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    Default What is the problem and how do we fix it?

    Help!
    We live on the first floor of a 6-flat condo built around 1920. All the floors are hardwood. When the neighbors upstairs walk around, it comes through like bass drums in our apartment. Some rooms also very creaky when there is walking upstairs. Some say we have joist problems that might be solved by drilling bolts in to connect the floorboards. Some say there is just no insulation and we would need to open up floors/ ceilings which would be too expensive to make it worth it. One place tried to sell me on spray foam insulation to be sprayed in between our ceilings and the floors above. The noise makes it impossible to sleep. What are the options in terms of getting noise reduction work done? We are not do-it-yourself-ers so we would need to hire someone(s) to do the work. Maybe one for joists and another for insulation? We don't know where to start because is it joists? insulation? both? neither? Who do we trust to do the work?

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    Default Re: What is the problem and how do we fix it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepless in Chicago View Post
    Help!
    We live on the first floor of a 6-flat condo built around 1920. All the floors are hardwood. When the neighbors upstairs walk around, it comes through like bass drums in our apartment. Some rooms also very creaky when there is walking upstairs. Some say we have joist problems that might be solved by drilling bolts in to connect the floorboards. Some say there is just no insulation and we would need to open up floors/ ceilings which would be too expensive to make it worth it. One place tried to sell me on spray foam insulation to be sprayed in between our ceilings and the floors above. The noise makes it impossible to sleep. What are the options in terms of getting noise reduction work done? We are not do-it-yourself-ers so we would need to hire someone(s) to do the work. Maybe one for joists and another for insulation? We don't know where to start because is it joists? insulation? both? neither? Who do we trust to do the work?

    2 things you can do, one would be the spray foam and that would help and the other is to add a layer of drywall to the ceiling above your bedroom with some 15# felt in between and that would help a lot. re securing the joist etc. can become an expensive deal as the drywall most likly would have to be removed.

    the people upstairs subfloor should be screwed down and felt paper than the hardwoods, but that is to late to do that.

    or cheeper yet, buy a six pack of bud light and drink that every night, and you will not hear a thing!!!

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