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Old 10-04-2008, 12:28 AM   #1
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Live in a Condo? How thin are your walls?

Im just getting an idea if its just my condo has shitty thin walls or if its the norm to hear muffled conversations. When I mean muffled it means I can hear certain words, laughing and coughing. Lucky my neighbour doesnt have partys but as I type this in my bedroom I can hear them laughing....make me wonder how much my other neighbour can hear when I have a poker game.
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i work in construction, normally the walls are actually not very thick some are just seperalty by steel stud walls but depends on where you located in the condo, you may be seperately by a concrete wall.
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depends on the type of framing
concrete? woodframe?

steel studs, drywall and a sheet of metal are usually placed in between walls
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your right .. but not so much wood cause it its no longer structual so they use steel studs (Concrete takes all the weight).all depends on concrete thickness not really the kind of it that makes your rooms sound proof. THe insulation and the drywall is really your sound proof.

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It kinda sucks to know that you paying all that and knowing whats really behind the walls
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depends on the type of insulation used as well.
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was pretty shitty, but lucked out, one side was vacant or rarely had anyone there, other side had the kitchen and bathroom to seperate and my condo was a corner one, so it wasnt too bad...
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depends on the type of insulation used as well.
theres alot more but dont wanna get into it.
insulation itself is like a whole book
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I have friends that live in cheap apartments that are made of wood and you can even hear people walking down the hall lol. I also have friends that live downtown (I think all apartments/townhouses there are are made with concrete) and they almost never hear anything.

This is one of the main reasons why I would never buy a condo that is not made from concrete. You get what you pay for.
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Like others have said, it depends on the construction type of your condo. I live in a concrete high rise, and you can't hear the sound between units. If the person turns up the stereo and has a lot of base, you can feel the walls shake however.

With wood construction, you can use a sound batt insulation but developers would typically remove the insulation from interior walls as a cost saving measure.

I believe there are fibre boards out there that can be used to deaden sound and absorb it. It's been a long time since I've had to design a sound proof room that I don't know all the materials out there anymore. If the interior walls have a larger air space inside, that would lessen the amount of sound transmitted as well.
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I'm in a concrete condo as well, and we have never heard anything from the neighbouring units.
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I live in a 4 level condo thats wood frame. I bet the developer cheaped out.
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6" steel stud and dry wall on each side .. thats what the olympic village is
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:30 PM   #13
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i mean normally the apartment are gonna be wood. currently im building one that 4 leveled and made of wood. THe high rise condos are gonna be concrete . the reason behind why apartments are wood is due to structual reasons (wood structure has a limited height) would you trust a wood building that has more than 4 levels ? no .That is why high rises are made with concrete its stronger.


ITS ALL LOCATION!!!!!
downtown your goona get concrete
inner city you can get both

the prices people pay for the differnce berween the both are fairly close.
THe one apartment im working at cost almost for 1 suite 500k+ and its all wood.


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I'm in a concrete condo as well, and we have never heard anything from the neighbouring units.
concrete as well, I hear my neighbour banging his wife or dog everynight, it's disturbing.
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I live in a high rise and I cannot hear my neighbours on my floor. However, these days, the amount of concrete between floors is very thin, so you can definitely hear people above you at times. What's worse is the trend towards laminate floors - carpet is a default option for a reason as it provides a valuable bit of insulation. In fact, some careless person 2 floors beneath me was installing a hardwood floor in the evening and I heard her hammering.

Concrete is still not soundproof, but it's a lot better than wood.
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Concrete Thickness= soundproof


Thats why im gona stick with houses and im gonna build my own with the best

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good to know guys, I'm looking to buy a condo or apartment in the spring and now I know to avoid wood if I can. maybe it'd be worth it to wait the extra year for a new highrise that's coming with some wicked penthouse suites, as so far the only concrete place I've found turned out to be a 50+ building

edit: how would you guys recommend testing the sound-proof-ness of the place? I want to be able to watch movies at a decent level and have friends over without pissing off the neighbors, and vice versa.
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6" steel stud and dry wall on each side .. thats what the olympic village is
Hmmm so not insulation between apartments? I'm guessing thats what is going on with mine. I was watching Holmes on Homes and they did a show where they put special insulation and drywall to help reduce the noise. I wonder how much it works?
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and concrete has pros and cons
wood also has pros and cons

depend on what u prefer , if i was to build my own i do both
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So from your experience from building do you see most apartments DONT have insulation between walls?
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edit: how would you guys recommend testing the sound-proof-ness of the place? I want to be able to watch movies at a decent level and have friends over without pissing off the neighbors, and vice versa.
yeah this i would like to know as well since i love my music and bass.

is there anyway to reduce bass travel?

put the bass unit on pegs on each corner so it doesnt transfer all the bass to the ground?
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^ well I know that you can get these special "bass replicators" which your mount on the bottom of your couch and chair, and when the bass hits you feel it just like you would normal bass without having it blaring everywhere. it's supposed to work quite well. other than that put the sub close to where you'll be sitting so it doesn't have to be as loud, have it up on those pegs and don't have the sub firing straight down.

but I'd much rather have it sounding good all over my place instead of only being good when sitting on the couch, or when my neighbors are hating me.
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i can hear fob's fucking in the next room all the time.....
either that, or my neighbor is milking their dog.

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i live in a concrete building. every suite in my building is hardwood.

i can hear the people upstairs if they drop something heavy, hammering, or if they walk with high heals.

i can hear my neighbour's music when they have it up loud, especially the bass.
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