Stop Noise Between Apartments

Who hasn't had that apartment where you could hear everything the neighbor next door was saying or doing?  Noise is an issue often ignored but can be silenced easier than expected with a simple solution.  Whether you are a renter who is sick of listening to your neighbors life, or a homeowner who's kid just got a brand new drum set and is starting a band, this solution works every time.

Landlord Permission

If you are a renter, you have to get permission to perform a project from them.  Most landlords, if you are forking over the bill, will let you do any improvement project that is mutually beneficial.  Once you have the permission, you may call an insulation contractor.

Stopping The Noise

The insulation contractor is going to insulate the walls, ceilings, or floors with dense pack cellulose insulation in order to minimize or eliminate the sound.  This is performed by drilling holes in the surface you wish to sound proof.  Then a long tube is used to fill the empty cavities with insulation until that cavity is full.  The holes are then plugged and one coat of drywall mud is trowled over the hole. A good insulation contractor will find the studs and drill on either side of the stud so that there are fewer patches.  You will generally be responsible for bringing the surface to a finished state.

Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose is ground up newspaper that is treated with chemicals for fire and pest retardancy.  Besides being the only 100% recycled insulation material, it is also one of the best thermal insulators and in considered the best for sound attenuation next to prefabricated sound walls.

Projects like this usually cost between $500 to $1000 depending on the surface you need to cover.  This may sound expensive, but you will never hear another word from your neighbor or the rock band... and they won't hear you either.

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Chloe Comfort 7 years ago from Long Island

Nice hub. Wish my co-op board would think about reinsulating the walls. You wouldn't believe the stuff I hear coming from my neighbors next door! Well - maybe you would :-)

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seanorjohn 6 years ago

Voted up. I read somewhere that the cardboard egg cartons work well on ceilings and walls. Suitable for cellars only.

Energy Guild profile image

Energy Guild 6 years ago from Ripon, WI Author

Hey seanorjohn. That probably would work, but I am not sure that it would be a good idea because the egg cartons are not fire rated. Saw dust is actually a great insulation material, but is extremely flammable.

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