Perhaps 2 stupid questions for the rest of you

darkhaven80January 8, 2007

I appologize if this question comes off stupid, but I've never lived in an upstairs apartment so I have no idea. Planning to move in February. I have a mini trampoline I bought just a few months ago (after wanting one for 2 years) that I use for exercise. After seeing the threads here on treadmills, my question is: Is there a way to use the trampoline in the apartment without being disruptive to the people downstairs? I'm assuming the trampoline would move a little, although I'm not sure. Perhaps attach it some thick cushion?

Also, my son has had a waterbed for one month. I am thinking if it leaked and I did not know it in time, it could damage the ceiling of the people below me. If it will and there is no way to 'waterproof' it so to speak, I guess he'll have to live without his waterbed. Do any of you have waterbeds in apartments, and is there some extra protection to put under it, or any advice?

Thanks in advance :)

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The trampoline sounds like it could be a real problem. On the other hand, maybe if you have a thick rug or carpeting it won't be too bad. It'll also depend on the construction of the building, so it's hard to say. The only way to really know is use it and poll your downstairs neighbors about it. They will most likely appreciate your concern and you can relax knowing that you are not disturbing anyone when you use it (if this ends up being the case).

RE: the waterbed: many apartments forbid them. I would check your lease before installing it.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 6:18PM
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There are exercise mats made specifically to put underneath exercise machines in order to control vibration and noise. Check online and you will find them. I have not seen any for trampolines, but maybe there are some all-purose ones. Search for gym flooring, mats, noise reduction (etc).

I agree with above poster's suggestion. Also, you may end up with a downstairs neighbor who is out of the house certain hours predictably (you will have to ask) and you could do your jumping during those hours.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 9:55PM
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The trampline just sound bad. Let your neighbors know what the noise is coming from and when you plan to use it. Perahps they will be gone and its no problem.

Do check your lease on the waterbed. I don't allow them in upstairs apartments. The leaking is a minor issue compared to the structural damage they can cause in a stick built building.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 9:55PM
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Do you have access to a basement? I've seen those things being used in laundry rooms. They are lightweight and can be carried down to the basement or stored in your storage locker.

Sure, it will be a little extra effort to exercise in the basement, but it may be worth it to keep peace with your neighbors.

I don't know any place that allows waterbeds anymore these days.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2007 at 3:06AM
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I never even thought of waterbeds being restricted but it makes sense. Thankfully we got it free from someone who didn't want it anymore. Sounds like way too much trouble and worry even if allowed - I'll just use some of the wood for scrap :)

I will check online for your suggestion on a mat, never heard of that either. Not sure if it would slide if I put it on, say, a sofa cushion not used? SUrely vibrations couldn't be felt, heard through that? Just don't think that would work well with something I'm jumping on. :) May just be forced to use it outside, will have to see. And no, no basement in the building.

Thanks guys!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2007 at 5:04PM
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I would think a good cushion under the trampoline would work fine.

As for the waterbed, there are liners that you can get (and should, actually) that sit between the mattress and waterbed frame. This is designed specifically to deal with a mattress that springs a leak. I do not believe they are overly expensive.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2007 at 8:55AM
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I appreciate everyones help on this and wanted to follow-up. As an update, I am now lucky enough to have nabbed a grond floor apartment! I dont have to worry so much now about the people below me :) Still ditching the waterbed, of course, but the trampoline should now be fine. Thanks for all the advice, everyone!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2007 at 6:51PM
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