The popularity of video and audio podcasts has drawn attention to the value of good acoustics and the importance of soundproofing the space you record in. Large, ‘echo-y’ rooms make the audio hard to understand and difficult to listen to. In addition to the sound that moves to the camera directly, other sound waves travel from the point of origin out to reflective surfaces and back again. These reflections mix with the direct sound and distort the sound’s clarity. The solution is to use sound-absorbing materials to capture reflections and prevent them from being recorded during the podcast. When properly installed, these specially designed sound-absorbent materials trap reflected sound waves, resulting in a clearer audio for your podcast. To achieve these results, we installed Owens Corning QuietZone® Noise Control Batts and SOLSERENE® Fabric Ceiling System to the ceiling above the workspace, to the wall behind the workspace and to three movable sound absorbing panels, which can be rolled into place, as needed. Here’s how to do it.
Difficulty: 1 of 5
Hanging a picture is an easy do-it-yourself project with a couple hanging options.
– Drill and counterbore bit
– Laser level
Step 1: Mark the picture location on the wall
Decide where the picture will hang on the wall. Make marks on the wall where the bottom two corners of the picture will be.
Mark the bottom two corners of the picture.
Step 2: Determine a hanging method
Pictures can hang from a wall using brackets on both sides of the frame or a picture wire. Determine which method will be used to hang the picture and mark the location of the brackets or the peak of the picture frame wire.
Determine the location of the picture fasteners.
Step 3: Choose a fastener
Decide if the picture will be fastened to the wallboard or a wooden stud beneath the wallboard. If fastening to a stud, use a stud finder to locate stud positions, or visually locate them by finding nailheads in the wallboard. Select a wall fastener that is suited to your application. If hanging from a wooden stud, use a two-piece hook-and-nail combination rated for the weight of the picture. If hanging from the wallboard, use a hollow wall anchor.
Use the correct wall fastener.
Step 4: Drill a hole and insert the fastener
Drill a hole into the wall using a bit slightly smaller than the wall insert. If you are using a wall anchor, insert the fastener into the hole by pushing or by screwing. Drive a screw into the fastener. Whether you are using a wood screw or a wall anchor, leave enough of the screw exposed to hang the picture on.
Drive the screw into the fastener.
Step 5: Hang the picture
Place the wire hanger over the exposed screw. Use a laser lever to accurately align the picture on the wall.
Use a laser level to align the picture.