Archive for July, 2013

How to Soundproof a Boiler Room

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Soundproofing a boiler room may not seem like a big deal to most people. They’re primarily located in large office buildings, shopping malls, and industrial complexes, right? Well, most of the time, but what about condominiums, townhouses, and apartment buildings? They all have boiler rooms, and if you should happen to be in a unit hear the room, you may be surprised at how loud it can be.

Oddly, this video has no sound, but you can see some pictures of different boiler room and the ways they were soundproofed. Our recommendation is still to use Green Glue and dry wall, but you may not have that luxury in an unfinished or concrete area. Check it out.

A Car with No Soundproofing?

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Fifteen years ago, the folks at Volkswagen set a challenge for themselves. They wanted to build a car that can travel 235 miles per gallon. Today, they’re tinkering with the most futuristic car – probably in the world – and it gets a whopping 261 miles per gallon so far.

The prototype of the VW XL1 was first driven back in 2002 when Dr. Ferdinand Piech drove it on down to the shareholders meeting. Granted, that ride was likely less than pleasant thanks to the nose the prototype was probably making.

Regardless, 13 years later, the hybrid that focuses on diesel and electric is preparing to hit production lines for a limited run.

To be honest, the concept scares me a little bit. The miles per gallon is stellar, despite being actually unrealistic for a car undergoing normal use. Despite that, you’ll still end up getting far more miles per gallon than you would in any other car.

The car only seats two people and it has very limited storage space. In other words, you’re not taking it on a long road trip and you’re probably not picking anyone up from the airport.

Part of the reason the MPG number is so good is the vehicle’s weight. Made of carbon fiber materials, the entire car weighs in at only 1,753 pounds.

And the part that makes us sad? When the car switches from electric to diesel, you hear a really loud grinding noise. I guess you can’t properly soundproof a car you want to be as light as humanly possible.

I don’t think I’ll be taking a ride in one anytime soon. Will you?