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    Default teenagers ... sigh.

    Long story short.
    We reno'd the house 8 yrs ago and ended up with solid wood floor boards glue+nailed down to yellow-tongue on stumps not slab..
    We have great access under the house. I figure that's part of the problem. It's a massive echo chamber.

    We also have 2 teenagers who seem incapable of walking on the balls of their feet, but seem to preference stomping around on their heals.
    It's like having a herd of elephants go past 83 times per day. I actually have to mute my work calls when they walk down the hallway.

    Option 1 is to remove their feet at the ankles. SMBO kiboshed that idea. Still don't know why.

    Option 2 is to pour 1000+ cubic metres of concrete under the house. Don't think so.

    Is there any other option for a noise insulation system for under the house that will actually work?
    Some sort of heavy foam or rubber or spray-foam that can be attached to the underside of the hallway floor?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I would consider an acoustically isolated ceiling 16mm frychek (or 2) and acoustic insulation as a partial solution and best option.

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    oh sorry .. my bad.. I should have explained better:
    It's a single story house.
    The noise from the teenagers is in all the rooms NEXT TO the hallway (which runs right down the central spine of the house).
    I'm really after something I can attach to the underside of the flooring to soak up the noise so the whole house doesn't reverberate.

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    Get under the house and install Rockwool between the joists as well as the suggestion above but on the walls
    "A big boy did it and ran away"

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    Structural borne noise transmission. Let me know if you have success unless you build an isolated floor in the area of foot impact.
    Otherwise put a heavy hall runner down the hallway.

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    I was not doing it for noise acoustic reasons, but for what it's worth, I spent 3 weekends thermally insulating the my underfloor of my house with Autex Greenstuf Insulation and havent really noticed any reduction in foot noise.

    Having said that, I've also not really noticed improvement in thermal either but have other big thermal issues i'm working through.

    House is original weatherboard with hardwood floorboards straight onto joists.

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    ...might be time to move your office into that shed out the back you were always thinking of building/converting!...or is that just me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart1080 View Post
    ...might be time to move your office into that shed out the back you were always thinking of building/converting!...or is that just me
    no. it's me too. the plans are drawn up (in my head) and ready to go. just need SWMBO signoff, bank signoff and council signoff. So, construction will probably commence some time next decade.

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    A semi-disposable heavy hall runner might do the job too, something that will only last until they leave home for good in their mid-thirties
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    You could have spay foam insulation sprayed to the underside of the floor.

    When I was looking into this I saw two types - one was more rubbery when it dried and one more brittle/hard. Not sure which is more effective at absorbing sound.

    I would put carpet in the hallway, with thick underlay.

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    One way to cure the problem is to lay down a thick mat like the one used for martial art, and cover it with heavy canvass. No more noise!

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    Or even that rubber flooring that gyms use in the weights room. Looks like it’s made from recycled rubber.

    Not super attractive - but probably effective.

    Bunnings might have it.

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    Do you have a bearer and row of stumps under the hallway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3nov8or View Post
    Do you have a bearer and row of stumps under the hallway?
    not sure exactly the placement of the stumps and bearers wrt to the hallway. Why?

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    Bounce factor might be greater if the hallway is in the middle of the joist span,. Or at least that is my assumption.
    Might be worth getting under the house and having a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davegol View Post
    not sure exactly the placement of the stumps and bearers wrt to the hallway. Why?
    With a bearer and stumps tying the floor to the ground, reverberations will stop, just like putting your hand on a drum

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