Soundproof a Basement Shop
Two-pronged attack arrests both airborne and vibratory noise
Synopsis: The best route to noise reduction in basement workshops is twofold, but figuring out the best way to achieve it can be daunting. Mark Corke’s plan muffles both vibratory and airborne noise, and he offers handy, inexpensive tips along the way, such as installing rubber feet for his machines. He explains the importance of isolating the foundation, along with insulating the ceiling and air ducts. Directions on offsetting the drywall from the ceiling joists help as well.
From Fine Woodworking #167
Basement shops often are not ideal, but their proximity to the amenities of the house makes a good deal of sense. For instance, alterations to wiring can be accommodated more easily and inexpensively than in a stand-alone workshop. My basement shop is large, 30 ft. by 50 ft., but interrupted by support columns and stairs up to the first floor of the house. Because of the shop’s proximity…