How to Soundproof Floors in Apartment: Do-It-Yourself in 3 Easy Steps!

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It is pretty much common knowledge among those living on their own that an apartment is by far one of the nosiest places to inhabit. There is noise coming from all directions from pets, fighting couples, loud stereos, babies… you name it.

Conversely, there is always a chance that the activities that you partake in yourself can cause issue with your neighbors as well. No matter if you cause noise by having company or playing music, whatever sound you create in your apartment can likely be heard by your neighbors.

This is why you will want to look into potentially soundproofing your apartment, and one of the best methods to do so is to soundproof your apartment floor. This helps absorb vibrations that are created by one’s daily noise and makes it possible to block out the noise of others.

In this article we will be taking a look at the ways in which you can make your own apartment into a haven that is safe from noise, both inside and out. We will be looking at the methods that can be used and the products you need to create a soundproof apartment floor, and without losing your security deposit on unauthorized modifications.

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Chimney Wind Noise? How to Stop Wind Blowing Down Chimney

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A chimney might be a really problematic area when it comes to soundproofing. Well, not that much for soundproofing as much as like source of the noise.

There are several types of noises that you can hear through your chimney. Firstly, you can hear the wind, scratching and banging noise coming down through the chimney.

Secondly, the chimney is like a resonating box of the guitar. It’s hallowed and a great sound transporter. If the walls happen to be thin then you might hear the noise coming from other room through the chimney- just like the noise from ventilation.

However, there are several simple solutions to your problem. I recommend you to go with the 1st and 2nd one, and save the third one if previous two fail to soundproof.

I have stopped chimney wind noise in my house and I got only to the first 2 methods- they did the job just fine. The last one is the most reliable, but luckily, I didn’t need it for my problem.

Now, let’s check out these 3 methods to soundproof your chimney.

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Soundproofing a Garage Workshop: 8 Simple Ways How-To

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No matter if you are a serious carpenter that makes a living from his honest job or just a crafter out of a hobby, you have to keep in mind one thing: those who are supposed to enjoy your work the most, usually don’t.

Can you imagine the dread on your wife’s, children’s or neighbors’ faces whenever you step into your workshop? Just by thinking about your table saws and jigsaws would make them all pale and running for something to cover their ears with.

And now imagine that you can step into your workshop at any time of day (or night?) and not have to think about disturbing anyone else?

Much better picture, isn’t it?

At one point, I became sick of constant complaining of my neighbors, and my kids’ questions “Mommy, why does Daddy have to be so loud?”, so I have decided to find a solution once again and soundproof his workshop.

And here are some tips and tricks that you can use to make your ears be thankful to you.

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Guide to Soundproofing Boiler Room and Stop It Making Noise

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Our family playroom is placed in our basement. We normally spend a fair amount of time in it: watching TV, movies or just playing with the youngest member of our family.

But we had one problem. Since this family area is right next to our boiler room, there are many sounds that are disturbing whatever we are trying to watch.

Our first solution was to spend all of our family time in our living room, which is placed on top of our boiler room.

This wasn’t the best solution to our problem. The noise our boiler was making was still coming through our ceiling.

Even though it wasn’t as loud, it was still pretty annoying and bothered us when we were just trying to relax in front of the TV.

When that boiler kicks in, we weren’t able to find a single room on our first floor where we couldn’t hear it.

I don’t know about your preferences, but even if you are not spending that much time in your basement, the noise your boiler is making can impact your life upstairs.

If you are tired of hearing those annoying sounds on a daily bases, I have a solution for you.

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Debarking: Benefits, Ethicality and Alternatives for Reducing Dog Noise

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Whether you are already a dog owner or you are considering getting one, you have probably thought of the problem of the dog’s barking at some point. Is it something that would bother you as an owner, or are you thinking about your neighborhood?

If you are thinking about getting a dog, think about the breeds that are less likely to bark since some are more vocal than the others, and you are half way from not having a problem at all. On the other hand, if you already have a dog and are pressured by the neighbors to keep it quiet there are some options available.

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How to Soundproof a Hole in the Wall: 6 Easy and Cheap Ways

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If you are hearing that annoying sound and you finally decide to do something with it, then there are several things that you should know.

Namely, most of the people rush into decisions of spending a lot of money for soundproofing without even checking the real problem.

Most of the time, the very problem can be a hole in the wall. Yes, you heard it! The tiniest hole can obstruct your sleep just like that.

When my family and I moved into a new apartment, we rushed into some decisions about soundproofing the whole room without even seeking for the real problem.

So, we spent a lot of money for some unnecessary methods of soundproofing instead of finding out first what the problem is. Finally, when we have done soundproofing some parts, we found out some little holes in the wall that made a problem much bigger than it seemed.

Therefore, the first thing to know about soundproofing is to go step by step. Your priority should be to inspect first and just afterward commit to the solution.

Inspect for the holes, as they might be the biggest problem (in most of the times).

Also, solving this problem is much easier than any other method of soundproofing. Nevertheless, you will spare some money. Of course, some methods are pricier than others, but all in all, soundproofing the holes is the cheapest among all soundproofing methods.

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Pipe Soundproofing: How to Quiet Noisy Pipes

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Living in an old house with a bad piping system can really be something dreadful, for both you and your whole family.

If you ever had to hide from your family in the morning because of waking them up in the middle of a night just because you simply flushed, or if your children have ever asked you to postpone your shower because they have to study hard for an important exam and they wouldn’t want to be distracted by the wailing sound of the pipes, you are certainly aware of the importance of soundproofing them.

It sounds rather hard to insulate the noise coming from within the walls.

If you have been living with this problem for a longer time, I am sure that you are just like a bunny and that you easily get jumpy on even the smallest of sounds.

Noisy pipes can affect the overall quality of your life. You can’t concentrate, you can’t read or study and sleeping can also be hard if someone has to go to the loo.

The cause of wailing pipes can be quite complex, and I will be listing some soon enough, but all in all, I will be telling you more about how to find a solution to this unpleasant problem.

Now, let’s start with some of the reasons for noisy pipes and then proceed with the easy and cheap guide with instructions on how to soundproof loud piping in your home.

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Does Soundproofing Paint for Walls and Ceilings Work?

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One of the biggest questions in the world of soundproofing is the one about soundproofing paint. Does it work? Well, it depends. Basically, it works great at some certain noise levels.

Since my house needed an arrangement, painting, and soundproofing, I figured it out and gave a try. Long story short, this soundproofing paint did the job. No matter how strange it sounds, it can work in certain situations.

For example, if the noise that is coming from the other room is not that loud, then why would you waste money on some foam panels, blankets, and curtains when a simple soundproofing paint can do the job just fine?

Simply put, the soundproofing paint is a two-in-one solution to your problems. It will simultaneously decrease the noise level and help you redesign your room. Nevertheless, there are a lot of benefits coming from this paint.

It’s true, it demands a bit of your time and effort, but the whole procedure is quite worth. Now, let’s learn some basics about soundproofing paint when to use it, how does it work, and finally, how to achieve the best results with soundproof paint.

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Noise Pollution Effects and Causes: What Can You Do?

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Wherever we look around, we cannot help thinking about the huge problem of environmental pollution. Even though some people do their best to keep things clean and be eco-conscious still there are those who simply don’t care a whit!

But, if we use our ears instead of eyes, could we still talk about pollution?

ABSOLUTELY!

Even though this is not a visible type of pollution, it is very present in all aspects of our lives, which is why we have to raise awareness on the subject. My article here will try to give a better insight into this problem by defining it, listing the types, causes, and effect, along with some practical tips.

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Degrees of Hearing Loss: Types, Detection and Protection

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Have you ever wondered why your neighbors make so much noise? That is what I do during the late hours of no sleep time that have been influenced by my noisy neighboring couple.

There are so many possible reasons why they are so loud, like they do not care about others, or they are doing it in spite of me. Then it hit me, it isn’t personal, it is because of their hearing deficiency.

They are both at a certain age, so their communication has been based on making additional noise during speaking, working, playing music etc.

Through the sense of hearing, we refer toward external environment, learning speech, and communicating. The hearing deficiency represents an issue that effects on both personal and interpersonal level.

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