how to stop noise coming thru adjoining wall from noisy neighbor
Get 1/2" or 5/8" particle board which ever you can afford or carry (it is very heavy). Stand up the boards on the common wall (1-2" from the base board). At the top, place 1" thick rubber foam, rolled up towel or cloth. So the top of the board is not in contact with the finished wall. The particle board can be painted or covered with cloth. I may fall in an earthquake, so prop furniture against it.
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I am assuming you are living in an apartment what I did is I put furniture on the side my neighbor was on and also called my landlord
how about hanging rubber sheets or mats on wall from ceiling to floor? rubber deadens sound, right?
Sure - rubber will damp the the sound vibrations. The heavier the rubber the better, since sound is a compression wave (lead sheets would be even more effective, but have certain other drawbacks :).
It'll be even more effective if you can leave a gap of "dead air" between the wall and the sheets. Waves lose significant energy every time they make the transition from one transmission medium to another, especially between a solid medium (like a wall or a rubber sheet) to a gaseous medium (like air).
your reply was very helpful. where can i get inexpensive rubber sheets?
I like tip 1. But I'd suggest putting the speakers against the wall and cueing your family to hit "play" after you point out that "the walls are are prone to transmitting sound - like this"...