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flaneur

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soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« on: August 04, 2009, 04:40:44 PM »
I recently moved into an apartment above a bar. I checked out the bar the week before I moved in and thought I'd be safe because the bar seemed pretty dead and quiet. However, I was pretty stupid and went too early - in NYC the bars really get going after 1 am and keep going until 4am. So from about midnight to 4 am folks are listening to god awful butt rock music on the jukebox, 7 days a week. It's not super loud -  I'm a nerd and already measured it with a DB meter and it's about 38db. It has to be above 45db before a noise complaint is valid. I have no problem with street noise for some reason, but I guess I'm sensitive to the constant muffled bass sound. I have been getting NO sleep between midnight and 4 am.

Anyway, I used to fix up interiors and I moved in with an agreement from the landlord that I could fix up parts of the apartment and he'd reimburse me for supplies but not labor. I've already painted the whole place and was going to fix the flooring.

What I'm wondering if I can soundproof the floor by doing the following:

- rip up the existing hardwood floor (it's about 30% damaged)
- apply a layer of green glue to the underlayer
- add a layer of OSB on top of the green glue
- new floating floor paneling on top of the OSB
- an area rug on top of everything.

My worry is that even if I do this it's not going to block out any of the bass frequencies and will be mostly a waste of time from a soundproofing perspective.

My landlord owns the bar below, too. If there is something I could put by the speakers of the jukebox or on the ceiling I could maybe work something out there.

The landlord is cool and If I move out of the apartment by the 15th I'll only have to eat this month's rent and the deposit, which is 4 grand (ugh) but at least not be on the hook for a year's worth of rent. I believe in the past he just rented the place to party animal NYU student types... if I get out now this is the time they are moving around.

So, trying to decide if any sort of soundproof plan will work, or if I should just find another place.

any advice would be much appreciated...

flaneur

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009, 11:13:17 PM »
I was able to go to the bar today and the bartender let me measure where the speakers were located, so I could figure out where they were in relation to my bedroom.

The bar is simply a long corridor. The ceiling is about 10 feet high and is covered with tin. The speakers are old crappy stereo speakers mounted directly to the wall about 7 inches below the ceiling. They are placed about every 10 feet on both walls. One of them is right under my bedroom, but I feel like the bass that is bugging is being generated by a larger speaker in the back.

Is there anything I could do which would involve simply having the bar change the speaker placement or type of speaker? Or mounting some sort of panel above the speakers?

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 03:58:07 PM »
There is no way that you are going to be able to block the bass from the bar below you by just soundproofing the ceiling. The Sound pressure from the LF(bass) will still travel up the walls and into your apartment. You would have to soundproof the entire bar or your entire apartment in order to get the relief your looking for. Im sorry but if your a renter it is hard to justify the expense.
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flaneur

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 08:34:20 PM »
Thank you. I am going to try to negotiate out of my lease.

ip705

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2009, 08:26:09 PM »
That is kind of a bummer but you have to kind of expect to hear the music if you live above a bar. I have a similar situation but a little different in that instead of a bar I have some very loud roommates who go to bed much later than I do. Is there something I could put on the door to reduce the noise from the rest of the apartment? The walls themselves are fairly solid so I assume that most of the sound leakage goes through the door.

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009, 09:15:01 PM »
Yes there are a few things you can do, go to this link.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/soundproofing_doors.htm
You most likey will have to use MLV because the odds of you having a hollow core door are high! Better to replace it with a solid core door.
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ip705

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2009, 03:52:27 PM »
I'll check out that link, thanks for your help!

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Re: soundproofing a floor to block bass from the bar downstairs?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 01:43:29 AM »
Hi, I have the same problem. I live above a bar and I hear/feel the bass. I love my apartment and the rent is very cheap for the location. I would like to know what the best way of soundproofing the floor and the walls would be so that I can sleep at night and work during the day without feeling a constant beat. If I could at least soundproof my bedroom I would be extremely happy. Is there any way to do this? And any ideas of what the price range would be for an average sized bedroom?