Soundproofing existing wall

This is in a rental with bedroom walls of the unit next to me.

Moving blankets, soundproof panels, egg cartons. Putting things against the wall.
Stuff on Amazon seems very cheap and hard to find quality.

Hate hearing and having the feeling of someone next to me.

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >egg cartons
    >soundproof panels
    That's for absorbing echoes inside the studio. And is generally expensive. Any isolation is merely a pleasant side effect.
    >moving blankets
    Now you're talking. You want heavy and rough/soft. The idea is to absorb the energy of the sund waves mechanically. Thick blankets are for lower frequencies. Small cell foams are good for high frequencies. Foils on the outside of foam are good for very high frequencies, because they shift it down to foamy frequencies.
    Cheapest material you're gonna find for general "life" sound is acoustic ceiling tile.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you!
      And putting acoustic ceiling tile on the wall would be a good cheap solution?

      Would the tile/foam and blankets be good also if I am worried about the sound I am causing going into other rooms/through the walls?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >putting acoustic ceiling tile on the wall would be a good cheap solution
        Good? Yes.
        Cheap? Yes.
        Solution? Maaaaaybe?
        The real winning move is tiles against the wall and blankets hung like drapes I'm front of them.
        (Looks nicer too.)
        If you want to go crazy, suspend the tiles from the ceiling (and each other) or even devise sleeves or something to hang them from the blankets. Again, the idea is to convert sound to mechanical action. So doing that lets the panels cover lower frequencies too -- by swinging a little. Like an inverse wind chime.
        >sound I am causing going into other rooms
        A simple deployment like that is petty much the same damping in either direction, yeah.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for this.
          What would be the best way to apply the tiles to the wall?

          Velcro tape, double sided tape, gorilla glue tape.
          I don't want to cause a bunch of damage as its a rental.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >best way to apply the tiles to the wall
            As previously mentioned, ceiling suspension.

            Otherwise like two drywall screws at the top corners.
            >I don't want to cause a bunch of damage
            Pffft. Lame.
            They're not very heavy. So like few of those 3M Command utility hooks along the bottom of each panel is probably fine, so that it cradles in them and leans against the wall. Again, being able to move a little is good.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Thanks for that.
              So having them not flush but tilted into the wall on the Command hooks would work as well?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      russians rugs on walls inside soviet tenements is more than just a funky stylistic choice

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Run a vertical fan on high whenever you sleep. The white noise cancels out everything else.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just a normal tower fan?
      Reading reviews on some are saying they are super quiet.

      And just have it in full range oscillation?

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For sleep, I use disposable silicone putty earplugs. The foam ones tend to fall out.

    For daily noise, I don't know. During the day, I just put up with the noise from the road and my neighbour. I don't have any other suggestions because I'm in essentially the same boat.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >earplugs
      I've tried this, but then the only thing I hear is my heartbeat...which quickly makes me crazy.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The guy saying use the fan is right. It's the easiest way to block out most sound. I've used fans in this manner my whole life.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What kind of fan do you use?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous
        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Just don't run your fan while asleep as that is a well-known cause of death in Asian countries.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Everything I've read about soundproofing makes it seem futile. Coat a wall in soundproofing material? Loud sounds will just vibrate through your wall unless it has a gap designed to stop this (which is near impossible to do retroactively). Even properties designed from the ground up with a good level of soundproofing get fucked when there's tiny gap in the material, either because of installation faults of because it needed a space for pipework or cabling.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you want it done right you need to build a room within a room with sound proofing in mind, and make sure it is decoupled from the floor as well. But building the second wall will cost you several inches of space along the wall.
    this has some good info, but read the comments and do more research as the whole things need to be designed any failure point and sound will get in.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you that autist from a few weeks ago who was being too loud gaming? At least you have a high enough IQ to rephrase it now for less shit lmao

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      "look at me im on /diy all the time and call things out in case i get reddit upvote points weeeeee"
      really hate fags like you

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        what the fuck are you on about retard. Get out more.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Have you tried playing one of those fan noise background videos on Youtube? Those do the trick for me. When I was in an apartment those things kept my sanity drowning out all of my neighbors' noise

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