Garage Soundproofing: How to Make Your Garage Rock 'n' Roll Friendly Garage Soundproofing: How to Make Your Garage Rock 'n' Roll Friendly

What You'll Need
2- by 4-inch and 1- by 3-inch studs
5/8-inch drywall sheets
Wood screws
Styrofoam strips
Insulation material
Construction adhesive
Latex paint
Utility handles

If you are a budding rock 'n' roll band that would rather spend more time rehearsing than arguing with annoyed neighbors, garage soundproofing is a mandatory step. Remember what the first law in the Book of Rock 'n' Roll Glory says: The initial steps on the road to success are always made of drywall and paved with Styrofoam.

Make sure you wear appropriate protective equipment, such as rubber gloves and goggles, during the entire garage soundproofing process. Your safety is most important.

Step 1 - Build the Side Walls

Mark 2 inches from the walls. Construct new frames from the 2- by 4-inch studs and glue a drywall sheet on one of their sides. Extend all electrical outlets and switch plates that you want to have available. 

Step 2 - Mount the Side Walls

Using wood screws, fix the walls to the floor and ceiling. Glue strips of Styrofoam to the bottom and top edges of the walls to prevent noise transmission from the frames to the ceiling and the floor.

Step 3 - Finish the Side Walls

Fill the wall frames with cotton batting or other insulation. (However, do not overstuff them–you will want to have more air in the walls.) Mount a second sheet of drywall by using construction adhesive; then paint both sides of the walls with soundproofing latex paint.

Step 4 - Build the Ceiling and Floor Walls

Construct walls for the ceiling and the floor in the manner described above. Then cover the floor with industrial foam-backed carpeting.

Step 5 - Soundproof the Windows

Make plugs that will serve to insulate the windows. From the 1- by 3-inch studs, make frames that fit snugly into the windows. (No fasteners should be used to attach the plugs.) Place a 5/8-inch drywall sheet over one side of the frames. Put insulation material in the cavities and finish the plugs by laying a second panel of drywall. Fit the handles to facilitate the removal of plugs.

Step 6 - Insulate the Garage Door

To finish your garage soundproofing, you must insulate the garage door. Stick Styrofoam strips in the opening between the floor and the door. Repeating the above steps, make a portable wall and fix it with wooden shims on the inner side of the door. Install handles to make the placement and removal of the wall easier.

Now that you have finished your garage soundproofing, you can seriously take up writing and rehearsing the tunes that will keep the world turning.

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