Author Topic: Room within a room: a duct runs through it  (Read 4135 times)


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Room within a room: a duct runs through it
« on: January 12, 2006, 04:36:18 AM »
Hi all,

I am in the midst of figuring out how to build a "room within a room" in my basement for my son the drummer. I want the room to be fairly large, since if he sticks with it, the rest of the inevitable band-to-come will show up at our house to practice. One of the central HVAC ducts leading to the upper floors of our house run right across the space, below the floor joists. Up until now, we have used the basement as a rec room, so we cut some vents directly into the outgoing duct to warm up the basement.

Here's my question. I assume that the only cost-effective way to prevent the noise--I mean, the music--from traveling through the ductwork to the rest of the house is to box off all of the ducts in the practice room, vents and all, and use a spaceheater if it gets too chilly.

Is that correct? Or is there an inexpensive and equally noise-reducing option that I have overlooked?

Thank you!

Hickory Stick

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Re: Room within a room: a duct runs through it
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006, 06:12:49 AM »
Yes, the only way to keep sound out of those ducts is to block them off.