Adding drywall layers makes a quieter home

Thursday, November 16, 2006
Morris and James Carey
Associated Press

Privacy and quiet are becoming rarer and rarer around many homes.

Sometimes the disturbing noise is your teenager's music from the next bedroom. Other times, it's the teenager's music in the home attached to yours by a wall, ceiling or floor.

In the days when the interior walls of most homes were constructed of large studs and covered with wood lath and several layers of plaster, noise was less of an issue. Walls and floors prevent sound waves from moving from room to room. However, the interior walls in most modern homes consist of nothing more than a 2-inch-by-4-inch stud (the 4-inch side actually measures 3½ inches) covered with one layer of ½-inch drywall on either side.

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