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Old 08-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #1
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Sound barrier between basement and main living area.


Hardwood flooring throughout home (1650 sf). Basement is concrete floor. We want to finish the basement (rec/family area) in the future, but in the meantime, noise from up and down is an issue. I want to fill rafters with insulation, but my husband says this won't help. I think it will. Anyone have a solution? I can't even call a friend after 10 PM w/o waking him up, so I seriously need some help with this... Any one ?

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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Sound barrier between basement and main living area.


that is the best use of fiberglass batts, though installing overhead REQUIRES, imo, a tyvek siut, eye and face protection. cotton, wool, etc, batts are less worrisome. if temporary, skip the double sheet rock, etc routine.

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What to use to cover the fiberglass batts?

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Old 08-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
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Fiberglass batts will help with higher frequency noises like voices, but won't help with lower frequencies like footsteps. If you are trying to block you voice & tv from the basement level up to the first floor, then fiberglass batt and acoustical ceiling tile & grid would be a good/cheap start.
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