How to Install Genie Clips?
Posted on Aug 27, 2018
Poor sound insulation in the home can be one of the biggest causes of stress. It’s unpleasant to hear constant noise from your neighbours, and if you’re noisy it’s unfair on the other people in your building. That’s why you should invest in effective sound insulation today. Genie clips are a revolutionary product that are easy to fit and excellent at keeping noise out. Read on and find out how to install Genie clips for a quieter, more peaceful home. Genie clips can be installed in both the wall and the ceiling. This guide applies to fitting both.
Genie clip ceiling and wall installation guide
This guide assumes you have one and two layers of 5/8” drywall. The first step is to fix the Genie clips to the substrate with something to fasten it, then make sure the fasteners are tightened so they have contact with the Genie clip, in particular, the top washer. Make sure you do not over tighten the Genie clips or this could result in poor acoustics.
A furring channel is a thin strip of metal or wood to make room for insulation, to raise surfaces to prevent damp or to resurface and level your ceilings or walls.
Now you must find the bottom row of the furring channel. Install the Genie clips within 3” to 6” of the floor at the furring channel. Install according to the diagram provided.
The next step is to find the top row of the furring channel. This should be around 6” from the top of the ceiling. After you have done this you must install the rest of the furring. The maximum space between rows should not exceed 24”.
When this is done, add clips to doors and windows to pick up drywall and install any other shorter rows of furring.
Now clip the furring channels into the Genie clips. You should have a 6” overlap between the joins. This must be secured with framing screws (2x7/16”) or wire (18 gage).
Sit the shims (1/4” to 3/8”) on the floor so the gypsum board is fully supported, then install the drywall. You should leave ¼” spacing around it. Once the gypsum board is installed, remove the shims. If you want best acoustic results, shims are important. Make sure you stagger the seams if there is more than one layer of drywall. The shims must also be all removed before the next stage.
For the next stage, you must have acoustic caulk (non-hardening). Make sure it is fire and smoke graded caulk. Install the caulking, making sure to fill the whole space but do not overfill. Once the caulking is set (It is best to leave this for a couple of days to set, or at least overnight), tape up anything you need to and put any other small finishing touches to your project.
Hopefully, this guide will help you fit Genie clips, one of the best modern solutions on the market to solve a poor sound installation problem. Purchase some today for a more peaceful existence.