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August 4, 2009

Soundproofing with Blankets

Filed under: Soundproofing — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:18 am

Every time we turn around we see something new and innovative popping up in the world of soundproofing. We recently read an article about a company attempting to create new soundproofing blankets – items you can hang on your walls or ceilings from loops sewn into the top of the fiber.

Now, that’s a wonderful idea. But why buy them when you could make them yourself?

All you have to do is measure the area of the surface you want to sound proof. You may opt to hang sound blankets over a window (as a curtain) or you may instead decide to cover an entire wall. Either way, you have the freedom to choose materials that match the decor of your room and you’ll spend a lot less than you would if you had purchased layers of drywall, nails, whisper clips, and other soundproofing materials.

Choose whatever type of material you wish for the exterior – you’re going to have to look at it frequently so make sure it’s eye appealing. Between two layers of your exterior cloth you’ll need to add a middle layer with a heavier textile. If you’d like, you can even add a bit of Green Glue to that textile, allowing it to dry before sewing together your final project.

In the end you’ll have a beautiful home adornment made out of soft materials that will keep sound from bouncing around the room!

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!

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