Garage Soundproofing: How to Account for Ventilation in a Soundproof Garage Garage Soundproofing: How to Account for Ventilation in a Soundproof Garage

What You'll Need
Wire strippers
Ready mix cement
Ventilation fan
Voltage detector
Foam insulation
Tape measure

Garage soundproofing is difficult to do because the walls are usually thin and the garage door passes sound easily. there is also the problem of half finished walls, which are often seen in garages. However if you manage to make your garage soundproof, you would have created a room that has nothing to let air in so it would get hot and sweaty inside quiet fast. So either you open the door or windows from time to time to allow fresh air to come in or you install an air ventilation fan. A commercial ventilation can always be had but this will usually cost you a fortune. Luckily, you can construct a fairly decent ventilation yourself, which can make life bearable for you inside the soundproofed garage.

Step 1 - Assessing the Garage

After garage soundproofing, decide on the proper place to put the vents and consider the size of the fan that you are going to use. If there are windows on your garage, you should assess if they are suitable for ventilation too. This is because windows can be converted into a ventilation inlet if you do not want to do much construction work. 

Step 2 - Measuring the Ventilation Space

Measure the vent gap according to the size of the fan you are going to use for your  garage soundproofing ventilation. To do it, measure the dimensions of the fan with the tape measure and take your guidance from it. If you need to place the ventilation higher, you will have to use the ladder to do it.

Step 3 - Making the Ventilation Gap

If there is some sort of wall covering, use the knife to cut and remove it from the wall, which should expose the masonry beneath. Mark the measurements you have taken and use the chisel and hammer to chip away at the wall.

Step 4 - Installing the Fan

Fit your garage soundproofing ventilation fan into the gap you have created. If the fan will not fit, chip the necessary adjustments away.  Once you have made a perfect fit, seal the border with foam insulation or cement. The exact amount of material you will use will depend on the size of the ventilation gap.

Step 5 - Wiring the Ventilation Fan

If you do not have the time or the inclination to seek the help of a professional in finding the location of the wires, from which you will draw power for your fan, you can do it yourself by using the voltage detector. Once you have located it, turn off the power to prevent an electric shock. Strip the ends of the wires and attach them to the connectors in your ventilation fan. Turn on the electric supply to test whether your garage soundproofing ventilation project works.

If the route of the appropriate house wiring takes you through walls, mark the exact place on the masonry and chip away to expose them. After you have connected your ventilation fan to it, you will have to seal it again with cement or insulation material.

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