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Old 12-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #61
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There may be, and you can look into that, however the 5/8" drywall is already fire-rated.

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Old 12-16-2012, 03:45 PM   #62
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There may be, and you can look into that, however the 5/8" drywall is already fire-rated.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #63
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If you have bare brick or block as a starting point, or if you can't / won't remove the existing plaster, then you really only have one route. This is a ROUGH outline.
  1. Add vertical furring strip or channel to wall every 24".
  2. Apply isolation clips to the furring, following a specific pattern.
  3. Snap drywall furring channel into the clips
  4. Install two layers of drywall with a field applied damping compound.

This won't help with sound coming through the floor, as it is also attached to the offending wall. Same for the ceiling and perpendicular side walls.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:18 PM   #64
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That side of the wall is where I suspect the previous owner had removed plaster in order to get TV mount installed. So they had this thin wood type panel installed in place of drywall. I should also mention that this old house is kind of weird. It's a brick house divided by the original builder onto 2 houses. From what I've seen the party wall is loosely covered with brick between the studs and plastered over. Neighbor had his house renovated so there is no plaster on his end. One side of the living room, and kitchen unfortunately, on my end is where I have no plaster either. So, thinking about fixing that, or more like improving some. Thanks again.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:13 AM   #65
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:38 PM   #66
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Hehe... not happening any time soon. My wife doesn't care about it and kind of thinks I'm exaggerating the problems. We both like the area we're in. I've just always been more sensitive to noise so it does matter more to me. Neighbor is not too bad though. I just need to make some marginal improvements here and there to make it tolerable from annoying/irritating. My understanding that's how "incremental" soundproofing works anyways.

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