Author Topic: Noise from upstairs  (Read 4236 times)


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Noise from upstairs
« on: February 03, 2010, 08:32:36 PM »
I have read the threads and done a lot of research on a variety of sites.  These are the parameters of the problem and I would like some feedback on my plan of attack.

My unit is an in law apartment in a 90 year old house with original hardwood floors.  I am getting thumping, creaking and some squeeking.  I can hear conversations and tv.  But, the thing that is most bothersome is the bedroom above contains a very very loud snoring guy.

The upper unit tenants are totally uncooperative.  I asked them to put down carpet.. they refused because they want to have their hardwood.  I researched sound barriers for underneath an engineered floor, which the landlord agreed to, but the tenant refused.  basically, the guy is a total jerk and will not cooperate and the landlord is too wimpy to force him.  sigh!

So.. I do not want to tear out the ceiling in an apartment.  So, I have come up with a plan that I think might work and keep the cost very low.  Please tell me what you think about this.

Using SSP Foam Pyramid Panel TFP-2 (2"x24"x24") sandwiched between 1/4" plywood back that I can screw to the existing ceiling and provide a smooth surface to either paint or apply laminate floor to have a simulated wood ceiling as the finish.

the room is 11 x 13 so I figure I can with one package of 18 panels at $306 for charcoal, 8 sheets of 1/4" luan plywood at $8 x 8 = $64, and 150 SF of discounted laminate floor @ $1.50 a SF make this happen for around $500 and a gallon or two of high strength contact adhesive.

The question is.. will this plan eliminate the noise?  Can the foam sandwich and glue support the falling weight of the laminate floor?

Randy S

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Re: Noise from upstairs
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 04:40:08 PM »
Sorry I missed this thread,
The answer to your question would be NO your idea will not deliver a decent reduction.
Look at the drywall like a speaker, look at the screws like speaker wires and picture all the wood framing like the amplifier. This is the true fastest path through the assembly, if you dont unplug the speaker then all you can do is "Dampen" and add Mass. Which is like you putting your hand on the speaker while its playing...its still playing, just not the same. This is what we refer to as a "Band-aid" option.
To do a "Band-aid" we recommend using 1lb. MLV w/psa adhered to the drywall and add a new layer of 5/8" drywall with 3 tubes of Green Glue per 4'x8' sheet.