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Old 11-13-2011, 09:25 AM
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Hi everyone,
As the title says, is there a good way to check to learn how well or badly wall/ceiling/flor is soundproofed?

To give you more background, I live in Brooklyn, NY so street noise and all that is fine but I cannot stand a neighbor talking and I can hear the conversation through the wall type deal. I am looking to buy so I have been visiting new developments and been excluding older buildings. Two recommendation I got were the following and I don't know how valid both suggestions are. Sources for them came from buddies of mine who heard it from someone who heard it from someone else and so forth.

a. get insulation measure devices and see how well the walls are insulated. better insulation should mean less noise conducting as well

b. get a sound measure device? and have someone make some noise and measure it through the wall.

Thank you for your time!
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:34 AM
Location: Boston Suburb
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If you can do b. (have someone make noise in the neigbhoring unit), you don't need to measure it with a special device. Just use your ears.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I live in Brooklyn also. Our LL put sound proof boards, then sheet rocked on top of that on the apartment next to my bedroom when the tenants moved. ( I own) It worked as far as talking and TV noise, but foot steps we still hear..........but it so much better.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:39 PM
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Technically the folks that market sound proofing solutions can use a series of test tones and measuring devices to find the resonate frequencies of the various surfaces in an apartment /condo and then extrapolate what sorts of sounds will be reinforced in a space vs which will attenuated. This is tricky and can lead to lots of pretty quiet places getting high ratings because they are vacant -- furniture tends to damp quite a bit of sound...

It is probably easier and just as effective to go visit the units on your short list at a time when the occupants of the neighboring units are likely to be loudest -- dinner time is often when you hear others walking around and talking...
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:52 PM
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Thanks everyone so very much!
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