There are not many D.D.I.Y (Don’t Do It Yourself) projects that’ll stop a determined noise-cancelling advocate. Like any other hardy weekend warrior, smart DIY-ers verify certain key facts. Above all else, there’s that right tool for the right job maxim to foster. Immediately afterwards, there’s the Green Glue noise proofing sealant, plus a small pile of plasterboard panels. The job is prepped, so let’s get to work before the weekend draws to a close.
Here’s an idea: don’t just apply the substance without some kind of a plan in mind. Better yet, get that plan down on paper. A good beginning comes as a result of plenty of pre-application preparation work. It’s Friday evening already, so there’s no time to dawdle. Are the walls of the area to be soundproofed clean and stripped of dirt and old wallpaper? For textured wallpaper, the raised sections of this material should be flattened before the acoustical caulk is applied. Remember, the sticky Green Glue compound is meant to act as a coating between two solid surfaces. Don’t use the caulk on wall joists or studs. Do cover the rigid plasterboard sections in patterned bands of glue, after attaching an included nozzle to the Green Glue tube, but don’t allow the substance to reach the edges of the rigid boards. That’s where a smart DIY-er will lift the board and place it against an existing wall.
Other rules and guidelines are included as application helpers. For one thing, an overly-keen fitter shouldn’t use more than two tubes per wall panel, because an over-thick coating will actually cause a performance drop. Next, the job’s almost done. It’s Sunday afternoon, and the home occupants are eager to see how well the compounds’ sound dampening features are working. Unfortunately, Green Glue Sealants need time to cure. Air out the room for a few days, and then let the compound dry and perform its noise dampening sleight-of-hand. Importantly, perhaps as a second phase in the preparation work, installation home improvement workers might want to add a few extra Green Glue products to their toolkit. Some joist tape and sound decoupling clips are advisable if the noise coming from the other side is particularly loud.
Schedules and common sense are also considered tools. Every bit as important as a hammer or screwdriver or a caulk gun, a work-savvy home improvement guru gets hold of all of the required materials. A 12-box full of Green Glue noise proofing compound is an obvious first move. From here, the plasterboard walls and tapes, plus decoupling clips, are added to a fully-outfitted DIY-er project pile. The materials and tools can be put to the side until the weekend rolls around, at which point all of that prep work gets the full go-ahead.