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loula

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heavy walking downstairs neighbour
« on: October 03, 2013, 12:50:10 PM »
Hi!

I live in the attic of a Victorian house with hard wood floors, and have been here for 5 months.  Everything was great until my neighbour's boyfriend moved in 2 weeks ago.  He is an incredibly heavy walker and is shaking the building.  As well, I can hear them talking late at night in the room below where I sleep.  He has woken me up with the shaking, and it is near to impossible to fall asleep when he is on the move down there.  I have a wooden bed frame with 2 thick futon mattresses on top of it.

I had some thick ridged rubber mats cut to size and put under the bed posts hoping it would deaden some of the sound - did not work.  The guy at the hardware shop suggested thick foam mats, the ones like puzzle pieces, to put underneath some throw rugs which has helped a bit with the noise but not with the shaking.  Is there any way I can reduce the vibration in my bed?

I have been reading your website, and found a few posts that are similar.  If I understand correctly, I need to try folding up a wash cloth and put that under all the parts that touch the floor.  Then, if that works, buy the little vibration reducing feet, and put foam-backed mlv underneath the bed so that it spreads out further than the bed...and seal the seams with metal tape....then put a carpet over top of that.  Is this correct?

Finally, I am located in Canada.  Do you ship up here?  I can't see anything on the website that addresses shipping.  It sounds like your vibration reducing pads are specific to your business.  Do you know whether MLV is available up here, or do I have to drive to the States to get it?  I imagine shipping rates would be horrendous for it.

Thank you for all your help.  I am pretty much at my wits end here, and desperate for some relief.

- sleepless Loula in Canada

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Re: heavy walking downstairs neighbour
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013, 05:53:41 PM »
we absolutely do ship to Canada, you will have to order over the phone. Do the test first and see if it works..it sounds like this is an old house with some structural issues that soundproofing material might not solve but its worth the try.
Shipping charges would be dependent of the amount of material you need but we will give the best options for shipping it up to you.
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loula

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Re: heavy walking downstairs neighbour
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 02:07:09 AM »
Thank you, Randy!

Thank you, as well, to the folks who developed this forum.  I read so much good information on here last night, and it is good to know that I am not alone in what I am dealing with.

I ripped the bed apart tonight, put the rubber blocks topped with folded wash cloths/tea towels underneath the 4 legs and 3 supports, jammed a king size fake fur blanket, a folded wool blanket, a folded electric blanket (unplugged), and a thick small wool carpet underneath the bed.  Last night, I didn't have the rubber blocks under the supports so they may have been the culprits transmitting the vibrations.  Now...I am just sitting here waiting for the Thumps to start thumping so I can go sit on the bed to see if it still shakes.  :)

I also realized this is the first time I have lived without a fish tank running in a good ten years.  Thankfully, I have an empty tank so am going to set that up to run before I go to bed tonight.  That should work well to drown out some of the ambient thumping sounds that transmit through the air.  Hopefully, if the tank and wash cloths work, I will only have to get the dimple blocks.  Otherwise....I will be looking at the foam backed loaded vinyl sheeting to go under the rugs.

Oddly enough, outside noise doesn't bother me.  I live down town in a large city across from a busy park, and have children playing all day and drunks hooting all night along with ambulances/fire trucks/police cars zooming all over the place, and a non-stop flow of cars....none of it bothers me.  Give me constant indoor sounds (stereos, thumpers, yelling/talking), beyond hearing the odd living sounds or occasional social gathering, and I go snarly about it!

How do other folks "learn" to live with intrusive sound?

loula

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Re: heavy walking downstairs neighbour
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 03:04:19 AM »
After everything I did, the sound STILL reverberates through my bed.  The noise is much lower in the room but my bed is still acting like a sound conductor.

Any ideas how else I can  handle this?  Could the little bits of rubber be making it worse?

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Re: heavy walking downstairs neighbour
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013, 04:21:04 PM »
Loula,

give me a call direct and lets discuss this in detail...we might be able to come up with something.

Randy S.
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loula

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Re: heavy walking downstairs neighbour
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2013, 03:38:52 AM »
Thanks Randy.  It would have to be an evening call from me due to my working hours.  The time on your message board says 8:37, and it is 11:37 here so I must be 3 hours ahead of you.  I will try to give you a call an evening this week if I am home.  :)

 

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