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How to Soundproof a Window and DIY Soundproof Window Inserts

Cost to Soundproof a Window

A few years ago, my teenager son and his friends decided to start a band. Somehow, without my consent, it was decided that my garage would be the band practice location.

Of course, I was not amused by all the noise that got out of the garage and into other rooms in the house. The fact that my home office was located right next to the garage only made it worse for me.

I could not get any work done as long as the band was practicing, which was every other day, for two hours after school!

I set about soundproofing the rooms and I was impressed by the amount of noise reduction I was able to achieve. I, however, noticed that occasionally, some noise from the garage would get into the house through the windows.

It was then that I decided to soundproof my windows…

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How To Soundproof a Bathroom in 4 Simple Steps

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There are a couple of reasons why you would want to soundproof the bathroom. For one, the flushing and showering can be really distracting to your guests especially if you have the bathroom right next to the living room or dining area.

Unfortunately, modern construction does not really take care of the issue of soundproofing. You can, however, come up with a couple of ways to ensure that the sound in your bathroom does not come out.

Of course, the soundproofing tips can range from really cheap ones to some that are a bit more expensive. Ultimately, you will have to decide on what works best for you.

Here are a couple of things that you can do to soundproof your bathroom.

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How to Soundproof a Door: 11 Best Ways to Make it Happen!

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Most homeowners are usually passionate about taking on soundproofing projects. They, therefore, will spend so much time, energy and sometimes money trying to soundproof their homes.

What most people do not realize, however, is that the doorway tends to be one of the most usual ways to let sound into your house or room.

Rather than ignore it, the doorway should be one of the first places to undertake a soundproofing project. The best news is that it doesn’t even have to be expensive.

When I decided to soundproof the rooms in my house, I was not particularly interested in the doorways. However, the need to soundproof the doorway to my home office quickly arose.

Anyone who works from home will tell you how important it is to have a suitable working environment. Any noise, even the smallest of sounds will be a distraction, and you may end up not being productive for an entire day.

Having soundproofed my home office’s windows, I realized some sound was getting in through the doorway especially when everyone else was moving about in the hallways. I set out to soundproof the doorway to my office and the results were more than what I had hoped for.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the easy steps you can take to soundproof your doorway.

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7 Cheapest Ways to Soundproof a Basement Ceiling

Cost to Soundproof a Ceiling

You are probably wondering whether you really need to soundproof the basement. Well, yes! You actually need to.

For most people, the basement may not be a special room. But there are quite a number of unique ways in which you can use your basement for.

You can turn it into a home office, or even just a chill crib. You can also decide to turn it into the kid’s study room or if you are a bookworm like I am, make it your library!

However you decide to use the basement, it may be just as necessary to make it soundproof as any other room.

Of course, I wasn’t about to spend a lot of money soundproofing the basement since I was only going to be in there for a couple of hours.

The best news about it is that soundproofing your basement does not have to cost you a fortune. With a couple of dollars and a bit of energy, you can turn your basement into a quiet and peaceful haven. Here’s how to do it.

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Noisy Footsteps? Here’s How to Make Heels Quieter

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Many women derive pleasure in the click-clack sound of their high-heels as they walk down the hallways. High-heels are undeniably classy and professional, and they invite admirations from onlookers.

However, they can be annoying, especially if you’re working in highly conservative corporate places where silence is a priority. Imagine walking on a wood floor or in a hospital ward with patients sleeping that how annoyed patients can be.

Well, since you came here I am certain you’re a responsible woman wanting to silence her heels from the annoying click-clack sound. I’ve been there too, so, I made a research about effective solutions which I reviewed hereunder to also help you overcome the noisy heels.

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How to Soundproof a Wall Cheaply: 6 Affordable Ways!

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Are you short with money? Do you lack some peace due to outdoor noise? Then, this is the right place to be.

As a mother of two, I was once short with money, and I needed some fast solution to my problem. The problem was thin walls of my nursery room.

My baby couldn’t sleep due to neighbors’ noise, therefore, neither could I. It was devastating and annoying to wake up in the middle of the night every single night for about 2 weeks.

Whenever I complained to my neighbors about being so loud, they would apologize and promise not to do the same thing again. Of course, that didn’t happen.

Luckily enough, I knew some tricks about soundproofing the walls and when I realized that they don’t give a damn about waking up my baby every night, I decided to act.

Since I was short with the money, my potential actions were limited. I started digging and found some solutions worth mentioning. Read on to learn more.

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Does Soundproofing Paint for Walls and Ceilings Work?

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One of the biggest questions in the world of soundproofing is the one about soundproofing paint. Does it work? Well, it depends. Basically, it works great at some certain noise levels.

Since my house needed an arrangement, painting, and soundproofing, I figured it out and gave a try. Long story short, this soundproofing paint did the job. No matter how strange it sounds, it can work in certain situations.

For example, if the noise that is coming from the other room is not that loud, then why would you waste money on some foam panels, blankets, and curtains when a simple soundproofing paint can do the job just fine?

Simply put, the soundproofing paint is a two-in-one solution to your problems. It will simultaneously decrease the noise level and help you redesign your room. Nevertheless, there are a lot of benefits coming from this paint.

It’s true, it demands a bit of your time and effort, but the whole procedure is quite worth. Now, let’s learn some basics about soundproofing paint when to use it, how does it work, and finally, how to achieve the best results with soundproof paint.

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How to Quiet a Noisy Lifter: Can Noisy Lifters Cause Damage?

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If you are into cars, you are very well familiar with what a lifter is.

The purpose of a lifter is to keep your engine quieter and at the same time to improve the performance of it and ensure long a healthy life of the engine.

The fact is that they are made to keep the engine quiet and to be quiet themselves. However, sometimes lifters can go faulty too and start making unnecessary noise, that is surely not something that should happen.

Sadly, this is not a rare problem. It can occur rather often in older cars and in those cars that have a really large mileage. And not to mention the cases when the car itself is not serviced regularly.

The noise that they are producing can vary. It can last from just a few moments to the full time of a motor running.

The noise that a faulty lifter can produce is usually just simple ticking or tapping, but when it happens constantly, it can be really annoying.

Just remember the tapping of water from a leaky faucet. It is not much when you look at it, but when you have to listen to it; it is even more than annoying.

Now, not that the tapping and ticking sounds of a faulty lifter are just annoying, but they can also cause or be a symptom of more serious problems on your car. If you do not take care of it in time, your engine might get seriously damaged.

For this reason, I have listed four simple and common things that might cause a noisy lifter and I have also given you some of the solutions to the problem.

But let’s first give a quick look at the damage it can cause and how harmful it can be.

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How to Soundproof a Wall Between Apartments (Without Construction)

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Do you have problems with the noise coming through the walls of your apartment? If that’s the case, then you might be looking into the right direction.

You might be living next to a couple of students who like to party even on work days. Or you just don’t feel comfortable listening to your neighbors’ conversations. Or they might have a washing mashing which is banging on the wall.

All of these, and much more are very unpleasant when it comes to sharing a wall with anyone, and you might have started to think about solutions to this problem.

When I had my first child, we’ve been living next to a family who had a very loud dog. It was barking occasionally, even in the middle of the nights, and it just happened that all of our bedrooms had shared walls with this family.

We were often waking up at night from the noises of loud barking and my child even started to get scared of this sound.

Naturally, we had to find the solution to this problem. We started looking here and there, we tried several different methods. Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t.

So, here are some of the fantastic solutions that helped me solve different soundproofing problems over the years

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How to Build a Soundproof Box for a Generator in 8 Simple Steps

How to Build a Soundproof Box for a Generator

We live in a place where natural disasters are not unknown, and they often lead to power outages.

Well, now, no one likes to be left in dark, is it right? And for that reason, power generators might come in very handy to us.

They are often used during and after power outages, while we are waiting for everything to get back on its feet again.

Subsequently, another inconvenience might show up. Generators can be very loud.

Just imagine the situation: a natural catastrophe occurs; there is an almost inevitable power outage; you are already frustrated and irritated enough, but you have remembered that you have a power generator in your house; so you find it, turn it on, and it starts buzzing like crazy.

Not very convenient now, is it?

Well, there are a few things that you can do.

First resolution to a buzzing power generator is buying a soundproof box for your generator. Alas, these generator quiet boxes are very expensive.

Yet, there is another resolution that I will be telling you about today. And that resolution is building your own soundproof box for a generator.

So, let’s begin from the scratch.

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