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Does anyone have this? What's your opinion? Is it worth it?
I'm trying to block out neighbour noise like kid screaming and music, rather than road noise. All neighbours are above us, so the fence would be about 12ft above the bottom (and useable) part of our garden. (The fence would be 6ft, obvs, but with the slope it looks higher)

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  • TELLIT01TELLIT01 Forumite
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    It will make no noticeable difference to the noise levels but at least you won't see them screaming.
  • RelievedSheffRelievedSheff Forumite
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    You won't block out the noise of kids screaming. We have an 8ft high wall around our garden and we can still hear a little girl shreaking in one of the houses at the back of our garden.

    Won't be long before they are back at school  :)
  • gwynlasgwynlas Forumite
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    As above you can baffle road noise with a fence and hedge but the noise of shrieking children and barking dogs is on a different level. I can clearly hear the children playing in their garden three houses away on a different road with a garage, house and three six foot fences between us
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    The OP needs neighbours like ours.  Their 3 year old can be a bit vocal, particularly when he doesn't get his own way.  I was speaking to his dad the other day and he apologised for the noise.  It doesn't actually happen very often and doesn't generally go on for long either.  He said if it gets too bad we should let them know and they'll keep him in the house until he quietens down. :-)
    At no time had we said anything to them about the noise.  They are just the loveliest young couple you could ever wish to meet.
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    TELLIT01 said:
    The OP needs neighbours like ours.  Their 3 year old can be a bit vocal, particularly when he doesn't get his own way.  I was speaking to his dad the other day and he apologised for the noise.  It doesn't actually happen very often and doesn't generally go on for long either.  He said if it gets too bad we should let them know and they'll keep him in the house until he quietens down. :-)
    At no time had we said anything to them about the noise.  They are just the loveliest young couple you could ever wish to meet.
    There's a 7 year old in the neighbouring garden who shrieks and screams constantly. Not because she's playing a game (I don't mind that), but because she always wants to be the centre of attention. If the adults are talking she'll just start shrieking and being obnoxious. They never tell her to pipe down, ever. I didn't mind when she was a toddler, but it's getting a bit much now .....

    Your neighbours sound amazing!
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    The only thing that will work is some sort of CBT to learn to love the sound of kids screaming. Or wear ear defenders. The sounds will travel round any fence that you can put up. 
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
  • TELLIT01TELLIT01 Forumite
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    For several years the brat in the house behind us always seemed to have a competition to see who could scream loudest whenever it was in the garden.  Fortunately we have a very long garden so actually learnt to blank it out.  Not so easy if it's happening right by your house.
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    I was talking to a chap whose house is right next to a railway bridge. A train came rattling over very loudly, and he just went on talking. He didn't raise his voice. I came to the conclusion that he was, as you say, completely blanking out the noise. 
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
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    TELLIT01 said:
    The OP needs neighbours like ours.  Their 3 year old can be a bit vocal, particularly when he doesn't get his own way.  I was speaking to his dad the other day and he apologised for the noise.  It doesn't actually happen very often and doesn't generally go on for long either.  He said if it gets too bad we should let them know and they'll keep him in the house until he quietens down. :-)
    At no time had we said anything to them about the noise.  They are just the loveliest young couple you could ever wish to meet.
    There's a 7 year old in the neighbouring garden who shrieks and screams constantly. Not because she's playing a game (I don't mind that), but because she always wants to be the centre of attention. If the adults are talking she'll just start shrieking and being obnoxious. They never tell her to pipe down, ever. I didn't mind when she was a toddler, but it's getting a bit much now .....

    Your neighbours sound amazing!
    Show her some attention with a bucket of water over the fence every time she screams. She should get the idea pretty quickly.

    <only joking of course>
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    edited 6 August at 2:11PM
    GDB2222 said:
    I was talking to a chap whose house is right next to a railway bridge. A train came rattling over very loudly, and he just went on talking. He didn't raise his voice. I came to the conclusion that he was, as you say, completely blanking out the noise. 
    We used to rent a property on a very busy main road. The traffic noise never bothered us we learnt to live with it but it bothered other people when they stayed over. It was a constant hum of traffic almost 24/7.

    Our current house was too quiet when we first moved in. At night it was deathly quiet with just the occasional animal noise. It did bother us at first but we are used too it now. It does mean we notice the dog snoring now though instead.
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