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#4629666 - 01/09/18 07:13 PM Townhouses separated by concrete?
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
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Loc: Houston, Texas
I've heard that some of these are separated by concrete. How do you tell? Looking underneath it's concrete. I can't hear any of the neighbors talking, but I can hear them walking around occassionally. I think it's only when they go up and down the stairs though.
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#4629678 - 01/09/18 07:18 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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What year was it built? If you can hear them walking around it probably doesn't have concrete between the units.

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#4629682 - 01/09/18 07:21 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Like 1970
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#4629687 - 01/09/18 07:23 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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I can only hear the person on one side
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#4629688 - 01/09/18 07:23 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Ok back then probably concrete would be my guess. Did you have it inspected prior to purchase? Where do you park all your utility trailers? Thanks

If just one side, maybe they stomp their feet as a natural tendency and/or are heavy set. Maybe they were in marching band in H.S. ???

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#4629690 - 01/09/18 07:27 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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I have one trailer underneath.
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#4629696 - 01/09/18 07:28 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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There is an hoa but they don't seem to care about storing boats and such so t hat's one of the main reasons I got it.
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#4629703 - 01/09/18 07:31 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Maybe there is concrete, but the floors are connected together? I don't have anyone above me, so I find it weird that you can hear some walking next door. If they were above me that would be understandable.
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#4629716 - 01/09/18 07:37 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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I live in an end-unit, built around 2000 and can hear the people next door esp when running up and down the stairs. Prior to that I had a younger lady next door that was super quiet.

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#4629719 - 01/09/18 07:40 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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It was inspected, but I forgot to ask about it.
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#4629738 - 01/09/18 07:57 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Seems like an expensive method forming a concrete wall for sound.

Modern construction would simply use a sound barrier like spray foam insulation and/or speciality Sheetrock that absorbs sound.

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#4629751 - 01/09/18 08:05 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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D.R. Horton built townhomes in Texas use a type of cement-board with some type of fire rating.

It sure is NOT poured concrete, though
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#4629768 - 01/09/18 08:19 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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The ones with real concrete fire-walls between units are easy to spot because the wall goes up above the roof.

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#4629799 - 01/09/18 08:55 PM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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I will bet that itís cement board. Most localities have building codes that specify measures to keep fire from spreading rapidly or contain it. If the floors are connected then itís not really separate anyway. Maybe they use it for sound deadening
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#4630006 - 01/10/18 06:28 AM Re: Townhouses separated by concrete? [Re: mk378]
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Originally Posted By: mk378
The ones with real concrete fire-walls between units are easy to spot because the wall goes up above the roof.


Yes ... ^^^
Its a common building method in some of the better built town-homes.
Concrete kills sound, fumes, bugs and fire from the unit next to you like nothing else can.
(think about that) :o)

After all you own a town home, a rental, you kind of expect to live with the people around you, their bugs, odors, noise and your not stuck with them, you can always move, when you OWN a townhome its a bit more difficult to easily move.


Edited by alarmguy (01/10/18 06:30 AM)
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