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A Step-By-Step Guide on Soundproofing the Basement

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To maximize space, you can turn your basement into a home theater or a spot for your kids to play musical instruments. In fact, you can use your basement for anything that will generate noise. Of course, you have to soundproof the basement first.

Apart from reducing noise, soundproofing also keeps the footsteps on the floor above from being heard. There are many ways to soundproof any room and no, you don’t have to pay a professional to get the job done. In fact, you can soundproof your basement in just a weekend or two.

Thinking about soundproofing your basement but you do not know where to start? Consider this step-by-step guide how:

Step1: Sealing the Ceiling

Before proceeding with the project, you want to make sure the ceiling of the basement is completely sealed off. This way, the sound waves will not pass through the walls and disrupt the peace in your home.

To seal your basement ceiling, you have to caulk all the gaps and cracks to minimize sound transmission. You need to seal all the cracks on the walls too. If you leave out any gap, the sound will seep through so the room is not completely soundproof.

Step 2: Installing Insulation to the Walls

Start by clearing the room and leaving the walls bare all the way to the studs. Get rolls of insulation and start filling in between every stud. You can use an industrial-sized stapler to staple the insulation and keep it in place. Make sure all the walls are covered by the insulation to sound proof the room.

Step 3: Adding Drywall

After installing the insulation, add a layer of drywall. You need to get enough .5 inch drywall to cover the entire room. Cut each sheet according to the right size. Make sure each sheet fits seamlessly with each other. Screw the drywall into the studs and use a drywall tape to seal the seams. Finally, cover the entire drywall with drywall mud. Leave the drywall mud to dry and sand to a smooth finish before painting it over.

If say, the first layer of drywall is not enough to soundproof the walls, you’d have to add another layer of drywall.

Step 4: Fitting the Acoustic Tile

Before installing the acoustic tile, you want to develop the framework first for your dropped ceiling. Start by measuring 12 inches from the ceiling then again several times along each wall. Mark the measurements to connect them to where you will attach the outside framework for the dropped ceiling.

Now, measure the distance between holes on every outer framework section. Measure the lines along the wall and drill into the drywall. Insert the outside pieces using screws and repeat until the entire wall is done.

Install the crosspieces in place. The holes have to be pre-drilled so the attachments fit nicely. Join the points together using nuts and bolts and secure them in place. Make sure every open square is the right size for the acoustic tile.

Finally, once the full framework of the dropped ceiling is installed, pop the tiles into place. Insert each tile at an angle then rest the lip of the tile on the metal framework. Do this repeatedly until each tile is installed to the ceiling.

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