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April 6, 2012

Maria asks…

AC Noise after quiet hours?

I’m dealing with a 2 month new upstairs studio neighbor that has installed an AC unit in the last 2 days. They have taken to running the thing all night. Our units are less than 400 sq. ft.. I let them know it was causing a noise issue last night yet they are running all night again tonight. after I let them know at 1 AM last night they said they would shut it off. It was installed and running by 7 PM. It was not that hot yesterday and even cooler today. Last night or early Friday Morning I went up and let them know it was and issue We are the only 2 studios in an 11 unit complex and they are the only ones who have done this. They failed to turn it off and after I banged on my ceiling 1 TIME about 30 minutes later. They called the cops on me! When I saw him drive in I asked him who he was looking for and it was me. Freeking unreal! After I go up and try to talk to them first! I was nice though annoyed, he actually said to me,”You can hear it?” I had already let him know that I could hear and clearly make out his words during the many multiple hour cell calls he’s had over my head, and he’s clueless to the notion that an AC unit running at 1 AM is going to be noticeable?
I had notified the managers when I saw them bringing the unit in. They planned to install it in the front of the unit which would have blocked a part of the upstairs walkway. I didn’t think mgmt. would have okay’d this? Workers claimed they did. It wouldn’t fit so they put it in back in the kitchen area where I had already had to move my bed to get away from the noise. I live by stairs and the laundry room, driveway etc. It being a studio. I moved my bed to the back area where the bulk of bedrooms are thinking I’d have some quiet because of the design. Now they put the AC unit right over my head. This is an old building the new tenents are aware of the lack of any sound insulation. They know I sleep away from them.in the back. The flooring cracks loudly and they walk heavy. Now I have no place at all to get a peaceful night sleep. I think the unit should fall under quiet hours rules and can’t understand why they insist on running it all night even when it’s not hot outside? We have another apt building less than 15 feet away from us. There is only one unit there with an AC unit like theirs it’s smaller and it covers a 2 bedroom apt. I have notified mgmt. that it had arrived let them know it was being installed w/out permission and complained that it was causing a noise issue. I have no where else to sleep at any time that is quiet unless they choose to shut it off, now. the people across the way have even shut their windows due to these inconsiderate A-holes! I need to know what I can do I have no where else to try to get some sleep! I have always tryed to be considerate and always extend myself to avoid issues like these. Hell I wear earphones if I watch movies late at night because I don’t want to disturb them just knowing how this place is and these people don’t get a shit. Oh did I mention the massage chair they use right over my work desk that makes my desk vibrate when they turn it on. They didn’t have a clue about that being an issue in an upstairs apt either??? I guess the idea of common sense has never been introduced to them? There is no mgr on site, I have let the new people know how lacking this place is as far as soundproofing. I am disabled and can’t even get the he11 away from them. Even getting up the stairs to state the obvious last night was annoying because with the info I already gave them it was a no brainer that the noise would be and issue especially during the night. During the day I don’t give a F@#$ but gees who needs to run AC all night or even air from such a noisy appliance? There is no noise ordinance for something like this??? I have been her for almost 4 years and moving for a laid off disabled person is not any option. I am actively trying to find a new career AGAIN with in less than 2 years to go with my new disability and it really sucks to have any extra BS right now!

Administrator answers:

If they aren’t breaking any rules there’s nothing you can do. If they are it’s up to the management to handle it. As far as walking around and the floor is creaking, it’s an old building so it’s going to happen. I know you said you can’t move but you need to live where there is no one living above you.

Carol asks…

Please i need help reviewing my letter of intent.its my first time writing one.?

Im applying to the school of architecture and environmental design (BEDs/M.Arch) at Dalhousie and I need help reviewing my letter of intent. Could any please be so kind to read through and give me their opinions/advice ? its quite lengthy (about 490 words) but the faculty site asked to include pretty much everything. I’ve never had reason to write a letter of intent before so this is my first. thank you.

My name is Osah Russell. I am a 20 year old Nigerian male and currently a student enrolled under the Faculty of Engineering, of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
I am a broadly minded, creative thinker whose creativity and active imagination have evolved quite interestingly over the years into the deep passion I have for my environment, its contents and how proper environmental principles and structural design conceptualization as well as implementation can aid achieve the balance sought where man and his environment can exist in a feasible, symbiotically stable equilibrium.
Consequently, I intend furthering my education at the University of Dalhousie under the School of Environmental Design and Architecture so as to partake in the highly competent learning atmosphere at an Institution that is passionate about architectural education, an Institution that upholds both high national and international reputations as well as standards and presently is the only architecture program in Canada that includes integrated co-op work terms alongside a compact yet comprehensive University schedule. Thus it has become my greatest priority to further my education at such an esteemed School and in due course form part of successful alumni at the University of Dalhousie.
As aforementioned, I am presently studying Petroleum Engineering at the undergraduate stage. I just commenced my third year studies at the university level. I do some work as a graphic artist and sometimes work at a young local studio within the City of Port Harcourt.
During the past three years of education at the University of Port Harcourt, I have learned skills that range from everyday communication and relations, change and conflict management to social and organizational learning.The team work experience garnered from work and time spent at the studio have also enhanced my ability to understand, appreciate and effect the required organization on my surroundings as well as compose my environment to fit prevailing working conditions.I am also quite versed with design oriented computer applications, primarily, Adobe’s Photoshop and Autodesk’s 3d’s Max.
Furthermore, I believe I possess outstanding written and oral communication attributes and have excellent creative, observational, appreciatory, and analytical skills essential to meet the intense demands requisite to pursue and obtain a professional degree in architecture at such a prestigious School.
I am most confident I will like and indeed find motivating the subjects offered under the architecture program at The University of Dalhousie. I will also acclimatize to my environment using all apt and necessary means not only to elevate myself as a student but also as a critically thinking, resourceful mind, for the good of my fellow students and colleagues, the University at Dalhousie and my environment as a whole.
Thus it is my sole intention to apply for the architecture program (BEDs/March) offered at the University Of Dalhousie under The School of Architecture.
I will be most grateful if my application is considered in favourably.
Sincerely Yours,
Russell Osah.

Administrator answers:

Here’s my edited version of your letter….

Dear Sirs;
My name is Osah Russell and I am a 20 year old Nigerian male student currently enrolled under the Faculty of Engineering, of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
I am a broad minded, creative thinker whose creativity and active imagination have evolved quite interestingly over the years into the deep passion that I have for my environment, its contents and how proper environmental principles and structural design conceptualization as well as implementation can aid in achieving the balance sought for man and his environment to exist in a feasible, symbiotically stable equilibrium.
Consequently, I intend furthering my education at the University of Dalhousie under the School of Environmental Design and Architecture so as to partake in the highly competent learning atmosphere at an institution that is passionate about architectural education An institution that upholds both high national as well as international reputations and standards, and presently is the only architecture program in Canada that includes integrated co-op work terms alongside a compact yet comprehensive university schedule. Thus, it has become my greatest priority to further my education at such an esteemed school and, in due course, form part of successful alumni at the University of Dalhousie.
As I mentioned prior, I am presently studying Petroleum Engineering at the undergraduate stage. This is my third year of studies at the university level, and I am doing some work as a graphic artist while also working at a young local studio within the City of Port Harcourt.
During the past three years, I have learned skills that range from everyday communication and relations, change and conflict management, to social and organizational learning.The team work experience garnered from work and time spent at the studio have also enhanced my ability to understand, appreciate and effect the required organization on my surroundings as well as compose my environment to fit prevailing working conditions. I am also quite versed with design oriented computer applications, primarily, Adobe’s Photoshop and Autodesk’s 3d’s Max.
I believe I possess outstanding written and oral communication attributes and have excellent creative, observational, appreciatory, and analytical skills essential to meet the intense demands requisite to pursue and obtain a professional degree in architecture at such a prestigious School. Furthermore, I am confident that I will enjoy and be motivated by the subjects offered under the architecture program at The University of Dalhousie. I will also use all apt and necessary means to not only elevate myself as a student, but also as a critically thinking, resourceful mind for the good of my fellow students and colleagues, the University at Dalhousie and my environment as a whole.
That being said, it is my intention to apply for the architecture program (BEDs/March) offered at the University Of Dalhousie under The School of Architecture.
Your favorable consideration of my application would be gratefully appreciated.
Sincerely Yours;

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