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Re: bmoc's Ongoing Gameroom Project

by bmoc Sat May 04, 2019 10:32 pm

The radon fan was installed a few weeks ago and it drastically reduced the radon levels. I'm caulking cracks in floor and that seems to be helping too.

Currently I am working on soundproofing the ceiling of the game room. My daughter's bedroom is directly above it so it needs a little more than just drywall. Last month I got insulation in the ceiling and sealed large gaps with canned spray foam. Today I started installing some mass loaded vinyl in the ceiling.

Holy crap, that stuff is heavy! It weighs about 1 lb per square foot. I had to rig up a tall brace with 2x4's so that my wife could help me install it. She was in charge of holding the brace while I nailed it up with a roofing gun. We got one row of vinyl up tonight and we hope to finish tomorrow.

When that is done, we should be ready for drywall. We are going to hire a crew for that because there is no way I'm installing drywall on the ceiling by myself.
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by bmoc Sun May 05, 2019 5:23 pm

We finished installing the vinyl just now. It definitely makes a difference. Playing some music at a moderate listening level was barely audible in my daughter's bedroom upstairs. It will only get better with drywall and some acoustical caulk.

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Re: bmoc's Ongoing Gameroom Project

by 8bit Wed May 08, 2019 3:39 pm

Thats awesome. I wish i could do that for every wall in my house! How much was the material roughly?
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by bmoc Wed May 08, 2019 4:26 pm

I got it from here. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DVK1IE/

I purchased two 25ft rolls so about $400 for me. It was way cheaper than using insulation made for soundproofing like Roxul Safe N Sound. It is a beast to install though. If I had it to do over again, I would have had two people with good upper body strength assist me. Two people to hold it up and one person to nail it in.

Don't even think about installing this stuff yourself unless you can get your hands on a roofing nailgun. Trying to nail it in by hand or with screws will kill your arms (and the arms of whoever is holding it up). On a related note, it is hard to find small quantities of coiled roofing nails at Home Depot. I got the smallest box they had and I probably have about 6000 leftover nails. :lol:

I looked into lots of soundproofing options: Safe N Sound insulation, Green Glue + an extra layer of drywall, mass loaded vinyl, and resilient channel. I figured regular R-13 insulation and mass loaded vinyl would give me the best bang for my buck. I wasn't looking for total soundproofing; I just wanted enough so that normal volumes would not keep my daughter up at night. If I were trying to soundproof an existing wall or ceiling, I'd probably go with Green Glue and an extra layer of 5/8 inch drywall.
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Re: bmoc's Ongoing Gameroom Project

by bmoc Wed May 22, 2019 7:24 pm

So drywall happened today unexpectedly. I didn't get the temporary lights down because I didn't know they were coming today. And they cut the drywall around them...

Oh well, it just means they get to patch it.

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