Sound Proofing a door. Ideas !!!
I live in a unit, flat, apartment, whatever you call it. Any ways it
gets a little noiseing in the hallway from time to tme and would like
to sound proof my main door.
Its just a hollow one, problaby why it snot doing frack to stop any
noise. Probalby easist way is to buy a sold door, but I like a project
I was thinking of putting something into the door to sound proof it,
but not sure what.
Any ideas ???
Google ''Sound proofing a door'' for ideas. I'm not saying to buy the
products you see, but to get ideas on what needs to be done:
Thick foam tape around the opening, foamboard on the door itself, air
space between the foam and the door, a loud stereo, etc.
Good idea, ceptin you might be drilling a lot of holes, as there is
corrugation/bracing on the inside of hollow core doors.
Also, that HD spray foam , Great Stuff, comes in 3 diff. "expandabilities".
A quick and dirty way is simply to buy 4x8 sheets of sound deadening board
and attach it to the door--forgot what it's called, but I bleeve HD has it.
Attaching on both the inside and outside of the door would be optimal.
Also, getting the hallway itself treated could be a big help. Carpeting is
a great sound deadener for hallways.
Don't know what else the owner would spring for, but if he's like most
owners, proly not much.
Mr. P.V.\'d (formerly Droll Troll), Yonkers, NY
Depending upon your locality and the situation,
if this is the main door to your home, a hollow core door may not meet
building codes and laws regarding security or fire safety.
You might want to check out the situation, and then work with the
landlord (maybe pay part of the cost or do some work) to bring the
door up to snuff.
That and some good weather stripping (including threshold / sweep)
should do wonders to reduce noise coming in the door.
If noise is still a problem, you can then try additional measures.
generally speaking, adding mass to the door (or wall) will improve its
noise attenuation. A rule of thumb is if you double the mass of the
door, you reduce the noise passing thru by -6db. -6db is a
substantial improvement in the way humans perceive sound.
Keep in mind, that any composite wall will have what is termed a
"coincidence dip" which will occur at a frequency near that of the
walls natural resonant frequency. what this means is that for that
particular sound frequency range you will hear certain sounds louder
than other sounds falling in other frequency ranges. A good example
of this is listening to a car driving by behind a glass window. The
resonant frequency of an insulated glass window is relatively high so
you hear the higher frequency sounds pass through yet the lower
frequency sounds are more attenuated (compared to listening to a car
without a window in front of you).
anyway, using weatherstripping, etc to fill in the gaps around the
door will only do so much. What you really want ideally is a heavy
(massive) door. In your case, that may not be acheivable short of
replacing the door or modifying it to the point where you won't get
your security deposit back or where it would lose its aesthetic appeal
I have a bunch of clothes I don't need anymore and they are not good
enough to give away, so I will use those to push into the door and see
what that does.
Ill just conpact them into the door as much as I can, without m akeing
the door look like its about to have kids :)
It should help, though not sure if they will blockout low pitch or
high pitch noise more ???
I got around to putting the weather proofing on the edges of the door
and it works pretty good, no alot of sound gets though now its kind of
muffled, though not perfect.
Will add some heavey curtians to get the resat of the sound and see
how that goes, if that does not get it all Will do some other stuff :)
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