Sound proofing

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bikerbill77

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Joined: 08/08/11

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I'm looking to sound proof a room in my house. What are some good options.
(note) I don't want to glue a bunch of stuff to they walls as it's a new house and may end up moving the stuff to a larger room later.

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I'm looking to sound proof a room in my house. What are some good options.
(note) I don't want to glue a bunch of stuff to they walls as it's a new house and may end up moving the stuff to a larger room later.

Razbo

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Joined: 03/02/09

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I've looked into this a bit as I progressively convert my workshop to a studio. Sound "proofing" will be quite expensive, so you should pick your room now. You can get started with a second layer of drywall with offset joints. Fill in the windows (or buy expensive sound proof ones. ...doors, too), locate and treat every crack, crevace and join... Expensive.

Try this: Put a stereo in a room with a door. Turn it on, and close the door. Now crack the door open. Your decible leak just tripled! This is the kind of thing you are up against. Any untreated location (crack, uninsulated joist, etc) will let sound out.

You can get some good results with sound "reduction". Since you need to take your sound'proofing' back down with minimal damage to the structure, you could use 4 x 8 sheets of Sonopan and a half dozen screws to hold it in place. Or cartons of ceiling tile would also work.

It's not sound proof, but I know via SPL decible readings that I can reduce sound leaks by 20% here, 30% there, just with a little attention to the "weakspots". It is an accumulative result. Everything you do helps.

I only know what I have read and happened to have tried myself, so I will also be interested if anyone has any good ideas. Especially for doors, windows, and vents.
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.

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I've looked into this a bit as I progressively convert my workshop to a studio. Sound "proofing" will be quite expensive, so you should pick your room now. You can get started with a second layer of drywall with offset joints. Fill in the windows (or buy expensive sound proof ones. ...doors, too), locate and treat every crack, crevace and join... Expensive.

Try this: Put a stereo in a room with a door. Turn it on, and close the door. Now crack the door open. Your decible leak just tripled! This is the kind of thing you are up against. Any untreated location (crack, uninsulated joist, etc) will let sound out.

You can get some good results with sound "reduction". Since you need to take your sound'proofing' back down with minimal damage to the structure, you could use 4 x 8 sheets of Sonopan and a half dozen screws to hold it in place. Or cartons of ceiling tile would also work.

It's not sound proof, but I know via SPL decible readings that I can reduce sound leaks by 20% here, 30% there, just with a little attention to the "weakspots". It is an accumulative result. Everything you do helps.

I only know what I have read and happened to have tried myself, so I will also be interested if anyone has any good ideas. Especially for doors, windows, and vents.
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.

hrandersoniii

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Joined: 01/31/11

Posts: 160

Had and old room

Had an old room at the building where I had my Screen Printing company. It was soundproofed by the folks that had the building before me. They operated a radio station there and that is where they did advertisements and stuff.
What they did was they had put up studs on the walls, filled the gaps between the studs with "egg carrier" foam. The foam can be bought from Dollar General and it is called a "Bed Mattress Top". Then there was 1/2 inch plywood walls connected to the studs. The walls had carpet tacked to the plywood.
We had a hell of a time tearing that stuff out.. is why I know what they did to it... But, you couldn't hear ANYTHING outside of that room.. not even the circular saws that were going to gut the room.

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Had and old room

Had an old room at the building where I had my Screen Printing company. It was soundproofed by the folks that had the building before me. They operated a radio station there and that is where they did advertisements and stuff.
What they did was they had put up studs on the walls, filled the gaps between the studs with "egg carrier" foam. The foam can be bought from Dollar General and it is called a "Bed Mattress Top". Then there was 1/2 inch plywood walls connected to the studs. The walls had carpet tacked to the plywood.
We had a hell of a time tearing that stuff out.. is why I know what they did to it... But, you couldn't hear ANYTHING outside of that room.. not even the circular saws that were going to gut the room.