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January 26, 2016

Air Conditioner Soundproofing

Filed under: Soundproofing Appliances — Deborah Dera @ 7:23 am

air conditionerA noisy air conditioner can quickly ruin a fun summer day or night. It is an annoying sound that can also scare pets and drive children crazy. However, air conditioners are a requirement in some locations because of the heat. During the spring and summer, the noise coming from air conditioners drives many people to ask about soundproofing.

Despite manufacturers’ claims that modern air conditioners are less noisy, the owners know the truth. They are still loud and can be heard all over the house. Your closed windows can block some of the sound, but you are confronted by the noise the minute you walk into your yard. In addition, your neighbors can hear it and may be annoyed by it. Soundproofing can help you keep the peace with your neighbors. (more…)

July 21, 2009

Is it Safe to Soundproof a Generator?

Filed under: Soundproofing Appliances — Tags: — admin @ 7:19 am

Those if you who use either gasoline or diesel powered generators frequently know how important it is to your own health and safety to make sure they’re used in a well-ventilated area. That does not, however, mean that you have to live with the noise your generator creates. You’ll just have to be a bit more creative about the method you use for soundproofing.

The first step is to create a box to enclose the generator. Unlike some of the other enclosures we’ve discussed previously, you can NOT use wood to create a box for a generator. You will have to find an alternative to wood such as soundboard or some sort of medium density fiberboard.

Make sure the box has holes on the top and on the bottom of the sides for proper ventilation. If you attach ducting to the holes you can guide the ventilation as far away from the box as possible.

Once constructed, all you need to do in order to soundproof your generator box is coat the insides with Green Glue and seal the seams of the box with acoustical caulk.

Suddenly, your generator will produce less sound and your neighbors won’t be as aggravated when you start doing work that requires the use of your little noise-producer!

July 15, 2009

Can I Soundproof My Boat?

If you’re lucky enough to have a speedboat, yacht, or cabin cruiser than you’ll probably want to take the time to soundproof the interior just a little bit. Who wants to be aroused from a seaborne nap in the cabin by the sound of the incredibly loud marine diesel engine or by the sound of the waves slapping on the side of the hull? Why not enjoy your time on the sea as much as possible?

Soundproofing a boat is easier than you might think. The main source of noise is, of course, the engine compartment. With that in mind you’ll want to adhere some mass loaded vinyl to the inside walls of the engine compartment. You can get it to stick by using some sort of contact cement or, for added effect, another acoustical product like Green Glue. Whatever you do, make sure the products you choose to use are waterproof.

To finish off the project you’ll simply have to apply some acoustical caulk around the seams and perimeter of the vinyl. Make sure you let your work dry completely before putting the boat in the water. The soundproofing effects garnered by just this little bit of work will prove astounding.

July 8, 2009

Is it Possible to Soundproof a Car?

Filed under: Soundproofing Appliances — Tags: — admin @ 7:48 am

Hundreds upon thousands of people spend hours every day sitting in their cars. While some of us enjoy rolling down the windows and blasting the radios, others prefer to ride in complete silence – enjoying the time alone. Sadly, those who really want to enjoy their ride in quiet usually have to deal with the sound leaking from the car’s engine compartment into the passenger area. So can this sound be reduced?

Believe it or not, it is possible to sound proof your car if you don’t already have a top-of-the-line model with soundproofing features built in. You’ll start by removing the hood liner you have in place and then follow by cutting a piece of mass loaded vinyl that is the same size. Make sure you clean the underside of the hood and let it dry before applying some contact cement to both the hood and the vinyl. When the cement becomes tacky you’ll apply the mass loaded vinyl directly to the hood.

It may seem strange to sound proof a vehicle but you’ll immediately notice a significant reduction in the amount of sound escaping from the engine compartment. Try it for yourself. We guarantee you’ll be impressed with the results!

July 3, 2009

Soundproofing Your Computer

Filed under: Soundproofing Appliances — Tags: , — admin @ 7:51 am

Do you have an old computer that makes a ton of noise? Believe it or not, you can soundproof your computer as well and the process is incredibly simple.

You’ll start by opening your computer so that you can work with the CPU case or cover. You’ll want to take a small amount of mass loaded vinyl and glue it to the inside of the case so that it covers as much area as possible. It is important to make sure that you do NOT cover the areas that usually allow your processor ventilation system to work. Take a piece of vinyl and glue it to the bottom of your computer case as well (on the inside or outside).

Before you know it you will have drastically reduced the amount of noise your computer makes. Just make sure you are carefully when taking your computer apart so that you don’t cause a static charge that will damage your processor. If you are nervous about working with your computer ask something with a bit of technical experience to help you take it apart. Better safe than sorry!

July 1, 2009

Soundproofing the Aquarium Pump

Filed under: Soundproofing Appliances — Tags: — admin @ 7:46 am

Let’s face it – some of us are more sensitive than others. The sound of your aquarium pump may be a bit louder than you expected but, believe it or not, you can take care of the problem very easily if you understand the soundproofing basics. You have two options.

The first option is to create a soundproof blanket to wrap the pump. You can use a material like mass loaded vinyl and add some velcro so that it stays around the pump. Keep in mind, though, that this technique will only work if you have a pump that does not need air in order to function.

Your second option is to build a small, soundproof box that will enclose the pump. The problem here is that wood transmits sound so you’ll have to soundproof the box itself by adding a soundproofing material (again, like mass loaded vinyl) to the inside of the box.

To finish off the project, take a piece of the vinyl and use it to line the pedestal on which your aquarium sits. This will ensure that your entire aquarium system is operating as quietly as possible. It’s healthier for your fish and your sanity!

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