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Will these pipes cause endless headaches?
Old 15th October 2013
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Will these pipes cause endless headaches?

The ceilings are about 13' at their highest; the cement beams run a touch over a foot lower. The pipes hang probably 12-20" lower, depending on type. Sprinklers are intermingled. There are tenants above this room, as well as to at least one side. Remaining wall space is to the outdoors or a hallway/breaker room. This is ground floor, concrete slab.
I've had bad experiences with pipes resonating and ringing in other spaces I've worked in, and unsure if there's a way to make this space work. I need to get decent enough isolation to not annoy upstairs neighbors and make it workable for myself, and keep the ceilings high enough to not be creating a compromised acoustic scenario/claustrophobic feel. We don't have big money budget.
How are pipe situations like this usually handled - a solution, or walk away?

Old 15th October 2013
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Im not sure if you're asking about banging pipes or sound reflections from exposed pipes if your space is not further treated. If the former: I actually just moved from an apartment where I initially planned to set up my home studio. The main reason was banging pipes from steam heat. A few things I found from research:
- the banging, or water hammer, can vary greatly in severity depending on the building. In my case it absolutely killed the project.
- water hammer can be fixed with support from a good plumber. In my case I was renting and was not positioned to implement any of the suggested fixes

I think getting the steam heat switched to another method as described in your post will be key to your project. If severe I think the low frequency bangs will cut through all but the most powerful isolation.
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