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Hi Guys,

I need some quick direction. My basement development is underway and the drywalling stage is likely only a couple weeks out.

I've been in contact with the Canadian rep in Ontario for Kinetics noise products, however their turnaround on answering questions has not been as quick and concise as I'd like.

I'm hoping some of you with experience with their Iso-Max clips and other products can help.

The rough idea of my HT room is as I mentioned in this thread:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=135204

I've done a staggered stud wall (wood 2x4s on a 2x6 cap) for the two interior walls, and the two exterior walls were done in metal 2x4s (per our home builder).

I'm assuming I'm doing dual layers of 5/8" drywall for the walls and ceiling. And for the ceiling, I'd be using something like the Iso-Max clips. (although the Kinetics rep is also pointing out their new Wave Hangers to me).

Sound isolation from the floor above (Great room, Kitchen) is the primary concern, isolation from adjacent rooms in the basement is a lesser priority.

I'm not necessarily convinced I need to go to the extent of iso-max clips on the walls as well, but I'm open to hearing your opinions. (And if I do go with the clips for the walls, is it only really necessary on the interior walls, or would you pretty much go all the way around the room on all sides?).

Kinetics has indicated they recommend Wave Hangers over Iso-Max clips for the ceiling, however I have not received any relative cost factors from them on the difference.

I also have a friend who built his room using Kinetics ICW spring isolators for the ceiling, which are probably even better, but I imagine are even more expensive and possibly more labor intensive to set up as well.

I'm not really interested in going to the extent of using green glue, or quiet rock, or any other expensive products like that. I'm not looking for total perfection. Just a strategy that gets me a reasonable amount of sound isolation within a reasonable project budget that won't break the bank.

Any direction or tips you can offer would be appreciated.
 

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Hi Petee, thanks for the offer. I'm probably going to go with their new Wave Hangers, for the ceiling. But if I should get iso-max, I'll keep your offer in mind.

Both options are actually not that expensive it seems.

BTW, did you bother going to the extent of iso-max clips on your walls as well?

I've done a staggered stud wall, and was thinking of just double-drywalling the walls and calling it done. (I'm more concerned with isolating from floor above, as opposed to room to room within the basement.)
 

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Another question. For those of you that have done a suspended ceiling with iso-max (or other) clips.

What did you do at the joint area where the wall meets ceiling? In the Kinetics instructions for both iso-max and wave hangers, you're supposed to run a non-hardening acoustical caulk/sealant all around the edge.

How are you suppose to mud & tape, and paint those edges? :eek:

Thanks.
 
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