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Paneling or Drywall?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Wayne A, Jan 26, 2002.

  1. Wayne A

    Wayne A Agent

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    I'm currently thinking about building a hometheater room in my basement and I was just wondering what would be best in reagards to sound isolation and vibartion ?
     
  2. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    I guess it depends what type of paneling you are looking at. If it's 1/4" wood paneling, it's not going to provide a whole lot of sound abatement without some sort of underlayment. I would say the drywall would be better... not perfect, but better.
     
  3. Wayne McRae

    Wayne McRae Stunt Coordinator

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    If your looking at limiting the sound travelling upstairs,the best thing to do is frame a new ceiling below the existing one.The key is to not give the sound anything to contact on it's way up.You do this by leaving a air gap between the 2 ceilings.I did this,and filled the gap with sound proof insulation.Then finished it with 5/8 gyproc.I cut the levels by 60%.As long as you are O.K. with losing approx. 5" in height this worked great.I have a baby on the way so this was important with the wife factor[​IMG] Hope this helps.
    P.S. The whole project cost me around $250.00.
    Wayner
     
  4. William_L

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    Why not go with the drywall, then you can always put paneling up at a later date, covering the drywall (if you were planing on paneling less then 3/8", you would need too put drywall up first anyhow)

    I'm in the process of buliding my HT in my basement, and I studded all my exterior block walls, and am hanging drywall
     

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