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thomasholmes

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activity center noise abatement
« on: May 06, 2009, 09:44:20 PM »
We just completed renovation of a 1300 sq ft open room for an activity center for seniors. No sound materials were used. I think we have the worst configuration possible: hardwood floor, 17th high tin ceiling, north tin wall, east wall is floor to ceiling store front glass, the south and west wall are drywall.
this is a 120 yr old building with spaced columns (drywall).
the noise level is unbearable. I would say it is mostly reverberations/echos as the seniors aren't that loud.

Questions:
are the pyramids/cones better for echos than hanging panels, or shall I do both?
should I add pyramids on the walls, columns, corners, etc. need the ceiling? plus hang panels or just one style?
are three inch panels superior than one or one half inch panels?
is it better to hang the ceiling panels vertically or horizontally?
if I wrap the heat/AC tubes (2ft dia) with sound absorbing material would that help? I could probably get a few hundred sq ft of material applied.
I'm thinking all my material would be hung high in the 17th high room for visual reasons. will hanging everything high work in reducing the echos?

thanks in advance for a reply. your free download is great, I'm buying the book.

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Re: activity center noise abatement
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 09:08:57 PM »
Questions:
are the pyramids/cones better for echos than hanging panels, or shall I do both?BOTH
should I add pyramids on the walls, columns, corners, etc. need the ceiling? plus hang panels or just one style?YOU SHOULD USE BAFFLES hung from the ceiling and FABtech panels for walls
are three inch panels superior than one or one half inch panels?yes 3" have a higher NRC rating
is it better to hang the ceiling panels vertically or horizontally?this depends on coverage needed. (" A cloud system covers more area") horizontally.
if I wrap the heat/AC tubes (2ft dia) with sound absorbing material would that help? I could probably get a few hundred sq ft of material applied.at this point I am unsure of the overall effect. probably not much unless that is a major sound source
I'm thinking all my material would be hung high in the 17th high room for visual reasons. will hanging everything high work in reducing the echos?yes

Now there is quite a bit more to this then just putting up some panels, there is a ratio that you will have to achieve in order to see any results. It would be best to give me a call when you have a chance.
This is the link to the FABTECH panels and Baffles that you would need. [/color]
http://www.soundproofing.org/sales/flameresistant.htm
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