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Installing door seal with MVHR system to prevent noise?

UK based, small apartment. I have a windowless bathroom with shower, and one mechanical ventilation heat recovery system (MVHR) linked exhaust. As such, installing a fan would involve some serious ...
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Home Soundproofing Solutions - Existing Ceiling and Walls

I have done a lot of research and the results seem very varied so wanted some input from others as to what the best solution would be. Problem: In a flat with existing ceiling and walls. Some walls ...
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What is the best way to sound dampen a room? [duplicate]

My bedroom is located right next to my heat pump and it makes quite an annoying sound. I would like to sound dampen it. The room is obviously already drywalled and finished. My plan: Nail some sound ...
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Soundproofing Home from Outside Noise [closed]

My neighborhood has become much noisier over time and I'm hoping to reduce the amount of outside noise coming in. I thought upgrading my old windows (original from the 80s which were clearly shot) to ...
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What is the current state of the art re: bedroom ceiling soundproofing? [duplicate]

I purchased a condo recently. I can hear every step the neighbors upstairs take, which wakes me up at inopportune hours. A pretty common experience, I'm sure. What is the most effective way to throw ...
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How to mitigate thermal expansion clicking in ductwork?

This recent answer identifies a common source of clicking and tapping sounds: thermal expansion and contraction of ductwork and brackets. While it's true that this is perfectly normal, it's also ...
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Soundproofing a partywall for airborne noises [duplicate]

I need help soundproofing one of my bedroom walls, which is shared with the neighbors. Specifically I just want to reduce, as much as possible, chattering and loud talking sounds. I own an apartment ...
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How do I stop noise coming from the rest of the house?

I just moved in a studio that was built as an annex to a house where more people live. There's this door from my studio to the rest of the house and every time someone goes downstairs, shuts a door, ...
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Quieting a loud HVAC blower and static pressure concerns

I recently moved into a ~1200 sq ft third-floor condo where the blower setup is off of a closet in the living room. The only return (20"x20") faces the living room area. If you open the ...
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How to mute water drops on a glass canopy?

I live in a small building (3 stories), and the ceiling of my kitchen is a glass canopy with rain water pipes just above (about 8 meters above). One of the pipe is directly above a small aluminum ...
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Does exterior wall cladding have much impact on sound or temperature transmission?

I'm buying a new house which is all brick except of back side. Master's bedroom is going to have 1 siding wall and 1 brick wall. I can select an option to add brick on the back wall for additional $6k....
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How do I soundproof gaps in sliding windows that I regularly open and close?

This is similar to this Q: Best way to seal gaps in sliding window?. But the big difference is that I regularly open and close the sliding windows (at least once a day). (Whereas that other Q is about ...
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Basement Ceiling Insulation, Next Step? [duplicate]

So I have tenants that live on the first floor, and I live on the second floor. Both levels have hardwood floors in this 1920s duplex I own and there can be some loud noises due to the flooring so I ...
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How do I soundproof the gap under an interior door over a hardwood floor?

I have an interior door over a hardwood floor. The door lets in a lot of sound through the gap between the door and the floor. How do I soundproof the gap between the door and the floor? I tried ...
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Will expanding foam improve soundproofing around Interior Doors

I'm re-casing my interior doors. Is there any value to using an expanding spray-foam between the jamb and the rough-in? If it reduces noise transfer, I'm in. But I don't want to waste money or make ...
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Can a fully mortised automatic door bottom be installed in an MDF solid core?

I am looking for higher-end sound control. I would like to go to a solid core door with an automatic door bottom. One requirement is that the door not stand out in a hallway of other doors. The ...
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How to soundproof door with vents?

My current apartment has a washer and drier behind a vented door. Obviously this lets a lot of noise passing through. What would be the best way for me to temporarily soundproof this door? Here are a ...
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Can I install a window behind a window? [closed]

Can I install a window behind a window? This is useful for soundproofing. Window inserts do this, but an inswing casement window is better. I have a double hung double pane window. frame dimensions: ...
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How to seal an interior house door without taking it down?

My bedroom has 2 entry way: one single door towards a hallway and a double doors into the living room. I would like to seal off the double door and only use the single door, any suggestions on how to ...
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How can I conveniently soundproof a bedroom window? [duplicate]

Does anyone have an inexpensive way to “soundproof” a bedroom window that doesn’t require lots of installation? I’ve read about different techniques like acoustic foam/panels/blankets, but some people ...
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Soundproofing an open stairwell against downstair noise

I'm trying to dampen the sound that comes up the stairwell by installing a new wall and a soundproof blanket. We currently have a half-wall that I'll be extending up to the ceiling. And that would ...
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Basement Ceiling Soundproofing [closed]

How can I soundproof my basement ceiling? I was thinking of enclosing the entire basement ceiling with 2x4s to soundproof the floor, will this work?
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How much I can expect at noise reduction in a apartment with high budget? [closed]

This is the first time I'm dealing with this issue. I live in a apartment with lots of Airbnbs, and such there is always noise of people changing floors, drills and stuff. With a budget of 20.000 USD ...
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How to muffle sound coming through a 5" diameter vent hose

I have a portable air conditioner with dual insulated hoses to a window. I've captured the cold output with a rectangle-to-round duct transition and some tape into a 5" diameter hose. That hose ...
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Is 1/2 inch OSB strong enough for subfloor

We just found out that the subfloors in our rental property are only 1/2 inch thick OSB. It has some moisture damage but we fixed what caused it and are replacing damaged ones. We can't really afford ...
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How to soundproof a permanently closed door behind a bookcase?

Two apartments were formerly joined as one with a door that's now permanently closed, had its knobs removed, and is hidden behind bookcases for good measure. The building has good thick walls so the ...
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Achieve airtight seal of exterior door

Our balcony door does not seal well, which results in frequent visits from spiders and an increased noise from the outside. I first thought the issue is a gap at the top and bottom (both gaps on the ...
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Making a wall very slightly thicker with gypsum board?

In the flat I'm remodeling, there is a very thin wall, like 6cm thick or so separating two large rooms. It has literally no sound isolation, and is overall very flimsy - it does not help that it is ...
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Remove and seal up old air vents

I recently bought an apartment and have now realised that there are 4 old air vents in the flat that let cold air and noise in. The flat is right outside a restaurant and a pub and it gets super noisy ...
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Build a door frame

We have a back porch about 235 sq ft. the previous owner installed it directly on the 2x4s and purlins. It is extremely noisy. Will removing metal sheets then laying plywood/OSB and felt and ...
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How much better is modern soundproof drywall + resilient channel vs what they did in the 50s? [closed]

Background I have an existing bedroom with an interior wall that already has 1/2" drywall hung in front of another 1/2" of some kind of insulation panel (not asbestos, just cellulose ...
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Concrete legs for sound-proofing bed

I'm currently living on an apartment where: The noise insulation is quite good, BUT You can 'feel' the steps on the apartment underneath, as , I guess, they vibration gets transmitted through the ...
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What's the shear strength of a 5.0 x 50mm wood screw?

I'm going to be installing a decoupled ceiling into wood joists. The system comprises of clips that each take 4 screws. Each 1.2m x 1.2m 36kg plasterboard will be attached to 12 of these clips total. ...
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Would adding sound-dampening insulation to part of a wall help?

We have a square-shaped, corner room that we use as a piano room. The room has doorways into both adjacent interior spaces. One doorway has large French doors with a transom. The other is just open - ...
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Opposing needs: soundproofing a door, constructing a cat door - can both be met?

There is a door we would like to soundproof, or at least insulate phonically to the extent possible: it leads to a narrow open staircase leading to the attic, which is currently a somewhat creaky ...
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Should I block a hole in my door to prevent noise/heat/cold issues? [closed]

I have 3 doors in my house that were modified for our cat to be able to move inside the house when the doors are closed, so we wont have to get up and open them for him all the time (all the doors are ...
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Can Rockwool Insulation be compressed or squished to fit through a 4'' hole and then rexpanded?

I just put in recessed lighting and lost a lot of soundproofing in the room. There is some insulation in the ceiling, but since cutting the holes in the drywall, sound is leaking out like crazy (...
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How do I reduce extreme wind noise in a standing seam roof?

I've noted lots of wind noise from our standing seam panels, a roaring in the metal 'pans' forming the long panels that is, at times, deafening. My question: is there a reasonably effective solution? ...
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Reduce low-frequency noise from nearby rail yard during home renovation and wall (re)construction

Background I live about 350 m from a rail yard. The idling engine are rather noisy. Within my house, only the very low frequencies usually make it through the walls to the living space. I haven't ...
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GE dishwasher sound proofing material

Got a brand new GE dishwasher and its soundproofing wrap is quite thin, you can literally .. see through it (the photo doesn’t capture that) . The material measures around 1-2mm thick. Is this some ...
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Ideas or options for a door in an open stairway [closed]

I found a semi-related post about this, but it doesn't really answer my question. It basically claims a horizontal, wall-mounted barn door could work in a space like below (see images). However, all ...
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Where can I buy 3/4" fine thread drywall screws in Canada? [closed]

I live in Canada, and it's hard to buy stuff here :) Describing my use case a bit here, for my soundproofing in the basement ceiling I'm constructing rockwool + sonopan + resilient channel + 5/8" ...
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Would a box lined with rock wool help to soundproof noisy plumbing? [duplicate]

Context: Old rowhouse with joists running across the structure. Bathroom is on 2nd floor over the kitchen/dining room. Bathroom floor is 4" of concrete + tile. Over the summer, we discovered a ...
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Reducing sound through a vent

There is a vent above our shower that we keep closed all the time. Despite being closed, we can hear everything in a neighbor's kitchen, and they can hear everything in our bathroom. I'd like to ...
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What to use to soundproof the ceiling from footsteps and falling objects?

I would like to soundproof my 60 foot living room from the noises of the upper floor, in particular the noises of footsteps (there is a 5-year-old girl running much time of the day) and falling ...
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Two 5/8 drywall panel on resilient channel RC-1 on ceiling

Can you mount two layers of 5/8 drywall on RC-1 from the ceiling?
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How to mount an attic gable fan to reduce vibration in the rest of the house?

How can I reduce noise and vibration that's transmitted from an an attic gable fan to the rest of the house? Currently, the fan is mounted via screws to studs on the gable. Even when the fan is ...
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Using narrow (25mm-27mm) steel studs for walls

I did some research, watched some videos. All of those shows how to install standard steel studs for walls (50mm-100mm x 50 mm). For ceiling there are more narrow studs, like 60mm x 27mm or 60mm x ...
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How to muffle rain hitting overhanging steel eave?

In order to stop rain soaking in through the walls a narrow 15cm steel eave was added above a couple of windows at my place. It does the job, we no longer get any water entering the building. But, it ...
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Soundproofing wooden server cabinet

I have build a wooden (well, 22mm mdf) cabinet to hold my server, switch etcetera. I wish to soundproof the cabinet as well as possible. Obviously complete proofing is not possible, because it needs ...
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