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Topic by mission76 posted 09-15-2010 07:58 AM 2310 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2010 07:58 AM

Just had a follow up question regarding the master bedroom I am redoing. I cannot find a decent contractor to come in and throw up the sheetrock, so I’m just going to do it myself. I really would like to use 5/8 on the walls for sound proofing qualities; however as I am researching there are more than a few people who are saying that 5/8” sheetrock on the walls means all sorts of headaches for the jambs for doors and windows. Does the extra thickness really throw every thing off that much? The sheetrock that was up there looked to be about 3/8”...should I just go with the 1/2”?

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09-16-2010 02:08 AM

It is a hassle but how many doors and windows do you have to trim out? Jamb extensions are time consuming but if you aren’t paying somebody else to do it and you have the skills and time, it might be worth it if you feel you need the extra sound isolation. If you clamp the jamb extensions up properly, ie use tons of clamps, it will probably double the amount of time it takes to do the trim work. A few years ago I did a 2 year stint with a drywall contractor and it seems like there is a half inch product out there that has more sound proofing.. can’t remember for sure. You can also achieve better sound control if you use an insulation like rockwool
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09-16-2010 02:23 AM

It would be 3 doors and two windows. I think the stuff you are talking about is Quietrock which I was also considering. After today I pretty much decided to just go with 1/2” Every step in this minor remodel is nothing but a hassle, why add one more problem that I really don’t know fully how to deal with.

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09-17-2010 03:17 PM

Unless you are trying to completely deaden all sound, I would go with 1/2 rock and insulate the walls. I have done this many times and it serves to reduce the sound transmitted.

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