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    I'm planning some redecorating, possibly including pannelling to some walls a) because it looks nice, and because it might help reduce noise transmission to my ultra-sensitive neighbour. (And it would be nice if it was harder for him to overhear ourt conversations...)



    I've also been thinking of that expanded polystyrene wallpaper (with nice paper over the top!!), but when I saw some in Homebase today the label mentioned only its thermal qualities (with some usual small print!). Does anyone know if it would also help reduce noise?



    Any practical experience or scientific advice welcome. Thanks...
    "Poor Tom shall lead thee" (King Lear)

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    Hi Poor Tom



    Just been searching the forum for you, I know we had similar discussions a few times a while back about SP. In the Links Wallet: Misc section, Horsefans posted this link a while back:



    www.domesticsoundproofing.co.uk



    Not sure if it's any good (the website) - let us know if it's handy, it has some panels listed



    I do remember reading about lots of soundproofing ideas that don't actually work in practice (e.g. the egg carton idea is very unlikely to work well) and the best sound proofing seems to cost an arm and a leg and will reduce your living area space.



    I'm not sure about the wallpaper though to be honest, sounds interesting though! Perhaps Badger, (being scientifically minded!) can offer advice

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    • #3
      Thanks for that link, Matt,

      I've had a quick look at that site. It offers products which are constructional rather than d-i-y. Useful for major renovations or extensions. I haven't the strength or inciliation for that just now.
      "Poor Tom shall lead thee" (King Lear)

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      • #4
        Tom,



        I don't know much about this but, its just an idea, have you thought about going to a specialist place like Travis Perkins for example.



        I know they mainly do stuff for the trade but joe public can go in too.



        Or you could try Wickes - although they tend to scattered around all over the place and you have to travel a few miles to get to them.

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        • #5
          Spoke to other half about this as his friend with a music studio - which started out in his parents house (!!) put up soundproofing.

          Apparently you have to build up a 'false wall' in effect and pad it with cloth etc. Took him four months to do a small room - but then he was working and living in between. However I think you mentioned you don't want/haven't time or energy for, anything too drastic.



          Asked him about polystyrene and the answer was the stuff that comes on a roll won't do much really, but 'tiles' of dense polystyrene would. Wood panelling on top of that should have quite an effect I would think (is that the panelling you meant or am I being dense?!

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          • #6
            so its true that badgers are very wise!!



            you remind me of old wise badger in wind in the willows!!

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            • #7
              Wow, so much information!



              Thanks everyone.



              But the long & then short of it all seems to be that any effective solutions would be structural, rather than a simple slap-something-on-the-top job I was hoping for.



              Yes, Spinky, wooden panelling was the idea - up to sort of waist height. And then colourwashed to keep the woodgrain effect, but prevent it going oppressively dark when it gets seasoned. But you can tell I've been watching too many daytime d-i-y shows, so I'll sign off now.
              "Poor Tom shall lead thee" (King Lear)

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              • #8
                Blah! DIY shows! What happened to individuality?!!!!!

                Bring on Mr Trebus and Mr Crisp I say! - Quentin Crisp, one of my heroes, never cleaned or dusted his bedsits he said; "After the first four years it doesn't get any worse, the trick is not to lose your nerve".



                I can't stand these homes that are themed - no matter how much you like the Carribean or Hawaii or the seventies or whatever - you don't feel that way all the time and unless it's done really well it just looks tacky. A place that is added to with your own bits and pieces and is a 'lived in' home beats any theme.



                Wood pannelling I love - we had a Victorian house with original wood pannelling in one room and I just loved it. - Dark wood though and could be quite spooky in winter - Beth if you're reading this ----- - Derek Acorah would have a field day in there!!!!!!!! He'd be 'shaking and a shivering like a good 'un, speaking to all sorts of geezers from the past!!!!!!!!



                Spinks

                (going before I get clobbered!)

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