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Is there anyone out there that got soundproofing put in their condo? If so, who do you recommend and what is the average price range?
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Soundproofing in a condo is going to be an expensive proposition… You’d basically have to remove all the existing sheetrock (or plaster, which would be worse), and then do either 1 or both of 2 things: 1- insulate the space between studs, if it weren’t already insulated. 2- add something called resilient channel before the sheetrock- this is supposed to deaden around 40% of the sound…
You could then also add double 5/8″ sheetrock to increase the effect even further, but all of this would be very costly to do simply to soundproof…
the best way to do this is before consrtuction however I am assuming you are talking about a retrofit.
Are yot trying to do a home theater or does your whole condo need sound proofing?
If new construction a good way to do it is to use roxoul FASB (fire anntuantion sound batt) or mineral wool. both are a dense green insulation. this adds mass to the structure making it harder to vibrate.
from their you hang resilliant channel under the joists and then attach the drywall to that. this isolates the drywall from the joist. there are additional steps you can take by making sure the vapor barrier extends all the way down and using acoistical sealants at the bottom. this isolates the vibrating floor joist from above from your ceiling.
My guess though is you bought a condo and can now hear the upstairs condo..
There seems to have been a time in the late 90s that builders got away without puting anything in between the units. I know 84 adams and 531 jefferson and many many others are like that.
As a retro fit… the principles are the same, you either need to add mass to the structure/wall or insulate the materials that are vibrating together. You can add mass by blowing in insulation. In a retrofit one way to isolate is to use a product called green glue. this is very popular with the home theather crowd. You apply the glue to your current wall then install another peice of sheet rock over it. costs for the green glue are around .50-.60 a squre foot but now you need to install a new drywall wall over it.. cost for new drywall various a lot depending on the size of the job.
check out http://www.thegreengluecompany.com
I was typing my comment while rappard was typing.. that is why my comments are very similar and it looks like I just repeated him..
I am looking for a decent and honest electrician to do some household condo work in Hoboken. Does anyone have a recommendation or reference? Thank you!
Might want to look outside of Hoboken. My experience has been that the local electricians either have bigger and better things to do or just don’t give a crap about answering their phones or getting back to you in a timely fashion.
I’ve gotten Keller in for small jobs (hanging light fixtures, ect) prices seemed fair.
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I need a roofer, any suggestions?
In response to mo2003 who said:
I need a roofer, any suggestions?
If you want cheap and messy, but quick, Red Star Roofing is a decent choice… Their quality is mediocre, but for the price it is pretty good…
I would highly recommend Keller any electrical needs (they are busy but reliable). Bernie Schwartz of Schwartz roofing came recommended to us and we are pleased with his roofing/chimney lining etc.
Also, for plumbing Robert Luongo (Luongo Plumbing) is a dream. Decent prices, shows up on time and trustworthy (it almost sounds unbelievable!). He did our gas conversion and smaller plumbing issues. He even answers his cell on weekends in emergencies.
I’m looking to redo my bathroom in my one bedroom/one bath condo. I would appreciate any recommendations.
Can anyone recomend a good tile guy? Has anyone ever used Renaissance General Construction (Raffaele Sessa) for anything? Opinions?
Can anyone recommend a medium-priced architect and contractor in Hoboken for a brownstone kitchen addition? Thanks!
I’m renovating a 1BR in old building: sheetrock, ceiling, electircal work – moving some outlets, etc., re-finishing floors — finding a good contractor is nearly impossible in Hoboken.
All of my friends are living in newer buildings, so have never done any work. Can anyone suggest a contractor they’ve used with good results in Hoboken?
I am looking to change my kitchen cabinets (either the whole cabinet or just the doors) and countertop. Anybody have any suggestions? Looking for someone who is reasonable and doesn’t do a half a$$ job.
You certainly can email me about my contractor, who did my work at my condo: email@example.com
Aside from the time delays he did a very good job on everything. You can see the results on my blog if you search for “condo” (philly2hoboken.com) – I have pics up.
I hired Robert Smith from NJ Under Construction (firstname.lastname@example.org) to redo my bathroom and he did a great job. I highly recommend him.
Robert Smith does a fine job at construction, but I really enjoy his work with the Cure. My only gripe is that he looks like a big, fat goth girl.
I’d love to keep this discussion active. Over the past several months, I’ve been looking for recommendations for work on our condo…and I’m amazed how few reviews there are online for Hoboken area contractors (on this site, Angie’s List, etc.).
In particular, I’m currently looking for an electrician to install recessed lighting (and help design layout). I’ll give Keller a shot. Any other recommendations?
Would also be great to hear recs on plumbers, exterior renovation (I see Jamie around town a lot), painters, etc.
Any one know of a company that rents dumpsters?
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