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LRosen 03-24-2012 04:02 PM

How to sound insulate an existing basement suspended ceiling
 
I have a suspended ceiling in my basement apartment but can hear everything from the house above. I have new tenants moving in and would like to know how I can best block to sound with some type of material without spending a fortune. Any idea?

Windows on Wash 03-24-2012 05:00 PM

Is there existing insulation?

Typically, suspended ceilings help negate some of the transmission issues with more traditional stick framing ceilings.

jklingel 03-25-2012 10:51 PM

At risk of being told my post is "all wrong" again, I would suggest you search here for opinions on this, THEN READ what the acoustical places say. MASS. (OK, I risked it. Sue me.)

Seattle2k 03-26-2012 03:17 AM

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Originally Posted by jklingel (Post 885450)
At risk of being told my post is "all wrong" again, I would suggest you search here for opinions on this, THEN READ what the acoustical places say. MASS. (OK, I risked it. Sue me.)

Mass is correct. Rockwool insulation is a good choice, as is QuietRock, double-layer of sheetrock (with GreenGlue between the layers). Other option is to decouple the ceiling with resilient channel and sheetrock/quietrock.

user1007 03-26-2012 10:26 AM

Search for sound baffles and see if there is something you can mimmick. Rugs on floors already upstairs? Could cut some cork underlay to go under them.

Windows on Wash 03-26-2012 12:09 PM

I think we may have lost the original poster.

All the information contained within is great and it mostly depends on the level of noise, how quiet they want it, and their budget as to how they are going to do it.

jklingel 03-26-2012 12:25 PM

I hate it when a cat asks for help, then either disappears or does not think to even say "Thanks", or "BS. I'll do it my way." Dang. And I was hoping for a big enough check that I could pay for my next bush flight.

Seattle2k 03-27-2012 02:45 AM

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Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 885718)
Search for sound baffles and see if there is something you can mimmick. Rugs on floors already upstairs? Could cut some cork underlay to go under them.

Sound baffles are a room treatment, used to eliminate reflections and standing waves in the room. You'll typically find these in recording studios, large rooms (churches, halls), or theaters. Baffles are not an effective soundproofing option.

Cheers!

Windows on Wash 03-27-2012 10:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jklingel (Post 885820)
I hate it when a cat asks for help, then either disappears or does not think to even say "Thanks", or "BS. I'll do it my way." Dang. And I was hoping for a big enough check that I could pay for my next bush flight.

+1

Seems like most people do drive bys. :laughing:


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