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Old 09-02-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
Andy Montgomery
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Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

In the past year I bought some rogue hi temp bumper plates. I started out dropping them on my garage floor. It didn't take long for my neighbor to complain. I then built a platform... Two pieces of plywood on the bottom, carpet, plywood and rubber on the sides and of course a plywood platform in the middle. This looks like a standard platform but with a layer of carpet for added dampening. This still didn't work...

At this point she's even mentioning cracks in the foundation. I now use couch cushions when going overhead and I just try to direct the bar onto them when starting from the floor. This seems to work ok but is a hassle at times.

The problem is that I am going to start doing some training in my garage gym and don't want clients to have to go to such great lengths to keep vibrations down. My plan is to line the garage with 3 quarter inch horse stall mats. Do you guys think this will do the trick?

If this still doesn't work my next plan is to have my cousin, who is an engineer, come out and take a look to see if there is even a chance of me damaging the neighbors foundation.

Any comments about any of this? It's very aggravating to not be able to use my equipment
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

ur not going to damage the foundation. and u should just tell ur neighbor to kiss ur *** as long as its not at weird hours
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

Is this a town home or something? How does this bother a neighbor if you're in your garage? Are you training between 8am and 8pm?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:34 AM   #4
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

Seems like your neighbor's noise restrictions are excessive. I have horse stall mats in my garage and haven't had any complaints. I don't drop my weights a whole lot yet though. I thought my music would be what gets me into trouble.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

There's a platform plan that includes side wells with carpet and pads under the stall mats. It's a pain ita to build, but seems to work well to deaden vibrations. I built my wells 3" deep, but the originalns call for 8" deep wells. Just google it.

I'm not sure the added flooring would make a ton of difference

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http://weightliftingexchange.com/ind...=361&Itemid=60
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:41 PM   #6
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

Here's an idea...

...tell your neighbor to suck it
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:53 PM   #7
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

I live in a Duplex and use both iron and bumper plates. I have no lifting platform or stall mats on the floor. My tenants nextdoor have never complained, and there are no cracks in the building!
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:47 PM   #8
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

this is just hindsight but i bet she wouldn't have a problem with bumpers if you had started with iron first
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:35 PM   #9
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

?? why is your neighbor complaining. sounds like someone with to much time on their hands. i agree. they can suck it. theres no way my neighbor would dictate me that much. and why would they give a **** about cracks in your floor?
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:44 PM   #10
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Re: Bumper Plates irratating neighbor

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