Author Topic: tenants conversation is right below my bedroom! Advice for solutions?  (Read 3827 times)

chrissie

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I live in a house that has no soundproofing or insulation between the floors.
I am the landlord and live in the suite above. The tenant's living room is directly below my bed. I can hear talking in normal voices and it has caused several sleepless nights to the point where I am forced to sleep in my living room on an air mattress!
I cannot afford to get into the expensive tearing of ceilings down etc..so I am hoping that this will work:
I have recieved a quote to add 5/8" quiet rock with green glue to the underside of the existing drywall celing.
I am hoping that this will help get rid of the majority of the sound of normal talking.

Does anyone have any expertise to know if this will work?

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Re: tenants conversation is right below my bedroom! Advice for solutions?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2012, 04:16:13 PM »
Yes you will get a reduction, however there is no such thing as 100% soundproof.
You could see any where from 50%-90% ...there are a lot of factors involved, ie: recessed lighting, nail down wood floor upstairs...you have no insulation....
This will cause the system not to perform to its maximum potential.
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Re: tenants conversation is right below my bedroom! Advice for solutions?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2012, 08:13:03 PM »
The extra mass will help, definitely, but it would be better if you can get some insulation in the joist cavities.  I saw on a home improvement show that they can now blow in tufts of fiberglass insulation through a pretty small hole (1.5") that can be repaired easily.  Look into filling the cavities before adding the GG and second layer of drywall and the results will be much better.

whatismisophonia

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Re: tenants conversation is right below my bedroom! Advice for solutions?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 10:28:46 AM »
im always hearing from people that adding insulation does very little, however, that is to say that their job may not have been 100% airtight; my understanding is that it must be, not only for better soundproofing regardless, but also because that allows the insulation to perform better.  At any rate, my question is, what the f* is so expensive about ripping down a ceiling?? I mean, youre adding more sheet rock anyway right(not to mention expensive sheetrock)??  I use to do renovation on rental properties where i live, and demolition takes very little time, even if youre being careful.  Beyond which, you can reuse the original sheetrock(if it is sheetrock) by cutting around the insides of the joists, removing the sheetrock in panels, then proceeding to greenglue and screw the panels to the bottomside of the subfloor within the joist bays.  It reduces your airspace by a little, but now that the ceiling is open, you can compensate for that by adding a cheap resilient channel; i know it aint the best stuff, but itll help.  Also, if theyre wanting to charge an an arm and a leg for a simple demo, just take some time and do it yourself; crap it isnt that difficult; if you can hear normal talking, its probably a thin ceiling.  Rip it out and decouple, then pay a shmuk like me to balance a sheet of quietrock or 5/8ths on my head :)

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Re: tenants conversation is right below my bedroom! Advice for solutions?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 02:37:07 AM »
im always hearing from people that adding insulation does very little, however, that is to say that their job may not have been 100% airtight; my understanding is that it must be, not only for better soundproofing regardless, but also because that allows the insulation to perform better.  At any rate, my question is, what the f* is so expensive about ripping down a ceiling?? I mean, youre adding more sheet rock anyway right(not to mention expensive sheetrock)??  I use to do renovation on rental properties where i live, and demolition takes very little time, even if youre being careful.  Beyond which, you can reuse the original sheetrock(if it is sheetrock) by cutting around the insides of the joists, removing the sheetrock in panels, then proceeding to greenglue and screw the panels to the bottomside of the subfloor within the joist bays.  It reduces your airspace by a little, but now that the ceiling is open, you can compensate for that by adding a cheap resilient channel; i know it aint the best stuff, but itll help.  Also, if theyre wanting to charge an an arm and a leg for a simple demo, just take some time and do it yourself; crap it isnt that difficult; if you can hear normal talking, its probably a thin ceiling.  Rip it out and decouple, then pay a shmuk like me to balance a sheet of quietrock or 5/8ths on my head :)


I think sometimes people are afraid of what they might find if they do demo and open that can of worms.....

whatismisophonia

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Re: tenants conversation is right below my bedroom! Advice for solutions?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 08:11:30 AM »
true (especially for a landlord  :-X ) though...  honestly...  really...

choosing to avoid not seeing something that might should be fixed... could kill someone.