Archive for the ‘Appliance Soundproofing’ Category

Soundproofing a Shed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Want to put that empty shed in the backyard to good use? We occasionally hear from acoustical artists looking for a quiet place to practice – a place where they won’t disturb family or neighbors. If this is you, and you have an empty shed (or one that can be emptied), you may want to consider soundproofing the shed and then doing your creative work out there.

Soundproofing a shed is pretty easy. All you’ll need to do is apply a layer of Green Glue damping compound to the existing walls and ceiling and then install new drywall over top. Since you’re in a shed, you may want to put a layer of Green Glue on the floor as well, under either drywall or tiles. Before you know it you’ll have you’re own sound absorbing box and your neighbors will never know you’re out there!

Separating Yourself from Noise

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

As with any life situation, reacting emotionally to your sound problems can end up being costly and unproductive. We highly recommend you take a day or two to step back from your noise problems to clear your head before conquering your new project. So how can you do this?

  • Consider going on a mini-vacation for a day or two. Do something relaxing or enjoyable and recharge your emotional batteries.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Use earplugs or a while nose machine if you are able to stay a home to do so. Consider staying at the house of a friend or family member for a night as well.
  • Come to terms with the way you feel about the cause of the noise. If, for example, the noise is being caused by a neighbor you’ll want to put your negative feelings aside so that you can have a civil conversation with him before you take soundproofing action.

Taking the time to separate yourself from your noise problems will give you a clear mindset. You’ll be better able to attack your soundproofing project without wasting money on a hastily put together project created out of desperation!

Does Your Car Wake the Neighbors?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Do you have an old clunker of a car that makes so much noise even you can’t stand to drive it? Does coming home late at night mean waking up the household or – worse – your neighbors? If so, you might want to consider soundproofing your car.

Now let’s be real. The idea of soundproofing your car does not mean you’re going to end up with a silent, stealth vehicle. What it does mean is that you’ll be able to significantly cut down on the amount of noise your automobile makes – perhaps saving you from the nasty glances around the kitchen table in the morning.

Sound proofing a vehicle is easy, too. All you have to do is get some mass loaded vinyl and contact cement. Remove the current hoodliner, clean it carefully, and once it has dried glue a piece of mass loaded vinyl cut to size under the hood.  If your car is really noisy you can repeat the process with the headliner inside your passenger cabin – just make sure you save the original headliner to reinstall over the mass loaded vinyl for aesthetic purposes.

We understand what it means to have a reliable old car despite the noise it makes. Take a few steps to soundproof your vehicle and you’ll be able to keep her even longer.

Soundproofing the Air Conditioner

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Not all of us are as warm blooded as the rest. As your body temperature rises with the warm weather you may find it necessary to kick on the air conditioner while your cool-blooded neighbors are still content with the windows open. So what do you do when your air conditioner fan turns on and makes noises that disturb the neighbors?

In most cases you will find that you cannot build a box around the air conditioning unit. The reason for this is because the air conditioner needs air in order to function properly. What you can do, however, is build a fence or wall around the sides of your air conditioner and include absorbing materials on the inside that will form a sound barrier. The fence or wall will really only need to go around three sides of the air conditioner and will only need to be about 6 inches taller than the air conditioner itself to be effective.

Use latticework for the exterior, apply mass loaded vinyl or some other soundproofing material to the inside, and plant some flowers or plants on the outside. You’ll not only cut down on noise but have an eye appealing addition to your landscape!

Soundproofing a Pool Pump

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Summer is right around the corner and that means dozens of you will be opening your pools if you haven’t done so already. On those warm summer nights we love sleeping with the windows open to enjoy the breeze but then something dreadful happens. The pool pump turns on.

Most pool pumps, regardless of whether they’re attached to filters, waterfalls, swim jets or anything else, are going to make noise. The standard pump has vibration pads attached to the feet but once they’re installed on a concrete surface there’s no telling how much noise the pumps will make.

A common solution to this problem is the building of a soundproof box to cover the pump equipment. You will, of course, need to build the box out of soundproof materials, including mass loaded vinyl, and you’ll want to use acoustical caulk to ensure there are absolutely no gaps in the box.

Trust us when we say that covering your pool pumps is the way to go. It’s cheaper than soundproofing your entire home and, to be honest, your neighbors will appreciate your efforts as well!