Thursday, October 22, 2015

Finishing the Drywall and Soundproofing

I can't believe it took me almost two weeks to finish the drywalling.  I like working alone but it certainly would go a lot faster if I had a crew here working with me.

I am going to have my dust collection hooked up in the small washroom area.  It is a very loud machine and I have read that it's a good idea to soundproof the room.  So after researching, here's what I did:




ADDED FIRST ONE LAYER OF 1/2" DRYWALL, COVERED WITH ANOTHER LAYER OF 5/8" DRYWALL:  (when installing over the resilient channel, the drywall is screwed into the channel and NOT into the studs)

5/8" drywall is supposed to be better at deadening any sounds.  Each 4' x 8' sheet weighs about 70 lbs.  I found it almost impossible to work with.  Remember, I'm working alone... husband carried them in, but after that I was on my own. Normally, one would put a sheet horizontally, with another resting horizontally on top.  There was no way I could lift a sheet (even though this one would be 6' long) up 4' high to sit on the long edge of the bottom piece.  So, I cut one piece horizontally, as you can see in the above photo, so that I "only" had to lift the middle piece up 2'.  The top horizontal piece was 24" wide and I got my daughter to help lift it up there... we really struggled with it.

On the wall around the corner to the right of this one, I covered the 1/2" drywall that was already there, with 5/8" drywall.  I did not use the sound proof insulation, nor the resilient channel.

I forgot to take a photo of that, but it's done.

With the small amount of remaining insulation left, I filled in the new angled wall that I made by the stairs, and used standard 1/2" drywall to finish that off.

I also patched a corner where I took out a wall.  I'll show that in the next post, when I get to mudding.


  1. Yep ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I never understood why it had to be installed horizontally anyway, particularly when you have a 4' wide space to cover. Just slap it on vertically I say! lol

  2. whoa! that's a LOT of work, but I'm sure you'll be glad you sound proofed it in the long run.

    I hope your week has gone well, get some rest!


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