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How to Install Resilient Channel

Resilient channels are used to soundproof rooms. Made of galvanized steel, the channels can be implemented in metal or wood-studded rooms. Resilient channels are convenient to use as they are inexpensive and require the use of very few tools during the installation process. Resilient channels greatly diminish sound travel through walls by keeping the finished wall off of the studs underneath.

Step 1

Measure and cut the outer perimeter flange, which includes the area where the wall meets the ceiling, floor and outer walls.

Step 2

Fasten the flanges to the wall studs around the outer perimeter. Fasten the flange by using one inch or longer screws in metal stud framing, or 8d or larger nails in wood stud walls. This forms a ledge around the entire wall, which is used for fastening finish wall material.

Step 3

Snap horizontal lines across the entire length of the wall studs 24 inches up from the floor and every 24 inches thereafter. Use a chalk box to ensure straight lines.

Step 4

Measure and cut the resilient channel to fit the span of each horizontal line. The channel is constructed of 25-gauge steel, so use a circular saw or miter saw equipped with a metal cutting blade.

Step 5

Hold the resilient channel on the horizontal line. Resilient channels have pre-drilled holes to allow nail or screw penetration. Next, align the snapped line with the pre-drilled holes.

Step 6

Nail or screw the resilient channel in place. For wood stud walls, use 6d or 8d nails or wood screws at least one-and-a-quarter inches in length to provide a secure hold. Steel stud walls require the use of one-and-a-quarter inch drywall screws.

Warning

  • Wear protective gear such as eye goggles and gloves while cutting and installing resilient channels.

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