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ACOUSTICAL SEALANT CHOICES
AIR BYPASS LEAKS
AIR LEAK SEALING PROCEDURE
AIR TEST FOR MOLD: ACCURACY
ALLERGEN TESTS for buildings
ALLERGENS in BUILDINGS, RECOGNIZING
ANIMAL ALLERGENS / PET DANDER
ANIMAL ENTRY POINTS in buildings
APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY RATINGS
BLOWER DOORS & AIR INFILTRATION
BLOWER FAN CONTINUOUS OPERATION
BLOWER FAN OPERATION & TESTING
BUCKLED FOUNDATIONS due to INSULATION?
BUILDING NOISE DIAGNOSIS & CURE
CARPET PADDING ASBESTOS, MOLD, ODORS
CARPETING, SELECTION & INSTALLATION
CATHEDRAL CEILING VENTILATION
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
COMBUSTION AIR for TIGHT buildings
DIRECTORY of MOLD / ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS
ENGINEERED WOOD Flooring
FIREPLACES & HEARTHS
FLOOR TYPES & DEFECTS
FRAMING DETAILS for BETTER INSULATION
FREEZE-PROOF A BUILDING
FROST HEAVES, FOUNDATION, SLAB
HEAT LOSS in BUILDINGS
HOUSE DOCTOR, how-to be
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
Insulation Air & Heat Leaks
INSULATION LOCATION - WHERE TO PUT IT
INSULATION R-Values & Properties
KITCHEN VENTILATION DESIGN
LOG HOME GUIDE
MOISTURE CONTROL in BUILDINGS
MOLD: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MOLD
NOISE / SOUND DIAGNOSIS & CURE
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
PLASTER, LOOSE FALL HAZARDS
PLASTER TYPE IDENTIFICATION
PLUMBING DRAIN NOISE DIAGNOSIS
PLUMBING NOISE CHECKLIST
ROOF NOISE TRANSMISSION
ROOF VENTILATION SPECIFICATIONS
SLAB CRACK EVALUATION
SOUND CONTROL in buildings
SPLITS & CRACKS in STRUCTURAL WOOD BEAMS
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
SUMP PUMPS GUIDE
THERMAL EXPANSION of HOT WATER
THERMAL EXPANSION of MATERIALS
TRUSS UPLIFT, ROOF
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALL FINISHES INTERIOR
WIND WASHING INSULATION At EAVES
WINDOWS & DOORS
WOOD FLOOR DAMAGE
This article explains the use of acoustical sealants for sealing lap joints between polyethylene vapor barriers & sources of acoustical sealants. Our page top photo illustrates use of a fire-retardant foam used at a drain pipe penetration through building walls and floors - a step that also improves sound insulation. Our second photo (below) shows how we finished the plastic pipe chase with foam insulation to stop noise transmission into the occupied building space.
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Readers who need to know more about the use of acoustical sealants for sound control in buildings or who need to know where to purchase acoustical sealants should see Acoustical Sealant for Sound Control.
The question-and-answer article about the indoor use of acoustical sealants or tape products to seal vapor barriers, quotes-from, updates, and comments an original article from Solar Age Magazine and written by Steven Bliss.
Question: where do I buy acoustical sealants for use on poly vapor barrier lap joints?
The use of acoustical sealant for sealing lap joints between sheets of polyethylene vapor barriers was mentioned in Solar Age Magazine articles (November & December 1982). Do you have any information as to acoustical sealant brand names, suppliers of acoustical sealants, or other products suitable for sealing poly vapor barrier lap joints?
Answer: sources of non-skinning, non-curing acoustical sealants for drywall & wall penetrations
The acoustical sealant mentioned in those magazine articles is a non-skinning, non-curing sealant developed for sound control in drywall construction and in wall perforations (wall penetrations such as around electrical boxes). One such acoustical sealant is available in one-quart cartridges from Tremco.
A variety of tapes useful in sealing polyethylene vapor barrier lap joints are available from Ideal Tape, Inc. Their products include a clear polyethylene tape (#415) suitable for all-weather use, and a 2-mil aluminum tape (#488,487) for use with foil surfaces such as foil-faced solid foam insulating board.
And almost certainly, poly vapor barrier sealing tapes using foil, poly, or other materials are available from 3-M Corporation.
At SOUNDPROOFING MATERIAL PROPERTIES, Steve Bliss elaborates a bit about acoustical sealants used for sound proofing or noise control:
Readers who need to know more about placement and sealing of vapor barriers should see VAPOR BARRIERS & HOUSEWRAP and VAPOR BARRIERS & CONDENSATION in buildings and VAPOR BARRIERS & AIR SEALING at BAND JOISTS.
Here we include solar energy, solar heating, solar hot water, and related building energy efficiency improvement articles reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss.
Original Acoustical Sealant Article:
Readers who need to know more about placement and sealing of vapor barriers should see VAPOR BARRIERS & HOUSEWRAP and VAPOR BARRIERS & CONDENSATION in buildings and VAPOR BARRIERS & AIR SEALING at BAND JOISTS. Contact us to suggest text changes and additions and, if you wish, to receive online listing and credit for that contribution.
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