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Questions tagged [sound-proofing]

For questions generally relating to the prevention of transmission of sound from one enclosed area into another or between interior and exterior spaces.

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How do I insulate between bottom/top apartments?

My house is a two-apartment house, where I live on the first floor and rent the second. It's an early 1900s plaster & lathe, and currently has no insulation. I want to add rockwool in the ceiling ...
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How can I determine whether a home with common walls has good soundproofing?

I'm looking to buy a new house in England. It's not likely to be detached. I like a quiet life and would like to choose one where neighbour noise isn't an issue. I have read that during the 1980s, ...
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Is cement board a better soundproofing material than 5/8 drywall?

Cement board has a higher density than 5/8 drywall. It also probably, and this is just a guess, probably has a lower resonance as well (being cement), so less sound should get through. 5/8" drywall ...
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Is 3/4“ OSB a better soundproofing material than 5/8” drywall?

Assuming the construction was done properly, would 3/4" OSB (oriented strand board, it's like a particle board but better) a better soundproofing material than 5/8" drywall? This OSB has an R-factor ...
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Noiseproofing Bedroom with Green Glue: Should I do exterior walls and/or ceiling?

I would like to do some experimentation with soundproofing a bedroom using Green Glue, which is a noiseproofing compound intended to be sandwiched between sheets of drywall. The bedroom currently has ...
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Does one large 1/4" acrylic sheet have better soundproofing than 2 or 4 pieces made airtight together with caulking?

I wan thinking of sealing off my window with a large 1/4" or even 1/2" sheet of acrylic (plexiglass) to block some noise by covering the window with it and making it airtight, essentially adding ...
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What is the soundproofing performance difference between ultralight 5/8 drywall and regular 5/8 drywall?

Home depot does not have anything but ultralight drywall. I wanted to know what the difference in performance in soundproofing. There is another local supplier who can get the regular drywall. I am ...
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How to seal two adjoining plexiglass sheets for soundproofing?

I am thinking of bolting a giant 1/2" thick piece of plexiglass over the window. Unfortunately the windows in my apartment are massive - 5 foot x 6 foot. The challenge with this is threefold: ...
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Best sound-proofing techniques and recommended sound-absorbing materials?

This is fundamentaly a question about soundproofing and sound absorbtion. When working this project I've realised I don't understand the concepts as much as I though I did. I basically set up a shelf ...
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How is lead soundproofing installed in walls being renovated?

I am doing a renovation that will involve taking down walls--replacing drywall in some cases with new drywall and in others with tile (in the bathroom). As long as I am taking apart the walls, I would ...
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How can I prevent echo from footsteps on a hollow, temporary stage?

I am working with a dance group who use a temporary stage that can be easily set up and broken down for shows. It stands between 2 and 3 feet off the ground. The only problem with this stage is that ...
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How to fill a gap between wall and ceiling?

I'm planning to convert an office to a bedroom but need to fill a gap above the door. Any ideas how I might do this in a way which minimizes sound transfer from living room to inside room, and vice ...
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Replace drop ceiling with drywall and soundproofing

This is my basement ceiling this morning: After a couple of hours, I removed all drop ceiling for entire basement with 1 living room and 2 bedrooms: I would like to install drywall with access ...
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What kind of professional to call for help with structure-borne noise issues from HVAC

We are in a multi-story, multi-unit building that uses packaged through-the-wall HVAC systems in each unit. These units often go under the name of "Magic-Pak" or "Comfort Pack" depending on the ...
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Soundproofing on partywall

I've just fitted a layer of polystyrene, wood batterns 2x2 with Rockwall infill and layer of acoustic plasterboard then plastered over. All sealed with soundproof sealant. Spoken word reduced through ...
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What's a good sound proofing material to fill an old aperture?

Our bedroom has a disused aperture that looks like it was once for an extractor fan. Both ends are covered with a simple plastic grille. We have serious a noise problem because of this vent. Short of ...
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Sound proofing wall in living room

I live in the top floor of a wood frame condo with high ceiling. Lately, my downstairs neighbor has been playing loud music with bass in their living room and I can hear the music and feel the bass on ...
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Want go be a good neighbor with dogs… Soundproofing for both us and our neighbors… Suggestions?

We breed Scottish Terriers. Moving to a new location and don't want to make a bad first, second or third impression. We purchased to accommodate dog runs and a family atmosphere for socialization. ...
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Sound proof window arrangements with double windows

I am interested in understanding the key factors in sound proofing a window. I once stayed in an old hotel (built about 1815) in New York City on Canal Street and the room was absolutely silent which ...
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Soundproofing a Laundry Unit

I've recently moved into an apartment that has a loud laundry washer in the kitchen (photos). When it's running, you can literally hear the water swishing around very loudly. Reducing the sound of the ...
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What can I use as acoustical caulk?

I am installing a plaster board ceiling for sound proofing a room. I left a 5mm gap between the plasterboard and the wall to allow it to vibrate. I know I have to fill it with some kind of caulk. I ...
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Acoustic stud wall - over laminate flooring or not?

I have one question for whoever might know a thing or two about sound insulation. I will install a stud wall over the existing brick party wall for sound proofing purposes. Currently we have laminate ...
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Lessen noise from adjacent room

I have a housemate who tends to snore during the night. Since our rooms share a wall, I tend to hear it. We live in an apartment building made from concrete panels. I'd like to do some basic ...
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Remove reverb and soundproof room

I have a room I'd like to be able to record in, and I'm looking at foam panels and various items to influence the sound quality/propagation/acoustic, etc. Thing is, the more I read about it, the more ...
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How can I reduce conversational/TV noise coming from adjacent room and hallway?

My bedroom is the back half of a double-lounge or living room (UK Edwardian style layout); the doors between the two halves of the room are thin wood with gaps (you can see into the neighbouring room)....
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Sound Dampening Office Hallways

Several employees complain about how well sound travels down the hallways in a newly constructed, two story office building. The hallways form a 60' x 30' figure-8: stairs v 60' =-+----+----+ ...
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How do I seal my bedroom door for soundproofing/reduction?

I have a hollow bedroom door in my apartment. I can’t make any modifications to the door that are permanent—nor can I replace it. Anyone outside the room can hear an interior conversation with ...
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How do i stop office chair sound when leaning back?

I have an office chair, which has a leaning mechanism that can be tightend and loosend as per requirement. But the problem is, whenever i lean backwards, and then come forward, the mechanism makes a ...
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Using CEDAR planks to sound proof a home music studio

I have a finished room in the basement of my house that I want to turn into a music studio. Most of the advice found online suggest to "build a room within a room" and decoupling walls and ceiling. ...
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classroom sound proofing

I have sensory issues. The slighest vibrations and noise from classroom next door drive me crazy. Playing drum beats, music, external speakers, boombox, and books on tape...aaaahhh. I want to ...
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How can I reduce the noise of a street in front of the house?

Situation: A rented flat with a busy street right in front of it. The bed room faces towards the street with a window front. As the flat is rented I can not build something permanently like new ...
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How can I cover gaps between door and frame without impacting range of motion?

I need to reduce the sound coming through this door and the ceiling above it. I'm a complete beginner, and from the basic research I can do on Home Improvement, weather strips were suggested. Would ...
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How do I soundproof a room behind an open doorway with little room for a proper door?

I've got a laundry room immediately behind a kitchen that will soon be doing double duty as a server room of sorts - a rack with a decent amount of computer gear is going into it. If you know ...
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Sealing behind brick veneer

We've just removed the Gyprock (drywall) from our walls to install acoustic/thermal insulation and new acoustic plaster. In doing so, we've found that our 1969 home has nothing at all against the ...
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What material to use to fill 4' x 4' window hole for soundproofing?

In my apartment, it is not very loud but in the mornings I can hear occasional lawn equipment, people talking, occasional dogs barking, and cars outside the window. I put 4 blankets over the window ...
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Soundproof basement and bedroom vents

I'm in the process of finishing my basement. Added rocksaul to the ceiling and you can still hear everything in the basement through the vents. How do you soundproof a vent in a basement so that the ...
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Soundproofing bathroom/bedroom wall

I have a wall between the bathroom and bedroom. The sound transfer between the bathroom -> bedroom is huge. Mainly the water sounds from the toilet and shower. I'm about to tile the whole ...
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Help on reducing truck noise

The studio I'm renting happens to be one of the only routes to the midtown tunnel in Manhattan, and I have been driven beyond my sanity with the truck noises that plagues the studio 24/7. After doing ...
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Sound dampening dome over sump pump

My sump pump is loud. It is right below my bedroom and when it rains at night, it's hard to relax to the sound of the rain when all I hear is the loud grumble of the pump. To make matters worse, I ...
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Best temporary material/solution to “plug” the gap between a 3/4 wall and roof?

An interesting question, not sure how common this would be! Essentially, the bathroom in our rental consists of a shower, tub, basin in one room and the toilet in a separate room with a different ...
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Retain rim around floor when drywalling? If not how to fill/insulate. . .

Remodeling a vintage two-flat, tore down lath and plaster, now approaching drywall phase. The exterior walls have a wooden rim around perimeter of the floor--what was this for? I suppose it just set ...
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Use strips of OSB as studs for sound-insulating (movable) wall

I'm designing a wall/door sized 2.6*2.4 meters. It'll be made of 10mm thick OSB sheet, sandwiching 50mm of rockwool: I consider using 50mm - wide strips of 22mm OSB as studs to fix sheets to. To ...
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Do all sliding glass patio doors come pre-assembled in one piece?

I'm doing a soundproofing project in my basement, setting up a small home recording studio, and I need a door that doesn't swing. Looking at other studios, I notice that they often go with a double ...
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Noise reduction of a hollow core door versus a french (glass panes) door

I'm planning to replace a door to our basement with a glass panes (french) door. Our current door is a simple builders' grade hollow core door. I'm planning to buy a cheap french door from a home ...
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Best Practices for Metal Roof Directly on Existing Shingled Roof?

I'm preparing to re-roof my home. The current roof is shingled and I have recently repaired a few leaking spots. I've taken a look at a few options and I have a few concerns regarding code and ...
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Is a home with concrete walls more likely to propagate noise between floors?

I have a house and it has three floors. All of these floors and walls are made of concrete. So my question is, whenever the third floor makes noises, e.g. noises from music, carpentry tools like ...
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Should I insulate my unfinished basement ceiling?

Question Are there any negative effects from insulating a basement ceiling? Story I have an unfinished basement, with a family member living in a make-shift room. In my efforts to retain heat in ...
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Reducing sound transfer of finished basement drop ceiling on a budget

I have a home built circa 1960 (US). The original subfloor on the first floor is 5" tongue-and-groove planks that are at approximately a 45 degree angle to the joists (is there a name for that type ...
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Adding an Interior Door on a Stair Landing

*Update 1/26/2017 Ok, it looks like a traditional door may not work... What about an accordion style door? There are likely studs at both the corner and at the opposite wall on the landing that would ...
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What to use to lower the computer noise in a wooden cabinet?

I am looking for a good material for improving the sound-proofing my NAS which has 2x FANs of 120mm and 3-4 hard-drives. Most of the time the hardrives are those that are producing audible sounds, not ...