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Soundproofing Forum Topics => Sound Control if you're Renting - Apartments, Condo, ETC => Topic started by: Fuzzy on August 29, 2011, 05:39:29 PM

Title: Shared skylight
Post by: Fuzzy on August 29, 2011, 05:39:29 PM
Hi there,

I recently moved into a bachelor apartment with a skylight. The neighbouring apartment was empty for the first month, but when they moved in I made the unfortunate discovery that the skylight opens into both apartments. There is no barrier to speak of so I can hear everything my neighbour does almost as if we are in the same room and presumably he can hear me as well, which is disturbing to say the least.

I would like to block it off somehow. The opening in my ceiling which goes to the skylight is 22 1/2 by 44 inches. I was thinking that perhaps I could put in a sheet of plexiglass or some other transparent material which would still allow the light in but would attenuate the noise going both ways.

Would that be feasible? What would be the best way to attach the plexiglass? What would be the best type of plexiglass for this application, and would less expensive kinds work almost as well? Would an entirely different approach be better?
Title: Re: Shared skylight
Post by: Randy S on August 29, 2011, 06:58:51 PM
Use 3/8" acrylic (plexi-glass), because it is a skylight you will have to put in a wood frame around all 4 side entirely to rest the acrylic on. Then you should use silicone or caulk to seal it in.

Title: Re: Shared skylight
Post by: johnbergstromslc on September 04, 2011, 01:08:11 AM
Talk to your landlord first.  A situation like that is a clear violation of fire code - a fire in one space would easily spread to the other apartment.  Get him/her to pay for the modifications.  If he's unwilling, hint that you'll have the building dept do an inspection....

Also, it will be more effective if you glass off both sides.

Can you post a picture of the construction?