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Soundproofing Forum Topics => Sound Control if you're Renting - Apartments, Condo, ETC => Topic started by: victorhooi on April 11, 2015, 06:55:19 AM

Title: Soundproofing Apartment Room for Baby Noise
Post by: victorhooi on April 11, 2015, 06:55:19 AM
Hi,

I'm currently renting a two-bedroom apartment. Below is a floorplan of this apartment (also attached):

(http://i.imgur.com/z4jrUYv.png)

Our bedroom is marked with a red star. We're having a baby, who be mostly in our bedroom.

I'm hoping to soundproof this room, so that the outside areas (e.g. kitchen, living room) will not be as affected by any noise. My understanding is that a baby would be mostly mid-to-high frequency sound - and impact sound obviously isn't an issue here. I have marked the target areas with a yellow star.

For starters, I was going to buy one of the door sweeps from here:

http://www.supersoundproofingsales.com/Doors/products/31/

You can see the gap under the door in this photo:

(http://i.imgur.com/mWsthi6.jpg)

Next, I was thinking of stapling MLV (WaveBar 8kg) like this to the walls and doors:

http://insulationbattsaustralia.com.au/store/product_info.php?products_id=124

(I believe the door is hollow).

Below is a photo of the door - wardrobe is on the left, and door to our ensuite bathroom is on the right:

(http://i.imgur.com/3gq8ia7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/kHPTMhs.jpg)

However, I get the impression from threads such as the following that this approach (stapling MLV to walls/door) is useless:

http://supersoundproofing.com/forum/index.php?topic=1115.0
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/studio-building-acoustics/855376-sound-proofing-wall.html

The problem is, this is a rental apartment, so there's a limit to what I can do - basically, it needs to be easily reversible afterwards.

Has anybody tried stapling MLV such as the above to walls in a rental apartment? Did you find it made any difference for these sorts of noise?

Or what other approaches could you recommend in this situation?

Cheers,
Victor
Title: Re: Soundproofing Apartment Room for Baby Noise
Post by: Randy S on April 22, 2015, 05:58:34 PM
just stapling MLV to walls is not the best bang for buck approach...
Impact noise would require decoupling from the structure, drywall removal is a must.

Start by sealing the gaps under the doors.

Then I would have a conversation with the owner and see if he will at least let you add to the walls for airborne noise reduction.

Randy S.