Author Topic: Footsteps from upstairs neighbor  (Read 4124 times)


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Footsteps from upstairs neighbor
« on: January 02, 2016, 05:23:49 PM »
Hello all,

I have a condo in a brownstone-style row house from 1850. My bedroom is a large space (25' x 13') with 11-foot ceilings, pine floors. The problem is when my upstairs neighbor walks it makes a "boomy" sound that's loud enough to wake me up. I know I'm not crazy because I can see my ceiling fan rocking back and forth too. I don't hear anything else (TV, conversations, etc.) I'm new to soundproofing so I was wondering what recommendations people here might have. Given the age of the house, what are the odds this could be resolved with ceiling treatment instead of more complicated structural work?

Many thanks and happy new year.


Randy S

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Re: Footsteps from upstairs neighbor
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 04:57:29 PM »
For impact noise / footfall you must installed a decoupled floating ceiling system.

If you see " Flex" of the ceiling you most likely have a bit of deflection which would be treated by adding joist blocking before the soundproof ceiling is installed.

Feel free to call me direct to discuss.

Randy S.


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Re: Footsteps from upstairs neighbor
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2017, 02:30:25 AM »
It is a good idea and how much investment to invest.