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How to Soundproof a Room : DIY Soundproofing

 Hi, I'm Arthur Noxon, president of AcousticSciences. I'm going to talk today about do it yourself soundproofing. Now this is- thecontext for this is in a recording studio. Okay, sound proofing; number 1, sheet rockacross the windows, two layers of sheet rock across the windows, you can push them in thewindow well, cut them just to the right size, push them in the window well. 

If you wantto make a little trickier, a more repeatable window plug, take a piece of sheet rock, gluea piece of sound board, which is sometimes known as celotex, fiberboard, to it, and thensheet rock. The soundboard is larger, here's the soundboard, the sheet rock is smallerhere, and another layer of sheet rock here, everything is glued together with panel adhesive.This is sort of like a sliding gasket, these two layers of sheet rock are like your soundbarrier, and this is your sound isolator between the two. 

This is sized so that it pushes intothe frame of the window well, that's the window here, and here's outside. And then you puta handle on it, and you plug it in and take it out, so every time you're going to useyour room. Second thing is, you got to do your doors. Use weather stripping, gasketingaround the entire perimeter of the door, use felt, screw on felt wipers that come witha metal flange, and they're attached to the bottom of the door on both sides. You wantto be able to go around, all the way around the door with a high power flashlight, havesomeone do that on the other side of the door, and see no light coming through, so the firstthing is to soundproof the door, the gaps at the edges of the door. 

Sometimes doorsare very thin and hollow sounding, that sounds awful. Take a piece of sheet rock or a pieceof Medite, panel adhesive, put it on the door, just let it dry, and four hours you're doneif the door is off the hinges, otherwise put a couple of screws in to hold it in placeuntil it dries. Paint it, or cover it with wallpaper, do something like that. But thathardens the door up and takes the twang of the door out of the sound in the room. Ifyou're in a panic and you don't know what to do, you have no money, you have to do twothings, you have to get rid of base energy in a room, and you have to defuse sound ina room, and you have to do soundproofing. And if you want to do all of that, for 25cents a square foot, here's what you do; you can spend a lot more than that, but here'swhat you do. 

Go to the home improvement store, buy a few stacks of sheet rock, get some moldingtrim, like something cheap, 2 by 2, maybe cedar, it's easy to drill into. And what youdo is, you- here's the ceiling, here's the wall, and here's the floor of your room, thesheet rock is 8 feet long, your room height is 8 feet long, so, now keep the sheet rock8 feet long. What you're going to do is, you're going to put molding here, screw that in,you're going to get some building insulation, and put it up in here, and you're going tolay your sheet rock in at an angle, and you do this all the way around the room. Cut yourcorners in, it'll be a little tricky, you'll figure it out. Now you have a room that hasangled, all angled walls. You've got a ceiling, but you've got carpet on the floor, the wallsare soft and flexible, and they act sort of like a membrane base trap all the way aroundthe room. You'll be a happy camper. Thanks. 

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