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Old 02-13-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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I need advice on what to do and materials to help soundproof my new apartment so that less outside noises get in and less of my own noise goes out and disturbs neighbors.

I don't need to fully block it, I just want to dampen it as much as possible.

My walls are made of cement and windows are half slide-down (don't know the formal name). Floors are tiled.

I saw info on Green Glue, but I don't really think I can add it to my cement walls.
I still need to get some furniture, but that will only help the inside noise.

I don't know how to check what the doors are made of.

I'm adding a layout of the apartment, maybe there are some tricks that can be done to deter sound from going in depending on the layout. The outside noise mostly comes in from the West. And I want to keep my tv and speakers from letting sound go to the East, where the other residents are.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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Have you searched here? There are lots of threads on this here. The name of the game is mass and blocking openings (under doors, around elect boxes, etc). Somehow, you need to add mass to the walls. Can you lock 2x2's to the cement (I assume you mean concrete) walls and sheet rock over that? Two layers beat one layer. Lots of glass in the windows, too, but that means either a storm pane or new windows. Plant trees/shrubs outside, too.

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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If you rent, there is probably little you are allowed to do that would be permanent. Non-permanent things that work well are padded curtains on windows and walls.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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If you rent, there is probably little you are allowed to do that would be permanent. Non-permanent things that work well are padded curtains on windows and walls.
Good answer.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:28 AM   #5
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I'm renting for now, but I'm gonna be buying it in the next few months.

The place came with roll-able curtains, so I have to work with those.
But yes, that is probably what I'm looking for: non-permanent things.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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The #1 thing you need is mass. Lightweight soundproofing is an oxymoron. This mass is generally heavy drywall. That means construction and that generally means no-go in an apartment

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