Charlie: Dean in Dallas writes to us, “Thanks for helping us DIYers become better DIYers. I removed the paneling from my living room and it shares a wall with the bathroom, and I’d like to make it soundproof or at least insulate the wall some, Tom. It’s a shared wall with a bathtub that has three walls that have Hardie Backer and tile.” That’s the bathroom, of course, so he’s wondering is there anything he can do to knock the sound down?
Tom: It depends what the sound is in the bathtub, Charlie, but besides that-
Tom: I’m just using my imagination.
Charlie: It’s where he has the zombies trapped because they can’t get through the Hardie Backer. I don’t know.
Tom: Or maybe he has … Anyway, sound board would go up first and then the sheetrock on the other room. That’s about the best you can do. Will it be proofed? Nothing is proofed. You know being in sound studios and stuff, it gets quite difficult when we really do that stuff-
Charlie: Right, it’s half the reason …
Tom: It’s not something you would have in your house.
Charlie: It’s half the reason we bought a building because we got tired of being in buildings with neighbors we couldn’t quiet down.
Tom: That’s true. I remember that.
Charlie: We bought our own building so now when we want we record we just tell everybody “Shut up.”
Tom: Yeah, and it’s very attractive having all this foam in different colors and squares all over the wall. Not something you’d want in your living room.
Charlie: It brings a certain panache to the room, I agree but sound-
Tom: Actually, it’s a beautiful
Charlie: What is sound board exactly? What is that?
Tom: Sound board is a compressed paper board. You can get it 1/2”, 3/4”. There’s a brand of it called Homasote that if you want to just order that, but when you go to a sheetrock or I should say a building supply and say “Listen, I need 1/2” soundboard and I need 1/2” sheetrock they know exactly what you’re talking about, so if you speak the language you’re in good shape.
Charlie: But to do true sound proofing, you know what we learned-
Tom: Well, you would actually be able to answer that better than me.
Charlie: Yeah, what we learned here is that, you know first thing you’re going to need is a big truck that carries the money.
Tom: I’m sorry. I was leaning back.
Charlie: Because what you’re going to have to do is do these offset studs on a padded sill plate, and it’s like … Or you can just tell people to “Shut up.”