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    Vibrations & roaring noise in condo - HELP!!!

    Just bought a in a newer condo (5 years old) and have noise and vibration coming from the mechanical/boiler room located on the first floor beneath my unit. The property manager has had a plumber come in to put dampeners on the pipes, and moved the pipes (previously hung from the ceiling to a nearby wall. Although that wall is next to the elevator, which is next to my suite) Property manager and condo board are not willing to do anything else.

    To describe - t's a constant roaring noise with strong vibrations in the floor and along the shared wall with the elevator. Two of my rooms (including a bedroom) are unusable.

    I can't afford to hire a sound/acoustical engineer. I know engineers are very smart, and any help/direction/tips to silence the noise (or where it might be coming from is appreciated!

    -J.D.

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    My first question is:

    When you inspected this condo prior to the purchase, was the noise which you are describing present in these rooms?

    Second question:

    Is there any chance you can get out of the agreement and locate a more favorable location?

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    It seems the response you are getting from the engineering website is that you should look at your legal options. Maybe ask a lawyer to review your contract with the condo board to look for either a way to force them to do the right thing (which would probably end up unsatisfactory for both parties) or a way out of it altogether. The reason is that there are LOTS of potential sources for bothersome noises. The answer is going to involve personal direct inspection by someone who is interested in solving the problem, and that doesn't appear to be very likely.

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    To describe - t's a constant roaring noise with strong vibrations in the floor and along the shared wall with the elevator. Two of my rooms (including a bedroom) are unusable.



    Wow, the noise would need to be abated at the source - other that than see comments #2 and # above....

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