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Some suggestions for my Home Theater

I am planning to build a Cinema Home Theater at my home and here is my layout. I actually wanted some consultancy regarding the Sound Proofing and Exterior Walls Protection. The Layout, I just ...
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Soundproofing a Door with a Shower Pump Behind It

I have a small room in which a shower pump is located. This room is only separated from the rest of the house by a wooden door. The shower pump is located on top of some sort of vibration dampening ...
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Patio wall ideas

I live in a townhouse that is near a park. There are some days that the park is much louder than usual and once in a blue moon they play some music which has loud bass noise. I am trying to put mass ...
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Soundproofing windows against air traffic noise

We're currently renting an attic apartment under one of Heathrow's main flight paths and unfortunately have only double glazed velux windows. The aircraft noises are fairly loud and I'm looking to ...
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How to isolate street noise from the garden?

I am helping a friend rebuilding an house he recently bought. One of the issues with it is that he only has a front garden and its in a very busy street, with cars. It would be nice to reduce that ...
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What can fiberglass insulation NOT touch?

I have some rolls of 15" R-13 insulation that I am planning on installing in my floor joists to help sound proof my basement ceiling. Is there anything that the insulation can't touch? I know that the ...
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Best way(s) to soundproof interior wall between rooms?

I had a few ideas in mind to keep our newborn from waking up our light sleeping toddler sleeping in the adjacent room. I'm open to new suggestions. :-) 1) Blow cellulose from above (unfinished ...
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Identifying and fixing leak sources, relevant cracks and water flow on a flat concrete roof?

I'm asking this here to avoid being conned by "professional" roofers in India who either exaggerate their estimates or send highly unskilled labourers to do the job. This is the layout of a roof: ...
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Refrigerator noise

I just moved into a studio apartment -- unfortunately there's no door separating the kitchen and my bed. I've never noticed the sound of refrigerators before, but it's LOUD. It starts up at least once ...
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Sound insulation for tile floor: Laticrete or NobleSeal SIS? Do I need backerboard

This will be the first time I do tiling myself. The bathroom subfloor is concrete I believe. I am on a condo top floor so will need some sound insulation. I am leaning toward Laticrete 125, but it ...
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How to seal edges of plumbing work for noise isolation.

I am looking into sealing some plumbing edges for noise isolation. The plumbing goes between two levels. The levels are separated by some amount of concrete. I don't know the depth, but it is ...
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How can I soundproof my door?

This is the kind of door I have. But I don't know what's an effective way to soundproof it. As much as possible I don't wanna spend much money that could reach $20 and above. I don't have that ...
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How to stop the vibrations/sound produced by glass inside a room while playing a speaker system?

My room has a sealed glass (like window glass but we can can't open and close; its fixed to the frame). Whenever I play music in my 5.1 speakers, the glass starts vibrating making a "errrrrr/grrrrr" ...
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Reduce sound transfer through doors

My wife and I share a bathroom with our 2 year old son. His bedroom is on one side and ours is on the other. We'd like to reduce the amount of noise coming from our bathroom so we don't wake him ...
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Loud water sounds when tub faucet is turned on

I have the Alder tub/shower combo (http://www.moen.com/adler/spot-resist-brushed-nickel-posi-temp-r-tub-shower/_/R-CONSUMER%3AL82694EPSRN). When I turn on the water for the tub, the sounds of water ...
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Best way to hold interior wall insulation in place prior to drywalling

I'm insulating the interior walls in my house with rock wool insulation for sound proofing. I'm having drywallers come in to drywall everything in one fell swoop and the insulation needs to be in ...
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Choosing a soundproof apartment - how wall and ceiling material predicts sound levels

Looking at different flats for a new home I would like to determine how much noise I would get from neighbours based on the brief visits to see the candidates. How could I measure that practically? ...
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How can I prevent/divert rain water from dripping on a flat flashing?

I'm helping maintain a set of townhome units and the homeowners are reporting an annoying drip sound just outside their bedroom when it lightly rains (which is quite often). Apparently the sound is ...
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How to sound proof bedroom floor above garage door?

We live in an apartment building. Our two bedrooms are directly above the building's garage door. The opening and closing of the garage door disrupts the peace at home and sleep of my family. Since ...
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How to soundproof rehearsal room in shared building with other rehearsal rooms?

I rent a small room for rehearsals of my rock band. It's 16m2 (172 sq ft). It's in a building with many other rehearsal rooms. There is no soundproofing in the entire building, so if you're unlucky ...
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Absorbing fridge compressor sound

I’m referring to question How to reduce noise from my refrigerator? How effecient is the sound absorption foam in reducing sound? I know it can’t block the sound, but reducing potential echo and ...
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Cell Foam vs. Traditional Fiberglass Insulation for Party Wall

In an end-unit townhouse, cell foam is being used to insulate the three exterior walls. Would the gains from also using cell foam on the party wall be noticeable? Or would the cheaper alternative of ...
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Is it safe to soundproof a bedroom that doesn't have an air vent?

I'm looking to soundproof my apartment bedroom. The bedroom itself has a single-pane window, relative thick carpet, and a cheap hollow core door. It has no air vents, only a hot water baseboard ...
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Prevent Sound from Entering Mattress through Bed Legs

There is a construction site next to my bed room and especially low frequency sounds resulting from heavy machines and vehicles enter my bed through its four legs. As I am a side-sleeper the ...
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Sound proofing HVAC ducts

We have an HVAC system in our house where the duct work is all sheet metal with no insulation on the interior of the ducts as all of it is buried under inches of foam roofing insulation. Works great. ...
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Very effective sound-proof room

In my new apartment, I plan to very well isolate a room (phonetically). This is for general purpose ; to play music as well as gaming, watching films, or why not, just shouting out loud. You get the ...
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Difference between Rockwool and Acoustic Foam

As far as I understand, mineral-fiber ("rockwool") and acoustic form perform similar roles: sound absorption, or reducing echo. The fact that both exist and are for sale imply there's a trade-off ...
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How can I soundproof my room to reduce street noise?

My bedroom is facing a busy street, with many bars/restaurants. People are shouting and cabs are honking. The 2 windows are double-pane, and the wall is the exterior wall, so solid brick. There are ...
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Floor advice - gaps, leveling, sound improvements and materials

I am a new homeowner and thus new avid DIY enthusiast :) We recently had a new radiator installed and relocated, and had to remove all the existing materials. This is what I discovered (see image) ...
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Difference between 36 and 42db of noise isolation?

I do want to install various soundproofing improvements in an apartment, but when equipment and materials indicate the level of isolation, I really cannot judge at all the difference between them. I ...
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How can I locate and solve this water hammer problem, and what are its effects on the human body?

I live in an 180 sq.ft. single room apartment with kitchen area, and is pretty much a simple box like shape. For a year, I have heard noises that sounds like a rod banging in the wall and its ...
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Transfer Grille Baffle

I just finished building a new home and as part of the Energy Star rating transfer grilles were installed above each of the bedroom doors to allow air exchange when the doors are closed. The problem ...
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New gutters are making lots of noise

My new gutters are very noisy in some places. I went out during a big rainstorm, and got on a ladder to see what was happening. The gutters in some places are half full of water. The water running off ...
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Soundproofing a room from outside traffic noise and vibrations

I need to soundproof a room to prevent traffic noise (not honks, but engines etc). How can I approach this?
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Soundproofing my bedroom door

What are the ways that I can use to soundproof my door so as whenever it closes it gives the maximum possible sound reduction (depending on the door, I know walls etc play a big part as-well but ...
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Can you install grouted floor tile over padding?

Can you install floor tile over padding? The floor tile is standard tile that will require grouting. I'm concerned the tile and/or grouting will crack due to the padding. The purpose of the padding ...
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How can I muffle a loud doorbell?

I live in an apartment, in which the doorbell emits an unreasonably loud tone (kind of square-wave-y) continuously and at constant volume for as long as someone has the button depressed. Since people ...
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Would covering walls with a sound absorbing foam reduce the transmission of medium-high frequency fan noise?

I have recently purchased a server-grade computer, which works great, however, it is now audible even through a closed door. It is in a separate room, so I am thinking what are the best ways of ...
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Why is Green Glue used so much in the USA, but hardly used at all in the UK?

I have been looking at designed for sound proofed walls, it seems that Green Glue is part of a lot of USA design, but does not seem to be used much in the UK. Is there a reason for this?
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What is the easiest and most cost effective way to turn a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms? [closed]

Obviously, I could build a full wall with insulation, etc.; however, this might not even be allowed, and even if it is, there are a variety of factors why it is not ideal like the time to build it and ...
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How to get rid of echo inside the apartment?

A water pipe inside the apartment burst and was repaired. Ever since, the place has acquired a nasty echo. Everything resounds and we have to talk louder to be heard. Is there any solution to get rid ...
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Custom pocket door with insulation, water pipes and tile!

So I have a little house and would love to use pocket doors all over it. It seems the Johnson hardware 1500 series doors with the ball bearing rollers have great reviews and slide like butter. So I'm ...
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Insulating and reducing boominess of plywood subfloor

I have a plywood subfloor in a ground floor extension that is laid directly on the joists. The current floor is half solid wood tongue-and-groove laid on top of green fibre underlay and half fake ...
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soundprofing edm studio room [duplicate]

if i hang mass loaded vinyl like curtains around the room,will it soundproof the room do other neighbours will not complain when im doing music in strange hours? what other options do i have for a ...
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How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?

I'm located in Bombay/Mumbai, and I've been trying to figure out what windows I should install for soundproofing and heat insulation. I was talking to someone who does consultation for uPVC windows. ...
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How do I improve the soundproofing between two rooms?

I wamt to improve the soundproofing of a wall shared by 2 rooms. At the moment, I can hear the TV, conversations, etc, from my brother's room. The TV and conversations are extremely clear; I can make ...
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Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?

I live in Bombay (Mumbai), India. I'm planning to install sliding sound-proof windows in a room. There are two common types of window frames manufactured here; one is aluminium, and the other is PVC, ...
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How can I reduce street noise behind my house?

My house backs up to a street, with 3 lanes in both directions. Even though there is a good 30 feet from the back fence to the road, the street noise can get pretty loud during peak traffic times. ...
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Framing interior non-bearing wall with 24" on center for sound proofing

I'd like to sound proof a few interior walls in my house using the techniques for the 52 STC here (http://www.soundproofingcompany.com/soundproofing-solutions/soundproofing-walls/) which is basically ...
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Wood slats for sound insulation

I have a bunch of reclaimed wood of varying thickness, most are 1.5-2" thick. If I cut them to fit between my studs, would that serve as a good sound insulator under the finished wall? Would I have ...