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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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Is there a way I can make an indoor door a better sound insulator?

I have an indoor hollow bedroom door. The door seems to offer very little sound insulation, and I would like to add a bit more. I'm not expecting to get perfect silence or anything, but I would like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?

Background I'm currently renting an apartment in a very old building and have a lot of trouble sleeping because of the noise. My apartment is underneath the main entry way; and people come in and ...
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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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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 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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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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How do sound-dampening drywall clips affect the ability to hang objects on the wall?

I'm evaluating options for sound-proofing drywall, and am considering sound-dampening clips such as Genie Clips. In this approach the drywall isn't directly mounted to the wall studs. How would I ...
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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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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 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 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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What windows should be used to soundproof from traffic noise?

I am having a house built by a builder. On my contract, it is specified that 'Sound Attenuating' windows would be installed. This is important as the house backs up to a busy road which provides a ...
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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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How can I temporarily soundproof my bedroom window?

I live on the second floor of a noisy NYC apartment building, and my bedroom window is unfortunately right above a busy street. I've been sleeping with earplugs for a while, but I still get woken up. ...
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How can I soundproof an interior door?

I'm looking to soundproof some interior doors. My plan was to drill a 1/2" hole at the top and fill it up with foam, but I'm not sure what type of foam to get. I've used tiny foam cans before, but ...
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How can I insulate the floor to prevent sound from travelling through it?

I live in a top floor flat (apartment), and have a real problem with sound travelling from the flat beneath me. The worst sound is either bass from a TV, or voices. I paid a company a few years ago ...
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Installing subfloor and hardwood on top of concrete (2nd story)

I bought a condo in a triplex where I have all of the 2nd floor. Most rooms are on hardwood, while the rest is on laminate with a serious height difference of an inch and a half (hardwood being ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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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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My neighbor keeps complaining about my music. How to soundproof my apartment?

I live in an old apartment building and the walls are thin. This is a problem because I love to listen to music -- sometimes at odd hours of the night. Yes, I can be an asshole in this way. But my ...
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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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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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How to make my room sound proof

I want to convert my room into sound proof room, as I watch movie on my PC. I want to have a theater like effect so that I can watch at high volume.
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How can I temporarily soundproof my apartment ceiling?

Currently I'm living in an apartment that has poor soundproofing. My upstairs neighbors get up at 4:30 am to go to work. They have two dogs. So there's a lot of noise between 4:30 am and 5 am. Like ...
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Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?

I am in the market to buy two large ceiling fans to cycle air within and potentially cool my master bedroom. The room is about 16x27 feet, and it gets pretty hot during spring, summer, and early fall. ...
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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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Is it feasible to cover low-pile carpet with a 1/4" subfloor and vinyl tile in a kitchen?

Scenario: I'm the owner of a multi-unit 2 story apartment. The people living up and down are cousins to each other and are in the process of switching apartments -- long story, don't ask. The upstairs ...
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What are some cost-effective tips for reducing external sound from entering a room?

I have a small office room that shares a wall with our living room. When we have guests over, their voices travel fairly well; they sound somewhat muffled but are still audible. As I work from home ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...