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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Soundproofing an outdoor double pane glass door with aluminum frame

I live in apartment were across the street is an industrial air conditioner that runs 24/7 and makes a semi high pitched noise. The windows and sliding glass door in my living room effectively block ...
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How to stop dripping noise from A/C into drain?

My air conditioner is in a crawl space in the 2nd floor. The condenser tray has a PVC drip line that comes down through the wall and meets up with a bathroom sink's drain immediately below the crawl ...
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Green Glue - Cement Board with vapour barrier

I’m installing cement board for the shower. I am planning on 1 sheet (0.5”) against the studs and then a 2nd sheet (0.5”) with vapour barrier in between. I want to increase soundproofing by using ...
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Could hedges help in reducing noise?

We live on a busy street with sound of tires and revving engines. We were wondering if hedges could help reduce the sound that comes into the house? if not, what other alternatives can we try? We ...
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soundproofing material for furring/shimming to level resilient channel ceiling

I have ceiling joists that are rather uneven, so they need to be furred/shimmed down to be level (or at least flat) before installing drywall. At the same time, we are trying to soundproof this room, ...
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Practical ways to reduce rattling noise in furnace?

Our bedroom is right above where the furnace is in our rented apartment. The furnace below makes a lot of noise, especially a rattling noise. Landlord is refusing to take any actions on it saying it ...
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Sound of toilet water flushed from high floors

I live in an apartment building. Time to time, sound like flushed water going down in pipes come from our bathroom, likely when higher floor neighbors just finished using their toilet. Is there a way ...
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Soundproofing tape outdoor

I'm thinking about using soundproofing resilient tape on my balcony, mostly because rain sometime hits the metal railing and the noise bothers me. I was wondering if such material is flame resistant, ...
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Soundproofing external HVAC

I am looking to build a fence around my outside air conditioning unit to reduce the decibels for the neighbors. Is there any tips on how to construct such unit? Are there any ready to use commercial ...
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How do I level a hardwood floor with minimal damage?

I'd like to soundproof my living room floor in order to minimize impact from footfall and airborne sound transmission from a piano. My general plan is to install soundproofing mats on top of the ...
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Is it better to have acrylic window inserts than storm windows for soundproofing?

We live on a busy street and would like to soundproof the windows facing the street. After some research, we've boiled down to either storm windows or acrylic glass. The latter is more expensive, but ...
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What's the best soundproofing solution to rubber coming off of double-paned transom windows?

Rubber between the two window panes are coming off of our double paned transom windows. Does the rubber have soundproofing capabilities? We live on a very busy street and are also looking for ways to ...
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Soundproofing casement windows

I have three casement windows facing a busy street in an urban area and noise does get into the room. I noticed that the window panels (moving parts) meet the frame directly, meaning there is no ...
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How to soundproof sliding door/wall?

I am currently renting a room, that was a living room once, and one side of of walls are just pieces of wood that you can slide on a track. I use the middle one as my "door". But there is a ...
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Loud brass valve - how to make it quieter?

I have a 0.5hp pond pump, powering my backyard water features. My pump is actually very quiet - quieter than the natural sound of the running water, so you don't notice it. The pump circulates 960 ...
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Using Quietrock drywall AND Rockwool Sound Insulation?

How much additional noise reduction can I get by combining Rockwool sound insulation with QuietRock drywall? Or does one render the other moot? I'm looking to add some noise reduction to an unfinished ...
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How to soundproof a window trickle vent?

Is it possible to soundproof this window by sealing this ventilation hole in way that is reversible without damage (it's a rented property).
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Keeping out street noise

While I live on the 7th floor, the noise coming from street level is significant. Small motorcycles with their mufflers taken off race by all day long, constantly, and even at this level they can be ...
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Sound proof my guest unit carved out of main house

It seems that when they carved out this guest unit they failed to insulate the walls. I've read up on spray foam insulation, adding drywall over existing drywall with green glue in between. Both sound ...
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What is the most cost-effective way to reduce sound coming up my staircase?

We bought a two-story house with a fairly open-plan staircase. See below: My desk sits right by the top of the stairs, and a lot of sounds echo up the stairs from the kitchen. Since we are work-from-...
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Renovation Planning [closed]

We would like to do the following in our two-family house, ordered by priority Sound-proofing bedrooms, potentially other living spaces (we are getting woken up at 4-5am from tenants on the second ...
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How to soundproof floor from neighbors below?

We live in an old building in an apartment owned by our family so we can renovate. We go to sleep early so while our house is quiet we can hear our neighbors walking, dragging furniture etc. I know ...
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How to insulate from the noise generated by rain falling on a roof window?

My sleeping room is just below the roof, and has two roof windows. When it rains during the night (rather common experience during winter in central Italy, where I am located), the rain falling on the ...
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Can we seal the bedroom door gap, or will it affect the central air conditioning airflow?

I am trying to add some sound proofing to my baby's room. In Canada, almost all interior doors have a gap at the bottom. I believe this is for the airflow of the central furnace/air conditioner. Since ...
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Sound proofing a panned floor joist return run (basement apartment)

I'm building a basement rental unit in our home. We'll be living upstairs so I'm doing my best to sound separate the upper and lower units. I'm using a seperate hvac system for the basement (baseboard ...
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mice and sound traveling through brick party wall joist pockets

We live in a 1912 row house that I believe has joist pockets that allow sound and mice to travel freely between me and my neighbors' houses. For instance, my neighbor hired pest control to deal with ...
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Soundproofing around water softener

I'm trying to come up with options for soundproofing around our water softener (and the mechanicals that go alongside it - not including water heater). Currently when it goes through it's regen cycle, ...
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Can I use a wood top plate on top of a steel track to build a roof-bearing steel frame?

I am building a room within my garage using double studs, double track, steel framing. The outer dimensions for this room are 23' l x 16' 6" w x 10' h, and will share no common walls or ceiling ...
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How to reduce amplification of solar inverter relay due to drywall?

I have recently had solar panels installed on the roof of our attic. They hung the inverter on a hollow plasterboard wall as this was the most easily accessible. However, every time the solar inverter ...
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We live in a condo with a shared wall. When the neighbor turn on their water it's loud. What can be done about this

We live in a condo and when the neighbors turn on their water is like the flood gates of hell. Is there anything I can do to block the sound.
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Can spring mounts eliminate vibration from nearby train?

I recently learned about spring mounts. These are used often in industrial equipment to reduce or eliminate vibration from the equipment like cooling towers, chillers, HVAC units, generators, pumps, ...
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When hanging a double layer of drywall, do both layers need to be fully screwed to the resilient channel?

When adding a second layer of drywall to a ceiling, do I need to screw the first layer to the surface with the appropriate number of fasteners ( type S screws into resilient channel ) as code dictates ...
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How to soundproof wall/floorboard trim

I have a wall that I have soundproofed by adding a few layers of soft caulk (to create small air gaps), foam paneling, and extra layers of drywall. It is now fairly quiet. However, the bottom 1-2 ...
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Hanging dry wall on mass loaded vinyl - can I glue and screw

I am finishing a basement and had a question about hanging drywall on top of MLV (Mass loaded vinyl). The basement I am finishing has MLV fastened to the ceiling joists. I am getting ready to hang ...
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Is a soundproof stud wall made of 38 x 63mm CLS strong enough?

I'm building two stud walls joining at a right angle to create a small room in the corner of a larger room. The timber I'm using is 63x38mm (2 1/2" by 1 1/2" - actual measurement) CLS. One wall is 2.4 ...
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Why not use tile instead of mineral wool for sound proofing?

I read that the heavier the material the better it blocks sound. Then why do people stuff their walls with soft insulation like mineral wool. Why not just put clay/ceramic tiles or wooden boards ...
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Stud hole for Romex electrical wire filled with Green-glue acoustic sealant - Cause of concern?

I am helping my brother with his unfinished basement when I realized he made a mistake. I told him to use a fire stopping sealant in certain stud holes where Romex wire was being fed through. ...
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Sound proofing bedroom doors, what to do about air flow?

We recently replaced all the carpet in our home with hard floors, dramatically increasing the amount of noise transmission between bedrooms and the hallway. I've been researching the best ways to ...
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Could R-11 Sound Batt have a large impact on reducing sound

QUESTION: will Owens Corning R-11 EcoTouch PINK Unfaced Fiberglass Sound Attenuation Insulation Batt help significantly with the sound transmission? I live in town homes, so they are 2 story units ...
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Choosing the right exterior door type for sound proofing from outside road noise

I am getting the door to my inlaw unit replaced. Its not clear to me whether to get a solid core door, or a solid wood door, if my objective is to provide the best soundproofing inside the unit from ...
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Should I install acoustic insulation in ceiling in basement with switchback staircase and no door?

I'm finishing my basement. Is it worth it to install basic insulation or sound barrier insulation like Rockwool since there won't be a door at the bottom of the staircase? Above the basement living ...
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What additions to an interior ceiling can reduce noises of creaking / pacing from apartment above?

I live in a UK apartment with the one above currently being used as an AirBnB (or something similar). The only noises I typically hear from the occupants are in the form of stomping, creaking of what ...
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Double glazed windows reduce only part of noise. What could I do next?

My bedroom is using double glazed windows with great performance on soundproofing noise made by cars outside. Regarding little girls screaming and dogs barking, double glazed windows do reduce part ...
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Does installing resilient channel directly to the concrete ceiling reduce the effectiveness of soundproofing?

My bedroom that is inside an apartment building. All of walls, ceiling and ground are made of reinforced concrete (concrete with steel). This is from outside of my bedroom. This is from inside of my ...
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what is the distance between top plate and resilient channel? what is the distance between resilient channels?

I am learning how to soundproof my bedroom. This guy is demonstrating "HOW TO INSTALL DRYWALL ON A CEILING WITH RESILIENT CHANNEL" Consider the following image (img_1), screenshot from that ...
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For the purpose of soundproofing, do I need to comply some building code when renovate my bedroom? If yes, what it is?

For the purpose of soundproofing, I wound like to add some layer inside my bedroom. So, I just need to drill some holes. Do I need to comply some building code during the bedroom renovatition? If ...
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What does "24 on center" mean

I'm viewing a tutorial on soundproofing, and it shows the diagram below, with the red rectangle area being the noisy space to soundproof from, and the blue rectangle being the quiet space being ...
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is this guy talking about the performance of green glue for soundproofing?

It sounds like the tutorial is saying But this green stuff gives you another sound rating, believe it or not, above five, Five, just for the caulking ... What does five here mean? some kind of ...
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Is it possible to build a one-cubic-meter soundproof space? what is the minimal size of a soundproof space I could build?

I am wondering if it is possible to build a one-cubic-meter soundproof space or other similar size of soundproof space. Why would I need this? I am planning soundproof my house, although I am new to ...
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Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud?

Consider the following image. Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud? What is the blue part called?

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