Silence is golden: Tips for soundproofing your home

Start with wall construction, window placement

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Your home is your castle, and the last thing you need is for your son's stereo or your daughter's phone to sound like an army of knights crashing through on their way to battle. Noise comes from sound waves, which are vibrations in the air that are generated by any physical action. If you can break, interrupt, alter or otherwise change the flow of those waves, you can change the amount of transmitted noise. WALL CONSTRUCTION A MAJOR KEY TO QUIET If you are building or remodeling, you have a lot of opportunities to impact noise transmission that are not available to you after the house is complete. Perhaps the most important consideration is the interior walls. The typical wall is simply a sandwich of drywall sheets over wood studs. Since drywall is a solid, relatively thin material, it does little to break the sound waves, and the air that is trapped in the wall cavities between the sheets does nothing to stop sound transmission. One obvious solution is to install insulation in the wa...