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Question #11343 posted on 12/13/2004 3:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are there any laws against playing music so loud that the person living in the apartment above you (aka ME) can hear said music with the fan in her bathroom on, earplugs in, and her own music playing very loud trying to cover it? I would love to know them if there are any. The girl living under me has her music on and can't hear me knocking on the door to ask her to turn it down. She also never answers her phone. Often times she has this music on, talks on her phone, and has the TV turned on with the volume up loud all at the same time.

- annoyed

A: Dear reasonably annoyed,

According to Provo City Ordinance 9.06.030 (Noise Limits), the sound level of music and other intentionally caused sounds is not to exceed 65 dB between the hours of 7am and 10pm and 55 dB between the hours of 10pm and 7am, in residential areas.

For reference (if you don't have an A-scale decibel meter), a hair dryer is between 60 and 95 decibels and a dishwasher is between 55 and 70. (This doesn't mean that someone can't run a hair dryer in their apartment, but they shouldn't be doing something that sounds as loud as a hair dryer in your apartment.)

If you've tried calling her and knocking on her door, you can call the police to report the disturbance. It might take them a couple of hours to arrive, so call them some time when you think she'll be playing her music or watching TV for that long--that way the police can catch her at it. If this happens too many times, they'll give her a citation.

If you're not a Provo resident, odds are your city has similar restrictions--you'll just have to check the website of your own city.

- Katya
A: Dear Annoyed,
That never happens in MY apartment. You should move in here. Or get some male friends to. After all, I am trying to sell my contract. Toasteroven is, too. Both are really sweet housses and the deals are not bad, not bad at all. Oh, man I'm going to get into so much trouble for advertizing here if the Queen of Everything notices this, but TO and I are both close to desperate. E-mail us! PLEASE, guys. Thanks.
-The Confessor