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Author Topic: Sound Proofing Window - Magnetseal - VS - Plug  (Read 3892 times)

rs1971

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Sound Proofing Window - Magnetseal - VS - Plug
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:00:17 AM »

Hi,

I have recently moved into a new home and though the place is great in general I'm having issues with the neighbors Chihuahuas barking.  I've mostly resolved myself to it in every other room of the house but I just can't put up with it in my bedroom.  I've taken to sleeping with earplugs which does solve the sleeping issue (though I think that they are adversely affecting my sinuses) but I'd also like to be able to lay in bed and watch TV and the earplugs don't help there.  So I just want this one room to be Chihuahua noise free.

Anyway, there is only one window in the room and the opening is 47" by 47" and 5" deep with a double pane of very, very thin glass.  There is a blind which is mounted inside the frame and just about flush with the inside edge.  From the reading I've done it seems like my two most obvious options would be to remove the blinds and install a plug or to use the magnetseal setup to install an interior window.  Hopefully in this second case, the blinds will fit between the magnetseal window and the outer window. 

Can anyone give me some kind of ballpark figures for how much each approach would cost me and also how well they'd work, especially relative to each other?

Thanks!

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Re: Sound Proofing Window - Magnetseal - VS - Plug
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 04:24:17 PM »

They are basically going to work the same with a 5" space to work with. You will get at least a 3" dead air space which will be maximum reduction.
Cost run about the same for both systems after all materials are purchased.

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rs1971

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Re: Sound Proofing Window - Magnetseal - VS - Plug
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 03:55:17 AM »

So I am finally getting around to working on installing the magnaseal window and I have a question.  The blinds in the window were installed such that they were part way inside the window box and part way out, making it impossible to install the magnaseal window without removing them.  So in preparation I I removed them from where they were an set them a bit further inside the box, so that no part was extending past the plane of the inside edge of the window box.  Instead of empty space then, between the outside window and the magnaseal window, I'll have my blinds.  As a practical matter, will this make the solution any less effective?  Should I consider just removing  them blinds altogether or purchasing larger ones which can be mounted entirely external to the window box?

Thanks.

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Re: Sound Proofing Window - Magnetseal - VS - Plug
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 05:18:22 PM »

the blinds really would have little effect to no effect on the noise reduction, however certain blinds do not do well when you have heat build up with in the dead air space.
With that being said I would take them out of the dead air space and install then on the outside of the system.

Randy S.
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rs1971

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Re: Sound Proofing Window - Magnetseal - VS - Plug
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014, 02:11:08 AM »

Thanks Randy.  The problem is that they are not wide enough to install on the outside.  They are sized to fit inside.  I'll see how if goes.  If the heat is a problem (and it might be, I live near Yuma, AZ), I'll just remove them and buy new ones.  (as an aside: man your image verification is tough.  I've tried like six  times already and I can't get the letters right. And there is nothing wrong with my eyesight)