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peterosefield

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2 double walls and 2 single walls – am I just being too cheap?
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:28:04 PM »
I’d like to build a soundproof room in my unfinished basement and am wondering what the difference would be between a full “room in a room” vs having fully independent double walls for the 2 interior walls, but using the existing external walls for the other two.  The ceiling will be attached to the walls but not the floor joists above.  More detailed info follows:

Goals:
1)   “Sensitive recording”  I have a ridiculously sensitive mic so I’d like a room with as little background noise as possible.  I can keep the house quiet when I want to record, but there’s a surprising amount of background noise that I can’t seem to “turn off”.
2)   “Late night drumming”  I’d like to be able to play the drums without waking people upstairs.  It’s ok if they can be heard faintly.

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peterosefield

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Re: 2 double walls and 2 single walls – am I just being too cheap?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 05:31:54 PM »
Current situation:
•   9’ high unfinished basement
•   Plan to build a room in the corner, about 9’ by 13’
•   My furnace, HRV, gas water heater, dehumidifier are all on the other side of where the 9’ wall will be.
•   Two walls are exterior walls and have:
     o   No windows
     o   Concrete foundation
     o   Wood framed wall with insulation
     o   Metal stud wall with insulation in front of that (I guess for extra thermal insulation)
     o   Vapor barrier in front of that.

My plan (and question re-stated):
•   Build wooden-stud interior walls up to the ceiling.
•   Inside that either build 4 new walls and ceiling with metal studs, or just 2 new walls and attach the ceiling to these and the existing exterior walls.  For cost, effort, and space considerations I prefer the latter.  How much improvement should I expect with the former?

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Re: 2 double walls and 2 single walls – am I just being too cheap?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2011, 08:40:01 PM »
you have a lot of variables here, because you are doing sensitive recording this will not be a simple system.Room inside of room will be the best approach, we will still have to address concrete foundation.
Give me a call direct when you have a few minutes to discuss.

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