Archive for December, 2009

Will Elk Grove Students Receive Soundproofing?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Students in the Elk Grove district in Chicago were disappointed when the FAA announced that the district had been removed from it’s plans to provide soundproofing. The FAA had originally promised more than $10 million in funds for soundproofing to counter the disruptions in the schools caused by the flight paths.

The FAA claims that the Chicago O’Hare airport has changed its flight paths and the schools will no longer need soundproofing. The problem is that the changes won’t go into effect until 2014 – four long years away.

After a public outcry, the FAA claims to be reviewing the situation and may add Elk Grove back to the soundproofing list. Hopefully they’ll have an answer in the New Year.

Exploring Green Glue

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Green Glue, as we’ve mentioned, is an incredible soundproofing product. Check out this short video from the Markertek News Channel outlining exactly what Green Glue is, how it is used, and why it’s effective. You’ve read some of this information already but sometimes seeing is believing!

MBTA Wall Almost Collapsed

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The MBTA in Boston had a huge problem. One of the 40-foot walls inside the Porter Square MBTA station was about to collapse.

The wall itself had been damaged by water and was threatening to topple onto the train tracks. Engineers had to cut off power to two different sections of the station and redirect trains to ensure they were able to safely make repairs.

The good news is that the MBTA station at Porter Square is completely safe. The wall itself was part of a soundproofing panel and, had it fell, would not have caused any structural damage to the building.

Are NY Bars in Trouble?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

There is a string of bars on Third Avenue that seem to be in trouble. Residents are complaining that the very popular watering holes are incredibly noisy – so noisy they can’t sleep at night – and they’ve filed complaints with the town.

The two main bars in question are Shenanigan’s and RJ’s Lounge and Trace. Shenanigan’s, however, is off the hook because it made upgrades and added some significant soundproofing.

There are 8 families living on the street and since August they have made more than 40 complaints to the township. Many of the complaints were made in the early morning – hours when bars should be preparing to close.

So what’s the future of RJ’s and the rest of the bars on Third Avenue? Only time will tell. Hopefully they’ll get the message and shape up before it’s too late.

Church Soundproofing

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

In Madison, Tennessee, church goers who walk into their sanctuary are greeted with an odd sign. It reads, “No Children Under 2 Years of Age Allowed in the Sanctuary.”

Strange, right?

Not really. The church wants to offer everyone the opportunity to experience the lessons of the day. Therefore, mothers with children are encourage to go to the soundproof room off the side of the sanctuary. They can see the service through the glass and hear it through speakers but the rest of the congregation doesn’t have to hear the kids playing or crying.

Fair is fair?

Not everyone agrees but we think it’s a great way to make sure the hardest working moms can still make it to church without feeling embarassed about their fidgety kids.

The 2009 Santika Blaze

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Will anyone ever really get theĀ  point when it comes to the dangers of pryotechnics and improperly installed (or simply illegal) soundproofing materials?

Probably not. That’s why, a full year later, investigators are just now wrapping up the investigation into the fire in Santika, a club in the Watthana section of Bangkok.

The fire killed 67 people and injured more than 200 others during what was supposed to be a festive New Year’s celebration.

Instead they’re preparing to file criminal charges against 5 people and file lawsuits against three others, including the singer who was shooting fireworks from the stage.

Lesson learned, folks. Get some GOOD soundproofing materials, have them installed correctly, and follow your city (or country’s) fire codes!

C&R’s Bar & Grill Faces Noise Citations

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The owners of C&R’s Bar & Grill in Waveland, Mississippi have received a citation for violating noise ordinances within the township. The citation comes after the police were called establishment more than 40 times over the past year.

The citation is one of three received over the past two months alone. Most of the complaints come from neighbors who simply can’t sleep because of the noise the bar is making. One of the owners, Nadine Brown, was later arrested after shouting obsene words at the neighbors who spoke with police when they arrived.

Now, Nadine and her husband not only have to save up for soundproofing but for her bail bond as well!

Soundproofing Improvements in Bay Ridge

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Bay Ridge residents are now sleeping soundly. They had initially filed complaints with the township stating that a number of Third Avenue bars, especially those located between 88th and 90th streets, were making way too much noise. They claimed the noise and crowds were causing them to lose sleep.

At a follow-up hearing, it was agreed that soundproofing measures, especially those taken by Shananigan’s, were making a huge dfiference. RJ’s Lounge has also taken significant soundproofing measures.

Contrary to a lot of other stories we’ve seen recently, it seems like these establishments just might be able to stay open – and remain welcome parts of their neighborhoods at the same time!

Wall Garden Soundproofing

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Not everyone has the time or money to embark on a huge soundproofing project. So what can you do if you need to block a little bit of outside sound without altering the construction of your home? Try building a wall garden around the edge of your property.

Wall gardens are considered to be an eco-friendly alternative to a soundproofing costruction project. You can plant a combination of trees, vines, bushes, and plants around the side of your home that experiences the most noise and, in many cases, you’ll notice that they block some of the most obtrusive sounds.

A wall garden isn’t going to give you total silence but it is an alternative if you find yoruself stuck in a situation where other soundproofing methods simply aren’t feasible!

Installing Drywall for Soundproofing

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

If you’re trying to find a great noise control method you may need to consider soundproofing your home. The easiest way is to apply a layer of Green Glue on your wall or ceiling and then install a new layer of drywall over the top. The following video gives some great tips on how to properly install drywall during a soundproofing project. Check it out: