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Soundproof a Laundry Room Door for Under $40

NOTHING drives me more crazy than a loud washing machine making noise throughout the entire house.  Fortunately, I found an inexpensive fix that totally solved the problem. I had this problem in our home because the washing machine and dryer were in the laundry room on the second floor.  While this was a convenient floor plan, having the laundry room …

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How to Quiet Road Noise in a Car

It can be really annoying to try and talk or carry on a conversation in a noisy car.  Some vehicles are better than others.  A Tesla is absolutely whisper quiet due to its electric motor; however, Jeeps and trucks are often very loud. In this article I want to share some of the things you can do to DRAMATICALLY (not …

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How to Soundproof a Window (What worked for me!)

I run a sound recording studio in my home, and also have a young daughter who is very sensitive to noise.  So, I set out to soundproof some of my windows.  In this blog post I want to share with you some of the things I’ve tried for soundproofing windows.  What’s worked, and what didn’t work. In general, just remember …

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How to Soundproof a Baby’s Room

My baby daughter is now 7 months old, and I’m really glad that I made the decision before she was born to soundproof the nursery. There are two good reasons to soundproof your baby’s room: (1) it provides a quiet place for baby to sleep without forcing everyone else in the house to be totally silent, and (2) it keeps …

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Soundproof Curtains: Do they really work?

One of the simplest solutions for soundproofing a room is soundproof curtains.  They are inexpensive, easy to hang up, and the marketing for the curtains promises the moon.  Do they really work though? In my experience, soundproof curtains are very effective for sound deadening applications, but are almost entirely useless as sound blockers.  In a practical sense, that means they …

How to Soundproof an Existing Home Office

I started working from home 5 years ago, and sound quickly became an issue with the kids playing in the other room.  Since then I’ve moved twice, and I’ve learned from each move how to better soundproof my home office. Each soundproofing project is unique, but most home offices can be effectively soundproofed for just a few hundred dollars if …

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How to Soundproof an Above-Door Air Vent

I built my home with special sound-proofing for my home office.  I put in sound board, insulation, two solid-core doors, acoustic foam, and thick carpet.  But there was one problem. All of it did practically nothing because I had a completely open vent above the door which let sound pass through easily. There are basically two ways to approach this …