Archive for April, 2010

Materials 101: Windows

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Here’s a huge soundproofing myth regarding materials you’ll want to avoid, if you can. Believe it or not, while your windows are a HUGE contributor when it comes to noise, you don’t need to run out and replace them.

Why?

Simply adding a second layer of glass, creating an insulated 1-inch gap between the layers, is actually more effective than dual pane glass or “soundproof” glass.

Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton of money replacing your house to get good soundproofing results. You just have to work smart.

Materials 101: Sheetrock

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Here’s something you may be interested in knowing:

Sheetrock lined with lead makes an excellent sound barrier.

Most lead lined sheetrock had 1/8 inch of #2 lead on the side that faces in towards your studs. It’s great for reducing noise, but there’s a problem.

It’s crazy expensive.

We’re talking anywhere from $125 to $250 per piece. Compare that to the price of some drywall and some extra Green Glue and you’ll see a huge difference right away. It’s not worth the money!

What about Sonex?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Sonex Acoustical Panels are one of our favorite soundproofing materials, right after Green Glue, of course. The following video shows just how simple it is to install Sonex panels – and why they’re important for use in a recording studio environment.

Soundproofing a Vehicle Door

Friday, April 16th, 2010

While browsing the web we came across an interesting. A WJ lover was looking to soundproof a single door because someone had removed the original soundproofing.

Soundproofing a vehicle door is easy. Remove the top panel (the part you see), layer the inside with mass loaded vinyl, and close the door back up. You’ll find the mass loaded vinyl blocks sound and the interior will become significantly quieter almost immediately!

Installing Green Glue is Easy!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

We’ve spoken a lot about Green Glue on this blog, but we know you’re still a bit apprehensive. Today we want to share a short video outlining exactly how easy it is to install a sheet of Green Glue with a new layer of drywall. You won’t believe your eyes!

The Scatz Nightclub is Saved

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

A Middleton, Wisconsin nightclub known as the Scatz was feared doomed. Guests at a nearby hotel continuously called in noise complaints and, at one point, the nightclub was deemed a chronic nuisance.

As a chronic nuisance, the city held the right to bill the club for each time it had to send police to the establishment. The club just agreed to spend $85,000 on additional soundproofing measures, hopefully cutting down on the number of calls and complaints.

Neuces County Courthouse Remodeled

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The Neuces County Courthouse, located in Corpus Christi, Florida, recently underwent a series of remodeling efforts. The courtrooms had been in their current state since they were originally built in the late 70′s. They desperately needed improvements.

The 8 courtrooms in question, along with the jury rooms, were all renovated. They received new electrical outlets, paneling, carpeting, and paint as well as new lighting systems. And – you know we love it – they all received new soundproofing.

Soundproofing a Door with Slats

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The other day we saw a question on a form about soundproofing a door with open slats. According to the writer, it sounds as if there may as well not be a door to the room at all. The noise is unbearable to anyone trying to sleep inside.

Our suggestion? All the soundproofing in the world won’t change the fact that the door has slats. The cheapest and most effective alternative would be to simply replace the door with something more solid so that sound can’t pass through as easily. You can always put the original doors back up before you move out.

What would you do?