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Ceiling Vibrator: The Perfect Device Against Noisy Neighbors

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If it’s your first time hearing about this contraption called the ceiling vibrator or ceiling thumper, we’re here to give you the basics.

From what it is, what you can use it for, and how to set it up, this guide has it all and MORE. Read on!

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What is a Ceiling Vibrator?

A ceiling vibrator is exactly what the name says it is: a way to make vibrations on your roof.

But we understand the confusion. After all, WHY would you want to send vibrations through your roof in the first place?

Also known as a silencer, noise deadener, sound eliminator, ceiling thumper, or noise eliminating device, this gadget is an ingenious, indirect, and slightly evil way of getting your noise neighbors to quiet things down.

Another great use for this noise eliminating device is to install it under your kid’s bedrooms in the house to…

  • Send a signal through the roof when they’re being too noisy or;
  • To communicate other messages to them without having to go up and down the stairs each time

How do you do this, you ask?

Simply put, you attach the ceiling vibrator to, well, your ceiling (or wall). With the press of a button, this gadget will release vibrations that your upstairs neighbors can feel.

THE GOAL: This vibration will let anyone who feels it know they’re doing something unpleasant, like stomping around or playing loud music, so they’ll stop doing that one thing (hence being called a sound eliminator).

Leave it up to the Chinese, with their endless identical apartments (according to this analysis), to find the most ingenious way to get revenge on your upstairs neighbors, am I right?

Of course, the effectiveness of this noise deadener will depend on the neighbor you’re dealing with. If you happen to have one that doesn’t care about vibrations, then you’ll still be in trouble.

But that type of noisy upstairs neighbors is rare, so most will get the hint from the vibration and make sure to lessen the sounds they’re generating.

How to Use and Set-Up a Ceiling Vibrator

Three Versions

You can choose among 3 versions of the ceiling vibrator, depending on your need and the amount of trouble you want to cause to remedy your neighbor’s problem. These are:

  1. Shock only ceiling vibrator (no beating sounds)
  2. Beat only ceiling vibrator (no vibrations)
  3. Shock and beat ceiling vibrator (combination of vibrations and beating sounds)

We recommend getting the shock and beat combination despite a slightly higher cost as it has BETTER VALUE and FUNCTIONALITY. Plus, you’re not just stuck to one mode.

Regardless of what ceiling vibrator you choose, you’re sure to send a clear signal to your noisy upstairs neighbors with this noise deadener gadget.

How to Install Ceiling Vibrator: A 7-Step Guide to Improving Your Life

The installation for any version of the ceiling vibrator is the same.

This is one gadget you can easily install on your own in your home or apartment, WITHOUT the extra cost of hiring someone to do this for you.

  1. Test your gadget. Plug the power adapter’s wire end to the host female connector, then plug the power supply into any socket to test your machine. Check if the vibrations are stable and strong.
  2. Insert metal rod. Now that you’re sure your ceiling vibrator is working, assemble the 4 separate sections of the rod to form ONE WHOLE POLE with your desired height.
  3. Attach the rod to the vibrator. Locate the threaded portion of the pole and insert it into the bottom section of your ceiling vibrator.
  4. Stand the ceiling vibrator. Straighten up your ceiling vibrator so that the top TOUCHES your apartment ceiling. If you’re worried about damaging your ceiling, particularly if it’s a rental apartment, you can set a towel on top.
  5. Secure the base. SECURE the screw base of your ceiling vibrator on a solid surface, preferably your floor, to protect its integrity and stability.
  6. Tighten. Now that you have the desired height, tighten the plum handle on the threaded rod.
  7. Observe. Use the control to test out your ceiling vibrator. Even one wobble means it’s not properly installed. To prevent future damage, reinstall your device. You may just need to tighten a few spots or get a longer pole.

NOTE: If the ceiling vibrator is too short for your home or apartment, you can stand it on books or small stools. Just make sure it’s secure so that nothing will knock it down, even when sending a noise or shock to your noisy upstairs neighbors.

The Control

Once your gadget is plugged into a socket, press the power-on button. Then press the vibration button to try it out.

Here is a guide to the vibration button letters on the remote:

  • P – the strength of the beat or vibration
  • E – timing
  • L – tapping or beat mode
  • U – vibration or shock mode
  • H – mixed-mode (vibration plus tapping)

Depending on the version you got, some of the buttons won’t work for you.

What Else Can I Do to Deal with Bad Upstairs Neighbors?

Okay, so before anything, we need to emphasize that peace is always better than war.

Noisy neighbors are a pain, but you’re more likely to get them to quiet down and cooperate with you if you try to be nice to them.

1. The Friendship Game

  • Try saying hi and maybe giving them a welcome gift basket if they’re new to the building.
  • Befriend them and try to build rapport. Smile and greet them whenever you chance upon one another around the area or the building.
  • Maybe, you can even invite them over for coffee or a meal.

Then…

Talk to them about the racket they’ve been making. Explain your reasons. For example, you may be a light sleeper with chronic insomnia, or maybe your work or study requires extra silence.

EMPHASIZE you’ve also tried your best to deal with the hubbub (e.g., by wearing noise-cancelling headphones), but that it hasn’t worked. Hopefully, they’ll be gracious about it and understand where you’re coming from.

But if you’ve tried this route and nothing has worked, then it’s high time your upstairs neighbors got a taste of their own medicine.

And don’t worry, all of these are legal, just like the vibrator we’ve told you about!

2. Petroleum Jelly Trick

You mustn’t get caught while doing this.

It’s also troublesome if your apartment has one CCTV trained on your neighbor’s door. Also, watch out for smart doorknobs that record you.

But if you’re sure none of these are big considerations for you, you can smother your neighbor’s doorknob with Vaseline or petroleum jelly to make it slippery and nearly impossible to open.

Be careful NOT to get it into their door lock. Otherwise, you may be forced to pay for a replacement if you’re caught.

3. Knock, Knock!

While this one may not be illegal, it’s surely one way to really piss of your upstairs neighbors.

So just like the petroleum jelly trick, you can only do this if you’re confident you won’t get caught or recorded.

Collect some data on what time they turn in for the night. Your neighbor could be nocturnal or work the graveyard shift, so knocking at night won’t be effective for everyone.

Also, if your neighbor is a heavy-sleeper, knocking during sleeping hours won’t work.

Now that you know when they’ll be down for the count, knock on their door when they’re on the brink of falling asleep or right before they wake up.

You can then run away OR pretend that you have a genuine need for knocking. For example, you could pretend to borrow some milk or sugar.

4. Make Your Own Noise

Now, this trick has the risk of annoying OTHER upstairs neighbors in your vicinity, but it’s highly effective if you’re certain only your target neighbor will be affected.

Choose a time when they’re not being noisy, such as near bedtime or early in the morning. Then, make a racket!

Play loud music, play with a racquetball against your roof, turn up the volume on your TV, get your dog to bark; really, the sky’s the limit!

Final Thoughts

Since most of us live in condominiums and apartment buildings, it’s important we peacefully co-exist with everyone around us. If you don’t want to get annoyed, then don’t be annoying in the first place!

We hope this guide helps you!


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About the Author

andrea_adams

Andrea has always been bombarded by the hustle and bustle outside her home. Living in the city doesn’t get any quieter. The never ending noise from construction, traffic, and dogs barking on the streets day in and day out drove Andrea to a breaking point.

For 3 years, Andrea committed herself to studying DIY hacks, performing soundproofing experiments, and installing noise-free solutions. Now, she lives a quiet life free of the stress from noisy environments.

She hopes to share this knowledge so that others don’t have to endure the noise reigning in their ears and live a peaceful, stress-free life.