The Quick and Easy Solution to Noisy Neighbours Next Door
If you’ve read our complete guide to dealing with a noisy neighbour, you’ll know by now that finding a speedy resolution is remarkably unlikely. But that doesn’t mean you have to endure weeks of nuisance noise whilst your case makes its way through the bureaucracy of your local council or magistrates’ court. There are things you can do right now to at least reduce the amount of noise you are forced to withstand.
The quickest and easiest thing to do is to identify which part of the wall is most vulnerable to admitting nuisance neighbour noise and apply a simple solution.
Luckily, you don’t need to be an acoustician or surveyor to make this speedy assessment. You just need to bring a little common sense to bear. The point at which your party wall is going to be prone to the racket coming from your neighbours stereo, television, accordion etc. is going to be where it is thinnest.
And where is your wall thinnest?
Where there are sockets and light switches.
The pattress box which sits behind the plate of your electrical socket or light switch and contains the cluster of cables and connections, can be up to 44mm deep. Obviously, the recess the pattress sits in is going to be deeper again. Your neighbour may well have an electrical socket or light switch in a similar position on their side of the wall. Your party wall could be approximately 10 centimetres thinner at this point.
You could consider moving your sockets to a wall that isn’t a sounding board for your noisy neighbour, but that’s going to be messy and inconvenient… assuming it’s feasible, at all. But this blog post promised a ‘quick and easy solution to noisy neighbours next door’, not ‘a difficult and messy solution to nuisance neighbour noise that’s probably going to result in you completely rearranging the furniture in your living room’.
Rather than move your sockets from the party wall, why not improve their soundproofing performance?
The answer: acoustic putty pads.
Easy to work with and very effective, acoustic putty offers a quick and easy soundproofing solution. Now, it’s unlikely that acoustic putty pads alone are going to completely eliminate any nuisance neighbour noise, but they will almost certainly provide you with a noticeable reduction.
Acoustic Putty Pads Installation How-To Guide
- Switch off the main power at fuse box or isolate the socket you’re working on.
- Put a note on the fuse box instructing anyone else in the house not to switch anything back on!
- Use a voltage tester to make sure the circuit to the switch or socket you are working ion is dead.
- Before detaching any cables from the face plate, take a photograph with your phone so you know which wire goes back where.
- Without straining or stretching any of the cables, position them out of the pattress box as much as you can. If possible, you could tape them to the wall, so they are out of your way when you’re applying the acoustic putty.
- Using the grid backing of your acoustic putty pad, work out how much putty you’re going to need. Take into account that you’re going to be applying the putty to the back and sides of the pattress box.
- Cut the acoustic putty to size, carefully, using a craft knife.
- Push the acoustic putty into the pattress.
- Trim away any excess acoustic putty.
- Reattach any cables to the face plate.
- Replace the face plate.
- Repeat steps 3-11 for every electrical socket and light switch on your party wall.
- Switch the power back on at your fuse box.
- Have a nice, (relatively) quiet cup of tea.
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