There are many benefits to installing soundproof drywall throughout the house. The soundproof functionality can be very helpful in noisy high traffic areas you may live in. There are some special considerations to make however when you are going to do any construction work on existing soundproof drywall. There is a guide on a common home improvement job, installing a new door, specific to soundproof drywall.
Step 1 – Measure Your Door
Decide where the door will be and measure it out completely using the tape measure. On average a door is 32 inches wide and 80 inches high. To make room for the door frame, it is best to add two additional inches to each. So the area to mark out will be 34 inches by 82 inches.
Step 2 – Find Your Studs
Using the stud finding tool, you need to see how many studs are going to be in the way of your door. On a typical stud design wall the studs are 16 inches apart so there should be two. It is important to determine if the wall you are adding a door to is a load bearing wall. If it is you will need to take additional steps to support the load before you cut out the stud beams.
Step 3 – Make Your Cut
Cut the studs out. Use the Circular saw to begin and the reciprocating saw to get the rest of the cuts made.
Step 4 – Install the Frame
Cut the lumber that you need for the vertical beams on each side as well as the wood that will go across the top of the door. The side beams should run from the floor all the way to the ceiling to provide some support that you removed from the studs. Nail these beams into place to create the door.
Step 5 – Cut the Opposite Side of the Wall
To cut the opposite side of the drywall out, use the reciprocating saw with a wood cutting blade and follow along the outline of the door frame you installed. Prior to doing this you should nail the outside wall into the door frame to keep the wall from breaking apart while you are cutting. The drywall can be more difficult to cut since it is soundproof. It will have additional layers to have to cut through but can still be done with patience.
Step 6 – Install the Door
Once you have the opening cut into the wall, you are ready to finally install the door itself. Get it into position and nail it into the frame to hold it in place. Once it is securely in place you can install the trim around the outside and you have your door.