How to Install Soundproof Sheetrock How to Install Soundproof Sheetrock

What You'll Need
Soundproof sheetrock
Sheetrock nails or screws (screws are stronger)
Hammer or drill
Joint compound
Fiberglass tape
Taping or putty knife
Safety gear (goggles, mask, gloves)

Soundproofing a room in your home is easy when you use soundproof sheetrock. Soundproof sheetrock is normal sheetrock that has been treated to dampen and absorb sound. It soaks up the noise and sound before as it tries to pass through to the other side of the wall. Soundproof sheetrock can be used in place of your regular sheetrock or applied over existing walls. Whether you want to block the noise of constant traffic outside or block the noise of the TV in your bedroom from the rest of the house, soundproofing with soundproof sheetrock is the answer.

Step 1: Preparation

Good preparation is the first step to any project. With this project, you want to measure the surface area of your room so you will know how much soundproof sheetrock you need. A good rule of thumb is to get a few sheets extra for any errors you might make. If you are installing the sheetrock over existing walls, make sure the walls are clean and free of anything you might have hung on them. Make sure you have your safety gear ready. The material in the sheetrock and the joint compound can be irritating to your eyes and lungs.

Step 2: Hanging the Soundproof Sheetrock

The easiest way to hang the sheetrock is to start from the top near the ceiling and working down. Make sure the end of your sheetrock falls on a stud in the wall. Place the soundproof sheetrock against the studs on both ends. Start from the top and either nail or screw the sheetrock into the stud.  The nails or screws should be placed every 6 to 8 inches down the stud. The nail or screw should be pushed in enough where the sheetrock is dimpled but the paper is not broken. Add your next piece of sheet rock starting on the stud where the last piece ended. It is a good idea to install a solid piece of soundproof sheetrock over any window openings and then cut out the extra later. This makes for a more solid wall. Go all the way around the room in this fashion.

Step 3: Mud and tape

After you have completed hanging the sheetrock around the room, you will notice seams or cracks between each piece of sheetrock. We will now fill that up to make a solid wall. For this next step grab your knife, joint compound, and fiberglass tape. Slather a thin layer of joint compound with your knife down the seam of the sheetrock pieces. Make sure the joint compound fills the crack. While it is still wet apply the tape centrally over the seam. Next apply another thicker layer of compound over the tape and seam. Let dry for 24 hours.

Step 4: Sand

Take the sandpaper and sand the dried compound until you have a smooth wall. You may now paint or finish the room however you like.

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