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Soundproofing air purifier and air purification units

USING AN AIR PURIFIER AS AN ACCESSORY TO YOUR SOUNDPROOFING JOB.

Click for Fresh Air videoSoundproofing a space usually means reducing airflow through the enclosed area. This can bring up other problems as ventilation is reduced. The very nature of sound control is to reduce spaces, gaps and crevices that cause “Sound Leaks”. Closing off those spaces can reduce needed airflow for proper ventilation and cause stuffiness and intensify odors. Certain areas have special problems such as moisture buildup as in basements and heat, as in attics. Putting a number of people into these places adds to the potential to spread germs and increase odor problems.

The answer is to carefully plan on how necessary ventilation is to be achieved.

One way to bring needed air into the room is with a simple air mover like a blower. A cold air outlet is built in the walls or ceiling to move the air out of the room, creating air movement across the open space. Carefully designing the inlet and outlet will reduce the likelihood of such opening will pass much sound. An air conditioner can be used if heating or cooling is needed.

A large advance over older air purification technology which must move the air through it’s filters, a ion generating air purifier goes out to eliminate odor, kill germs, virus’ and other nastys in your air. It can be portable, stand alone or built into your air ducting.

Imagine a technology of cleaning the air you breathe that’s totally different from filters or cover-ups. Purification systems are used by hospitals to disinfect bacteria laden air, by restaurants to eliminate cigarette smoke, and by hotels to remove odors from rooms.

These purifiers have a place in any closed space such as cars and trucks to eliminate smog and carbon monoxide odors, in RV’s where cooking odor can linger and long haul trucks and buses.

We recommend the “Eco-Quest” Air Purifier – ECO-QUEST “AirBuddy” – The AirBuddy” battery powered unit is a personal air purifier one can take on a plane or other closed public places, even the theatre.

as the best on the market, far outpacing other imitators in quality and performance.

Compact & Effective…

Most viruses and bacteria measure between 0.04 and 3 microns in size. The technology in the Fresh Air Buddy has been confirmed by world authorities in health-related aerosol studies to significantly reduce particles in the 0.04 to 3 micron range. Add to that the substantial inhalation risk reductions which have been confirmed under strict laboratory conditions in confined spaces (aircraft cabin simulations), and large test calibration chambers (rooms), and you begin to see how effective the Fresh Air Buddy can be. Most germs, smoke, dust, allergens, odors, molds, perfumes, and pollen are repelled away from you and your breathing zone, giving you cleaner, fresher air to breathe – wherever you may be.*
* Fresh Air Buddy is most effective in indoor environments when the wearer is standing or sitting upright. Outdoor conditions or other positions such as lying down will reduce or eliminate the benefits of wearing a Fresh Air Buddy.

Attic Soundproofing & Soundproofing in an Attic

Using Attic Insulation for Sound Control

House1.wmf (1304 bytes)“How do you know if the attic needs soundproofing insulation?” You ask Robby.

“Previously, insulation of the attic was done for thermal reasons, to keep the house more cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Just as important is the acoustical benefits of insulation. If your present house is drafty and suffers wide temperature changes, adding insulation is a practical solution. Up to 30% of the heat or cooling can be lost through the attic in a poorly insulated attic.

Half can be lost through conduction, the other half through air leakage around fixtures, plumbing, electrical boxes and so on. This can cost you several hundreds of dollars a year, depending on where you live. Lately, lots more emphasis has been placed on the acoustical properties of sealing the attic”. Robby answers.

“How much insulation is enough and what about the cost?”

“Well, R-34 is a reasonable level, but R-40 is the standard for new homes in cold climes. New materials on the market improve the acoustics without sacrificing thermal qualities. But, just think, you can reduce the 50% losses yourself, right now, by properly caulking up around cracks and holes! This amounts to real dollar savings and raises the comfort level in the home. During hot days, high amounts of heat is trapped in the attic, migrating into the living areas. This high heat can also damage the wood in your house, causing premature replacement of structural members”. Sealing also reduces noise migration either into or out of the house, too.

He continues:

“The true direct cost has to be determined and payback figured by the cost of fuel and/or electricity in your area versus the reduction in heat loss. Usually these things pay for themselves in a short period of time”.

“Can I do it myself?”

“Sure. This is not a difficult job and certainly within the range of work any handy person. But it’s not a pleasant job. It’s messy and can be cramping. Where the insulation can be blown in, little can be saved by doing it yourself. Using a contractor who specializes in this is the best choice. Be sure to get several written quotes. Find out how much the material will cost you to buy and subtract that from the lowest quote, then you can see what you’ll save in labor by doing it yourself”.

“Don’t forget the soundproofing value of a well insulated house. Aircraft noise will be less, and neighborhood noise will be less noticeable. There’s no price you can put on the reduction of stress! This adds real value to your home”.

One reputable name for blow-in material is Nu-Wool, they also have a product called “Wall-Seal” which is a spray-on insulation with acoustical properties. This is, however, a cellulose based material.

“What kind of insulation is best?”

“People tell us that the best results for BOTH thermal and acoustic benefit is cotton fiber insulation”.

Soundproofing FAQs

Soundproofing Table of Contents:

How do I?     Where can I find?     Why doesn’t ?      Who is?     What is?      When is?

How do I find more information on noise control and soundproofing?

See those link on the left sidebar? It links you to specific areas of this site that addresses particular soundproof problems. Everything we’ve learned in talking with people who have experience in sound control and the soundproofing materials to use has been put into these pages. This is practical info, not geared to controlled soundproofing lab tests and lab numbers.

You may want to get a copy of the EPA soundproof reprint: “Quieting: A practical Guide to Noise Control”, we’ve reprinted it as a public service and it’s available for just postage and the photo copying costs – $9.50 PP ($18 Foreign). You can order from the web site with your credit card! You can even download it for a small fee ($4.95) -and don’t forget your local library! (Give them your copy when done!).  Some of our selected books are at “Supersoundproofing.biz“.  Even a free download of “How To Soundproof Light Aircraft” – of use to those interested in soundproofing vehicles.


How do I soundproof my window? I can’t get a good nights sleep?

There are several methods to get relief from sound passing through a window, depending on whether you need light or not. These are, in order of importance:

1. Replace the window with a vinyl framed “double/triple paned” glass window, available from your local hardware store.

2. Add another window on the inside frame of your existing window. We have “snap-in” windows for this!

3. Place a sound barrier in the window frame, blocking the sound (and the light).

4. Use acoustical drapes to block sound as they do in hotels and motels.

Noise control reductions of 50%-90% are reported. Go here for other options.


How do I soundproof a wall? I can hear the people next door talking and suspect they can hear me too!

You bet they can hear everything just as you do! If you’re renting, you probably won’t want to spend too much money on modifications, so go see how one guy soundproofed the wall of his apartment. If you’re of a mind to take down the drywall on your side or can spare the space for a “false wall” check the construction techniques used to soundproof a house. Soundproof Ceilings?  OPTIONS


I’m A Musician In A Band,  How do I soundproof my room for practice?

Some people think they can hang some rugs, (substitute mattresses, egg-crate, foam rubber, etc for “rugs” above), and get an acceptable noise reduction as to where the neighbors won’t call the cops. Not so! See the myths page for more details.

To find how to do it right, see the web page here on “Soundproofing A Garage” Also, Portable sound rooms.  Music Rooms


Where can I find soundproofing materials for my particular problem?

Many common materials available locally can be used for soundproofing, such as bricks, concrete blocks, sand bags, roll roofing, drywall, tile backer board, hay-bales and many others, depending on your problem. Professional materials are needed many times because common materials aren’t suitable or effective enough, depending on the job at hand. Some materials that may seem suitable are not! See the myths section of the website to avoid costly mistakes.


Why doesn’t my landlord help me more?

It’s usually a question of money. That’s why most people renting want a soundproof solution they can take with them when they move, which you can do when you put our insulating mat on panels. You need to point out the enhancement to his property value of a soundproofing project and maybe he’ll buy into it!


There’s too much info here! It’s Confusing! How can I find out just what I need?

Just call us! We’ll be glad to answer your specific questions. That’s what we are here for, to help you quickly understand what you need to know in order to avoid making expensive mistakes. Please don’t call on our toll free order line- thereby tying it up for those wishing to place orders, call us on the technical Support line at (760) 752-3030  We’re here 8-5 weekdays Pacific Time. If the line is busy, give us 5-10 minutes and try again.  Also see the Forum and the technical email line (the email box) where we answer questions quickly and clearly.

You can leave orders, card numbers, info, etc on our answer machine after hours, it’s safe and secure.


Who is the “Super Soundproofing Company™”?

We’re “Brick and Mortar”! We’ve been selling “Super Soundproofing” materials since 1990, mostly to the aviation industry, world-wide. We’ve added to our sound control product line and expanded with this web site in 1997 to bring these hard to find materials to ordinary people who need them for everyday applications.

This site is not about us! It’s about you and how we can help you. There are some snobbish sound control businesses that have come on line with “Million Dollar Websites” geared to expanding their sales from their industrial base. They offer very little in informative content, basically flogging their common audio control room sound deadening products as “soundproofing” materials.

Unlike most of them, you can talk to us by phone and we’re here to help you (760) 752-3030 9-5 Pacific Time, 5 days a week. Others are just jumping on the bandwagon- beware!  Also see “How to pick a soundproofing supplier”.  Applies to contractors too!


What is the difference between acoustical foams?

Common acoustical foams are usually open cell, urethane or polyester expanded foams. Because they are open cell, they absorb and pass sound readily. Usually they are used to condition a room which has bad acoustics, such as reverberation due to reflective, hard surfaces.

Closed cell foams, such as our “Super Soundproofing Mat” absorbs readily but does not pass sound easily, making it a good barrier as well. Made of vinyl nitrile, it will not absorb odor and has excellent moisture, durability and fire resistance.  Some think it’s the same as neoprene- NOT!


What is the difference between a sound absorber and a barrier?

Absorbers tend to pass sound easily, while barriers block sound. Combined together they make a “Sound Control System”. Our mat is the best and the least inexpensive as we cut it from bulk rolls.

Our “Super Soundproofing Flooring” and “Floor Mat” are barriers make of a 1/8th inch thick “Loaded Vinyl” that weighs one pound per sq ft!  Almost like lead and performs very similar.  (We have lead too!) The Floor Mat has an added 1/4″ foam bonded to it for a vibration isolator. Typical applications are to place the “Flooring” under carpets and to apply to walls under or over the drywall. The floor mat is used where added soundproofing is needed and the foam backing would be needed to add to the sound reduction.


When is the Government going to do something about noise pollution?

The government has been doing something in the form of expanded powers of OSHA and the EPA. But more grass roots activity is being taken by organizations like target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>nonoise.org which has combined resources to help those with noise pollution problems.

1. They can put pressure on city governments and even condo associations!

2. Raise awareness about noise pollution

3. Create, collect, and distribute information and resources regarding noise pollution

4. Strengthen laws and governmental efforts to control noise pollution

5. Establish networks among environmental, professional, medical, governmental, and activist groups working on noise   control issues

6. Assist activists working against noise pollution.

The mission of our Noise Control Pollution Clearinghouse is to create more civil cities and more natural rural and wilderness areas by reducing noise pollution at the source by using soundproofing products

 

Church Soundproofing

More Myths – CHURCH Soundproofing: Wires in Ceiling?

Here’s an interesting exchange retrieved from the USEgroup: alt.sci.physics.acoustics (A rather snobbish UK group).

hoodlaw@compuserve.com wrote:

> My church has built a new parish hall that has a vaulted ceiling (a v-shape,

> just like the roof, open, with the trusses visible) and no carpet. The room

> is fairly large. Sounds echo, vibrate, and bounce all over the place. It is

> difficult to hear someone sitting near you because of the problems.

> I have heard that stretching a wire length wise across the ceiling may have

> sound absorption characteristics which would improve the noise in the room. Is

> this correct and how do you set it up? Any other suggestions?

> Thank you for any input.

> Chip

> Hoodlaw@compuserve.com

It is a commonly held superstition that wires of random length strung in a church ceiling will reduce reverberation. The overly reverberant condition that you report will be cured only by adding sound absorptive material. An acoustical

consultant can advise you on which absorbers to use, how many to use, and where to place them for maximum effectiveness.

Having briefly answered the question, I report to fellow acousticians that this superstition is evidently much older than I supposed!

If I correctly understood what Leo Beranek said at the San Diego meeting in December ’97, this superstition goes back at least as far as Roman times! Dr. David Lubman dlubman@ix.netcom.com

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BJ’s Note: It worked because all the people coming to church to observe caused a greater absorption of sound in the church from the great number of bodies of the church goers…. Cushions on hard pews may work almost as well, too.

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Acoustical Soundproofing Curtains, Drapes, Clear sheeting and Strip Doors

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Soundproofing Acoustical Curtains, Drapes and Strip Doors

Super Soundproofing™ specializes in providing out-of-the-box and creative solutions to solve your acoustical issues. We have with us a rich product portfolio exclusively designed for reducing excessive noise in industrial, commercial, domestic and institutional areas. Our acoustical soundproofing solutions are not only cost-effective but they also offer the desired results when in use at any facility.

Know About the Most Effective and Inexpensive Acoustical Soundproofing Solutions from Super Soundproofing™

We have been successfully serving the huge demands of customers from various sectors by delivering Acoustical Curtains, Drapes and Strip Doors. These products from Super Soundproofing™ protect people from rising noise pollution created by gymnasiums, arenas, community leagues, office spaces, recreation venues, schools, and several other facilities.

Soundproofing Acoustical Curtains/Draperies – In order to achieve effective soundproofing, your room or facility must be at least 40% of its total area covered with absorbent material to reduce annoying reverberation. Our custom made, ingeniously tested and field proven sound blocking curtains/draperies block outside noise and light. Acoustical curtains/draperies are highly useful for adding absorbency to a room that has many reflective surfaces. Moreover, they are the quick, effective and cheap way to improve room acoustics as well as to block sound from coming through walls, doorways, windows, patio doors, etc. They are largely purchased for hanging on thin walls, such as mobile homes. Super Soundproofing™ acoustical soundproofing solutions such as curtains/draperies are highly effective for rooms of:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Lofts
  • Condos
  • Classrooms
  • Auditoriums
  • Meeting/Conference rooms
  • Churches
  • Retail spaces
  • Office spaces
  • Home theaters
  • Vocal booths
  • Dance studios
  • Home recording studios
  • Hotel& Motel Rooms
  • Medical offices
  • Hospitals
  • Counseling offices

Use double-sided tape to seal curtain edges to wall for improved results! Also to seal center overlap of two curtains where they join together. Use it left, right and center to seal vertical edges of curtains thus reducing sound migration around and through the curtain joints at the walls and center overlap. Magnetic tape can also be cut into strips and used for this purpose.

Make sure that the curtains/draperies are not stretched tight and completely extended flat to the wall. For achieving the best soundproofing effect, acoustical curtains/draperies can be doubled up to be used in areas where maximum sound penetrates. You can hang the first layer on regular curtain rods, and then the second layer on extended rods. These kinds of installation create airspace between the first layer and the second. Call us to know more. Acoustical Soundproofing Curtains

“WALK-THROUGH” VINYL CURTAIN DOORWAY BARRIERS

STRIP DOORS

Prefabricated, ready to install Vinyl Strip Doors have excellent optical clarity, permitting good visibility through doorways. Useful for thermal, dust control and noise reduction.

FLEXIBLE TEAR-RESISTANCE VINYL, AN EFFECTIVE NOISE BARRIER WITHOUT THE STIFFNESS

AND VIBRATION OF OTHER TYPES OF BARRIERS.

Mass Loaded Vinyl have lead-free barium metal powder or silicon in vinyl for added weight and sound control!

Mass Loaded Curtains (Black/Gray, can’t see through) are available in 4′ wide sheet – These are used to achieve noise reduction by placing over windows and doors.

Lbs P.S.F Thickness Width S.T.C Part No Per Foot
1 .107 48″ 26 099107 $7.55

These are also used to increase noise reduction by placing over windows and doors.

NoteMake sure to use double-sided tape to seal curtain edges to wall for improved results. Also, remember to seal the center overlap of two curtains where they join together. A complete sealing of vertical edges of curtains helps reduce sound migration around and through the curtain joints. A magnetic tape can also be cut into strips and used for this purpose.

See-Thru Vinyl Curtain (Clear) – Works great for car wash facilities! Select the most appropriate see-thru curtains from the below chart.

Lbs P.S.F Thickness Width S.T.C Part No Per Foot
.5 .080 48″ 20 099080 $15.05
.7 .120 48″ 23 099120 $23.15
1.0 .160 48″ 26 099160 $30.65

Measure your doorway or window and order the most appropriate curtain size. For instance, if your doorway is 8′ 2″ high, you would need to order 8′ 6”feet of material. Material can be grommeted or mounted using some sandwich boards to hold it at the top. The board is then mounted over the doorway using screws, nails or chain. Walk-through panels can easily be made with vertical length-way slits. Use mass loaded vinyl on walls as a backing for the noise control curtains to increase their acoustic qualities.

Walk-Through Vinyl Strip Doors – Super Soundproofing™ possess a rich inventory of vinyl strip doors to fit all types of doors, no matter the size, style and location. Prefabricated and ready-to-install vinyl strip doors come with excellent optical clarity, which permits good visibility through doorways. Preferably designed for achieving thermal, dust control and noise reduction, our category of strip doors are available in a wide variety of thicknesses and widths. Specifications of vinyl strip doors available to achieve substantial noise reduction at Super Soundproofing™ include:

Lbs P.S.F Thickness Width S.T.C Part No Per Foot
.1 .107 48″ 26 099107 $7.55
.5 .080 48″ 20 099080 $15.05
.7 .120 48″ 23 099120 $23.15
1.0 .160 48″ 26 099160 $30.65

Call us to know more.

Measure your doorway and window and then make a most appropriate selection from the above list. Using the perfect size vinyl strip doors is imperative to achieve maximum sound proofing as expected. Mass Loaded Vinyl Opaque

Select Mass Loaded Vinyl Opaque or Clear Vinyl material (or both!) from chart. 8″ X .080- $ 2.50 Ft  12″ X .120 – $4 Ft

Measure your doorway or window and order to the closest foot in length. For instance, if your doorway was 8′ 2″ high, you would need to order 9′ feet of material. Material can be grommeted (Get the tool at the hardware store!) or mount with some “sandwich” boards holding it at the top. The board is then mounted over the doorway using screws, nails or chain. (Or use the mounting kits shown).

Cut vinyl to length with snips or sharp knife. Allow to brush against the floor for maximum sound reduction. Walk-through panels can easily be made from the 4′ wide sheet with vertical length-way slits. Or order precut strip material from us. Double-up or hang on both sides of the opening for maximum effectiveness.

Our See-Thru Vinyl curtains Meet California Fire Marshall Registration No F-561 Use the mass loaded vinyl (MLV) on walls as a backing for the noise control curtains above to increase effective sound blocking. As effective as lead sheeting!Buy Now Soundproofing Acoustical Drapes

“Clamp Type” Door mounting kits for Strip or Sheet

The bottom edges of the holding bar are rounded to reduce wear on your strips as they swing.

6′ Wide Kit……………………….$125.95

8′ Wide Kit………………………$149.95

 

 

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We pride ourselves in our capability to provide the customers with inventive acoustical solutions they ask for. Since we possess a rich inventory of a wide array of soundproofing solutions, we never say no to any of the requirements raised by the customers. We continuously upgrade our inventory with intelligent solutions to meet the frequently changing needs and expectations of customers.

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Soundproofing Mass Loaded Vinyl Barrier, Super Soundproofing Co™

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Use our “SUPER” Soundproofing Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV)-  The widest selection anywhere!

NEW!  Flexible Fireproof Noise Barrier (FFNB) material for airborne Sound Control.  Now in WHITE!  

 

Soundproofing FloorsMLV– The ultimate noise barrier  for Flooring or Walls- almost as good as lead! (Yes we have AcoustiLead!)

Sound transfer through floors and ceilings is a continuing noise control problem, especially in older buildings. There are two main issues regarding noise transfer: airborne sound and impact noise. Each are different and require separate soundproofing treatments.  Airborne sound is most easily dealt with using MLV.

Impact noise is dealt with by using  “Super Seal” subfloor or SSP-FL or Tl.  Normally  you need both impact underlayment and MLV with a foam backing or a combination of both.  (Best to call us about our unadvertised solutions).

Use this “Mass Loaded Vinyl” barrier (MLV),  (1 Lb per Sq. Ft!), as a carpet under-layment. It’s as heavy as lead that provides a soundproofing layer on the floor and under the carpet and padding for noise control.  It is a tough, wear resistant material that may be placed on or under floating (not nailed) hard floors for slowing noise transfer above and below.   When used as an under-layment for hardwood floors or tile, it reduces sound  transfer dramatically.  Can also be used in walls and ceilings.  When installed inside the wall, it more than doubles the STC.  For instance, a standard hollow sheetrock  wall, with 1/2″ Gypsum board on metal studs has a STC rating of about 20. (Ordinary conversation through it can be understood).  Adding the MLV can increase it to about 53!  (Loud shouting is not heard).  Just staple or glue the material to the wall, then cover with another layer of sheetrock- tape off and paint.  Want more sound reduction? Use a double layer of MLV or double weight (2 Lb) material!

You can use our fireproof white MLV as a direct wall covering – inquire!

MLV is commonly used as a carpet underlayment,  one type  has a foam backing, the other doesn’t.  The foam backing mat is recommended under carpets as it provides a vibration cushion, floating the barrier just off the floor. This helps reduce footfall and impact noise.  MLV without the foam cushion would be under the subfloor or in walls and ceilings or as second layer to increase sound reduction even more.  The type with closed cell foam is far more effective than the other two types in reducing impact noise. See the reference to Dimple Pad material further down this page.

Typically used this way: seal subfloor cracks and gaps with acoustical caulk first.  Tape seams of the floor with metal tape.  Lay the MLV down, butting together joints and seal edges with metal tape.  Cover with carpet pad and carpet.  If using the one with and without foam backing together, place the foam backed material down first.  Install 90 degrees to each other.  Important!  Do not skip the step of inspecting and caulking/taping the gaps and seams of your bare subfloor!

Mass Loaded Vinyl BarrierSound control Wall

 

Combined with the “Double drywall” technique described in the resilient channels page, MLV provides the ultimate in sound reduction.

MLV may even be painted. (Clean well with alcohol and use vinyl or latex paint).

Fast way to get superior sound control in your apartment: and make it removable  Buy imitation wall paneling from the hardware store.  Carefully cut to fit your wall. (No gaps). Apply MLV to the back of the paneling with either contact cement or using the version with PSA. (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive).

Attach to your wall with a few finishing nails. Panels can be removed with a minimum of small holes when you move!  Tip:  Using metal tape on the walls at the place where the joints are will increase the sound blocking effectiveness of your panels. (It may be hard to remove!)

The three types of Paintable MLV we sell are the:

GOOD:  Super Soundproofing™ MLV:  STC is 26. Same as above for homes and offices, but without the foam backing.  Somewhat  less expensive at approx. $5.02 per running foot. ($1.25 per Sq. Ft). Available in 4′ widths X 30′ lengths: $1.14 Sq. Ft. or   $5.63.  per running ft. for 54″ wide Material.  Also available with peel-off adhesive backing! (Eliminates the mess and odor of adhesive and is easier to install on walls/ceilings.) Available in 2# weights too. See the buy button or better, CALL!

BETTER: Super Soundproofing™ MLV:  STC is over 26 because of the composite foam bonded to it.Useful for vehicles, too. 1/8″ thick. It has a 1/4″ open cell foam bonded to the underside to provide additional vibration isolation.    $11.22 per running foot: (54″ wide). ($2.49 per Sq Ft). PN 09-00004-F   30′ Roll: $258.75 09-00004-1.

BEST: We also have Super Soundproofing™ MLV- Has a better STC as well as a IIC rating.same as above but with 1/4″ closed cell foam bonded to the MLV for superior noise damping and blocking. $15.93 per running foot: (48″ wide). ($3.61 per Sq Ft). PN 09-00005CC-54F  30′ Roll: $433.20 PN 09-00005CC-54R    [BUY]

Flammability:  These Versions  meets certain UL and building Department requirements but are not completely FAA approved for certified aircraft. (Homebuilt OK).  We do now have a certain MLV that meet Firecode regulations- inquire!

Use MLV under machinery, speakers  and health / exercise machines for noise control into and through the floor!  You’ll need at least a 3′-4′ margin of Mass Loaded Vinyl barrier around your running machine to reduce flanking sound from penetrating down through the floor.  Special dimple Vibration pads will help here too!

Another use we discovered is to lay panels of the “MLV” (loaded vinyl barrier with a foam backing),  inside/above a dropped acoustical tile ceiling.  The material needs to be cut so that it overlaps each adjacent layer by a few inches.  This is done by cutting a  length of the 54″ wide material long-ways into two 4’X2’3″ sections.  These will then cover  two 2’X4′ sections of the dropped ceiling tiles with an overlap.  Start with a run of ceiling tiles in place against the walls and caulk the seam at the wall in place using our non-hardening caulk. (See our “Products” page). Cut a slit in the panels with a knife or scissors to clear the suspension wires and caulk the cut seam and the area where the  wire passes through with a heavy blob of caulk.  Before starting this job, evaluate the strength of the wires holding the ceiling up.  If need be, add wires to reinforce the suspension system.  Bear in mind this mat weighs one pound per square foot and the ceiling support wires may not be  normally stressed for this kind of weight.  (But we’ve found most are overly wired and are OK).

Things to keep in mind:  Be sure to cover the entire area, caulking gaps and seams to prevent air flow that will carry sound. Have someone  help to cut panels and hand them up. This will make it much easier while working standing on a ladder inside the ceiling area.. If the walls of the room do not extend up through the ceiling to the roof, consider adding higher walls to the “stub” walls so as to prevent flanking sound from passing through  and over  from the adjoining ceiling.

Tip: lay out the material and leave overnight to let it flatten and to prevent curl and  billow type bubbles due to uneven expansion.  This is an inert material and has no ability to outgas.

Dimple Pad: Now, a product for reducing impact noise for under hardwood and tile floors!: SUPER-SEAL:  “Sub-Floor -Plus”  floor underlayment. At last! A dimpled product that reduces impact noise created by walking on hardwood or tile floors. It’s just 3/8″ thick, comes in rolls 6’6″ wide. Just $1.85 per sq. ft. (You’ll need a combination of this and MLV too if there is an issue with airborne noise).  VIDEO

We have yet another product that combines impact and airborne sound control in one composite membrane.

Tips for new construction or renovation of floors:

The subfloor is the culprit in sound transfer.  Sometimes it’s not thick enough, or strong enough, (where thin subfloor panels are used over floor joists that are spaced too widely for the thickness of subflooring).  Or where the subfloor is improperly attached with too few fasteners or just nailed.  (Use screws!)  If your floor joists are exposed, now is the time to forestall problems in the future.  As a minimum, use our green Sound Isolation Tape to tape the faces of the joists/subfloor joints  to help prevent squeaks and to reduce sound transfer into the joists. It comes in 1-7/16″,  2″ or 3″ widths for this purpose.  You can apply the tape easily by hand.

Better, buy the 2′ or 4′ wide material (yes, that’s 2 “Feet” and 4 “Feet” wide!), similar to “Green Glue”. to cover the underside of the entire sub-floor panel.  This will add dampening to the panel, reducing the resonant “boom” when walking on the floor.  We have that, too – Inquire!

All these tapes come with a peel off backing for easy, clean, no-mess adhesive application.  

A less expensive, more labor intensive method is to glue  1/8″ or 1/4″ closed cell acoustical foam to the underside of your sub-floor panels. (Cost: About $1 per sq. ft.)

This also works well for drywall panels, too.

There are many ways to use these sound barrier underlayment materials in combination- for maximum results call us to help you tailor your installation for your specific needs. 760 752 3030 8-5 PST 5 Days

New!  “FFNB”  Flexible Fireproof  Noise Barrier.  Concerned about flammability  of MLV? – use FFNB instead – CALL!

For fully floated floors:  CALL! 

Testimonials

SOME CLIENT REFERENCES AND TESTIMONIALS

Bay Area Noise Control CA. ST. LIC. 785260 Member ASA & CISCA

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Windows

You were great to work with from our first meeting, to all the follow-up calls and e-mails. All of our questions

were answered honestly and in a timely fashion, you stayed in touch with us and up until the end made sure the

windows were put in correctly. I really appreciate all your personal service, patience, and professionalism.

Lee, you were terrific to work with and I definitely will recommend you to anyone asking me about windows

in general or soundproofing in particular.

Noe Valley Home Owner, San Francisco

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I would like to offer my wholesale recommendation of Lee Brenner.

My goals were to improve the appearance of my home, to conserve energy, and to reduce noise (the

street car passes by our home).

Lee did a truly outstanding job, and what really set him apart was his meticulous attention to detail.

Lee work crew proved friendly and competent. I would hire him again in a second!

My neighbor is doing new windows, and I recommended you €¦ You did a great job!

John, Sunset, San Francisco

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Hi Lee

I think that Don and family are really happy with the Noise Control Windows in the bedroom

it makes a difference heat-wise also, so they are very happy chappies! I hope you are doing well,

and not too busy! Take some time and enjoy the sunshine!

Michelle Bartley, Personal Assistant to Don Johnson, Pacific Heights, San Francisco

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Lee,

Wow! What a difference €¦ Now it is €œtoo quiet€ in our bedroom, (on busy Haight St.) …

I can’t sleep. I’m sure I will get use to it! Your installers were friendly and efficient. I appreciate

their help in re-hanging the roller shades. Through the process of this Victorian renovation,

dealing with you has been one of the few pleasures.

Rob and Lou, San Francisco

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Dear Lee,

This is just a note to thank you for my new noise-reducing windows and the services you provided.

The windows in wood encasings are absolutely beautiful and function as you described they would.

I would especially like to thank your crew for the professional installation and manners. I look forward

to working with you on my garage door noise and vibration-project. Thanks again.

Ron, Potrero Hill/Mission, San Francisco

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Lee,

Just wanted to let you know that your workman left and completed all the final work to my total satisfaction.

Arleen, San Bruno

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Lee and crew,

All is fine with the windows and I’m very happy with the way things turned out. Thanks again and thanks

too for your thorough follow-up.

Sharel, Peninsula

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Thank you very much for the secondary windows! We€™re really happy with them.

Colleen, Union City

Lee,

RE: My new windows [Standard Dual Pane with Laminated glass option] €¦

After you all left yesterday, I was finally able to relax and listen to the sounds of the street. It actually is

quieter in the house. Thank you. When I was reading my son to sleep, it felt much more peaceful and

cozy. It did not feel like the cars were in the room with us. The sounds are still there of course,

but they are much duller and much more unobtrusive background sounds. Thank you for taking

such good care of us.

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Lee,

Just wanted to let you know that we are extremely happy with the noise abatement

project you did for us. The windows look great. They keep out the noise problem we had. What I

really appreciate was your helping customize a solution that really worked for us. Of all the home

remodeling projects we did, we were happiest by far with your company’s work.

Thanks.

Lum, San Bruno

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Lee,

Front window looks better than I imagined. It looks like the old traditional window casing so my wife

was happy. Clean and efficient and in one day. Couldn’t be happier.

Acoustic Windows, Napa, Silverado Trail

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Hi Lee,

Yes, the noise reduction [special noise control windows] is quite impressive thank you!

Nick, Laurel Village, San Francisco

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Lee,

Your team did a first class job on the window replacement. We are thrilled with the result and would

be happy to offer our enthusiastic recommendation for your work. We will certainly contact you when

it’s time to do our rear windows! The quality of your work is obvious and it is a great comfort to us

knowing that the work was done well.

George, Great Hwy, San Francisco

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Hi Lee,

I wanted you to know that the windows are great and the noise is

significantly reduced in the two bedrooms. I’m really happy with them. Thanks!

Joani, Dolores Park area, San Francisco

Hi Lee,

The inspector signed off today with no problems. I think that does it!

Thank you again for everything you’ve done. We sure are glad we went

with your work €¦ having quality windows is especially comforting

now that winter really has begun! Once our checkbook recharges, we

will definitely be in touch regarding replacing the rear windows, where noise control will be a serious

consideration.

If you’d like us to provide a reference for your work, don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks again.

George, NASA-Ames Research Center, Ocean Beach, San Francisco

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Hi Lee,

I wanted you to know that the windows are great and the noise is significantly reduced in the two bedrooms.

I’m really happy with them. Thanks!

Mission District, San Francisco

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The new soundproof windows have tremendously improved our lives. I can now sleep through the night!

The sound of the neighbors€™ dogs has been reduced dramatically and is no longer invasive. We finally

have peace and quiet and can relax in our home. We are so glad that we found you!

Kristina and Robert, Mission Terrace, San Francisco

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Hi Lee,

Wallace and his partner did a nice job [with secondary windows] and it has, as you promised, made a big
difference … I’m thrilled.
Gretchen, San Francisco

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love the stillness of the day! 🙂
Ruth, Noe Valley, San Francisco

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Mr. Brenner,

Thank you for your educational visit yesterday. As a result of your visit,

the powers that be have decided to shuffle people around and supply two

separate offices for our interviewers. Thank you for your suggestions and

price quotes, but you do not have to research the items we had discussed.

Your consultation was money well spent!

Non-profit offices, Oakland

Lee, Thank you again for your very thorough and enlightening consultation.

Maurine, renter, Western Addition, San Francisco

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Thanks again for the consultation, I learned a lot and felt I got my

money worth.

San Jose

Thanks so much for the informative presentation. We are still in the process of deciding which
solution will be best for us and how soon we will want to proceed. At any rate, we feel much more
comfortable knowing we have been well-informed and will be able to make an educated decision
about what is right for us. Thanks so much for your time.
Stacey, San Francisco

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Thanks again for your help — the [phone] consultation was extremely useful. I may have additional
questions as things move forward, and if so, I will give you a call!

Alaine Perry, M.D.
Maryland

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Lee, thanks for the consultatation today and the list of options you have at hand. I certainly learned a
lot and have quite a bit to think about here.

I will read the materials you sent along tomorrow morning. Chances are, I will have a few questions
for you coming out of that. (You know, a better educated consumer is a better consumer)

Nice to meet you today and I hope that we can do some business
together.
John Heins, San Francisco and New York

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Floors

Hey, Lee! I’m happy to report that I hear hardly any noise from my upstairs neighbors. Things have worked

out really well. I can give you this testimonial now that I’ve had ample experience with the special

underlayment you supplied for the upstairs floor.

Rose, Glen Park, San Francisco

Lee,

The premium underlayment you placed under my new carpet in my upstairs rental apartment to control

the noise from entering my residence below really blocked the airborne noise and reduced the impact

noise substantially. Everything worked very well, as you said it would.

Dick, Castro, San Francisco

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Lee,

We are loving the new carpet with special noise mats and the noise reduction.

Olivia, North Point, San Francisco

Lee,

Those stairs are amazing! I can’t even hear myself walk! Thanks for all your hard work and follow-through.

Landlord, Glenn Park, San Francisco

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Lee,

The work seems to have done the trick [noise control ceiling].

I’m generally happy with everything especially the soundproofing,

which was the main thing. The crown molding was a nice touch and makes the rooms look much better.

Ted, Palo Alto

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Lee,

We are very pleased with the results we can hear barely a sound between the two bedrooms

(one above and one below). Thanks again.

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We both are very appreciative of your attention to all this. Michael commented the other day how unlike working with you is from working with most contractors, and he’s worked with quite a few in his work. Thank you so much.

Judith and Michael, Mission District, San Francisco

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Hi Lee,

So far, we definitely think that it is an improvement. When they are in their bedroom above ours,

we haven’t heard them talking, TV etc. When they are in the hall or the room adjacent to the

bedroom, their voices are transmitted to the bedroom. Closing the bedroom and den doors help

quite a bit. Overall, we are very happy with the soundproofing and definitely wish to inquire

about doing the same thing to our den (adjacent to the bedroom). We are also interested in

some options for the hall ceiling near our bedroom.

Laura, San Francisco

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Good news, still haven’t been kept awake by my neighbor €¦ seems like I would have by now if it was going to happen.

Tiffany, San Francisco

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Dear Lee,
I am writing to let you know that Prescott and I are very pleased with the ceiling soundproofing
you did in our place last September.

We have the resources now to pursue having our den done in the same way. Please let us know
how you would like to proceed.
Mission District, San Francisco

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Walls

Wow! What a great, helpful and thorough reply! Thank you so much, Lee. I will work on implementing your ideas, and REALLY appreciate your generosity.

Psychology Offices, Potrero Hill, San Francisco

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Hi Lee,

I would like to express my appreciation regarding the sound wall and isolators that you had recommended for my laundromat. The combination works very well, and my neighbor [with a common wall] is pleased with the result. Also, your time and effort through out this project is appreciated, I would not hesitate to refer or recommend your services to any potential clients

you may have.

Laundromat Owner, Noe Valley, San Francisco

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Lee,

It is now some months since you installed the sound deadening materials on the front of my office. The construction across the street is proceeding.

Last week there were, at one point, five cement mixers lined up in front, awaiting their turn to pour forth into the building site. We could hear the racket inside, but it was €œsound€ rather than €œnoise,€ as hoped. I am very pleased with the results. I am often in the back of my office, but patients wait in the front, and my office manager sits and works in front. She is a musician, and is very happy with the decreased noise.

She had been, as you may recall, particularly apprehensive about the nearby construction.

We’ve not been through a winter yet, but I have noted that we’re cooler inside on the hot fall days, as well. A happy customer.

Dr. Hennie, San Francisco Mission District Doctors€™ Office

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Dear Lee,

The job looks great. Thanks for all your hard work. We are very happy that the job

is completed and that you had the technical knowledge to do exactly what was needed

to be done. Thanks!

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Re: Acrylic Noise Panel

Thanks, noise level has been greatly reduced.

Lily, Marina District, San Francisco

Thanks for adding the additional soundproofing to my bedroom wall. After

your crew left my home, with the work completed promptly and a fastidious

clean up, I was anxious for my neighbors to get home so I could hear how

well the new noise control €œworked.€ I waited for three days, but they didn’t

come home. I ran into my neighbor in the entry hall on the forth day, and

it turns out they’d been home all along. I guess the noise control worked.

Count me as a satisfied customer. Thanks.

Town home/condo, Russian Hill, San Francisco

Work turned out nice [noise control wall] and crew was neat and cleaned up after themselves. Thanks!

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Lee,

Our painter, who maintains a very high standard, said that the plastering of

the wall, [after a Noise Control modification to such wall] which included coving between it and the ceiling, was very well done.

Mr. B., Noe Valley, San Francisco

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Dear Lee,

I wanted to thank you and your team for doing a wonderful job insulating our house. Your attention to detail and extra little items such as plugging the front door peep hole and skylight cleaning and sealing were a very nice touch. If you ever need a recommendation, please let me know. Your team was professional and did a nice job cleaning up afterwards. Your pricing was better than the other two estimates as well! Thanks again.

Troy, Sunset District, San Francisco

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Dear Lee,

The handyman, Mark shut off the power that goes to the phones and transformer in my closet and the buzzing noise was gone. Thus, your diagnosis about the transformer seems to be correct. We’re currently working on a system to change the doorbell to a phone-based system so that the transformer would no longer be necessary and can be removed. Just thought you’d like to hear the good news.

Gail, The Castro, San Francisco

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We are enjoying our quiet apartment!

Catherine, Pacific Heights, San Francisco

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About BAY AREA NOISE CONTROL

About BAY AREA NOISE CONTROL – CONSULTANTS & CONTRACTORS

HOME-OWNERS: Professional On-Site Noise Control Evaluations AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES!

Residential Noise Control Specialists

  • Office/Commercial Improvements

Evaluation of noise problems:

  • Airborne (Traffic, stereo, voices, music)
  • Impact (foot-falls, machinery vibration)
  • Reflective (reverberation in offices, gyms, sound studios)

Solutions:

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Typical Remedial Situations:

  • Traffic Noise – windows
  • Condo neighbors – Walls/Ceilings
  • Between separate offices
  • Isolation from machinery
  • Bars/Restaurants isolation from mixed usebuildings

Construction Services: A Super Soundclip authorized installer!

  • Walls
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We’ll drive or fly to you to help you solve problems! Inquire!

Information about  BAY AREA NOISE CONTROL: We are a independent consulting firm, (and a licensed acoustical contractor)   located in the San Francisco, California Bay Area and  are offering a full range of services for large and small projects.

More Details:

Established in 1983, our staff’s experience in consulting dates back many years.  From a practical basis, we have provided consulting services, (products and constructions), in acoustics and systems design to architects, (homeowners, engineers, (property) managers and building owners, (condo and TIC associations) for a range of architectural, environmental, and industrial projects.  Some of our past architectural projects include homes, office buildings, schools, hotels, recording studios, performing arts facilities, theatres, churches, laboratory, industrial and medical facilities.

Our Services:

We provide consulting services suited to the particular needs of the client.  Our consultants assist the architect or (direct) other clients in developing a total solution (if desired) that integrates acoustics, sound system, with other architectural and engineering considerations.  Our projects have included work on the initial design of facilities as well as noise control modifications. We’re remodeling and retro fit specialists.  Services include establishment of appropriate sound and vibration criteria, analysis of system needs, preparation of initial recommendations, detailed system design documentation (plans and specifications), on-site acoustical measurement and analysis, bid review, construction observation and reporting, and final system testing and adjustment.  Because we maintain a comprehensive range of precision test equipment, sound and vibration measurements may also be conducted when appropriate.

Touring a Soundproofed Basement / Soundproofing a Basement for music practice

Join us now for another virtual tour through a soundproof basement project

Robby is the young dude you met when you visited his soundproofed apartment. He seems a little more friendly now, perhaps because you’ve already met.

“I joined a band” he explains. “then we found we needed a place to practice. We had the cops come a few times before we realized we absolutely needed a place quiet enough where we wouldn’t disturb the neighbors”!    (more)

“What did you do”? You inquire.

“At first, we had some luck by moving the practice out to the country, but that was not practical for all members of the band. We tried a large room in the back of a house and then a large garage, but that was no good at all.  We always found we needed soundproofing.  Some of the guys tried out their ideas of egg cartons and mattresses, but that turned out to be a joke, a real waste of time and money!”  (See Myths)

” We knew we needed solid walls, so we tried putting the practice in a basement, but the sound just went up through the house and out as well as out the windows of the basement.  We were now certain we had to make a serious effort to soundproof our practice area and figured the basement was the best place to start.  Reading up on the subject here at the website, we found that masonry is a good soundproofing material and our basement was quite full of it!”

“What seemed to be the biggest obstacle to soundproofing the basement, the sound passing up into the house”?

“Well yes, we knew it probably wouldn’t be possible to do good enough of a job to allow watching TV upstairs while we practiced, we are really loud!  But we wanted to at least keep the neighbors happy!  Any soundproofing effort has limitations, translating to a question of time and money.  Different levels of soundproofing are reached with a different application level of effort and materials.  Neighbors have different annoyance levels too.  Perhaps some acceptable level can be reached with a minimum effort and money, but maybe one has to go “all out” from the beginning.  This is what we decided to do, at the same time trying to substitute cheap labor, (the bands), for costly materials”.

“Did you make a plan”?

“Yes, we decided to carefully survey what would be required by reading everything here on the web site and to then select materials and determine a systematic method to apply them. The experts at the website were very helpful, too”.   (760) 752 3030

“How did it work out”?

“C’mon, let’s go downstairs”! He points to a door.

You stop to examine the door. “Say, this seems a bit unusual”.

Yes,” he explains. “This is a solid core “outside” or “exterior” MDF door. You’ll notice it has padding on both sides of it.  The inside padding is cut a little oversize so as to provide a seal over the crack around the doorjamb. We used gasket material (tape) for additional sealing and a doorsweep to cover the gap at the bottom

We left the regular interior door in place and added this door, creating a kind of “Airlock”!

You follow him down the stairs into the basement, shutting the doors carefully behind. You enter an area that seems muffled, noticeably quieter, yet somehow full bodied. Obviously, the acoustics were much improved.

Soundproof Basement EXPAND

“This house has part of the basement exposed above ground so we elected to soundproof the entire outside walls from top to bottom, rather than just the part that was exposed to the outside. This proved to be a good move because we improved the acoustics, too.  We first applied a vapor barrier, studding and MLV sound barrier under 5/8” drywall.  Again, the mat would have been the  first choice, but for the expense. We also could have used asphalt roofing material as it’s also cheap, but has an odor and tends to outgas forever. We did save money by not using resilient channel or rubber sound clips, we just taped the studding with the stud isolation tape for padding”.

“What about the windows? You ask.

“They are now history, because of the excellent way glass transmits sound energy. They are still in place, but we first sealed them with caulking compound. Then we cut 2” Super Soundproofing™ Mat slabs to a little over the inside frame size and forced them in, again sealing the edges.  We then covered the entire window frame with Celotex ceiling tile cut to fit even with the basement wall. We could have made removable  “Plugs”,  but because we don’t care about the light, or need to open them, we didn’t bother.

This is a large basement so we weren’t concerned with losing space to the false walls we constructed by studding away from the cement block walls. The false walls were built so that none of it touches the rest of the building except through “mounts”.  It is thusly suspended. We made the mounts from vibration isolation pads obtained from the web site, spaced about 2 feet apart. We framed it using as few studs as possible and placed more “Soundboard” inside the framing. It is spaced out from the house basement wall about six inches, creating a dead air space. On the outside is Gypsum wallboard, thin soundproofing mat (1/4″), and then a layer of Celotex ceiling tiles for looks. We used as few nails as possible to aid vibration isolation! When the wall was in place we caulked all around the edges of its rubber mounting, sealing all cracks and crevices” thusly creating a dead air space that sound doesn’t like to travel thru.

You look around. “I see the lights are not built into the ceiling”!

“Remember, the ceiling is for soundproofing!  We didn’t want holes in it! The ceiling is quite high, so we could suspend the light fixtures from the dropped ceiling easily using chains.  Otherwise, we’d use indirect lighting or low profifle tube lighting”.

“Say, Robby, what are these”? You indicate some large wheeled portable panels covered with acoustical soundproofing material.

“We found that the low frequency from the drums was still noticeable outside, so following the principal of attenuation of sound at the source, we made these panels from 3/4” plywood covered with Super Sound Proofing Mat . We cut the panels in two and hinged them for storage. They open like a “V” on it’s side. We pull the panels over to surround the drums and put them back out of the way when not needed”.

“Did you run into anything unusual in doing this job”?

“Yes indeedy! We discovered the furnace ducting was carrying the sound of the band up and out of the basement”!

“Then what did you do”?

“We painted the ducting inside with Super Soundproofing™ Liquid, then covered it with the black foam mat. We still had a bit of a problem, because the sound was following the ducting, so we made a hinged door the fits inside the duct. It is covered with the mat and is hinged closed so as to swing open when air passes through the duct. Otherwise it’s closed at all times, effectively blocking any sound through the ducting. That took care of the problem. Ducting made of fiberglass instead of metal would have perhaps prevented the problem in the first place”.

“Can you give me some pointers”?

“Sure! Before you even start, make sure all cracks where sound can escape are sealed!  Cover the windows!  Cover and seal the doors! Provide mounting isolation to your sound walls and seal them too!  Forget about built in flush lighting, hang ’em outside! (Or use indirect lighting!)  Paint metal ducts with Liquid sound proofing and cover them with mat! Make and use portable acoustical barriers! Use common materials if possible, but when you need it, don’t be afraid to use professional stuff! BTW, egg cartons are not suitable for sound proofing, nor is fiberglass batting”! (A better replacement for fiberglass batting is Natural Cotton Fiber).

“What happens if you do all this and it’s still not enough?”

“You can always put MLV under the carpet upstairs!”

“Thanks, Robby, you’ve been a big help”! I’ve got to go home now.

“Thanks for coming!

NEED HELP!?:
Any questions or pointers of your own, please post to the Q&A Forum Discussion Group so everyone can see the answers!! (See the sidebar).

See our article on soundproofing a basement for fun and profit.

Call us for free info from one of our sound control Specialists or visit us!  Questions?  Call or use the form below.

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Acoustical Soundproofing Curtains, Drapes, Clear sheeting

Soundproofing Acoustical Curtains, Drapes. Yes! Our Noise Control Curtains and Clear Vinyl sheeting cuts sound and they are economical, too!

Any room should have at least 40% of it’s total area covered with absorbent material to reduce annoying reverberation, which reduces speech intelligibility.

Acoustical Curtains (Acoustical Draperies), are useful for adding absorbency to a room that has many reflective surfaces, such as home theatres, etc.. Sound control through a doorway? Yes! Soundproofing drapes are a quick, effective and cheap way to improve room acoustics (hang on the walls), as well as to block sound from coming through walls, doorways, windows, patio doors, etc.
A cheap way to get a good nights sleep!

We now have a good stock of used, (very good condition!), heavy-duty soundproofing pleated drapes removed from commercial soundproofing room installations. We have some various widths (Approx.) lengths to cover walls or windows in panels. They are made of a close woven vinyl or polyester/cotton blend satin fabric with a heavy plastic fabric-like backing of Therma-Form (creating a sound trapping space). These sound control curtains normally cost many hundreds ($$$), when new. Condition is quite good, but some slight discolorations or spotting may be evident but some of it may be easily removed. We have some more of different colors, your choice, out they go for peanut prices. Better get some before they are all gone! Lengths are for covering a wall (including a window) and sold by the inch of width: (1″ = $1). We have some with more spotting/damage for cheaper prices – inquire! These spotted ones have been proven inexpensive for bird rooms to reduce reverb. Pix below show darker than they really are on most browsers.

These drapes work best if they are not stretched tight and completely extended flat to the wall Pick a width that will allow some folding when fully pulled across. (Add about a third of the width for this). For the best soundproofing effect, try to allow at least a foot of margin around the window/door opening.

Any kind of acoustical curtains can be “doubled up” where maximum soundproofing is wanted: ___—-___—-___—-___ (Top View). Hang the first layer on regular curtain rods, then the second layer on extended rods, creating another airspace between the first set of curtains and the second. Both sides of a opening can be covered this way. These are heavy curtains (12-15 Lbs Each!) and may require a pole rod. (Get rods at the hardware store! Ask for “15 year warranty” rods.)

Use double-sided tape to seal curtain edges to wall for improved results! Also to seal center overlap of two curtains where they join together. Use it left, right and center to seal vertical edges of curtains thus reducing sound migration around and through the curtain joints at the walls and center overlap. Magnetic tape can also be cut into strips and used for this purpose.

“WALK-THROUGH” VINYL CURTAIN DOORWAY BARRIERS

FLEXIBLE TEAR-RESISTANCE VINYL, AN EFFECTIVE NOISE BARRIER WITHOUT THE STIFFNESS AND VIBRATION OF OTHER TYPES OF BARRIERS.

Mass Loaded curtains have lead-free barium metal powder or silicon for added sound control!

See-Thru Vinyl curtains Meet California Fire Marshall Registration No F-561

Make these yourself by buying the material you need, cutting it and hanging it up. Save hundreds!

Mass Loaded Curtains (Opaque, can’t see through) – These are also used to increase noise reduction by placing over windows and doors.

See-Thru Curtains (Clear) – Works great for car wash facilities!

Select Mass Loaded Vinyl Opaque or Clear Vinyl material (or both!) from above chart. Measure your doorway or window and order to the closest half foot in length. For instance, if your doorway was 8′ 2″ high, you would need to order 8′ 6” feet of material. Material can be grommeted (Get the tool at the hardware store!) or mounted with some “sandwich” boards holding it at the top. The board is then mounted over the doorway using screws, nails or chain. Cut to length with snips. Allow to brush against the floor for maximum sound reduction. Walk-through panels can easily be made with vertical length-way slits. Double-up or hang on both sides of the opening for maximum effectiveness.

Use the mass loaded vinyl on walls as a backing for the noise control curtains above to increase effective sound blocking. As effective as lead sheeting!

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