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Soundproofing Forum Topics => Soundproofing your Condo, Townhouse or Bed & Breakfast => Topic started by: thinfine on July 30, 2008, 12:21:22 AM

Title: Acoustical Consultant
Post by: thinfine on July 30, 2008, 12:21:22 AM
Has anyone received hired an acoustical consultant to analyze and provide recommendation(s) for your particular sound problem?  If so, would you be able to share your experience?  What is the average cost for an analysis/test?  Were you able to do the work yourself or did you hire a contractor to do the work?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Acoustical Consultant
Post by: Randy S on August 07, 2008, 04:19:21 PM
Are you still trying to address your issue with the noise problem from below after your wood floors where installed?
I've read your posts from before and if this is the case give me a call at the office. We might be able to take another course of action.
Title: Re: Acoustical Consultant
Post by: joel on August 07, 2008, 06:18:25 PM
Most acoustical consultants charge $2000 to $4000 for an onsite consulation.  They give you a written report with sound test readings and make recommendations for you to follow.  Then a contractor is usually given the work to do per the report.  Look in the Yello Pages for an acoustic consultant near you. 
Remember, these consultants are book trained so their recommendations will be according to what they were trained in classrooms.  They believe that "numbers don't lie" so all of their solutions are based on what are in books and architects standard practice drawings.  These are not always up to date in field use of new materials.  We keep up on what works in the real world.
Title: Re: Acoustical Consultant
Post by: thinfine on August 30, 2008, 04:27:31 PM
In all honesty, I'm not sure where the source of the noise is coming from.  When I first purchased the condo, I was dealing with an issue of cigarette smoke migrating from my neighbor below. (noise was an after thought)  Therefore, I ripped up all of the carpeting and baseboards.  I used Daptex Insulating Flexible foam to seal up every crack/opening that I could find in the subfloor, where the walls & floor met, around every electrical outlet, every overhead light, behind the oven (gas line entry), around each medicine cabinet, and around every door.  I also placed foam blockers behind each electrical outlet and replaced many of them with the child proof sliding outlets.  I had the duct work system sealed and additional sealing & testing done by an energy consultant.  The energy consultant says that my house is as tight as it can be without sacrificing safety.  However, I can still hear my neighbor hacking and coughing in the bathroom every morning.  BTW, this bedroom is adjacent to a common wall.