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FrogTime Tue 27-Dec-16 20:39:00

Hi everyone!

I'm hoping someone can recommend a good soundproofing product I can buy to muffle the neighbour noises please?

When the previous neighbours lived there we could hear shouting and the dogs barking, the extremes of neighbourly noise and was livable but now the new neighbours are in they have stripped the adjoining wall back to brick as a feature to their living room and I can hear everything!

Anyone had a similar situation? I've heard you can just put up another plaster board but I'm not sure how effective that will be?
It'll be to cover the walls either side of a chimney breast. Thanks

kernowgal Tue 27-Dec-16 20:44:24

It makes bugger all difference if the sound is coming from them. You need to soundproof the side the noise is coming from, if that makes sense. Any gaps in the mortar will let it through.

I live in fear of my neighbours doing this as I can already hear so much noise from them.

I would be tempted to invite them round to see how noisy it is and then ask if they would consider replastering. Some people really don't think.

user1467297746 Tue 27-Dec-16 21:23:48

its not hard to do - basically you need to screw a wooden frame to the walls / chimney breast that run at right angles to the 'party' wall. leave a gap of 5 cm or 10 cm if you can afford it and fill this gap with rock wool

the wooden frame must not touch the wall where the noise is coming from.

You then screw 2 layers of plasterboard to this frame. you should screw the plaster board layers so the joins in one layer are not on top of the previous layer - you are trying to make an air tight barrier

( look at the picture - you are trying to make one skin of that wall)

If you dont use the chimney you should look at doing that too - since there may be mortar missing inside the chimney and that is where the noise is coming directly thru.

hope that helps - it is a bit of a roll of the dice - becos there may be other ways the sound travels - ( joists below the floor level etc )

but if the noise became more apparent after they took the plaster off then this might help

PigletJohn Tue 27-Dec-16 23:46:40

Put your telly in that corner, and turn it up. See how long it takes them to notice.

ThisThingCalledLife Tue 27-Dec-16 23:58:23

i know someone who put a layer of empty egg boxes between the wall and new plasterboard and they swore it made a big difference.....

do they rent or own?

FrogTime Wed 28-Dec-16 05:53:25

Thanks so much for your replies! user I will look into this method - thank you!

Unfortunately they own it (they were the landlords to the previous neighbours who decided to do it up and live in it - drilling and allsorts for months) and they have a very small baby too. Although we don't mind that crying as I'm sure they'll hear that from us too now!

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