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andyz280f

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Can I fill my walls with some sort of rubber pellets?
« on: April 12, 2009, 04:06:20 AM »
 ??? Okay We bought a condo. It is the total upstairs unit approx. 2000sq ft.. Under us are two units 1000 sq ft. each. Terrible noise coming from below. On one end is a young family with a almost two year old daughter. Mother and daughter both are heavy footed. The father is constantly building in his unit. Sounds like we are right there building with him.  The other end og the condo under us lives a single mother with two sons. One is autistic and shouts, screams and bangs for hours on end. ( Wish his batteries would just die already). I am sypathetic to her plight. I understand it can be hard to control him. But on the same hand we work long hours. My wife second shift. And I have two jobs, I work 3rd shift in a prison and drive a school bus at different hours of the day. so I catch what I can for sleep. Sometimes I just lay down at 7:30 at night and get up at 9:30 at night. But that does not always work. The boy under me wakes me up 15, 30,45, minutes into my sleep. I have tried to tell the mother to control him please, but it doesn't do any good. She appears not to care. I have called the police and Child services but there is nothing they can do. I stomp on the floor a few times but to no good use. Making me very cranky and irritable.
Okay my question is this: I understand that when they make noise it transfer up through my walls as if I am in the same room as them. Can I fill my walls with some sort of rubber pellets, like that they use on artificial turf surfaces? Will that absorb the vibrations?

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Re: Can I fill my walls with some sort of rubber pellets?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 06:40:11 PM »
It might, Im not sure what it will do for you, if any benefit at all....the drywall is remitting the sound wave like a speaker and every screw is acting like a tuning fork...therefore as long as that connection exists you will have a sound problem. You can add MLV w/psa to the existing drywall and follow up with a new layer of 5/8" drywall with Green glue sandwiched in between. This will give you a decent reduction, the best reduction is always by decoupling from the structure adding mass and absorbers.
More than likely the highest transfer of noise will be through the floor before the walls depending on floor/ceiling assembly. What is your floor / ceiling assembly????
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Re: Can I fill my walls with some sort of rubber pellets?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2009, 06:51:42 AM »
Sorry I took so long to answer. The floors ( I have been told by the builder) have sound vibrating clips(?) installed. Whatever that means. But I can really hear everybody and everything they are doing through the walls. You think I should pull off the sheetrock and start over again?

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Re: Can I fill my walls with some sort of rubber pellets?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2009, 03:13:39 PM »
Well if that is the case, then doing a correct wall assembly should yield excellent results for you.
Refer to my first reply, the wall must include: absorber (cotton fiber), Barrier (MLV),a decoupler (clips and channel). This being a standard system, you can then add a second layer of drywall with green glue to greatly improve it if need be.

Do you have access to the building plans? if so,see what type of decoupler is in the floor assembly.
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