Friday, December 22, 2006

The Noisiest Place on Earth

Most buildings in Taiwan are made out of concrete. This means that when a house or apartment is remodeled, it involves the use of extremely noisy tools, like jackhammers. Also, because most apartments are individually owned (rather than having one landlord for a whole building), each apartment owner can remodel his or her unit whenever he or she wants. In my building, four of the apartments around mine have undergone renovations since I've lived here. For each renovation, I've had to suffer through up to three weeks of bone-jarring noise (as have all the other tenants). In addition, two units across the street have been renovated, also causing painful noise levels. The noise usually starts at eight in the morning and continues until five or six in the evening, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Here are a few videos from recent renovations. Currently there is another apartment being renovated just below me, but I haven't had the energy to document it.

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