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 soundproof my vaulted townhouse wall?

I want to soundproof my wall. In fact, it's this wall: I know, right? It would probably be an enormous task, but I really want to get it soundproofed because I have a neighbor on the other side and ...
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My neighbor keeps complaining about my music. How to soundproof my apartment?

I live in an old apartment building and the walls are thin. This is a problem because I love to listen to music -- sometimes at odd hours of the night. Yes, I can be an asshole in this way. But my ...
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How can I fix the noise level in my home?

When anyone walks above me in our two level home it sounds like a herd of elephants stomping through. Is there any way to fix this?
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How can I temporarily soundproof my apartment ceiling?

Currently I'm living in an apartment that has poor soundproofing. My upstairs neighbors get up at 4:30 am to go to work. They have two dogs. So there's a lot of noise between 4:30 am and 5 am. Like ...
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What are some cost-effective tips for reducing external sound from entering a room?

I have a small office room that shares a wall with our living room. When we have guests over, their voices travel fairly well; they sound somewhat muffled but are still audible. As I work from home ...
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How can I sound proof bathroom walls?

I'm trying to figure out the best, least intrusive way of sound proofing the walls of a bathroom. The bathroom shares a wall with my bedroom, and my 3 yea old's bedroom. The main problem is the sound ...
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What products should I use to add sound insulation to a party wall?

My bedroom shares a wall with my neighbours bathroom and I would like to add some sound proofing to my side of the wall. Can anyone recommend any particular products? The wall is brick and does not ...
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What windows should be used to soundproof from traffic noise?

I am having a house built by a builder. On my contract, it is specified that 'Sound Attenuating' windows would be installed. This is important as the house backs up to a busy road which provides a ...
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How to soundproof a wall between two apartments in a 1950s NYC structure?

I'm hoping someone might have a suggestion about the best way to soundproof my bedroom wall that is adjacent to my neighbor's living room. It is an apartment that I own in a coop building in NYC that ...
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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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How to make my room sound proof

I want to convert my room into sound proof room, as I watch movie on my PC. I want to have a theater like effect so that I can watch at high volume.
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What economical ways exist to dampen floor vibration on top floor apartment?

I live in a top floor apartment which is above the garage (open air, really just a lot). The unit is at the end of the building; the apartment is held up by columns. The building was built around the ...
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Would covering walls with a sound absorbing foam reduce the transmission of medium-high frequency fan noise?

I have recently purchased a server-grade computer, which works great, however, it is now audible even through a closed door. It is in a separate room, so I am thinking what are the best ways of ...
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how to achieve a reduction of noise of -60 dB in as little thickness as possible of insulation material?

I am looking into materials to acoustically insulate a room, and I need to do it in as little thickness of the material as possible. I found something called Balterio which is a 3 mm thick stuff sold ...
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How do I sound-proof a bathroom?

I think most people would agree that sound proofing a bathroom is a swell idea. Since bathrooms are special rooms (high humidity), what are some tips and techniques you can use to sound proof one ...
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Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?

I am in the market to buy two large ceiling fans to cycle air within and potentially cool my master bedroom. The room is about 16x27 feet, and it gets pretty hot during spring, summer, and early fall. ...
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Can I put acoustical putty *inside* the electrical box rather than around the outside?

For soundproofing applications, they make acoustical putty that you put around the electrical box. However, what if you can't get behind the electrical box? In my case, I have a wall floating on hat ...
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How can I determine the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating for my condo walls and ceiling?

I work out of my condominium and generally like to have music playing throughout the day. A few nights every week I work late, sometimes until after midnight, so I'm thinking about soundproofing my ...
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Soundproofing a room from outside traffic noise and vibrations

I need to soundproof a room to prevent traffic noise (not honks, but engines etc). How can I approach this?
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How can I reduce street noise behind my house?

My house backs up to a street, with 3 lanes in both directions. Even though there is a good 30 feet from the back fence to the road, the street noise can get pretty loud during peak traffic times. I'...
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How to isolate street noise from the garden?

I am helping a friend rebuilding an house he recently bought. One of the issues with it is that he only has a front garden and its in a very busy street, with cars. It would be nice to reduce that ...
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Soundproofing my bedroom door

What are the ways that I can use to soundproof my door so as whenever it closes it gives the maximum possible sound reduction (depending on the door, I know walls etc play a big part as-well but ...
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Why does my house carry sound so much?

My home is a 1100sqft, single story home and it carries sound very far and clearly. It make the house 'loud'. When I sneeze loud I hear a high pitch echo. Voices seem to be amplified and with a ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...