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AaronReniers
Brick house sound proofing?
AaronReniers

I live in a apartment building fully made out of brick and concrete. No wooden structures or walls at all.

I moved in about 6 months ago and after i moved in i noticed that i can hear the neighbors talking, walking, their tv even when they place something on their coffee table or plug something in a socket.

For a conventional wooden structure house i know how to tackle this problem, but not when it comes to a brick house. So... if anyone can help me with this i would be really happy cause i don't feel like moving again.

dj1
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dj1

First, let me tell you that as a tenant you can't attach anything to wall without a written OK from the landlord or the mgmt co.

As a renter, you are entitled to receive an apartment which is in "habitable" condition from your landlord.

IMO, that include a reasonably quiet apartment.

Call your landlord, follow with a letter, expressing your concerns. They might be able to help, but if they can't or won't, you might be able to get out of your lease in a legal way. If they say whatever and do nothing, you call a landlord-tenant lawyer for advice.

Between you and me, a carpet on the wall (crazy idea, isn't it?) can reduce noise.

ed21
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ed21

In general the only way to reduce sound transmission through walls is to increase the mass and or sound deadening assemblies. Another thing to be sure of is that there are no direct paths such as under, over or through the wall such as through electrical outlets. This probably isn't the case with a tenant separation wall.
Building codes now do specify sound ratings through walls, but since you didn't mention the age, which I assume is old, this probably doesn't apply. Even though the code requirement isn't that high.
I agree With dj1 about a habitable apartment. If the landlord won't do anything, getting out of the lease may be the only solution.
BTW- a simple stud wall held off the brick with insulation would give a lot of attenuation. There are a number of ways to attack the problem. Because of flamibility most carpet is not rated for vertical installation.
I wonder what the neighbors hear coming from your apartment.

AaronReniers
Re: Brick house sound proofing?
AaronReniers

Thanks for the replies and ideas.

The building is from 1972.

I'll contact my landlord about this problem, but i don't think they will do anything about it (they're freaking cheapskates here). However, they are pretty easy when it comes to making (reversible) changes. So i think i'll go with placing stud walls (well insulated of course). because i'm not so keen on the idea of carpet on the walls.

If i end up placing a stud wall... What size (studs) would you recommend a 2x3, 2x4 or maybe even a different size?
Also i've heard that a double layer of drywall also helps with sound-deadening, is that true?

ed21
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ed21

In general two layers would be better. Lots of tested assemblies if you can get access to the info. STC is the wall rating. The higher the better. Wood may not be permitted in your building type. Metal studs could be used. To help break the path of the sound, avoid direct contact of the brick wall to any new wall.

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