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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 9:47am
Subject: Reducing pump and grinder noise.
 

Hello all,
I realized recently that my downstairs neighbor have a young infant and it sleeps in a room located below my kitchen. While it hasn't ben an issue yet, I dont want to find out that my espresso machine starting in the morning, or the sound of me making my coffee is causing an issue for them. The machine runs the pump for ~5-10 seconds when it turns on at 6am and obviously while I pull my shots, the grinder noise is only for about 5-7 seconds.

Currently, my apartment layout really only allows me to place my machine on a counter in the kitchen with cabinets above and below. There isnt really anything in there to reduce the noise.


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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:11am
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I find it odd that your kitchen is above another room not a kitchen, I would ask if they have a problem with your noise. Any noise would be a vibration is at all. Maybe put the grinder on a hard rubber mat. Espresso machine on hard rubber feet
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Posted Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:01pm
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It is above another kitchen, but the counter my machine is on is closest to the child's bedroom. It's a brewtus so it has hard rubber feet, Ill look into a rubber mat to go below it.

Is there any type of insulation I can use to reduce the noise?

 
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 10:06am
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You are one good egg!  You must get along well with your downstairs neighbors.

There's probably a pretty remote chance they hear anything other than vibrations, so the rubber mat should help, if it's realy needed.  As suggested, I'd certainly check with the neighbors first, but my past experience has been that neighbors sometimes opt for being polite rather than saying, yeah, the noise is disruptive. Is there any chance you can plant a spy to go socialize with them and listen for noise while you stay upstairs and make an espresso?

If there's a chance they're hearing the thwak of a doser lever, one of the modifications is to put some foam or rubber tape where the contact is made between the doser lever handle and the doser body.

 
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Posted Fri Feb 7, 2014, 1:46am
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Noise sometimes exists due to the kind of machine you have. A machine with an external pump is better since you can put the pump under the counter. However if your machine has noise, you can put rubber grommets between in mounting the pump to the chassis so that the vibration noise may disappear. Sometimes loose screw also can develop noise, so better check and tight it to minimize noise vibration.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2014, 10:20am
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if you're familiar at all with the world of audio, you'll have heard of a product called Dynamat. its EXPENSIVE. a friend of mine ran a car audio shop, and gave his customers a cheaper option than to drop $2500-3000 to Dynamat their vehicle. Home Depot carries a roof patching product called Brown Bread. without going into all the explanations and db meter readings, and acoustic mumbo jumbo he made me go through, Brown Bread is essentially the same thing as Dynamat, without the price tag and trademarked name all over the foil. i suppose you could take a rubber mat of some sort, put a layer of Brown Bread underneath, and have noise and vibration dampening in a simple mat?
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:42am
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dingo1799 Said:

if you're familiar at all with the world of audio, you'll have heard of a product called Dynamat. its EXPENSIVE. a friend of mine ran a car audio shop, and gave his customers a cheaper option than to drop $2500-3000 to Dynamat their vehicle. Home Depot carries a roof patching product called Brown Bread. without going into all the explanations and db meter readings, and acoustic mumbo jumbo he made me go through, Brown Bread is essentially the same thing as Dynamat, without the price tag and trademarked name all over the foil. i suppose you could take a rubber mat of some sort, put a layer of Brown Bread underneath, and have noise and vibration dampening in a simple mat?

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"Brown Bread" is no longer made. The "suggested replacement" is B-Quiet Ultimate.

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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 2:21pm
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Mouse mat under the grinder.
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:06pm
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__________ Said:

Mouse mat under the grinder.

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can you even get mouse pads anymore?


Im going to see about finding a rubber pad.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 11:01pm
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acasabia Said:

can you even get mouse pads anymore?


Im going to see about finding a rubber pad.

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Try a Dollar store Anthony, I buy mine there. {;-)

 
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