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Soundproofing Forum Topics => Sound Control if you're Renting - Apartments, Condo, ETC => Topic started by: mcruz1331 on May 08, 2012, 11:18:36 PM

Title: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: mcruz1331 on May 08, 2012, 11:18:36 PM
So I live in an upstairs apartment and I can sometimes hear and feel our downstair neighbors subwoofer. I did go down to speak with him but it turns out he didn't really have it too loud. After running some "tests" we came to the conclusion that my vinyl flooring (or is it linoleum?), his ceiling, is practically hollow. Not literally of course but you get my drift.  ;) Anyways, he offered to set up a "surround sound time" with me but I didn't want to tell him how or when to watch tv so i declined. Are their any methods or materials I can place OVER the vinyl tile to help muffle the sound? I know I wont get complete silence but I at least want the vibrations and noise level to be less than what it usually is. I do plan on buying some bass traps to place around the living room, the problem area, to see if that'll help  :-\ Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Title: Re: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: mcruz1331 on May 08, 2012, 11:27:24 PM
Edit: Yes, they are Vinyl. I checked with the apartment manager. Also, I can not do any type of construction of any sort to the tile.
Title: Re: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: Randy S on May 09, 2012, 03:46:24 PM
Bass traps will not work for you in your apt.. they would have to be at source to do anything at all (which will not be much).
you could put a layer of MLV w/ open cell foam down wall to wall and tape it off...carpet over the top...this system is removable.
Title: Re: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: mcruz1331 on May 11, 2012, 06:57:11 PM
Will the layer of MLV and carpet over the top be sufficient enough to block out most of the bass? It's not loud to the point where the windows shake but it is very noticeable and annoying. I can feel the bass under my feet and when im watching TV, it's not very pleasant.
Title: Re: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: Randy S on May 12, 2012, 03:02:15 PM
No such thing as 100% soundproof but you will see a noticeable reduction..if you want to get a greater reduction than step up to our MLV w/ 1/4" closed cell foam:

underlayment.http://www.supersoundproofingsales.com/Flooring/products/27/
Title: Re: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: mcruz1331 on May 16, 2012, 07:15:14 PM
Wow this stuff looks great. Now once I purchase this how will I go about installing it? Do I just lay it on the floor or do I need some type of adhesive? And also, is this a carpet underlay or would this be fine on its own?
Title: Re: Downstairs neighbor with loud subwoofer.
Post by: Randy S on May 16, 2012, 07:24:40 PM
this is a carpet underlay, easy to install and we will provide instructions....no glue needed.