How I Get Away With Loud Power Tools in my Apartment Workshop

How I Get Away With Loud Power Tools in my Apartment Workshop

In this video, I answer the most common question I receive on my videos: How I manage to have power tools and make noise inside my apartment workshop and not completely annoy the neighbors.

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50 Comments

  1. KingJustice98 on March 24, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I’m sure you already know but there’s soundproof noise guards you can put on your walls to make it even less noisy.



  2. Brad Payn on March 24, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    I wondered about that when I saw you were attaching electric motors to plywood. I had a similar problem once when I built a coffee shop potable cabin and plumbed it with an RV pump. The plywood acts as a sound board like a guitar does. It wasn’t loud enough to bother neighbors or anything, but it was loud enough that when the pump kicked on if you were on the phone, or taking an order through the window, it was still annoying. I’m sure those rubber feet on the bottom of your sander helped some, but there is still metal from the motor connected to a plywood box just like my pump in a bottom cabinet was. What I ended up doing was mounting my pump on two pads of neoprene cut to the size of the base, then putting thick rubber washers before metal washers under the plywood then the bolt heads, and the same kind of Rubber washers before metal washer before the nuts that held the base mounting plate of the pump. There was no parts of the pump or bolts securing the pump that touch wood, only Rubber or neoprene. The bolt holes through the wood were even a little over-sized. You could still hear the pump come on. I didn’t have a decibel meter, but I’d guess that I cut the pump noise by 80% – 90%. I had to tighten the nuts once in a while, a few times a year, and in about 4 years of daily use, the washers were squished flat and needed replaced, but the neoprene gaskets were still fine.



  3. Linrox on March 24, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Them some great walls.



  4. Byron Langdon on March 24, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Loved the first cyclone build, thought how cool to lower the sound from the motor with a domed hood with sound deadening material then create a muffler for the output air down the back and vent into a water filter under the canister.



  5. Tom Casesa on March 24, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Does anyone know if there’s a way to muffle a hand/palm sander?



  6. Cristian Osimani on March 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    sadly doenst offer any solution , since the title says how I get away made me think that you do something aobut but is isn’t….. -.-



  7. Christian Tyler on March 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    I only have a common wall for the people above me but nothing on the sides so this will be a challenge lol but hopefully a few layers of foam an then won’t want to murder me.



  8. Allan Los Angeles on March 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Justin, I used to have a 6,000 square foot shop with a 52 inch wide belt sander, horizontal panel saw, 10 hp ripsaw, two 5 hp shapers and big cyclone, and 8 or 9 cabinetmakers and installers. That was before you were born. Now I work in half my garage with a bench lathe, bench drill press, bench bandsaw, portable table saw. Luckily my neighbors haven’t complained. Yet.
    What surprises me is nobody commented about the pretty blonde! Are we woodworkers more interested in dust collection than a good looking woman? Actually I was married to a former Miss Florida for 17 years. Some of the best years of my life.



  9. William Richardson on March 24, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I’m just glad you didn’t say, “Easy…I killed them all!” Lol



  10. Dinky Shop on March 24, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Good demo, but doesn’t address a situation if there were units directly above and below your unit (say w/ the same floor plan.) The noise and vibrations wd transfer to the floor and bounce and radiate thru the ceiling. Deadening comes from air gaps, discontinuous framing and absorbing material, not hard thick surfaces.



  11. USAMark70 on March 24, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Great stuff, Justin! I’m enjoying your videos! Just came across your channel. For this one, you could also make some stuff for your neighbors (cutting boards, phone stands, etc.) to get on their "good" side. 😉



  12. Sir Nuggets on March 24, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Do you have neighbors above or below you though? How would the sound dampen traveling through the flooring or ceiling?



  13. Neem Baker on March 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    No upstairs downstairs neighbors?



  14. tamar vardi on March 24, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    hi, thanks for the video. can you recommend a quiet 10 inch sliding miter saw? thanks again



  15. Cameron Collins on March 24, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Kind of funny that these days, the newer the building, the crappier the construction



  16. Sahil Singh on March 24, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Hi there, how loud is your mitre saw? Can you do a test with the shop vac on and the mitre saw at the same time.



  17. Fine Woodworking on March 24, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    People are hypocritical. They party very loudly in the night, but complain when us woodworkers make a little noise with a saw.



  18. J Garcia on March 24, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    OMG, this video is what I’ve been looking for.



  19. AhYaOkRgT on March 24, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    How do I make my wife be quiet?



  20. Only For Today on March 24, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    3:11 the sound of table saw – as judged by the woodworkers’ phone: it is a loud MUSIC!!! yes!!!



  21. Mrs. Dairy Cow on March 24, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I do it in my garage..



  22. Feta Brown on March 24, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks, gives me hope I can make mine work.



  23. Ano Rosy on March 24, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for the app. 🙂



  24. Loren Worthington on March 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Sound is one thing. A wif/GF who is cute AF and lets the shop exist is more amazing



  25. Sly DeVekio on March 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for nothing dude.



  26. Abhishek Biradar on March 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    You remind me of Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory 😁



  27. Omar Zoya on March 24, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Hmmm quite insightful but i need to learn how to sound insulate drywall houses. The notes that i take from this are:
    1. Make sure that there are atleast 2 walls to block the sound
    2. Close off all gaps inside the shop
    3. Record sound readings to see how the noise is distributed inside an apartment.
    4. Be mindful of the time so that you dont wake up anybody.

    But i still need to know if adding carpets or sound acoustic panels or drapes help



  28. Nick-Squared on March 24, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    How do you filter sawdust out of the air? Don’t say the air filter in your apartment.



  29. S Wilhelm on March 24, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    First rule: No common walls and choose the bottom apartment, preferably with a cement floor.



  30. νικος γιώργος on March 24, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    So, you make a video that shows that you do nothing at all…
    Nice…



  31. Whatever on March 24, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    A BROKE GUY GIVING ADVICE.. MORON



  32. WA9KZY on March 24, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Jason, you just answerd the very question I wanted to ask, but didn’t. Yesterday (December 28) I watch your video on dust collector mods and did a double-take when you opened your presentation with something about my apartment workshop.You are definitely da’ man !!!!!!!



  33. Rob Ohjhonson on March 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    That hair line declining



  34. Artur Rodrigues on March 24, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Waste of time watching this video.



  35. Jason Lufrano on March 24, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    What is that onaround your mitre saw?



  36. Off Road on March 24, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Surely you’ve got a solid door and I have it’s sealed? do use angle grinder?
    Pretty awesome idea you’ve got there to have an apartment workshop I like it, good on your mate from Australia 👍



  37. power moves on March 24, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    U should use your shop skills to fortify your doors and windows for when your nieghbors come too kill you :p



  38. mike jones on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I live in a condo and my new neighbor just moved in and has been using power tools 24-7. Honestly it’s not a huge deal YET, but it’s starting to get on my nerves. If he used them occasionally that’s one thing but its ALL the time. His garage is directly on the other side of half of my dining room. Power tools are ok to use occasionally, but to have a workshop going non stop is NOT appropriate for community living period.



  39. pt on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Just ask your neighbours if they can hear you? I live in the UK and I live upstairs and I have a neighbour below me and a neighbour to the side. No matter which room I pick I will always disturb the neighbour below. I need a shed / garage….



  40. ceedubbz777 on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Damn. She’s hot.



  41. Michael Jones on March 24, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    only 63k views i saw this when it first came out … I moved into a rich estate and made a garage workshop but the neighbours already complained… I been working only 10am to 4pm



  42. qualifier one on March 24, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    CNC mashine?



  43. Koaasst on March 24, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    first time i used a planer, i had a mention from a neighbor across the street the next day. "Were you vacuuming last night?" That thing is so loud, just the basic delta planer, plus i was doing it at 2 in the morning lol.



  44. PartyLizard on March 24, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I wish my neighbors were more considerate, paper thin walls with a work bench right up against our shared wall -_- drives me insain



  45. Slyztercore Veanged on March 24, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    lol i thought there is solution to make powertools less noisy, or maybe at least you make soundproof workshop…this just place your workshop at the far place. maybe your neighbor not hearing but what about the one below and upper you directly at your workshop room. They will hear you especially if you working at night…you should at least said to use belt system power tools with induction motor which make less noise…but of course it will add up to cost and space.



  46. Timothy White on March 24, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Glad I stumbled upon this … I was wondering … didn’t keep me up nights, but close



  47. Dr. Lex Winter on March 24, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Your mom is hot.



  48. Christopher Grove on March 24, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    This is inspiring. Thanks! 🙂



  49. DearSierra on March 24, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    My issue is im trying to sand down furniture, and I have to do it on my patio and it makes people mad 😠 it’s how I make my income so idk what to do.



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