some bushes around that. It’s not going to affect the function of the generator but it might serve as a noise barrier. You know, the other thing that you could do is fence it in but I think probably bushes would be a good way to sort of break up the sound waves.LESLIE: And the most attractive.TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah, exactly.LESLIE: Otherwise, you’re looking at like a wood box.RON: Yeah, it’ll look good on that utility side of my house.TOM: (overlapping voices) It’s a good buffer.RON: That’s probably a good solution.TOM: (overlapping voices) Alright, Ron.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah, look at Leyland cypress. They’re gorgeous and they’re affordable.RON: I’ll get a few of them.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Good, enjoy.TOM: (overlapping voices) Alright, Ron. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.