MISCELLANEOUS SOUNDPROOFING PROBLEMS
Here we have listed areas of interest that do not fit in our regular sound control listings.
Animals: Depending on the animal, sound control is easy or hard. For instance, a barking dog may be easier to quiet with a common medical operation the vet can perform, rather than expensive pet training or soundproofing.
Bathrooms: A special place where privacy is needed as well. Walls should have mass as well as foam absorber and barrier. Concrete board or tile backer board will do nicely and is available from the hardware store.
Bedrooms: Same as above
Birds are always hard to soundproof as they are usually loud and piercing.
Boat motors: Lining the engine compartment with foam works well.
Computers- PC, Racks, Rooms: Fan noise is the usual culprit here. Change to low noise fans and if this is not possible, line the cabinet with foam.
Dynamometers: Lots of sound means lots of sound control materials! CAll us!
Elevators: These usually are noisy to guests, which mean lining the shafts inside or out with noise/vibration absorbing foam mat.
Fan Noise: Airborne sound from fan blades cannot be easily dealt with without slowing the fan and using bigger blades so careful choices have to be made in selecting such units.
Hallways: In new construction, avoid lining up the doors directly across from one another. Fix sound leaks in doors here. Use standard methods of soundproofing walls. Floors should have sound absorbing mat and “dimple pad” placed under the carpet.
Hot Tubs: A combination of noise from the pump in a hot tub and the noise of the water need to be treated differently. See the article on soundproofing pumps. Use soundproofing foam mat as an absorber and MLV as a barrier to block sound.
HVAC: Line the ducts in/and/or out with foam mat. More
Kennels: Isolation of the animal sound from the front office wall is the first step.
Shooting Ranges: Sound absorbent materials on the walls will reduce reflection. A noise barrier wall may be needed to separate the range from the lobby.
Traffic: Low frequency traffic noise is difficult to deal with because it is airborne and vibratory together. Noise blocking of windows is the best way to reduce those sound levels. Fencing out such sound is not usually satisfactory.
Trailers- Home: Walls are thin and need lots of mass. MLV is the best way to accomplish this.
Semi-Trailers: Lining these units with foam will accomplish two things: sound absorption and blocking.
X-ray Machines & MRI machines can certainly use some soundproofing in the form of closed cell foam acting as an absorber/damping..