Archive for May, 2010

Soundproofing on a Budget: Drywall

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Times are a bit tough right now, and we certainly understand how difficult it can be to figure out how to soundproof your home if you are on a budget. If you absolutely can’t afford to buy soundproofing materials, consider doing the job with some drywall. It won’t be as effective, but it’ll certainly help.

Here’s a brief video talking about how to install drywall for a soundproofing project.

Waiting for the Imperial

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

It’s a story we’ve heard time and time again:

The Imperial will be reopening soon.

Yea. Right.

Apparently the owner of the Imperial Hotel, Shadd Danesi, claims the hotspot will be reopening soon. He says he’s trying to make sure his soundproofing is perfect so as not to disturb neighbors.

The story is getting old.

He needs to get some Green Glue, get the job done, and reopen.

Perhaps before all of the club’s fans find another place to party.

Sheraton Hotels: Quiet Retreats

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Just an FYI, but if you’re incredibly sensitive to noise you’re going to want to find a hotel that specializes in offering the quietest experience possible. We recently stumbled upon some information about a series of Sherton Hotels, also known as Starwood Hotels, that promise just that.

Most of these hotel rooms, located around the world, come with standard amenities, like sweet sleeper beds, high speed internet, and buffet breakfasts. What you’ll really enjoy, however, is the “high tech soundproofing” materials they used when designing the hotels. This is one place where a good night’s sleep is almost guaranteed.

Dorm Room Woes: Water Pipes

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

We recently had a request from a reader asking how to soundproof a dorm room from the sound of water flowing through pipes. This poor college student must’ve gotten the room closest to the public bathrooms.

Your options are really limited considering you can’t make permanent changes to a dorm room wall. You could consider losely hanging some mass loaded vinyl or some heavy drapes, or you could consider getting yourself a sound machine or some other source of white noise.

Don’t do anything permanent. It’ll end up costing you time and money when you move out.

Soundproofing Materials: Insulation

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

One of the greatest misconceptions amongst those not familiar with soundproofing is that insulation can effectively block sound.

Let’s clarify this point. Insulation can act as a soundproofing material, but only in the sense that it slightly dulls the noise you are trying to block. The pink insulation that goes inside your walls during construction will never stop sound as well as a real soundproof product.

Sure, you need insulation to keep your house warm, but if you have a sound problem you’re going to need something more.

Soundproofing Materials: Vinyl

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Vinyl is one of the most often used soundproofing materials availble, probably second only to Green Glue. Also known as Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV), the material works based upon the principle that sound can not pass through dense surfaces.

But here’s the problem. Mass loaded vinyl adds a little bit off mass to a surface, but only a pound or two per square foot. Consider a bad sound problem, and that doesn’t seem like nearly enough to get the job done right.

What do you think?