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July 30, 2014

Soundproofing Mistakes to Avoid – Part 2

Filed under: Soundproofing Don'ts — Deborah Dera @ 7:06 am

sound3A couple of weeks ago we talked about some critical soundproofing mistakes you really want to avoid. Here we are again with a few more to consider, and they’re just as important as the first set.

Avoid Getting Even with Your Neighbors

Aside from the really arrogant guy living upstairs, did you realize that most people have no idea how much noise they’re even making?  Don’t let your anger fester until you hate the neighbor you used to love. Instead, try knocking on his door and having a civil conversation. A great number of problems can be solved civilly (and inexpensively).

Buying Super Cheap Materials

Cheaper isn’t always better, especially when it comes to soundproofing. Even at a home improvement store, the cheaper stuff isn’t necessarily going to be good just because it’s there. Versatile materials like Green Glue can do a lot to solve your problems and aren’t too expensive; but they are time tested and most people will vouch for the effectiveness of a product like this.   (more…)

November 4, 2009

Egg Crates are NOT Good for Soundproofing

Filed under: Soundproofing Don'ts — admin @ 5:18 am

We’ve talked about using egg crates in a soundproofing project on this blog before but we want to bring this subject up one more time. Please remember that egg crates do NOT make great sound proofing material.

The thought is that the distinct design of an egg crate will cause sound waves to bounce around, making them unable penetrate the crates and cause noise in the space you are protecting. What most people forget, however, is that egg crates, whether they are foam or cardboard, are made of an incredibly porous material. No matter what you do, sound is going to pass through.

The other day we read an interesting article about using a combination of egg crates, balled up newspaper, and duct tape to soundproof a room. This combination of materials doesn’t even sound like it would be effective – and for good reason. Avoid this type of material at all costs!

November 2, 2009

Soundproofing Don’ts: Hiring a Consultant

Filed under: Soundproofing Don'ts — admin @ 7:18 am

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they first start to think about soundproofing is to hire an acoustical consultant. In most cases, an acoustical consultant will only tell you things that, with a little reasearch, you could have easily figured out on your own.

Don’t get us wrong. If you’re sick, too busy, want a super soundproof acoustic studio, or really don’t understand what you need to do than you may need to hire one. The problem is that your soundproofing consultant is going to follow a set systematic pattern as he reviews your home – something you could easily do yourself. You don’t need an acoustical consultant to crawl around your house or sit outside to determine noise sources.

Besides, acoustical consultants charge huge hourly fees. Your time is, for the most part, free.

June 25, 2009

Soundproofing Don’ts: Mattresses

Filed under: Soundproofing Don'ts — Tags: , — admin @ 8:22 am

Today we’re going to take a look at another huge “DON’T” when it comes to soundproofing. Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to soundproof a room in your home by nailing old mattresses to the wall. It’s a myth – it’s a mistake – and it doesn’t work. Plus – it looks terrible!

Ok, so the theory behind wanting to use old mattresses may seem a bit logical. They’re thick, so some people think the mattresses will add insulation. The problem is that there is no feasible way of sealing the mattresses together to ensure that no sound was able to pass through a seam or open edge.

To make matters worse, the mattresses you nail to the wall will eventually start to smell pretty bad. No expert will ever recommend nailing a mattress to the wall, nor will anyone with any level of soundproofing knowledge. If you want to soundproof your room you’ll need to invest in a better material (and one that’s a bit more eye appealing) like mass loaded vinyl.

June 23, 2009

Soundproofing Don’ts: Egg Crates

Filed under: Soundproofing Don'ts — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:22 am

We certainly understand the desire to save money when attempting to soundproof your home. Unfortunately, the moment you choose your soundproofing materials is not the time to worry about how much money you’re going to spend. Even still, we’ve heard of individuals making some pretty interesting (and useless) material choices thinking they’re going to save in the process.

One such mistake is the incorporation of egg crates into the soundproofing process. While it may seem like egg crates would make a gerat sound proofing material they really don’t. They’re soft and pliable and are meant to do one thing only – protect the eggs they’re carrying. The material used to make egg crates is very porous and sound can easily travel through.

So, yes – you may hear rumors about egg crates making great soundproofing materials. Try to ignore them. Instead save your money and buy some proper materials from the start. Otherwise you’ll just end up spending more to buy the right materials later on down the line!

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