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I'm a realist: I need to "sound-reduce" not "sound-proof"
« on: June 10, 2012, 08:08:06 PM »
I've read many posts/replies covering pieces of my issues, and been on many sites looking at various products.  But I'm still unsure of what to do and what to get.  Please help.

I own the top-floor condo in a 3-unit building.  The sound transmission problems in this building are atrocious.  I can hear the kids on the 1st floor running around with heavy feet (the 1st floor!  I'm on the 3rd for Pete's sake!).  It appears to transmit through the walls.  So it shouldn't surprise you that I can also hear my 2nd floor neighbor thru the walls and floor:  in our master bedroom, which is carpeted, I hear the muffled conversations from below, and if I put my ear to the carpet, I can just barely make out what they're saying;  in the living room, which has hardwood, I can hear the bass from their entertainment system.  And they can hear us:  they hear footsteps if you walk with shoes/heels.  They hear kids running around.  They hear our doors closing if it goes thud.  All floors (1 thru 3) are laid out identically (so my living room is above theirs, my master is above theirs, my kids room is above one of their bedrooms, etc).

I don't want to attack all of my sound issues.  And I don't want to rip apart my walls and floors to get the ideal solution.  But, I do want to make a significant dent in the issues because I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars and still end up barely scratching the surface.

Here's what I want:
1) in the living room:  the total space is around 25' x 20' (eyeballing it based on the 8' x 11' rug I have in the living area), but that is shared between the kitchen, dining, and living areas (it's basically a great room).  I only want to treat the area enclosed by my sofas/entertainment system, which means an area about 10'x15' large.  In that restricted area, I have the aforementioned 8'x11' rug in the center (currently no padding at all).  My kid has just started crawling, and this pad-less rug is tough on the knees.  Plus it slips a bit, even with furniture on top of it. 

So I want to put both a sound-reduction material under it, as well as something that will double as a rug pad/non-slip pad.  I've looked at the various MLV options.  The 1/4 inch with closed cell foam is what I'm thinking, but two sheets (at 4 feet each) would be the exact width of my rug.  I'd probably have to cut more to go under my speakers.  But then do I have to tape all the pieces together?  Also, I'm concerned about thickiness... is 3/8" for the 09-00005CC-54F to thick for a rug pad?  Shouldn't rug pads be smaller than the rug by about an inch so you don't see the edges?  And if the foam side goes down on the hardwood (to float the MLV), is your foam a non-slip material?  Are there better options (like the 2lb MLV, but I can't tell if it comes with closed-cell foam, and it's thicker... or perhaps other solutions I haven't seen, specifically made for rugs?)

2) Bedroom:  I have a feeling the only way I can reduce the voices I hear in the bedroom is to pull up the carpet and lay down MLV between the tack strips, and then put the carpet back down.  If that's the case, then I need a contractor.  Any suggestions in San Francisco?


Randy S

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Re: I'm a realist: I need to "sound-reduce" not "sound-proof"
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 09:09:20 PM »
Ok for these type of noise issues it is best to call me direct so we can discuss options , also we have a great contractor is SF that we highly recommend.

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Randy S.
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Re: I'm a realist: I need to "sound-reduce" not "sound-proof"
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 11:18:44 PM »
Since you're a realist, realize you might have to spend thousands on a space as big as yours (esp. if the sound is travelling through the structure into the walls) to get a truly good solution...