Sound Muffler. QuietPad 420 floor under- layment allows you to reduce sound transmission between stories in tall buildings without adding noticeably to floor heights. Suitable for use with tile and hardwood flooring, the padding is a mere 1/16 inch thick but earns an IIC (impact insulation class) rating of up to 61. It comes in 5-foot rolls from 300 to 1,200 feet long. A local dealer quoted me $1,400 for a 300-foot roll. Quiet Solution, 800/797-8159, quietsolution.com.
Moment’s Notice. Moment frames are most commonly used in areas subject to earthquakes or high winds and in homes with expansive window and door openings. Until recently they required a case-specific design and engineer’s approval, but now there’s a manufactured version: Simpson’s Strong Frame Ordinary Moment Frame. Sized to fit in a 2x6 wall,...
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