Author Topic: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?  (Read 12005 times)

bshee

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What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« on: June 06, 2007, 03:01:54 AM »
I'm a college student and the apartment i'm renting is above a bar (it was cheap :P) My room happens to be above the dance floor so it gets kinda loud sometimes with the rattle of bass. Is there a cheap way to reduce the sound? Maybe headphones would work...

thanks for your time
brian

WesleyHeid

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007, 11:55:28 PM »
Brian,

Well, since cost seems to be an important factor in your case, your solutions are limited.  Headsets for dampening and blocking out sound work very well and are a mostly inexpensive choice, although there are some drawbacks.

Headphones designed to block out sound are usually a little bulky, and although they're easily workable during the daytime, they can be a little uncomfortable to sleep in, especially if you're like myself and sleep on your side.  But aside from that, they are an excellent and cheap way to block sound.

Here are some headsets for you to take a look at and get an idea of which one will best fit your situation.  http://www.soundproofing.org/sales/ear_muffs.htm

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bshee

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2007, 12:50:23 AM »
Dear Wesley Heid,
  will those ear muffs block out my alarm clock? That is my main worry, thanks!

brian

johnbergstromslc

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2007, 12:57:26 AM »
Forget earmuffs.  They sound good in theory, but unless you can sleep perfectly still on your back, they're useless in the nighttime.  Even on your back, the pressure exerted on them by the pillow is pretty uncomfortable. 

There isn't much you can do to solve your problem, not much you can afford, anyway.

Think about moving.  Suggest the landlord change his advertising to: "The place is cheap, cause you won't get any sleep!!" 

bshee

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2007, 01:12:45 AM »
Dear John Bergstromislc
   Well the sound stops by 2AM and i do sleep on my back. Plus i've slept with inear headphones before and it never messed with my sleep. Is that bad for you though (sleeping with in ear headphones i mean)? I'm going to check out the ear muffs, they may be a little too big to sleep with so maybe i'll invest in a good pair of inears. I'm still kind of worried about the bass, anyway i can stop that from going into my bed?

brian

johnbergstromslc

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2007, 09:11:10 PM »
Not sure about adverse effects sleeping with earphones.  I suppose in some circumstances you could put pressure on a nerve and have some symptoms that way.  Earplugs are softer and I've never suffered any ill effects from wearing them while sleeping. 

I'm doubtful you can stop the bass with anything simple.  It's just too energetic to block, short of rebuilding your walls and floor. 

bshee

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2007, 09:47:00 PM »
Dear Mr. Johnbergstromscl,
  Would putting noise vibration pads under my bed help? Since it really is only when I sleep that I would be annoyed by it. Also, can I just buy closed-foam cell mlv (i don't even know what that means) and just use that as flooring? Would that help? Since I don't really want to rip up the floor or buy a new carpet, would using mlv as my "carpet" work?
Thanks alot for your time,
brian

johnbergstromslc

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2007, 09:59:58 PM »
Nope on all accounts.  Only one thing will truly block bass - MASS.  No flimsy foam or MLV has enough of it to make a difference.   

bshee

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2007, 12:25:08 AM »
alright it was worth a try. By the way, do these:
http://www.soundproofwindows.com/
work well for windows?

brian

johnbergstromslc

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Re: What to do to reduce noise coming from downstairs?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2007, 10:56:31 PM »
Soundproof windows do work, but they are expensive and a permanent addition to the property.  If you installed them, you'd be giving your landlord a nice bonus improvement in his property. 

Check out the magnetite window plugs on this website - I don't know the page exactly, you'll have to do a search from their homepage.  Magnetite windows would be a lot cheaper and you can take them with you, maybe re-cut them to fit your next apartment's windows.

 

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