Archive for May, 2010

The Globe Reopened!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Over in the UK, the famed GLOBE has finally reopened!

After raising thousands for soundproofing, the courts finally agreed that the club owners had done more than enough to dampen the sounds oozing from the venue.

The license for music was returned and the club owner is now ready to start lining up bands and getting things back to normal!

Volunteerism – and Soundproofing?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Schools in the Valley District of Arizona really needed help – and they got it – in the form of cash and time donations from family and neighbors.

Instead of complaining to the township, or to the school board, the members of the cash-strapped school district did something very few others have thought about. They simply banded together to get the jobs that needed doing done.

Example? Two years ago, a group of parents climbed up to the ceiling of one school gymnasium to install soundproofing. Others simply donate items from their homes for use in classrooms. One guy even donated an old car to an autobody class.

If only the rest of the world would catch on to such a great attitude!

Help! The Toilet is Over My Head!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Here’s a funny question from a reader (ok, it’s not really funny). He found himself in a precarious position. His bedroom is located beneath the house’s main bathroom. He can hear not only the sound of flushing but… well… the sound of the business being done to begin with.

Our suggestion? Forget undoing the plumbing in the bathroom. Simply apply some Green Glue and a second layer of drywall to the ceiling in your bedroom. This will provide a sound absorbing barrier and you should hear much less, if anything at all.

Sleeping Easy at the Starwood

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

We know how hard it is to find a really good hotel. If you’re on vacation, you may not feel as picky, but if you constantly travel for business you know how devastating it can be to be deprived of good sleep night after night.

We particularly like the Starwood Hotel and Resort (part of the Sheraton chain) in France. The hotel offers a wide variety of room selections, all with sweet sleeper beds, separate showers, buffet breakfasts, and more.

But what do we like most? The high tech soundproofing materials they used to ensure you are able to be as relaxed as possible in your room. Now that’s service.

Materials 101: Mass Loaded Vinyl

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Mass loaded vinyl is one of the more popular soundproofing materials available for use by the public.

It has benefits and drawbacks, like any other material.

Mass loaded vinyl (MLV) works because it adds density to a surface. The denser, or heavier, a surface is, the harder it is for sound to pass through.

The drawback is that mass loaded vinyl only adds a pound or two of density per square foot, depending on which type you buy. In the end, you aren’t adding very much mass and, as such, you may not have a 100% reduction in sound.

Materials 101: Insulation

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Insulation is yet another material that many people look at when they think about soundproofing.

The problem is that the insulation used in the typical construction project really isn’t very good at absorbing or blocking sound. That’s just not what it is designed to do.

You’re better off using the pink insulation for it’s designated purpose – heating and cooling – and focusing on other materials, like Green Glue damping compound, for soundproofing. You’ll end up with much better results.