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I'm on the 3rd floor and my neighbor directly down on the 1st floor often plays loud music in the middle of the night which makes it hard to sleep. It's only the bass from the subwoofer that is bothersome.

I'm thinking of adding some Mass Loaded Vinyl directly underneath my bed to block the bass sound. Will this work if I only cover the space underneath my bed and not the whole floor?

I find the sound most bothersome when I'm lying on my side with my ear directly pressed into the pillow (which is how I usually sleep). The sound seems to be transmitted directly through the floor -> bed -> my ears. I'm hoping some MLV would block this sound transmission
I'm curious what the resolution was to this situation? I have a very similar issue with a loud party wall in a town home.

I am looking to install acrylic inserts using the magnetic seal system and am looking for an opinion on how to best frame the opening. The entire opening is approximately 8' x 8' and is made up of a sliding glass door and a few fixed windows. I have enough room to install an interior frame about 3" from the glass. Obviously an 8' x 8' piece of acrylic is not an option so I need to figure out what to use for a divider (likely 2) and how to secure it.

Additionally, if I figure out what to use for two dividers, what kind of clamps (or other supporting devices) are needed to ensure the acrylic stays in place?

Soundproofing Windows and Doors / Laminated film vs laminated glass
« Last post by Cobra281 on November 11, 2019, 02:26:10 AM »
Awesome site here and I've learned a lot!  I have two double pane vinyl windows in my bedroom that let in traffic noise.  I'm planning on installing a second window and will have about 1.5" air gap or about 2.5" if I build out the interior casings/trims.  My neighbor does commercial window film installation and he could install a laminated film over existing windows.

1. is it worth having him install the film at all or should I try to purchase true laminated glass with laminate between panes of glass?

2. if I have him install the laminate, where should it be placed?  Interior or exterior side of old windows, exterior side of "new" windows (still on interior of home) or interior side of "new" windows?

Soundproofing Jobs Gone Bad! And Why. / Re: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« Last post by Randy S 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.

Randy S.
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
Soundproofing Jobs Gone Bad! And Why. / Re: Has this Job Gone Wrong, or am I overstressing here?
« Last post by Randy S on October 01, 2019, 05:56:19 PM »
Are they just skim coating??

call me direct

Randy S.

Just a couple more for reference
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.
it could absorb noise which is remitted from the drywall into the sofa at that location, I find it difficult to think that it would be highly noticeable but its free to try. It also might help with room absorption depending on the total coverage of soft surfaces vs hard surfaces.

No way would it treat an entire wall.. Impossible.

Randy S.
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