I've just got a treadmill, theres a serious amount of vibration
and sound from it, is there anything people could recommend to
minimise this as much as possible.
Especially are the vibration mats sold any good?
Its on the first floor and ideally I'd like to put it on
full wack, 15kph or so. Bit scared of the neighbours complaining.
I gather next to a wall and ina small room are good things
I built a mat from a heavy rubber mat 1" thick sheet of Styrofoam for
isolation and a 3/8" sheet of wafer board to hold it all together.
I also had to put a toe board on to keep the treadmill from walking.
The best thing is to get a really good treadmill. Not one with a lot of
neat features lights and buttons, but a really solid design and heavy duty
However you have what you have, so your only likely choice is the rubber
mats. You may want to experiment. A heavy duty, not too thick one may work
well, but a nice thick soft one might work better, but for that you will
need a layer of plywood over it to distribute the weight. I would likely
look for a large fatigue matt, the kind used to make standing on.
The floor that is it located on will also make a big difference.
Cover the area with an anti-vibration mat, dense carpet padding (the
solid foam type, not felt or thin sponge molded with contours), or
urethane foam. It may have to be as thick as 3-6 cm. Then cover that
with a sheet of plywood, 2-3 cm thick, to distribute the weight of the
treadmill all over.
I'll try the mat and plywood. Moving it close to a wall definately
helped, its the pounding of the feet that makes the biggest
contribution to the noise now.
Trouble with the mat is that I can't try it before I buy it easily
but I think I'd need one to protect
the threadmill against the carpet anyway
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