"How to Expertly SoundProof Using DIY Tools and Materials"
Does the approach change if the noise is from traffic instead of planes, people, pets, trains or doof doof music?
Again the answer is a definite YES!
- How do you decide whether to begin with the walls, the doors, the floor, the ceiling or the windows and how much time and effort do you put into each?
- Which are the most common and the most inexpensive materials?
- Which materials are easier to work with and easier to buy?
- Do you use drywall, tiles, acoustic foam, mats, lead, egg cartons or someother type of panels or insulation?
- How do you prioritise your noise problems and how do you find the pathways which allow the "noise pollution" into your home? This is the first step.
- What's the difference between window double glazing and double windows? What's the difference between float glass and laminated glass?
There seems to be lots of generic soundproofing information around but will it work for your problem?
The trouble is every time you search the Internet for soundproofing information you encounter all sorts of products and recommendations. But basically it seems there is no simple, clear, unbiased and practical step-by-step DIY advice anywhere that will guarantee good soundproofing results on a sensible budget!
There are hundreds of soundproofing products and recommendations:
- Lots of materials are very expensive or difficult to find;
- A number of methods require special equipment or training.
- Lots provide only small benefits;
- Many of them don't work very well;
- Many materials are hard to handle;
- Certain techniques are too difficult to do yourself;
"Soundproofing is not like any other do-it-yourself project. you can't just make it up and hope for the best."
- Correct "soundproofing" installation can increase the effectiveness of the materials by 50% or more.
- You need the right materials for your specific noise type and source.
- You need to be able to do it yourself easily, cheaply and quickly and have a nice looking job at the end.
- You have to have the correct advice and very clear easy to follow directions for every step of the process - right from the start.