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Kristin Lennox
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:17 pm    Post subject: I gots a leaky door... Reply with quote

Well, only in the sound sense. Smile

Here's my situation: I have an amazing, custom-built booth that sounds great and keeps out a buttload of sound (including workers walking around on my roof and random buzzy lawn implements). The only sound that rumbles through is when the local Red Baron decides to buzz my house from the nearby small airport... but that is rare, and brief, and I've actually only had it happen once in a session.

So I'm extremely happy with my set-up... except during a heavy rainstorm. The booth blocks out all the sound up to a point, but if it's really pouring hard, I can faintly hear it, so I'm sure a remote engineer could hear it, too. And even though if you don't like the weather here, you can just wait fifteen minutes and it will change, directors don't have fifteen minutes to wait.

What I discovered tonight (during a rainstorm) is that the sound is mainly coming through the door. Shocked It's sealed tightly, but apparently not as thick as the rest of the walls.

So I thought I could get a moving blanket to hang from a rod above the door, and possibly apply velcro around it, so I can seal it around the door when I'm in there...? Does this sound like a plausible solution to my leaky door? And if so, what kind of blanket/panel should I get?

Thanks in advance to all my tech-savvy peeps!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's something a lot people never think about.

under your interior door trim, many times, there is no sheetrock - only nailers spaced to secure the door to the wall - leaving large gaps of --- nothing. you might think about pulling the trim & checking that out - then use caulk or expanding foam to seal that gap & replace the trim.

moving blanket sounds like it would do the trick too.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im thinking a quilt or a moving blanket hung over the door would be a good temporary sound block. For a permanent solution Id consider making a custom blanket of something dense like shredded denim insulation that covers much of the door and attaching it at several spots. You want to keep the door from passing those low frequency vibrations into the booth.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, Todd... I'll definitely check that!

Bruce: I think I want to stay with a "temporary" fix, because I really do like my sound, and don't want to change it permanently -- just have an extra cushion to add, if it starts pouring before a session.

So if I go the moving blanket route, will any old blanket do? Or do I need an Audimute brand one, or something specifically geared towards VO? In my head, I envision hanging it on a rod that I can put up and take down easily if I need to, over the door...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Density counts so Id go for a $15 moving blanket over a $5 one. Same idea with a using a thicker quilt or bedroom blanket.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kristin Lennox wrote:
In my head, I envision hanging it on a rod that I can put up and take down easily if I need to, over the door...


I don't know how wide your space is, but you can probably get a tension rod that will fit. (If it's about as wide as a bathtub, you can get one that's made for shower curtains.)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Kristin Lennox wrote:
you can probably get a tension rod that will fit.


That's a good thought, which doesn't require extra hardware. Do you think a tension rod would hold the weight of a moving blanket, though?

I think I'm going to experiment with hanging a quilt I have, first, to test it. The hard rain is barely noticeable, so I don't think it will take much to knock it down to undetectable levels...

Anybody got any other MacGyver solutions for getting the quilt/blanket to temporarily seal around the door for a session? Velcro is all I can think of.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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you can probably get a tension rod that will fit.


maybe a tension rod for a shower curtain?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless your door is as thick/heavy as the adjacent walls, well, there's your problem. Blankets/fabric/insulation ain't gonna do it...
Time for a door upgrade.
Consider some of these products.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2021 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, George! I think the actual door isn't the problem, now -- it seems to be the same thickness/material as the walls. I think it's just the seal around it...?

It's not a huge problem, not big enough to warrant a new door. Just something I want to tinker with to see if there's a DIY solution that helps.
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