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By Jennifer in Shelbyville, IN on 7/28/2005


I was wanting to know what others have done with regards to insulating between interior walls for soundproofing.  I would like to insulate around bathroom walls and between bedroom walls so the sound doesn't carry as well.  Will this mess up the overall cooling and heating effectiveness in the house?
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By Netie in Salt Lake City, UT on 7/28/2005


If you want real sound deadening advise - Google it under home theater or home recording studio - you'll get more info than you know what to do with!

Hubby isn't here to ask, but I think we're just going to double drywall on none bearing walls and do a  plywood underlayment on bearing to combo  shear strength (earthquake country here!) and reduction of wall sound.

Don't forget - cheap doors - are loud - so if you spend the extra money on upgrading, do the better doors too - or it's a complete waste.


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By Jon in Ellicott City, MD on 7/29/2005


I second Netie's suggestion.  There is a ton of info on sound insulation on the net.  Google on anything like "sound insulation" and you'll quickly find what you're looking for.  I'll attach a couple websites you can start with.

Good luck!

http://www.hometips.com/cs-protected/guides/soundinsul.html

 

 

http://www.naima.org/pages/resources/library/html/BI476.HTML

 

 

http://alsnetbiz.com/homeimprovement/faq10.html


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By David in San Francisco, CA on 7/29/2005


This is the best I have seen:

http://quietsolution.com/

It's used like normal drywall and each sheet equals 18 sheets of standard drywall. Pretty pricey but if you use it sparingly you will achieve what you want. 


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By Andrew in Phelan, CA on 7/30/2005


I was just told by a local home theater business to shear the walls, use 5/8 drywall, and insulate.  Also, using solid core doors is a huge sound deadener.

In my last home I only insulated, and this house is getting the works. My theater room will be double drywalled, 2x6 framed, sealed door, and insulated.


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By Jim in Austin, TX on 7/31/2005


Jennifer,

Soundproofing the bedroom and bathroom walls can be easily done with standard wall insulation. The total elimination of sound emanating from a bathroom or bedroom isn't possible this way, but it is enough to muffle the 'obvious' to more desirable, less intelligible sounds.

In most of the homes I have designed I have either placed closets to aid in the sound control or have spec'd for insulating the bathroom and master bedroom walls. I have also done the same for the study, especially if the floor is of a hard surface.

The suggestions below are good for media rooms or playrooms, but maybe too expensive of a solution for everyday use rooms like the bathroom.

The use of exhaust fans in the bathroom as well as radios in the bedroom could provide you the sound dispersion you so desire if an immediate fix is warranted. Otherwise, the use of simple insulating material is the way to go and is easier on the wallet and has no effect on the heating/cooling systems of the structure.

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