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Old 05-27-2012, 09:46 AM   #31
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Hi Ted - thanks for the valuable info. Any thoughts on the type of caulk with drywall to further enhance soundproofing? I know some companies offer fancy caulk for soundproofing but wasn't sure if I can use standard caulk?

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Wow. That was soothing... Not a good comparison, just FYI. Walls and floors are bounded by mass layers. In a wall you'd want cheap fiberglass.

You can use standard caulk, but you may find a quality acoustical sealant for the same price per fluid oz. as a quality 50 year latex painters caulk.
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Wow. That was soothing... Not a good comparison, just FYI. Walls and floors are bounded by mass layers. In a wall you'd want cheap fiberglass.

You can use standard caulk, but you may find a quality acoustical sealant for the same price per fluid oz. as a quality 50 year latex painters caulk.


Thanks Ted. That's exactly what John H told me today any suggestions on which areas require caulking other than the obviously seams at the top and bottom of drywall? Thanks
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That's funny. Aside from the perimeter when both layers are done, you will seal outlets and other penetratons. Also, as you're drywalling, if there are gaps 1/4" or larger, put a bit of sealant in there as well.
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Ted - one more question if you don't mind. I presume many acoustical caulks (such as USG and OSI) are not water based so more difficult to work with vs. 50 yr latex caulk? I just want to provide fool proof items for my builder to avoid any hassles and errors.

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I would recommend using the product designed for a specific application. I would not use bath caulk on windows, and would recommend acoustical sealant for this application.

Most acoustical sealants are water based.

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