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Soundproofing Rooms

Here are some key tips to the best way to soundproof walls.

Soundproofing RoomsQ: I practice the trombone for several hours at home each day. Obviously, my wife and neighbors aren't thrilled about this situation. How can I soundproof a room as a home practice studio?
- Jeremy

A: An entire field of specialty contractors focuses on soundproofing rooms to serve as recording/practice studios or home theaters, or simply to cut noise from something like a nearby freeway. Consulting an expert will provide the most thorough sound-control program. Look in the Yellow Pages under Acoustical Consultants.

At a more basic level, you can do several things to cut sound transmission without resorting to the garage-band tricks of nailing old mattresses to the walls and stuffing window openings with sheets of rigid foam insulation.

If you're building new rooms from scratch, use construction techniques that dramatically cut sound transmission. An extra sheet of drywall on interior walls, for example, reduces noise, but the best trick involves making the wall thicker by framing it so each stud touches the drywall on only one side of the wall. This makes it difficult for sound waves to vibrate their way through the wall. You'll find useful diagrams of this setup at the Soundproofing 101 web site.

For existing rooms, one of the best sound fixes is a new door. For example, Doorcraft says its ProCore solid-core doors are 50 percent quieter than hollow-core doors and quieter than solid wood doors, too. A couple of other quick solutions: Install mats made of soundproofing foam and seal openings such as outlet boxes to cut sound transmission.

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