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To have a treadmill in a first floor flat?

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NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 21:17:49

I wouldn't use it after 8 at night or early morning obviously.

Is it too unneighbourly though? So as not to drip, my neighbours do like to share their music with us hmm but do turn it down if asked, I just would so love one and I would use it most days. I know this because it would be replacing a cross trainer I lost 8 stone of baby weight on over the years.


ThatBloodyWoman Sat 03-May-14 21:22:37

Do they work?

If so, if you are around and use it when they are out, it'd be no problem anywsy!

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 21:25:05

They don't work, elderly but are usually out most mornings, weekends and evenings are when they like to share their music with us, usually 60's Motown or evangelical gospel music hmm.

AreYouFeelingLucky Sat 03-May-14 21:28:11

Yes. Our upstairs neighbour had one and only used it in the day, but it shook the foundations and sounded horrific. Not ignorable at all. We didn't say anything but she heard her husband using it while downstairs once, and immediately came round to apologise. They got a mat that was supposed to cancel noise in flats but it didn't work so now they don't use it. The noise was that bad.

If you are going to use it when they are at work, you'll need to make sure that they are both bout. I often work from home when DP is out and vice versa. Treadmill noise would distract and anger me, and I'd be thinking up revenge tactics. I'm usually a good neighbour but treadmills are so loud! Ground floor only.

ThatBloodyWoman Sat 03-May-14 21:29:05

Well, if you are able to do it while they are out, that's great.

If not, do you chat, and could you mention what you're doing?

I think it's better to know what the noise is and that thete's a reason for it

AreYouFeelingLucky Sat 03-May-14 21:29:40

Ah. In that case I definitely wouldn't bother - they'll complain and you'll have to stop using it.

libertytrainers Sat 03-May-14 21:30:38

go out and run instead. it would be horriffic living under that noise

OhImATwat Sat 03-May-14 21:31:03

I was going to suggest a cross trainer as they have less impact but I see you already have one of those.

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 21:35:01

I can't get out and run, have two dc with ASD and one is home educated as he is unable to cope at school, hence needing home exercise equipment. Cross trainer is on it's last legs and I just find it doesn't give as effective a work out as a treadmill.

I suppose I could have a chat and work it round their timetable.

RedRoom Sat 03-May-14 21:35:17

There's nothing to stop you but even if you only use it after 8am etc, the people below you may not work 9-5, or might not want to hear it when having the week off/ having had a late night/ are feeling ill. Why not ask them? Some people are very tolerant of noise and they might not care.

BridgeOfWhys Sat 03-May-14 21:37:40

It wouldn't just annoy your direct neighbours. All other neighbours would hear it too. They really do sound like an elephant is Irish dancing above your head! (Speaks from experience!)

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 21:44:30

It's a house conversion so only neighbours below and above.

Notcontent Sat 03-May-14 21:55:01

If it's a conversion then I am assuming it's an older property and no concrete flooring. In which case the whole place is going to shake if you run on a treadmill. It would be quite horrific for the people downstairs.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sat 03-May-14 21:58:09

Sorry I think it would be massively anti social, the noise would horrendous.

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 22:05:31

Like I said earlier I would work it round their timetable if I did decide to go ahead.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sat 03-May-14 22:08:24

Not everyone has a set timetable though, even if they do does that mean they need to come and tell you please don't run at your usual time I'm at home ill today or have a day off or have friends staying.

libertytrainers Sat 03-May-14 22:13:33

just join a gym, it's pretty crackers to use a treadmill in a first floor flat are you not worried that you would weaken the floorboards?

can you not take your son out with you for runs? what keeps you inside so much?

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 22:14:29

Obviously not but I have lived here for 10 years. They are pretty set in their ways, I usually hear them come and go, they are always out in the morning and I know this because the man of the couple often locks himself out and I let him in to the hallway or ask him up for a coffee and occasionally a bacon sandwich when this happens. I know they're always around weekends so wouldn't use it then.

I think I will speak to them and see what they say as suggested by other posters.

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 22:17:05

My son has ASD, dyspraxia and hyper mobility. I am a single parent with no childcare. We aren't kept "in so much" I just can't do much real, challenging exercise outdoors. We can go walking and swimming and that's about it and even then I need to be constantly vigilant of my children.

candycoatedwaterdrops Sat 03-May-14 22:20:54

YABU but just so you know, cross trainers tend to be a better work out than treadmills.

ThatBloodyWoman Sat 03-May-14 22:24:36

Perhaps another good time would be jogging to a bit of motown or gospel music in the background?

eurochick Sat 03-May-14 22:25:29

It would be hugely antisocial. Your upstairs neighbours would be shaken too, so if you want to try to be considerate, that is two timetables to work around.

NickiFury Sat 03-May-14 22:27:27

There's no upstairs neighbours and unlikely to be. It belongs to someone who is living and working in the Middle East. I've not seen him since I moved in.

I've read that cross trainers are better but I just never feel I have had a hard with out on one.

newfavouritething Sat 03-May-14 23:24:16

How old is your building? Our house is quite old (1860's) and the noise/vibration of only walking upstairs was horrendous and made the light fittings swing downstairs. I think running would've caused problems.

whois Sat 03-May-14 23:35:55

Treadmill in a flat is 100% unacceptable noise and vibration levels.

Unless you've got a resin forced floor like they have in offices it's going to be pretty bad.

I think a cross trainer or a rower would be less offensive.

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