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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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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How should I stick acoustic foams on the walls?

I am a trained opera singer. I just moved into a single family house. I had a concern about the noise because the neighbors were not far away and I usually practice in the evening after work. Luckily, ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...