Author Topic: Soundproofing behind a radiator?  (Read 5210 times)

sblecher

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Soundproofing behind a radiator?
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:26:06 PM »
Our neighbor plays the piano and the sound fills our loft apartment. We recently took off our radiator cover and noticed a big hole through to their apartment (and zero insulation between our radiators). Has anyone ever dealt with soundproofing behind a heat source?

thanks,
sblecher

bjnash

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Re: Soundproofing behind a radiator?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 11:57:00 PM »
Obviously this is a major sound leak- the building maintenance people probably won't know what to do.  Best to get a contractor to deal with it.  It will no doubt mean removing one or both radiators and soundproofing/thermal insulation put in!

BJ Nash

sblecher

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Re: Soundproofing behind a radiator?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2007, 05:08:39 PM »
What materials will both reduce the sound and stand up to the heat? The building is very warm so the noise is a much bigger issue than losing heat to the neighbors.

Here's a picture for anyone who is curious....

johnbergstromslc

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Re: Soundproofing behind a radiator?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007, 02:30:25 AM »
Well, even silicone caulk is rated to several hundred degrees, so it will readily seal up the hole.  You could also use hi-temp RTV - red, black or copper.  You can pick them up in a department store automotive section.   

You only have a thin piece of sheet metal between you and your neighbors space??  It looks like you need something with good mass and non-combustible (even though a radiator rarely exceeds 120-130 degrees) so you might want to try cement board, also known as 'Durock' or 'Wonderboard'.  It's a bitch to cut and fit, but you could probably just 'glue' it in place with the RTV, provided you hold it temporarily while it sets.   

 

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