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Exiting Celing.. Sound Insulation.. HELP

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by dynamix, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. dynamix

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    Hey all..

    This is more of a 'neighbours rom hell# type topic but this forum seems the most likely to relate to and help me with my problem.

    The neighbours upstrairs have been causing huge, unrelenting amounts of noise since they moved in the flat above me. They have nothing over the bare floorboards and I can take the racket of their fat footfalls, loud music and constant dropping things ;)!

    I wanna insulate my existing (i think its plater board) ceiling.

    Any advice on how I can achieve this and what materials would be best for an urban flat?

    Thanks ever so much!
     
  2. lnewey6

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    is it your flat then i would use resilent channel then 2 layers of soundblock plasterboard then seal or the edges if its not your flat try telling them they might put some carpet down your never no
     
  3. dynamix

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    I don't own the flat but we are allowed to carry out ceiling work..

    If possible, could you please list the exact materials I'd need to make this work? Someone actually told me to use rockwool, some say mats etc.

    PS: I actually have a guy ready to do the works on my ceiling.. He specialises in ceilings and this is what he told me to get:

    - MT Platerboard (I think it says MT, he has bad hand writing.. It's definately M 'something')
    - Ceiling fixings
    - 6x3 plasterboard
    - MF7 and MF5
    - Rockwool Insulation

    Can anyone knowledgable enough tell me if these materials are suitable for blocking neighbours above providing they are using the bare floodboards?

    I just wanna know my guy knows enough and that I am getting the best sound proofing on the market.

    If not, please guide me! I am so unknowledgable in this area it's unreal.

    Thanks so much again.
     
  4. Rickyj @ Kalibrate

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  5. lnewey6

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    yes mark where the joist are the fit the resilent channel opposite way to the joist use the mineral wool from the website you noted you might need to spray them to the celing then fit the first layer of soundblock do not let the plasterboard screws touch the celing they should only go through the resilent channel then seal the edges make sure they are no holes then fit the other layer opposite way to the first then seal the edges with sealent you can use soundproof matting between the plasterboard you can get that from the place you noted just let me no how you got on if you need anymore help pm me cheers
     
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    Here's a link that might help, mainly dealing with measures to attain the new Document 'E' of the Building regulations, there is a section that deals with ceilings there.

    http://www.british-gypsum.com/immediacy-828

    This is quite a common problem, I get a lot of calls asking for help with this one.

    My advice is to ask if your neighbours are aware of the noise you are experiencing and if they would be prepared to help you.

    Please do not take the advice of the first builder that comes along, although well meaning, there are certain basic errors that can be made meaning you will waste your money!!!!!!
    I would be more than happy to offer any advice on how to minimise your problem as regards methods, materials etc.
     
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    I've thought about using cavity wall insulation and getting it 'blown' into the ceiling? This would be relatively cheap and easy to get done but I don't know how effective this would be as sound insulation.

    We were also considering pouring loose Rockwool(?) into the floor of our bedroom to act as noise insulation from the HT below. Has anyone done either of these?
     

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