Author Topic: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?  (Read 1009 times)

John101

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Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« on: October 01, 2019, 04:44:57 PM »
So I hired a few builders the other day to patch up a room in order to dampen some of the sounds coming from noisy neighbors next door. The builders came from a recommendation from an old friend of mine and told me that they also did soundproofing.

Anyway, they said they would do the job for me but it would take 3 days to complete. After the first day I went to examine what they had done and it appeared that they hadn't even entered the house on day one. I got in touch with them and they said that they'd finish the job in the next 2 days so I left them to it.

When I went to examine their handy work a couple of days later I was quite taken back by the seemingly shoddy handy work that they had done. I'm not an expert in this field but it looks as though it had been rushed and corners were cut to finish the job. There were small gaps between panels with no filling between them, as well as gaps between panels and walls that also had no filling between them. Large unshapely holes smashed out of the boards seemingly by a hammer or something for the light switches to fit into and a gap near the stairwell where the skirting board used to me. Also, they forgot to screw my plug sockets tightly and securely in place afterwards. The wall now awaits plastering, but I'm having somebody else to do that job.

They claim to be the experts and say that the job is a good one and once it's plastered I'll notice the difference more, but not being an expert myself and having a bad gut feeling about the whole thing, I feel the need to reach out to an actual expert who might be able to give me their opinion on the job.

Just to add, very little if any sound difference can be noticed, and actually, it seems that more sound is being amplified through that wall now from other rooms of the house next door than it did before.

If it's of any use, I can supply a few snaps of some of the areas in question for reference.

John101

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Re: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2019, 04:51:25 PM »
Just a couple more for reference

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Re: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2019, 05:56:19 PM »
Are they just skim coating??

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Re: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2019, 08:21:34 AM »
Hello Randy

I think they're just skim coating yeah. The people I got plastering up don't really know anything about soundproofing. They're just coming to patch up.

Also, I'm already over my budget right now so I don't feel like there's a whole lot that I can do right now anyway.

I'll get around to calling later in the week sometime, but is there nothing useful that you might be able to tell me here for now?

If it is a case of a very poor or unfinished job, is it one that can still be made better by myself for little cost for example?

Many thanks

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Re: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2019, 03:04:12 PM »
Do an 1" of plaster , at least that is 8lbs sqft... you need to make the wall heavier.

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