RE: Sound damping in a cubicle

Subject: RE: Sound damping in a cubicle
From: "technical writing plus" <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "'McLauchlan, Kevin'" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 16:07:29 -0600

Here's an idea that is a might more experimental - also, it might cost a wee
bit (of course any cost should be borne by the company).

NOTE: Beware of Fire Hazards, in anything that you do.

Acoustical tile: Install a few squares on the wall behind the machines. Or
on the ceiling above, or both.

Better: Get the company to pay an expert to do this. This stuff is supposed
to be fire-resistant or flame-retardant, maybe. Be sure to check.

Jim Jones

-----Original Message-----
..anybody have any simple, cheap (free) ideas for deadening the sound
of four 1U rackmount servers sitting (and working) on a makeshift rack
under the desk in my cubicle?

It's not a really loud or grating sound, just constant and a bit
wearing. Feels good when it stops. But then I have to start them
again. There are legitimate reasons why they live in my cube and not in
the lab.

It happens that their back ends (where the noisy little exhaust fans
are) point toward the only wall of my cube that is hard, not fabric, so
sound reflects back toward me. I don't really have alternate placement
options due to the construction of the cube.

Stuffing balled-up bubble-wrap into some of the gaps had very little
dampening effect. I probably need something that absorbs the specific
major frequencies - whatever they are - something in the mid-to-upper
range of what a 50-year-old male human can hear. Sit beside a
medium-large laser-printer in alert-but-not-printing-this-very-minute
mode, and hold a large conch shell to your ear for an approximation.

Thanks for any helpful suggestions or really funny smart...


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