Archive for December, 2009

Check Out Your Doors

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

When searching for the source of our soundproofing problems we tend to overlook the obvious. We’re constantly seeking ways to reduce the noise our neighbors make and think we need to undertake huge soundproofing projects when in reality we need to take a simple look at our surroundings.

Doors, believe it or not, are one of the most common sources of noise in any atmosphere. Doors are often hastily hung in nice looking but poorly constructed frames. They have gaps surrounding them which easily transmit sound and, in most cases, are made of hollow materials that resonate sound instead of blocking it.

Take alook at your doors before you do anything else. You might be able to seal around the door, add a stopper at the bottom to seal the gaps, or simply replace the door with something heavier. In the end, this solution will be a lot cheaper and more effective than soundproofing a wall that never really needed the work!

Soundproofing a Recording Studio

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Gregg Tauriello created a video for eHow explaining how to soundproof a recording studio. You don’t need a professional soundproofing consultant on your books if you’re simply creating a home studio but there are some basic soundproofing concepts you should really understand. Check out this video for some great information on how to insulate or soundproof the walls for the best results.

Student Fined for Listening to Music

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Look, we all know that teenagers and college students like to listen to loud music but this girls seems to have taken things a bit too far. The 26 year old college student, Rai Maher-Davies, from Swansea (UK), used to play music so loud that her neighbor could hear it from her own living room.

After several complaints, a court ordered Rai to turn her tunes down but she failed to do so and after 3 more citations finally received a fine. At one point they had even confiscated some of her audio equipment.

The courts determined that this otherwise nice girl was living in a home that does not have proper soundproofing. They charged her a fine of nearly 500 pounds but did return her equipment.

Bridge Mall to Expand

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The Bridge Mall in Ballarat is preparing to undergo some major renovations. The city council has plans to allow one of the buildings on the mall property to convert itself into a music and comedy club style venue.

If approved, the club will open for afternoon shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, close, and then reopen for evening shows on the same days. The mall is nowhere near a residential area so sound problems should not be an issue, although the promoters did point out that the brick building itself already has a small amount of soundproofing.

We think it’s a great idea, great location and – hey – it’s already soundproof. Just let them have fun!

Elk Grove May Get Soundproofing Funds

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The FAA originally denied Elk Grove schools more than $10 million in funds for soundproofing but after a severe public outcry may be reviewing and overturning its decision.

The FAA has not yet made an official decision but should have a final response sometime this week. In the meantime, FAA officials have agreed to visit three of the schools in question in early 2010 to assess their noise problems.

Good news for Elk Grove students. We hope they get the soundproofing funds they deserve!

New York Landlords Plan Soundproofing Projects

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

New York residents have been at a disadvantage for the past few years. Those looking for affordable apartments generally found themselves in residential areas rezoned from what were once industrial areas – places full of noise from trains and machinery.

The city required landlords to install thick soundproof windows but the landlords have decided that windows alone aren’t enough. They decided to add extra soundproofing insulation as well as new windows in the hopes that they’ll have an easier time renting their apartments out.

Whatever their reasons, we’re glad to see them taking responsibility for the location of their buildings instead of signing leases and telling their tenants to deal with it or move out!

100+ Die in Russian Club Fire

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

More than 100 people died when a fire broke out in a Russian club last week and, sadly, the event brings an interesting question to light – are we so dense as to not learn from the mistakes of others?

The deaths of so many come on the heels of pending litigation caused as a result of the 2003 fire at the Station nightclub in Rhode Island back in 2003. The blaze was caused when pyrotechnic materials lit soundproofing materials on fire. Dozens died in the stampede out the only available door and many others were stuck in the back where there were no alternate exits.

So why, in Russia, were the windows of the second floor club covered with metal rods? Why didn’t Russian authorities force compliance with simple fire hazard regulations? We may never know – but we’ll certainly hear a lot about it as the legal proceedings move forward.

Can Soundproofing Save the Dogs?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

In Britain, a Palma judge ordered that the Centro Canino Internacional amimal refuge cease all operations immediately.

Why? A nearby neighbor is complaining that she can’t sleap at night due to the sounds from the compound. A claim that is wildly questioned due to the compound’s internal soundproofing as well as external dirt mounds, trees, and shrubbery.

Julie Ford, the Vice President of the refuge, thinks it’s homeowners animals left outside overnight causing the commotion. Her animals are inside their soundproof kennels by 6pm each evening.

Supporters of the shelter plan to protest the ruling – especially since there are very few other shelters in the area that can take the refugee’s animals. We hope they all find loving homes.

Lev Cupid Liquor License Suspended

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The liquor license at the Lev Cupid nightclub in Western Cape was suspended last week. Why? Neighbors complained about thenoise coming from the club.

Officials claim that the owner was rude in court, that the patrons were rowdy, and that the club stayed open past the legal time limit. The owner, on the other hand is adamant that the license should be restored. He’s even promising to collect money from patrons and sponsors in order to sound proof the entire building.

The problem? He promised to soundproof the building when he got his license last July and hasn’t done so yet. Oops.

Elk Grove High School Denied Soundproofing

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Elk Grove High School in Chicago has spent years waiting for the FAA to start soundproofing their buildings. Now, after years of patiently waiting for funding, the FAA has decided to scratch Elk Grove from the list. But why?

The FAA says that O’Hare has created new flight paths on their runways and that the school would then experience a reduced level of noise. The real problem, however, is that the new flight paths won’t be fully operational for at least a few years, leaving students inconvenienced until they are in full force.