Category Archive: Residential

How to Soundproof an Apartment

Learn how to best soundproof an apartment, cut down on tenant turnover, and make life much quieter for apartment dwellers.

Summer Sound Series: Loud A/C Units

My neighbor’s A/C unit is situated close to our house, and the noise is starting to drive me crazy. I know that I can’t ask him to move it, but is there anything that I can do to keep some of the sound out or at least make it quieter?

How Can I Be a Quieter Neighbor

Most of the time we hear about people trying to quiet down their neighbor or at least reduce the amount that can be heard. But, what if you are the noisy neighbor? Lifehacker, which describes itself as having “tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done”, recently had a reader write in with a question […]

Garage Door Noise

Need help reducing the garage door noise coming thru the ducts.  My daughter’s hvac supply is routed thru our attached garage, while it is foil wrapped in something already we can still hear the opening and closing of the motor.  Her bedroom is on the second floor while the garage is in the basement!

How Much Do I Need?

Over the years, I have put together a simple equation that I have had plenty of success with. This equation is used to “take the edge off” of a room and make it much more usable.

The Problem? A Noisy Apartment

I think noise in an apartment is one of the most frustrating problems to deal with. You want the space to be your own, to be able to do what you will while still maintaining respect for your fellow neighbors. We recently had a question about noise in the apartment, specifically dealing with the doors. […]

How To Quiet Your Noisy Garage Door

Other than a vehicle, a garage door opener is probably the most prominent noise source in a garage. They are strong motors that often introduce a large amount of vibration into a structure. Depending on the location of the garage, this can be quite bothersome […]

Condo Sound Problem – Common Wall Soundproofing

Common wall dwellings have to meet certain codes that are set in place by either the local building code or the national building council or code. There is a unit of measure called STC which is a rating of how “soundproof” a wall or ceiling is. The higher the STC number, the more soundproof […]