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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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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What is the best way to soundproof a small workshop [duplicate]

I have a dedicated room that can be turned into a small wood-workshop, but noise is a big concern. The expected noise level is around 110 decibels and I would like to achieve around 50-60-decibel ...
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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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sound proofing space limited

I've read a lot about soundproofing and sound absorption. But this is a real life scenario. I have a three-bedroom two-and-a-half bath house. The carport has been made into additional bedroom / studio ...
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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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In order to soundproof the noise from outside, how to install studwork on concrete walls and ceiling? How to fix stud on the walls and ceiling?

This video demonstrate how to build a stud wall. My room looks like the following image, concrete walls and ceiling In order to soundproof the noise from outside, how to install studwork on concrete ...
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Is the wood part ceiling joist

per wiki, A joist is a horizontal structural member used in framing to span an open space, often between beams that subsequently transfer loads to vertical members. This tutorial mentions ceiling ...
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Is the following image the section of a Resilient channel?

per this post, Resilient channel is a thin metal channel that is intelligently designed to substantially improve the sound insulation of drywall, sheetrock, plasterboard walls and ...
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Is there an exsiting complete soundproof tutorialfor bedroom?

I am trying to soundproofing my bedroom, from outside noise. my bedroom is inside a apartments building that looks like the following image (img_1) where hundreds of people lives in there. I ...
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Exterior Wall - Stacking Fiberglass insulation and Mineral Wool insulation

I am in the process of finishing my unfinished basement and had a question about stacking insulation. When framing the basement we realized we have alot of areas which have about 6~ inches of extra ...
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Specific tiling for washing machine closet?

I am planing to install a washing machine in a closet. There is currently a fitted carpet in this ca. 2 m² closet. To avert consequences a plausible leak/overflow, I want to replace the fitted carpet ...
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Is there any material capable of cancelling low frequencies sounds like a thunder (60Hz)?

I was thinking in materials for a Dog Kennel, to prect it during storms and also fireworks. I know there are a lot of materials to reduce noise, but I've also read is very difficult to reduce low ...
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Will nailing vinyl over my wall ruin the paint over time?

I have some noisy neighbors and my landlord has given me permission to nail mass loaded vinyl over the offending window. The vinyl will remain in place for about 6 months. Is there any risk that over ...
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Sound coming from lower floor to upper floor

I am a new homeowner and this is my first post to this group. We were living in leased apartment before this and now moved to a two floor house. The problem is if my husband is working in the kitchen ...
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Removing sound dampening windows for cleaning

I have sound dampening windows in my new home. They follow the style of the other windows. So while most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary ...
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Wall sound proofing - hanging rows of sound proof “curtains”

The building's structure is concrete, as is the floor/roof. The wall to my neighbor is brick; so a lot of noise comes through - TVs, crying babies etc. I've seen a number of options for constructing ...
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Is there a way I can soundproof an exterior apartment door from outside noise?

Its made of steel but hollow (though I'm not sure if completely hollow or if it has divisions like cells) with zero sound absorption. I already weatherproofed it with foam strips, but even then every ...
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Can I nail mass loaded vynl onto plywood?

I have sheets of plywood nailed outside the windows, will it be possible to sandwich 1/8" thick mass loaded vinyl in between the plywood that is already there and another piece of plywood? If it is, ...
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Noise transmission characteristics of dome structures?

Is a dome structure (e.g. geodome or binishell) more or less likely to transmit inside noise to the outside world, compared to the usual parallelepiped structure, at equal other conditions (same ...
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Can I use a simple wood spacer for double glazed glass inserts in interior french door?

I am building a home office and and want to modestly sound insulate the office from the living room. I want to make a custom pair of french doors with two sets of double glazed glass (1/2" spaced ...
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Would EVA foam under the carpet (for sound proofing) be a fire risk?

I'd like to put some EVA foam under the carpet (above the floorboards) on the first floor bedroom of my house, to dampen the sound of foot steps. The fire safety building regulations (section B2) say ...
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Would towels under floorboards (for sound proofing) be a fire risk?

I saw a video on YouTube that suggests that layers of towels are actually the best sound insulation. I'm thinking about putting folded towels in between the joists under the floorboards on the first ...
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Will noise be an issue when joining two rooms with a circulating fan?

The plan is to join two adjacent rooms with an exhaust fan. One has air conditioner, the other does not. A handyman will drill a square hole into the wall, and then attach the fan. The goal is to cool ...
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How to insulate the inside of a door

I am building a sliding door with a frame made of 2x2s covered with plywood panels on each side. I would like to make it reasonably soundproof and was planning on filling the void with some insulation ...
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Green Glue with wall tiles for soundproofing?

Wall Tiles https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B016UPADF0/ I'm thinking of adding soundproofing to my home's bedroom using these tiles and Green Glue. There is only 1 shared wall + door between this bedroom and ...
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Solid door on top of hollow apartment door to reduce outside noise?

To reduce hallway noise I'd like to replace my hollow apartment door with a solid one, but I'm renting and can't do that (I tried mass loaded vinyl, movers blankets, etc.; it's not enough). So I'm ...

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