Author Topic: old neighbors in townhouse  (Read 5834 times)

bigproc

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old neighbors in townhouse
« on: May 30, 2008, 04:47:13 AM »
I'm soon moving into a townhouse with nothing but elderly neighbors, and in the basement, I plan to set up my weights and workout machines, and plan to have my stereo and maybe entertainment system, etc. and I would prefer not to bother my neighbors with my metal addiction early in the morning when I work out.  Additionally, since I'm renting, it's pretty limited what modifications I can make.  Is there any (relatively) inexpensive way to soundproof the basement without building another room or making permanent changes to the basement?

johnbergstromslc

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2008, 09:53:13 PM »
Headphones.

bigproc

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 07:55:35 PM »
Since it's a basement I'm soundproofing, and aesthetics isn't an issue, I have an idea that I have no idea if it will work.  Bubblewrap?  I know it sounds dumb, but if I were to affix bubblewrap - a couple of layers - to the cinderblock walls of the basement, would that help.  I figure it would create miniature pockets of air separating the room from the wall.  Thoughts?

Mark Daveis

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008, 11:49:53 AM »
You need heavy materials on each side of the air gap to make it work. This is a basic soundproofing principle.
Otherwise it just wont give you any gain in stc. :)

joel

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008, 04:08:47 PM »
You would get better results using the closed cell vinyl nitrile acoustic foam - Super Soundproofing Mat.  It absorbs and blocks sound.  One use of the material - Portable Panels - is discussed at  http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/kits.htm 
And for pricing see the first product shown at   http://www.soundproofing.org/sales/prices.html 
While the material is light weight it works very well.

bigproc

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2008, 06:25:34 PM »
Thanks for all the help guys.  I appreciate it

joel

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2008, 05:22:53 PM »
I'm just curious.  What did you decide to do?  I'm sure our readers would like to know.  And how did it work out? 

johnbergstromslc

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2008, 11:42:43 PM »
Seriously - wireless headphones! 

joel

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Re: old neighbors in townhouse
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2008, 03:35:53 PM »
For an excellent noise reduction headset try this one:
 http://www.illbruck-sonex.com/products_SonexNoiseBusterEarmuff.php

 

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