Ted Cushman

I've been a renovation contractor in the Boston market for more than 26 years. Roughly 15 years ago, I noticed that more and more people were asking me about noise problems—perhaps a loud neighbor or a bothersome air conditioner compressor. Many of these people had done research online about soundproofing materials and would ask me to implement some method that they had learned about. As a result, we started to do more of that work, and now soundproofing accounts for a major share of what we do.

None of those materials are produced in our local area, and nobody around here stocks them either. So I had to order the materials shipped in from out of state on a job-by-job basis. That was expensive, but as long as the customer was willing to pay for it (which many were), we did it.

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