Im looking for a volunteer, a member Im familiar with to do a small sound experiment.
Has to have a small shop detached from his/her home and live in a suburban area where there are neighbors close by.
I purchased an inexpensive decibel meter. I read the reviews online and they were ok, just ok as long as the sound is over 60db.
Thats aroung talking level, or radio playing so I was ok with that.
IM going to log a few of my noisy machines inside the shop, with and without wood running through them. Then open the overhead door, do same steps at threshold of shop, 20 feet from shop, then at curb in front of home.
Doing each test with machines running and running with wood through them.Since someone has to run wood through TS or planer, another person will be needed to operate meter outside. If youre single and have no friends, this wont work unless you have a very smart dog.
I will also keep the radio on to boost the sound a bit.
I played around today, just to get an idea, and the machine seems to work fine.
I played the radio, got a low 60s reading, then turned on the dust collector, reading topped out at 75, then the TS, up to around 85-, the turned on the planer also and hit 92, that was standing in a enclosed shop dead center of shop in middle of all machines.
I went outside, left all machines on, the decibel meter didnt pick up anything greater than 60, which felt right, because outside the door closed, I just heard a slight hum.
I understand there are different frequencies, but noise is noise, whatever frequency, and I only want to know if Im making too much of it.
Ill conduct my little experiment this weekend.
Ill send the meter to someone and pay for return shipment so I get my meter back!(im not looking for a new member or someone who never posts, yeah, I said that, dont be offended, I just prefer
someone who I think would be courteous enough to send it back to me.)
Must have a garage shop, detached garage would be better.
I just want to make sure my shop is average.