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vlindinhauer

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Dance Dance Revolution
« on: July 22, 2008, 04:44:03 PM »

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I have a room that's about 20 feet long by 11 feet wide.  We are on the second of two stories and would like to sound/vibrate-proof this room for the benefit of our neighbors below.  Any suggestions?

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Re: Dance Dance Revolution
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 05:11:59 PM »
We need more details on the floor/ceiling assembly to make recommendations.
You can call us to discuss the particulars.
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johnbergstromslc

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Re: Dance Dance Revolution
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2008, 02:06:43 AM »
If I infer correctly from your post title, 'dance, dance revolution', that you intend on jumping around on your floor and expect to be able to soundproof against this extreme noise, forget it.  You'll never be able to isolate the annoying thuds and thumps you're making. 

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Re: Dance Dance Revolution
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2008, 06:17:21 PM »
If your looking to put down a dance floor the here's a link for you to look at ...
http://www.sprungfloors.com/
John take a look yourself and give me your input on this floor system.

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johnbergstromslc

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Re: Dance Dance Revolution
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008, 10:09:48 PM »
If your looking to put down a dance floor the here's a link for you to look at ...
http://www.sprungfloors.com/
John take a look yourself and give me your input on this floor system.



That has a chance of reducing the impulse noise, but it's probably a bit pricey for trial-and-error.

ddrgranny

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Re: Dance Dance Revolution
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2008, 01:54:23 AM »
Ah, another DDR person!  Johnny, please don't be hatin' on us, most of us are aware of the noise and vibration and try to do whatever it takes to NOT disturb our neighbors.  Honest!

A sprung floor - having been a professional dancer and aerobics instructor and having had the opportunity to use a sprung floor in both cases, I can tell you right now will not solve the DDR problem.  A sprung floor is more to help the dancer - afaik it does nothing for noise or vibration unless it's maybe very  specially constructed with something like MVL, green glue -- something more than just laying the floor in.  I recall when one of the gyms I was hired to teach aerobics was having their floor put in.  It was an amazing amount of work and it's really, really expensive.  It felt good on my feet, legs, hips and back, yes - because it does "give".  But I can also tell you that we made a heck of alot of noise.

Anyway back to DDR.  As Randy pointed out, they would need to know what kind of floor and ceiling you're dealing with.  The type of dance pad, how many, who's using it (weight, etc.) might also help them figure out something for you.  I will say that's one HUGE room you're dealing with (am I allowed to be jealous that you have that much room?).

The nice people at soundproofing are helping me with a very similar situation.  I'm on the 3rd floor of an old house (about 100 y/o), wood floors, plaster walls and ceiling.  Only have 1 room and limited space to DDR in, my living room.  Roomie's living room is under mine and she told me that there are a couple of new small cracks in her ceiling - and I've only been doing this since May!  I'm 53 and doing this for exercise and to try to help my balance (have meniere's disease), only weigh about 115, using a dense foam pad and I'm not a "stomper".  But there is still quite a bit of noise and vibration - same thing would probably happen if you were doing aerobics in your place.  Only difference is if you were doing aerobics you'd probably be moving around more of the floor.  DDR, it's kind of concentrated in about a 40"x40" area (per pad, approximately).

I had delivered today 4' of MLV with closed cell foam (54" wide) and 8' of Super Seal (39" wide) - very similar to the dimple pads they sell, but this doesn't have the acoustic foam on the top, which totally threw me off until about 5 minutes ago (duh).   I was expecting an 8' sheet of what they show on the site (the small 3"x3" dimple pads).  Per their instructions, I will be putting the Super Seal down on the wood floor first, then the MVL (which is not cheap if you need more than a couple feet and weighs a ton - I had one heck of a time struggling that in the house and up the stairs!, but is amazing stuff).

What I now realize is that I will need to order more of both the MVL and the Super Seal - I have a 4x6' rug that this whole thing is going under? and I've decided after laying the MVL and cutting the SS into 2 40" sections that it's not enough to cover the area under the entire rug.  And I do move my pad around some.  I think I'm going to also need to get a roll of the black tape to tape the MVL and hopefully the SS together so there's no seams or gaps.   I had this sudden "lightbulb" moment where I had a kind of visual of very still water, then seeing a drop of water fall into it - the water ripples outward.  Gotta be kind of the same thing with sound and vibration, I think?  So covering as much area as I can - meaning putting the materials under the entire rug, not just where my pad is will hopefully do an even better job of noise/vibration dampening.

And last but not least, I may be getting a metal pad (probably a TX, though I really want a CF) which will have to go on a piece of 1/2" wood (metal pads don't really like carpets), so ... I'm going to be looking into the normal dimple pad with the acoustic foam on top - see if that comes in lengths so I can put that under the wood, attach it to the wood with tape on the edges or something (ease of moving it all around) then the pad on top of that. 

I think between the SS and MVL under the entire rug, then if I can get an acoustic foam dimple pad to put under the wood/pad I should stand a good chance of not disturbing my roomie (who, by the way owns the house and has come close to forbidding me to DDR *gasp*) and not doing any damage to the  house.  I will do whatever I can to keep her happy, me happy, and the house happy!

Hope the people at Soundproofing can help you!  They are really nice, very patient and the best thing is if one person doesn't know the answer to a question, they will say so and send you to the person who does have some answers for you.  They're great to work with, they really think about what's best for you.  It's a pleasure to do business with this company - something I haven't been able to say much lately.

vlindinhauer

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Re: Dance Dance Revolution
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2008, 03:49:51 PM »

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Thank you for the information.  Let me "digest" and make further inquiries ...

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