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twsc

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Need Help Soundproofing College Dorm
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:01:19 AM »
Hello there,
I live in a 4-bedrooms apartment where the soundproofing between two adjacent rooms is poor, if there is any.
I could hear what my roommate nextdoor is doing clearly. What really bothers me is that whenever he is talking on the phone (no matter the volume!), I can always hear, I believe, the impact noise from the wall separating our rooms. This bass noise is even more annoying than just directly hearing his voice. Since I am a very sensitive person, I can't sleep or focus on my tasks if I hear noise (earplugs are not enough). I need advice on what I can do with the wall and the door.

1. The main problem is the annoying structural noise (airborne noise also bothers me but not as severe)
2. The size of the wall between us is about 7ft x 10ft (the wall is hollow with a 3" gap between the two sides) and the door (hollow) is next to that wall
3. I can't cover that whole wall because of eletrical outlets and a door knob stopper
4. I am not allowed to punch any holes on the wall
5. The noise only comes from one side of the room and that side of the wall is the thinnest
6. The budget is about $300, but if a bit more money would improve a lot, I'm willing to spend more
7. I prefer buying everything I need from one single place (most likely, from SSP)

Thank you for your help!

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Re: Need Help Soundproofing College Dorm
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 08:26:05 PM »
First off, in order to reduce impact you will have to decouple the wall from the structure which would require you to remove the existing drywall and put in MLV / SSP Clips / Channel and a new layer of drywall.
 If this is not an option, addressing airborne noise will be a similar installation. MLV w/PSA on existing drywall followed by a new layer of drywall with Green Glue applied to back of each sheet before installed.
Also from your post I feel you might have quite a bit of restrictions that could prevent you from achieving noise reduction.
You might want to give us a call in order to discuss particulars
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Re: Need Help Soundproofing College Dorm
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2008, 12:48:38 AM »
I need something much easier even if it is more costly, because I really am not allowed to do much with the wall and I'll move out after 6 months.
Now I am thinking simply buying enough MLV+closed foam mat, stick it to the wall with PSA or other tapes (can PSA be removed easily? it has to be), and stick another layer of MLV or thick SSP foam to the mat. Is this an okay idea? Which material do I need more, MLV or the foam? It will definitely help a lot as long as it reduces the noise, because what I found out is that the current wall is totally not soundproof!

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Re: Need Help Soundproofing College Dorm
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 04:27:19 PM »
The PSA on our MLV is a permanent acrylic adhesive and is not easily removed if you do as you've mentioned.  Have you considered a 'portable panel'?  There is a short description of this at http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/kits.htm  The SSP Mat is used in this application (1" thick is best).  I've used this idea in my apartment bedroom wall to block out noise from all the air conditioner units and car noise from outside.

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Re: Need Help Soundproofing College Dorm
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 04:29:25 AM »
reduce the noise through soundproofing systems Calgary or find another dorm

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Re: Need Help Soundproofing College Dorm
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 06:24:10 PM »
And how is using soundproofing systems Calgary going to help out this person out based on their first post?
Considering they can't do any remodeling to the dorm......
Is your system going to address the noise problem and be removable?

1. The main problem is the annoying structural noise (airborne noise also bothers me but not as severe)
4. I am not allowed to punch any holes on the wall
6. The budget is about $300, but if a bit more money would improve a lot, I'm willing to spend more
7. I prefer buying everything I need from one single place (most likely, from SSP)
Randy Sieg

Super Soundproofing Co
www.soundproofing.org
888-942-7723
Ph. 760-752-3030
Fax.760-752-3040

 

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