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    Easy soundproofing?

    I'm running on empty. I've mentioned before that the girl upstairs is a screamer but it was only once or twice a week at five or six am when I was getting up anyways and I found it more funny than irritating.

    Not so lately. I've gotten three hours sleep a night since last week. It's been non-stop every morning at 3 am since Christmas eve, like clockwork. Maybe her boyfriend or her shifts got switched around and this is the only time they can get together. I don't know and I don't care... all I know is that I'm a light sleeper and have a hard time going to sleep in the first place. Once I'm up, I'm up.

    The walls are pretty thick and soundproof - I hear people next door blasting music if my window is open and that's about it - it's the floors that are paper thin. Is there any way I can beef up the soundproofing on my bedroom ceiling? I don't really want to call the super on this ... on paper a noise complaint is a noise complaint but what kind of ******* calls people out for having sex?

    Please keep this mature... or if that's too much to ask and this thread faces the inevitable lock PM me if you have a legitimate suggestion. I'm dying here.
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    I'd hate to say it but your best bet is to go to their apartment and ask them to keep it down a bit. Tell her to learn to bite the pillow...
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    Any chance you can use some **** like Dynamax to sound proof it. It is the same thing that people put in their cars when running high end stereo systems. It may be really expensive for that much but may be something to look into if it's too bad.

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    try some dynomax, people use it for speakers in their car. I know you wont hear your alarm with ear plugs, but i'd try something. You're going to seem like a freak if you ask a chick to quit moaning. Try moving your alarm clock right next your head and then wear the little ear plugs that go in your ears and expand once in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    Any chance you can use some **** like Dynamax to sound proof it. It is the same thing that people put in their cars when running high end stereo systems. It may be really expensive for that much but may be something to look into if it's too bad.
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    My only suggestion would involve pulling down the sheetrock in your ceiling. If you are willing to foot the bill and do that, then you could put insulation bats in the ceiling and put up new sheetrock. Not the best idea but it will work.
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    grab a broom stick and bang the ceiling with the end of it when they start making noise.






    or you could try some dynamax
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    I'd consider the headphones if I could sleep on my back... but I stop breathing these days when I do and wake up in a panic gasping for air. Funny thing was I *didn't* have that problem when I weighed 200... thought becoming unobese was supposed to clear up sleep aponea not cause it.

    Little earplugs might be an idea. I'd have to test it on a weekend to make sure they're good enough to block most sound but not my alarm.

    Actual soundproofing like the dynamax I don't see working... mostly because I certainly can't cover the surface area of my bedroom ceiling with it (would cost a hell of a lot).

    I've taken to sleeping on my couch if I need a good nights sleep (can't hear her from my living room)... and that's just wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockBoxer View Post
    I'd consider the headphones if I could sleep on my back... but I stop breathing these days when I do and wake up in a panic gasping for air. Funny thing was I *didn't* have that problem when I weighed 200... thought becoming unobese was supposed to clear up sleep aponea not cause it.

    Little earplugs might be an idea. I'd have to test it on a weekend to make sure they're good enough to block most sound but not my alarm.

    Actual soundproofing like the dynamax I don't see working... mostly because I certainly can't cover the surface area of my bedroom ceiling with it (would cost a hell of a lot).

    I've taken to sleeping on my couch if I need a good nights sleep (can't hear her from my living room)... and that's just wrong.
    the broomstick might give them a subtle hint actually.

    is the chick pretty hot? you could at least get a visual as you hear her.
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    Not as hot as my girlfriend. I don't need a visual. She's basically screaming out what she wants done.

    I suspect the moment I started a broomstick war *I'd* end up with a noise complaint the moment my girlfriend so much as made a peep.
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    Sleep with a fan on.

    I have one, and the noise it makes helps me get to sleep(its sort of hypnotic and rythmic, not annoying), and when I'm asleep nothing wakes me up (as long as the fan is on). Ive had to put a timer on it so it turns off at 5:00 am or else I sleep through my alarm clock. When it is buzzing for me to wake up. A foot through my head.

    Thats the only drawback, you might sleep to heavily, but good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    Any chance you can use some **** like Dynamax to sound proof it. It is the same thing that people put in their cars when running high end stereo systems. It may be really expensive for that much but may be something to look into if it's too bad.
    Except for the fact that is has a asphalt backing and would be gross, and impossible to clean off a ceiling.

    Id say use a Fan as well. Or earplugs, those are cheap and can work wonders. My dad uses them still to this day cause he does shift work. Batty stepmom would vaccume at like 9 in the morning when he just gets off work at 7:30.
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    One of those elementary-school style square fans are really loud, but are a good white noise. You should look into buying one, and putting it right next to your bed.
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    If you file a noise complaint, will the tenants above know who the accuser is?

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    dynomax wont work... its made to absorb the vibrations in metal. Thats why when you use it in your car you pull up all your carpet and panels and put it straight on the metal body of your car.
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    Actually, I have a fan in my living room. I used to sleep with one running all night at my first apartment (where even with the heat off in the dead of winter the apartment was never cooler than 25 celsius/80ish). That's not only worth a shot but doesn't require any traveling all over the freaking city looking for earplugs.

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    Earplugs are pretty easy to find. Most supermarkets or drugstores should have them (unless you're way out in the sticks).
    If you're as light a sleeper as I am, it's not hard to wake up to a reasonably-loud alarm clock, even with plugs in.

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    The only soundproofing that's really going to work if you built a concentric set of walls and a ceiling inside the existing walls, and soundproof in between. The sound will vibrate and transfer right through anything you hang on the ceiling. Some kind of white noise like the fan will help a little, but the best thing to do would be to talk to them or the landlord and stop it at the source.

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    Are the units carpeted?
    If it's tile or composite on the floors, it'll carry sound more.

    Maybe offer to help the upstairs neighbor lay some carpet in her bedroom?

    Failing that, a white noise generator or fan may be a good idea.

    Also, do you have 2 bedrooms in the apartment? If all else fails swapping your 'den' for your 'bedroom' may be an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockBoxer View Post
    Actually, I have a fan in my living room. I used to sleep with one running all night at my first apartment (where even with the heat off in the dead of winter the apartment was never cooler than 25 celsius/80ish). That's not only worth a shot but doesn't require any traveling all over the freaking city looking for earplugs.
    Haha, glad to help. It was actually a problem for me, because my alarm clock would go off for an hour next to my head, waking up my whole family except for me. Many angry mornings...

    BTW Home Depot has lots of earplugs, if you want to try that. While your there you might as well pick up a timer for the fan.

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    blast some porn right as they start or finish so that they can hear it. maybe a gang-bang scene? I had a roommate who started dating a new girl and the first few times they had sex, she was a real screamer and I could hear everything she said/yelled. So like after the 3rd or 4th time, the next morning I told them jokingly, I thought I was gonna have to call the police last night... it sounded like someone was getting raped in there. Awkward silence... I never heard them again after that.

    slightly different situation but if you act very naive' and ask them if everything is ok up there one morning after a loud session they might tone it down a bit.
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    Either the fan worked or they gave it a rest for a night. Either works for me. I still woke up at 3:45 out of habit, but only for a second.

    I'll stick with using the fan until it doesn't work and then go for the earplug angle. Confrontation is last on my list... it's not that I'm afraid of it, though in my neighborhood - which sees a lot of domestic disputes, home invasions, swarm beatings, and flat out murders - you just never know. I just know that if it were me I'd want someone to do their best to tune it out before being the heavy. My girlfriend would be mortified to learn she was broadcasting to the building at large and I imagine most women would be the same... no need to potentially humiliate her as long as a solution doesn't cost me any significant amount of money.
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    whoever said sleep with a fan on is the best suggestion yet. i used to live in a house with 10 people and i cant sleep with noises. i had an old box fan on high all summer long, then when it came to fall i started hearing all the **** i was missing when i turned it off. so i just put it so it wasnt blowing on me and left it on into winter when i moved out and was never bothered again.
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