All posts by Ivan Koval

Is the Noise From Neighbours Driving You Bonkers?

Mechanical noise and noise complaints

In a recent National Post article, the journalist Lia Grainger described noise from neighbours and other noise issues that drive tenants and condo owners to the brink.

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How to Increase Sound Resistance of a Wall

Sound resistance data in NBC

People often ask me how to improve soundproofing of an existing wall, how to increase sound resistance of a wall.  Well, it depends on the assembly of the wall as is.  In this article I will provide numerous examples.

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Objectionable Basketball Noise From a Neighbour

basketball noise

I have recently received a call from a client complaining about noise from a neighbour’s backyard basketball court. He was looking for advice how to reduce the noise. Interestingly, the client’s noise problem is not unusual, as illustrated by this CTV news article.

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Can I Soundproof My Bedroom?

bedroom soundproofing

Yes, you can soundproof your bedroom, but the effort for doing it depends on several factors.

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Speech Privacy For Professional Counsellors

Therapists, professional counselors

There are many counselling service professionals (professional counsellors, therapists) that need speech privacy in their offices (examination rooms):

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Living With Mechanical Noise In A Condo

Mechanical noise and noise complaints

Mechanical noise is frequently a problem for condo owners and source of noise complaints. Recently I have received several requests from clients living in hi-rise condominium buildings complaining about “hum” or “vibration” mechanical noise in their apartments.  The clients contacted me, after first dealing with the building management. They asked me to do a noise test.  The management told them that the noise is not audible to them, or that the noise is “normal”. The clients ask me what level of mechanical noise is “normal”.

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Misleading Green Glue Information

Green Glue & SilentFX

Many people look for solutions to soundproofing problems online, hoping to be able to resolve their problem themselves, without hiring an expert.  This is often difficult, because there are may cases of misleading information published online by soundproofing product manufacturers, such as Green Glue. On the other hand, SilentFX provides good information.

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Six Soundproofing Myths Promoted by a Celebrity Contractor

soundproofing myth,. soundproofing contractor

Mike Holmes is one of Canada’s most respected contractors and TV personalities. He is known by the slogan “Make it right”. I am a fan of his, he really knows renovations and he describes his approach well in his book. He is not a soundproofing contractor, yet, he promotes soundproofing myths.

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Living With Noise In Toronto Condos

questions about condo noise

I have recently received several questions about noise in Toronto condos from condominium owners, or potential condo buyers.  Here are some of the questions that I am quoting verbatim:

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How to soundproof your house

soundproof a house

If you are building a new house or are doing a major renovation, this article is for you. With attention to details and with little additional cost, you can soundproof your house and build it to be quiet and pleasant. I will outline the main points to making your new house quiet and enjoyable.

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