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Old 02-03-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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Reducing overhead footstep noise


We're in the process of building out a home theater in our basement. It's a pretty old house, and creaking and stomping can be heard pretty loudly. From what I've read, there's not too much that can be done without dealing directly with the floorboards in the room overhead.

Since this is not an option at the present time, does anyone have any other creative solutions?
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I usually have volume turned up in my tv room loud enough that anything from above short of a basketball game probably wouldn't be heard. more likely lord of the rings would be interfering with what ever was going on the floor above.

That being said there are acoustic treatments to reduce noise although I wouldn't expect it to eliminate it.
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Ha! "More volume" is the solution to many of life's problems.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:52 PM   #4
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There are more than a few threads on here about soundproofing ceiling assemblies. If you Google sound isolation clips and resilient channel you should find several items that will help uncouple the framing from the downstairs.

Between the sound proofing of the framing and insulating the joist cavities, you can create a pretty good and near soundproof assembly.
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Something like this.

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Thanks windows. I was just researching resilient channels when your post came through!
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