Super Soundproofing LINKS to other Resources.
Here’s a list of links and resources of interest for those of you with noise control and soundproofing issues, not in any order of importance. This is by no means all the links on this subject on our site, but just the ones we’ve taken the time to catalog and place here for your convenience. The most recent are listed at the top.
See Soundproofing videos at the new SuperSoundproofingTube video site! Get some fame! Upload your soundproofing, remodel videos!
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We have now combined all our books and info about soundproofing on our Books page. Go here for a quick look-see of the material we recommend. Some are hardcopies, some can be downloaded instantly and some are FREE!
A couple of the most popular books located there is on sound control for buildings: Building Sound Control Try it! Another important book is Noise Control Manual For Residential Buildings Both of these books are highly recommended as far more comprehensive than our EPA reprint.
We constantly get questions about where to get someone to do an acoustical evaluation or install material. Check with your State building contractors license board. Mostly, people doing this type of thing need to be licensed by the state they are in. But, if you are willing to educate them and don’t want to do-it-yourself, almost any handyman can do the soundproofing type of insulation installation, not-with-standing many states requirements for licensing. Some of the Builders, Internet usegroups such as alt.home.repair and other Do-It-Yourself forums are invaluable sources of information! To see a cost estimate of the work, check in with get-A-Quote! One of the most asked questions is answered here! How to hire a contractor. Or How To Select Soundproofing Suppliers!
We have a list of contractors in many areas, check for one near your location by calling us.
Discussion community for home remodeling, renovation and repair. Also general discussion on topics such as insurance, buying/selling and more.
We get lots of requests for info about noise-canceling, or Active Noise Reduction. (ANR) In Desert Storm, the enemy were astounded and dismayed when they couldn’t hear the American tanks drive right up into their camps! That’s a link to a site on that subject.
Some of our customers have had good results by “Masking” annoying, intolerable noise with white noise generators made by MARPAC or SCAMPMASK. Hard to see that adding more noise will relieve the noise, but to see if this will work for you, use a FM receiver tuned to between stations to see if this will tend to mask your noise source. A running fan will sometimes work, too. A better inexpensive solution is headsets/earplugs: (Earmuffs).
Sound, noise, legal problems? Need help? Try the NO-NONSENSE national clearinghouse to reduce noise pollution; http://www.nonoise.org They have impressive resources! Another site of interest is: The noise enforcement and code compliance experts, offering a full range of noise-related services. A link to a reading of annoyance and comparative zoning regulations is at BKL Consultants Ltd.
Our own FAQ page covers info gleaned from the old forums on the old (months ago) web site. The other archived forums can be accessed from the Navigation sidebar. This is still very good info, just like our own current Forum.
For wet blow-in insulation, though it’s been found that it doesn’t have much sound insulation qualities, check the Nu-wool company for a dealer near you. Don’t bother with common loose cellulose filling, it has even less in acoustical properties! (About the same as fiberglass insulation!) Another possibility is “Icynene”. (They say it has “Noise reduction” but don’t say how much). Cotton batting does!
Looking for HARD DATA about soundproofing measurements and comparisons of ratings? Well, we don’t go into it much here on this site because it’s all relative and lab figures can be very misleading! Materials behave differently depending on their care in installation and the surroundings. Annoyance levels are subjective and so is the materials to control them! But if you need a noise control primer and want to look at some graphs and charts, here’s the site!
Churches usually have limited budgets, so the sound control in them may be badly handled. Here’s some links to those specializing in this:
Church Myth: Wires for soundproofing!?
The Church Sound Discussion Group part of The Church Sound Network. Listing of appropriate books on sound systems.
Our own sound control Solutions to everyday noisy sound-proofing problems.