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Old 12-30-2010, 11:48 PM   #1
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Quiet Blender needed - neighbors complaining

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today i discovered my blender is too loud for the neighbors downstairs. this is like the 6th thing they complained about besides my tv, singing, rolling office chairs, and showering. i tell them they need to find out how they can hear me through the floors like this because i don't think it's just the floors themselves, if you know what i mean.

anyway can you recommend a quiet blender? one that's still tough and can hold at least a quart?

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Old 12-30-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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Have you tried putting the blender on a rubber mat of some kind?
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:25 AM   #3
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that's a good idea. not sure what i'll use though, but i'm pretty ingenious so i'm sure i'll think of something. it sure would beat buying a whole new blender.

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Old 12-31-2010, 10:27 AM   #4
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It's good of you to be willing to spend your money for the neighbor's benefit. I'd go as far as wrapping a towel around the blender but I wouldn't spend for a quieter one. There's no guarantee that would satisfy the neighbors.

I'd explain to them that you cannot live a silent life. The things you are doing are a normal part of apartment life. Unless you are blasting your TV late at night or having office chair races, you aren't doing anything wrong.

Complaining about your taking a shower?! Really?

Their complaints are more related to a poorly insulated apartment or the fact that they will never be satisfied.

Many apartment buildings have "quiet rules" for late night until morning. Other than that, you're entitled to enjoy your apartment with TV, showers and music.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:35 PM   #5
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Perhaps you should offer them pizza and explain what you're conducting upstairs is normal, daily human activity, unless you're doing all these things at 2 in the morning.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:29 PM   #6
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You sound like a great neighbor, and I agree with Andy, you are only making daily living sounds. Living downstairs has its perks (no stairs) but sounds from upstairs would be really be too hard for me to live with. I bet they are convinced you are trying to torture them. Would you rather live downstairs? Offer them a swap?
Anyway, welcome to DC Pook.........join right in, you'll like it here. By the way, what are you making in that blender....huh huh? :)
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:53 PM   #7
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thanks for the replies.

you don't know half of the problems with these guys. i actually tried using a towel and asked my neighbors to see if they still hear it. they say there's no difference.

what's really sad is they are actually better than the last neighbors. they laughed at my singing.

i really don't know how they can hear me and i really think the last neighbors installed something to hear anything electrical to listen to me. these neighbors just don't realize the stuff is still there and they can hear me.

i guess i'll ask the same question i asked other people, and maybe get a better answer. is it possible to get something that will sheild wires from tapping? not just audio wires aparently but even electrical wires. i don't think the floors are this thin and i really think something else is going on.

i don't know about the shower thing though. i don't use anything electrical there of course. lol.

everyone says i'm paranoid or delusional but i really think something is going on.
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Sorry to hear about your problems. You've got strange neighbors. If they're creative perhaps they can turn this torturous experience into a psychological short film.

One thing you need to do is stand firm and not let these guys push you around. If they keep nagging you tell them to move. You need to be on top and you don't need a new blender.
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Talk to apartment management and explain your situation before this becomes an issue.
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What Andy said........^^^^^
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