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Old 05-26-2007, 10:05 PM   #1
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How Do You Make the Laundry Room Flooring Resist Noise?


We are planning to fix the flooring of the Laundry Room. Whenever the washer runs, you can hear and feel the vibration from the 2nd floor.
The washer is a front loader which has a high rpm.

I already balance the adjustment underneath the washer to make it level and balance the load of the laundry.

The floor is currently linoneum and we are planning to make it porcelain tiles. The room is just 6 feet by 8 feet.

Is there a way to lessen the vibration noise from the laundry room?
(underlayment?, floating floor?, naildown?, etc.)


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Old 05-26-2007, 10:22 PM   #2
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Tiling the floor will definetely help reduce the noise a lot.

Be sure to use 1/2" hardibacker for the underlayment of your tile. Not 1/4"

Another solution would be to remove the sheetrock below and insulate the in between the floor and re sheetrock. But thats a little extreme for noise reduction

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Tiling the floor will definetely help reduce the noise a lot.

Be sure to use 1/2" hardibacker for the underlayment of your tile. Not 1/4"

Another solution would be to remove the sheetrock below and insulate the in between the floor and re sheetrock. But thats a little extreme for noise reduction
Can you explain further about the sheetrock? There is a crawlspace 6 feet high underneath the said flooring so I guess it can be doable.
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Can you explain further about the sheetrock? There is a crawlspace 6 feet high underneath the said flooring so I guess it can be doable.
Okay I misunderstood you....my thoughts on your home layout where that your laundry room was upstairs (which is not uncommon) and your family room or bedroom was probably directly below the laundry room...hence the need for sound proofing.
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You need something like this http://gviinc.net/

I would try using something home made before I spent $60 plus shipping for 8 pads.
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BiG M. had a good suggestion.

There is nothing that you can do with any kind of sound proofing in such a circumstance.
Why? Because we are not talking about ''sound waves''. We are talking about ''vibrations.'' Two totally different issues. One travels through the air, the other through the 'structure' of the home.

As was suggested, you need to look at what you can do at the area where the machines sit (The area in between the machine and the floor)and transmit ''vibrations'' to the home itself.
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I have found Ke shake away pads that solved my vibration problem. I have a fridgedare front loader on a pedestal in a 46yr old home. The washer still vibrates but it doesnt make my walls and floor feel and sound like a herd of elephants tramping through. If my floors were a bit more sturdy i dont think i would notice it at all now.
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KE Shake Away Plus pads are your answer...I picked up a set at Lowes for $30. lowes.com......i think they are on ebay too. I have a frigidaire washer on a pedestal on a wood floor. The vibrations shook pictures of the wall in the next room. When I put the pads underneath I hardly noticed the machine running anymore. They are vibration isolation pads. not sure how they work..but they do!

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