I'm having a serious problem, and I was wondering if anyone can help
with it. I live in an apartment building. My neighbour below me
always invites friends over, plays loud music, etc. I hear him till
the wee hours DAILY!!! It's seriously driving me insane! Even after I
warn him, he keeps going. My landlord sent him a letter, but as I am
writing this e-mail, I can still hear his TV on (he's watching Star
Wars). Is there anything I can do to add some sound insulation. My
apartment is not very big, the floors are made of wood. Someone please
First, is his TV really loud, or are you just in an unfortunate
circumstance where the sound travels really well in your building?
Are his speakers on the floor? Suggest raising them up on plastic milk
crates - might help a whole bunch. Hell, bring him the crates.
If he actuallt is being loud, knock on his door again and again and
keep bugging him to wear headphones. Keep a record. Start calling the
cops if he doesn't comply.
It is fortunate that you are insane, and above him. You might install powerful
speakers in the floor, aimed down, with a microphone and an annoying delay, or
drill holes and let your sink overflow. Boiling oil and molten lead are more
traditional. Do you know any clog-dancing troupes looking for practice space?
<<but as I am writing this e-mail, I can still hear his TV on (he's
I had numerous similar problems with neighbors. My apartment lease had
a clause saying that after 10 pm and before 8 am, no noices disturbing
The first incident, I would leave a note on their door explaining that
I was sure they didn't realize it, but their television/stereo/video
games, etc was keeping me awake at night and please to use use these
things at night *at all*. Low volume didn't help, because the sound
travels easily through the floor and ceiling.
Typically, this works for a few weeks, at least a little, then they go
back to their normal behavior. Another note results in no change in
behavior. A complaint to the apartment complex results in another
note, which again quiets them down for a few weeks, whereupon they go
back to the same behavior. The next complaint from the apartment
complex has no effect. The next note says they have X days to comply
or they will be evicted. This gets their attention. For a while.
The apartment management told me this pattern is typical.
My advice is that after the first nice attempt to get them to quiet
down, be ruthless. Complain to the apartment management after every
instance, so that their file is full of evidence that can be used to
evict them. Even so, the process could take months...terrible way to
Back to your original question, you can find sound insulating
techniques and supplies here:
Yes, it is called "space" or "distance". You add it by buying your own
single-family home. This is one reason people find suburbia desirable:
separation and privacy from your neighbors. Trying to change your
apartment neighbor's habits, or to insulate yourself, do not work.
Some people are happy with close quarters, the rest of us move to the
On Tue, 22 Nov 2005 00:24:34 -0600, Richard J Kinch
If OP owned the apartment, he could probably deal with the problem
fairly effectivly with soundproofing. Since he doesn't, he can't.
Trying to get the neighbor to change is a good idea only if you
enjoy feuding, or are at least very good at it. That leaves
moving to an apartment that isn't made of paper mache;
getting a white-noise-generator and learning to live with it;
or smuggling 5 kilos of coke into the guys rooms when he's not
there, and calling the cops.
Just fry their equipment without entering their apartment.
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You are above him??? Geez you can have LOTS of fun with them.
Nothing like finding out when they sleep taking some speakers, point
down into the floor and start dancing. Make sure to use tap shoes.
Also helps if you do this over his bedroom.
Sometimes the worst thing to do, is to personally confront someone like
this who is a constant PITA. If it persists, and you're at your wit's
end, drop a dime.
Often, inconsiderate people like this can become irrational, and will do
it all the more, once they know it personally bothers you. Either that,
or they take revenge upon you in some other form (Keying-vandalizing
your car perhaps?) if the cops are eventually called.
(Even if it's someone else that calls, you'll automatically get the
If it bothers you, I'm sure it bothers others also in the building.
Generally when the police are called they give a first time warning.
The second time they have to come out can usuallyresult in a citation.
(Depends where you live I supose)
That'll cool their jets.
People nowadays who do this generally have no consideration of others,
or other's lives, and seem to feel that you're just dying upstairs for
them to turn on their Stereo, so they can entertain you. Usually, this
consists of the Du-Rag music, with the boom boom boom.
They live in their own little world, and couldn't give a rat's @ss about
I don't think soundproofing would be an option for any tenant. You'd
virtually have to call in the Jet Propulsion Labratory (JPL) to entirely
shield you from most of these sound systems.
Fighting fire, with fire (Playing your system when you think they're
asleep) taking up Drums, Bass Guitar, etc, generally doesn't work, and
the tables may turn, and someone will drop a dime on you.
As I said, an anonymous "dime" dropped can sometimes work wonders. If
you're confronted about dropping the dime, play dumb like Sgt. Shultz.
Never admit it was you. Mark
Earplugs might be the most practical relief until you can move.
I think a nice product for apartment owners would be a device that
shuts off the power to an apartment unit if the decibel level exceeds
certain levels during certain times of the day for more than a few
Then, if the jerk want his power back on, he has to talk to the
landlord to reset his power with a key. He'll have to explain what was
This would also fix those lovely people who leave for the weekend and
decide to leave their alam set.
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