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Old 11-05-2006, 04:37 PM   #11
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> What other steps can I take to stop noise leakage?

You should not do anything. Any steps you take will lead you to pay MORE money in the end when the landlord comes and asks you what the hell did you do to the apartment?

Your security deposit will be gone and you may end up in small claims court to pay for any "damages" that your noise limiting activities may have done to the walls.

Your neighbours are being assholes. Keep the volume lower and if they dont stop banging on the floor tell them to go (insert your favourite phrase here).
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Old 11-05-2006, 04:42 PM   #12
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Duct taping and thumb tacking foam and egg cartons to the ceiling is far from permanent and damaging.
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:56 PM   #13
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Move into a house. Problem solved.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:33 PM   #14
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> Let them know that it is unfortunate that the walls are so
> thin, and that you and your roommates are doing the best you
> can to try to keep the noise down. If it would help, invite
> them over while you are making noise at "normal levels" so
> they can see that you're not going overboard with the noise.
> If they're expecting you to speak in hushed tones all the
> time, fuck them, they can move if they don't like the
> construction of the building.

Yeah, I'm definitely going to say something similiar to that if/when they complain again. I don't want to be an ass to them and we really are trying to keep things on the quiet side, but we have the right to watch movies at 11pm just as they have the right to NOT watch movies at 11pm.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:34 PM   #15
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All of my friends know about the issues we are having with them, so I could have an "eat lots of eggs to help us shut up our annoying neighbors" party.

Could be a good time!
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:39 PM   #16
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> You should not do anything. Any steps you take will lead
> you to pay MORE money in the end when the landlord comes and
> asks you what the hell did you do to the apartment?

This is definitely a good point to consider. The apartment wouldn't be mistaken for one that was recently renovated as there are already more than a few nail/tackholes in the walls, but that is actually a good thing since the landlord is less likely to bitch at us for putting a few more in the walls.

The goal here is to spend as little money as possible on this project. Everything for the soundproofing side of this has been 'borrowed' from my parents or sympathetic friends and I've only spent $10 on a roll of vinyl sheeting to help insulate the apartment.

Of course, I haven't bought the eggs for my egg party yet and that could significantly drive up costs.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:43 PM   #17
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As I said before, even if you have to pitch in, hell ask them to pitch in also, get carpeting with really thick padding put down on thier floor. It'll muffle all impact sounds virtually like people walking and with totally dampen out all normal sound like talking. Heck pitch in for a large roll out rug and a roll of foam padding it's in thier interests also. Might be able to do it for under $200 total *$100 each* if looks aren't a major factor.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:47 PM   #18
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> Of course, I haven't bought the eggs for my egg party yet
> and that could significantly drive up costs.

I would think that there are restaurants around that would give you their empty egg cartons if you asked for them, or if you know anyone who works at a restaurant they could probably get some.
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:15 PM   #19
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Thumb tacks leave holes that need to be plastered over. Duct tape can peel off paint and leaves a glue residue on the ceiling. One or two tacks holes will not be noticeable but the whole ceiling being covered in them would be very evident.

If he went down that route, before he left he would have to do the following:

-wash the ceiling and walls down very thouroughly (if tape is used).
-plaster the holes in the walls and ceiling
-sand the plaster down
-paint the ceiling and walls

Thats alot of avoidable work.

> Duct taping and thumb tacking foam and egg cartons to the
> ceiling is far from permanent and damaging.
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:58 PM   #20
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Hi all. Figured I would update my original post.

First, thank you everyone for your wonderful suggestions, including the one for us to move. Trust me, I don't see us renewing this lease in March. Anyway.

I did hang two blankets to separate our living room. I'm not sure if it helped with the sound issue, but it definitely helped with heating. If you walk onto the side without the heater, you can tell that it is much colder.

I also found a sheet of the foam egg crate stuff at my parents house, which I stapled to the ceiling. It covers a very small part of the ceiling and I'm positive that I'd have to cover the entire ceiling for it to have any impact, but it has to help somewhat. And it looks kind of nifty.

I mentioned that the living room is pretty bare. I'm thinking about just putting a lot of crap in there to take up space.

I'll see about snagging a digital camera from the girlfriend and taking some pics of the place so you guys can marvel at my handiwork. Exciting!
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