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How do I soundproof a wall?

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Posted by: from Victoria
3/27/2015 at 1:00:48 AM

The wall in question is between a reception area and a yoga studio. I was told the wall is not insulated and was not "properly built" and is a hanging wall. The floors in the heritage building are so uneven that there is a large space under one end of each of the two doors going into the studio.

Is there any point in trying to soundproof the wall when the doors don't entirely reach the floor?

I've heard of acoustic/soundproof curtains which I could hang along the length of the wall.

What is going to be the easier/most cost effective approach?

I'm tired of shushing students that are in the reception area waiting for the current class to end. Similar problem with the second yoga studio that is above the reception area that has a lot of single-pane glass.

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Date/Time3/27/2015 at 11:46:47 AM

Ida,

It is a tough one to do a good job but here are some thoughts. The best way would be to re-make the wall in question. I could be made with staggered 2x4's with soundproofing insulation through out the entire length. The new wall would also be made to fit and not have any gaps. The doors could have a rubber sweep added (sweep is a piece that simply screws to the door, is flexible, and contacts the floor. Like an outside door). I have also seen inexpensive carpet glued to a wall to buffer the sound. (this can be done to actually look like art.) There are also acoustic tiles that can be added to absorb excess noise. You probably won't eliminate the noise but could certainly lessen the impact.

Regards,

Mark

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