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using linoleum on walls and ceiling of basement
« on: July 15, 2009, 03:23:20 PM »
Has anybody tried using linoleum (real linoleum made from linseed oil, not synthetic/vinyl flooring) for soundproofing? I am one of those people who is freaked out by vinyl (see and it seems like linoleum might be an alternative to MLV. I'm thinking of using it as a layer on the walls and ceiling of the basement practice room I am planning. I don't know the weight/density of it off hand, but I do know it is surprisingly heavy.

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Re: using linoleum on walls and ceiling of basement
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 04:24:44 PM »
I have no idea.It would seem to be an overwhelming amount of seams and leaks to be addressed therefore increasing your chances of a failed effort.
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Re: using linoleum on walls and ceiling of basement
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 04:54:29 PM »
Even if you could get very large pieces with few seams to compromise your effort, the plan is a bad one.  Linoleum is not flexible, at least not compared to MLV.  And if you're going to just slap it up on the walls with adhesive, that will have absolutely no effect on sound transmission.  A big waste of time.

Even MLV doesn't work well rigidly attached to a solid substrate.  To get optimum performance from MLV, you should hang it as a limp curtain, with full coverage and seams sealed. 

I've seen the movie you linked and I found it to be mostly nonsense.  The filmaker apparently decided she had an aesthetic objection to vinyl siding and went on a self-aggrandizing crusade to get rid of it.  Lotsa luck to her!!  Maybe vinyl does emit semi-toxic gases when burned, but there's a simple solution to that: don't burn it.

In short, you have to spend money to get effective soundproofing.  When you have a realistic budget, then you can get good advice on your options.