Inexpensive way to soundproof an apartment wall
Thanks for any ideas.
Have you tried banging on the walls to let them know you can hear them?
There is an easier way to do this without quite as much framing and construction. involved and using your existing drywall in the soundproofing.
There is a material called Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) for short. It is a 1/8" thick vinyl that was designed to emmulate lead sheeting, but it contains no lead. This vinyl would be stapled to your existing drywall, or glued to a plaster wall. Then you'd caulk the seams and all the way around the perimeter of the vinyl with an acoustical caulking compound. (Acoustical is the operative word here) and then you could either paint the (MLV) with a vinyl or latex paint, or what I would recommend is layering over top of the installed (MLV) with a layer of 5/8" fire code drywall, and finally tape mud and paint.
Lanee, this should definitely keep the "Sounds of Erotica" out of your apartment. ("Sounds of Erotica" is that a Simon and Garfunkle...) never mind.
I sure hope this is the answer you are looking for. Thanks for reading.
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I am glad to hear that the noise is less annoying for you. Let me know if you need to soundproof further. I am here to help, believe me, it is not just a money thing, it is helping people like you with their soundproofing issues. The need is growing but the good soundproofing sources are not, and that's why we are still here after 25 years. Lanee, I really appreciate your post, and wish you luck no matter what you decide.
I work for Acoustical Solutions, and a newer product that I’ve seen hit the market is Green Glue. It is effective for both airborne noises as well as impact noises. It can go between two layers of drywall, subflooring or other building materials. It is used in a variety of applications – home theaters, recording studios, homes, etc.. It will certainly bring peace and quiet between neighbors.
-Donnie, Acoustical Solutions, Inc.
If you could point me in the right direction I will certainly appreciate it! Thank you!
Green Glue is a damping compound, not an adhesive.
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