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Old 03-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #31
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Can you put a 20 lbs. plywood on a interior, hollow wooden door?


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If mass helps, why not screw on some cement/fiber board like used for bath/kitchen/tile flooring? That's heavy, durable to an extent and pretty "massy".... it'd block more sound than foam, for sure. Cut to size easier too.

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Yeah, but he wants to hang it off a hollow core door with only 2 hinges. The torque would probably de-screw the top hinge in not too much time. The door itself would probably stand up to it, because hollow core doors are pretty well made (even the cheap ones). They make great desks on a budget.

I think the weak point is the hinges.

Oh, and cutting the circular hole for the knob in the durock might be a trick (unless you have a big hole saw that cuts concrete)...
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yeah, but for just a couple of months it should hold. And just notch out the doorknob area, no need to drill.

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Because I don't want to go through the trouble of installing a new door...

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...(I don't care about how it looks, since I am going to move from that place in about two months anyway)
baby327, all of this effort for 2 months? And, if you are leaving in 2 mos., the likelihood of having to install a new door anyway is high, if you're renting. But maybe you are living with family and they don't care about their 'attic' door. Still, a lot of effort for just a few months.

The ideas you've mentioned that are simple (i.e., foam) will be ineffective, and the ones that will actually help to block noise, impractical and more effort than a new door.

Obviously you want to do it right, or you wouldn't be asking, but for just a few months, I would just buy a door sweep, maybe some cheap weather stripping and maybe a dense 2" or 3" foam mattress that I could secure against the door when in the room. Not perfect, especially for low frequency sound, but likely more effective than the foam board, certainly less messy and not permanent (try peeling off the foam board later...). I would save the real effort for a longer term residence.

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yeah, but for just a couple of months it should hold. And just notch out the doorknob area, no need to drill.

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Notching sounds good.

Say, you know what? Maybe a set of active noise canceling headphones would make more sense for two months. Or even just ear plugs.
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Unless it's to stop noise from going DOWNstairs FROM that room.... but yeah, that's a good idea if not.

(way cheaper and less work too! LOL)

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Just hang two quilts from the head casing in front of the door on the hall side not to interfere with the door swing. You may need the space under the door as a cold-air return for the forced air furnace......

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Just hang two quilts from the head casing in front of the door on the hall side not to interfere with the door swing. You may need the space under the door as a cold-air return for the forced air furnace......

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I retract all my previous advice. I assumed OP wanted to soundproof a dungeon or home recording studio.

RENTER?!?

Don't mess with the door unless you want to buy a new one when you move out.

I've got a ton o' sympathy for sound overflow (my source of noise sleeps next to me). But caveat rentor
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I second the quilt idea - might even get back some of the security deposit, too.
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I second the quilt idea - might even get back some of the security deposit, too.
Quilts have an STC rating of about 0.
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How about a piece of carpet? A nice shag carpet! You can put some grommets in it and hang it off the top. Then you can remove it when you move.

I'm sure some thick carpet or a moving blanket might help blank out the sound.

This may sound weird, but I often find that with TV and conversations, the reason it is annoying is not the noise, but that it's somewhat recognizable as voices. If you get a white noise generator (or a fan, air filter, humidifier) it might jsut be what you need to ignore the tv/conversations in another room.
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How about a piece of carpet?
Carpet has an STC rating of about 0 too.
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Carpet has an STC rating of about 0 too.
What about a 1970's shag carpet ?

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ANY material will have 100% soundproofing effectiveness if applied thick enough.

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ANY material will have 100% soundproofing effectiveness if applied thick enough.

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If that's rule #1, then rule #2 must be "there's no such thing as sound proof."

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