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LazMan
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join:2003-03-26
canada
reply to cFern

Re: Neighbor Noise through Vent Return

Using the stud cavity as a return is perfectly legal, and exceptionally common in Canada... Ditto for the cardboard 'pan' material - it's used to close off joist or stud spaces for use as air ducts.

As for the firewall; double layer 1/2" is typical in residential use; 5/8" type X is used in commercial/institutional applications. One side of the double wall should be insulated, for sound transmission...

If I had to guess, the insulation is the part missing... If the air returns line up; the sound would transfer easily...

Putting filter material (like a cut-to-fit air filter) behind the return grate would help; but don't know if it would be enough - likely not, I'm afraid to say...


Cho Baka
Premium,MVM
join:2000-11-23
there
kudos:2
Yes, but it seems exceptionally shortsighted to use a shared wall (a firewall??) for such a purpose.

I would take strong exception to this in a house I was purchasing.
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