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    Hi c2e!

    Long time lurker here. Currently renting in The Oliver and I am typing this out as I sit in my living room hearing my upstairs neighbour walk around their unit. I rented in this building because of the all concrete build and the location. However, I can hear my upstairs neighbour walk around at all hours of the day. I can even hear the dog shuffle around and it's paws brushing around. Because the suite directly above mine is the exact same layout, I thought my bedroom would be better sound insulated from the carpet, I can still hear hard footsteps in there!

    So my question is: does anyone live in this building and can you hear your upstairs neighbour?
    Second question is: does anyone live in a concrete high rise and still manage to hear their upstairs neighbour walking around, almost like its a wood framed build?

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    Comm0n

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    Laminate floors? There's only a mousepad between them and the concrete.
    I only hear my upstairs neighbours when they're wresting or herding livestock.
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    We lived in a concrete high rise , thick slabs between each floor. We never heard a thing. Wonderfully quiet. Are you sure it's concrete, imagine if it wasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudly View Post
    Laminate floors? There's only a mousepad between them and the concrete.
    I only hear my upstairs neighbours when they're wresting or herding livestock.
    yes, either laminate or engineered hardwood floors. Even if there is a thin layer between the flooring and the concrete floor, I do not think I should hear or feel every foot step from my upstairs neighbour. I've tried to increase my TV and put on headphones but I can still hear their footsteps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.L. View Post
    We lived in a concrete high rise , thick slabs between each floor. We never heard a thing. Wonderfully quiet. Are you sure it's concrete, imagine if it wasn't.
    Yes positive it is a concrete building. There are even pictures of the entire build process in "The Oliver" thread here on c2e.

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    Yeah, 8" concrete slabs on typical floors, I believe.

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    I used to have hearing like that once.
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    It'll be laminate - it's cheap and people think it's "modern." There's only a mousepad between laminate and concrete. I used to live in such a place with a neighbour who liked wearing high heels, and vacuuming frequently. There's not a lot you can do.
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    I highly doubt that you can hear their "dog shuffle around and it's paws brushing around" let alone normal footsteps unless you have the ears of an owl. I lived in several concrete floor apartments and only in extreme cases you could hear anything through concrete floors.
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    I think the floor above us had laminate, and we heard nothing at all.

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    I heard the Highland apartments had issues with that as well at one time. Even if the slab grade was 6" , that should be enough to barricade sounds.
    " The strength of a man is in the stride he walks."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctzn-Ed View Post
    I heard the Highland apartments had issues with that as well at one time. Even if the slab grade was 6" , that should be enough to barricade sounds.
    If a person above you is a heavy walker or walks around in high heals there is little or nothing you can do other than wage war and hold your speakers to the Celing.

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    Highheels could... yes, but concrete should absorb heavy feet though. This just has my mind wondering if the slabs were vibrated and condensed properly lol.
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    Acoustic underlayment is required under a hard floor, even in a concrete building. I'm assuming this was not done. Most who have enjoyed quiet concrete buildings likely lived in buildings where proper underlayments were installed - otherwise, yes, you do hear things. Unfortunately, some hardwood flooring installers and developers seem unaware of this requirement.

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