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    basement sound dampening

    finishing a room in the basement ... right now you can hear everything going on the basement from just about anywhere upstairs.

    I'm assuming things will quiet down a little bit once the drywall is up (both ceiling and walls). Anyone know if I should insulate it a little bit? I don't need it to be a sound studio, and granted, I won't be using as many power tools in the future once its finished.

    what do you think? (also note in your answers: I'm cheap)


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    Re: basement sound dampening

    What did you say? Carpet and rugs help.....


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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Regular bat insulation will help with reduce sound transfer. Like you said it won't be a sound studio but it will be better than just drywall and it is relatively inexpensive.



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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Buy some cheap bat insulation and insulate the celling and walls (that dont face the outside).


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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Like everyone else said, just buy some cheapo insulation and toss it up there. It will reduce the sound a lot. You can also buy channels that will go up first that reduce the vibration of the drywall and thus reduce the sound.


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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Always a little creepy when people are asking how to dampen the sound in their basement.



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    Re: basement sound dampening

    I just had "white noise" installed in my office. It makes an incredible difference. It's not inexpensive though.


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    Re: basement sound dampening

    kinda what I thought .. thanks guys.



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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Quote Originally Posted by djkent01 View Post
    I just had "white noise" installed in my office. It makes an incredible difference. It's not inexpensive though.
    White noise?



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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    White noise?
    It's a series of speakers installed above your ceiling tiles. When you listen for it, it sounds like a furnace blower or the ocean sounds - butt once you get used to it you don't hear it at all.. It baffles the effects of sound carrying from one room to the next. I'm a CPA and I need to have my clients feel like what they're telling me is confidential - and believe me it is. I have to literally shout out of my office to get any of the admin people to hear me.

    The local Muzak distributor sells and installs these.


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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Quote Originally Posted by djkent01 View Post
    It's a series of speakers installed above your ceiling tiles. When you listen for it, it sounds like a furnace blower or the ocean sounds - butt once you get used to it you don't hear it at all.. It baffles the effects of sound carrying from one room to the next. I'm a CPA and I need to have my clients feel like what they're telling me is confidential - and believe me it is. I have to literally shout out of my office to get any of the admin people to hear me.

    The local Muzak distributor sells and installs these.
    That sounds pretty awesome. Or doesn't sound at all.



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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    Always a little creepy when people are asking how to dampen the sound in their basement.
    it puts the lotion on its skin...



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    Re: basement sound dampening

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    it puts the lotion on its skin...
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    Re: basement sound dampening

    A lot of home theater people just use double the amount of drywall(2 deep) to keep out sound. I don't know if this is possible in the ceiling.

    I've also heard of people using a product called Roxul AFB



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    Re: basement sound dampening

    Same question for the ceiling do you used the faced batt insulation for the ceiling? I've heard both yes and no from people. Yes=it doesnt matter and no=use the unfaced stuff to let moisture flow upward

    Thanks



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