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Chip Foose needs new marketing people. - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 5th, 2012

08:59 am - Chip Foose needs new marketing people.

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Some of you may remember that we have gnomes in our walls that tap on the downpipe every time someone upstairs has a shower. After discovering that it wasn't actually a leak that would cause our bedroom floor to disintegrate and drop us unceremoniously into Whitireia's computer room downstairs, we set our minds to working out how to minimise the noise. Here's what we came up with:

1. Insulate the wall between the pipe and our room.
2. Flush out the drains in case it's some kind of buildup in the pipe that's causing the drip.
3. Insulate the cavity around the pipe to muffle the noise as much as possible.

Happy recommended some stuff called Dynamat for Step 1. Dynamat is sheet sound insulation for cars, designed to keep road noise out and dubstep in. Apparently it's the goodies, so I bought some. Just enough to cover the area around the pipe. I have no doubt it'll do an awesome job but the packaging it comes in is.. well, a bit special.


I am not sure if Chip designed his own packaging but I was reading it on the way home and it was dead entertaining. First we have this:



Overhaulin' your ride! Overhaulin!

To which I went "Who the hell is Chip Foose?" As you would. Turns out it's this guy:



I'm not sure if his forehead actually does produce pink words when he's angry, but it's a nice touch, I thought, to make sure we know what that expression denotes. You know, in case he was just constipated or something.

It also turns out that Chip Foose is a dude who designs stuff for cars and also the host of a TV show called Overhaulin' that is about fixing up cars and no doubt spending more money on them than my house is worth. So that explains that mystery.

But the best bit was this graph, intended to show how awesome Dynamat is compared with its competitors:



SILENT ENERGY! Well I'm sold. "But what do those numbers at the bottom mean, Tats? What does this graph actually tell us?" I hear you ask. That's a very good question. I have no idea. In case you have trouble reading the caption, it says:

"Data based on independent third party laboratory testing of Dynamat Xtreme versus currently available products in the marketplace. For further information, please visit www.dynamat.com/imitators."

So I did, because I needed to know what the numbers meant so I could appear all boffiny and explain it to you. Here is what I found:



*cough* I guess we'll never know.


Anyway, I'm told Dynamat really is a good product for this job even though we aren't sticking it in our car. Incidentally, it's really heavy for its size so if you do stick it in your car to the extent that Chip says you should, expect to replace your shock absorbers too. Maybe it's how all the boyracers get that 'lowered' look..

So now we just have to figure out how to put it in. The task is complicated by a false floor that's been put in under the bath which makes access to the offending spot tricky. I'm not convinced it's impossible, but I am going to have to climb through that hole in the wall (and yes, it'll have to be me because Dr Wheel = normal sized person, me = compact sized person) and have a proper look around in there to see if it's possible. Yes Happy, I'll take my phone so if I don't come out, the rescue squad can find me.

If that doesn't work, the stuff will have to go on the outside, between the wall and the bookshelf we plan to put there. Question for those wot know about sound stuff: would it be worth stuffing the cavity around the pipe with normal sound insulation? Like, the fluffy stuff? I'm not sure of the value of this, and it's expensive so if it won't help, we'd rather not do it.

Countdown to YAY HOLIDAY! 2 days. We will be going here. Yep, there's nothing there, that's kind of the point. There's also no cellphone coverage or internet so it'll be like a proper retreat. I'm very excited! ;-D

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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I will be crawling into the wall to investigate the possibility of direct wrappage on the last day of our holiday, after we get home.

The main pipe is wrapped with what looks like cylinder wrap - it's a 6 inch pipe so that stuff up there doesn't come big enough by the looks of things. It's just the bottom bit where the drip's hitting that we need to sort out.

If we can't wrap it, Plan B was to stuff the entire hole with batt-like stuff and use the Dynamat on the outside of the wall, then put books on a bookshelf over the top. It's complicated by the existence of a power point right there, but we'll work around that.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 4th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but the part of the pipe we can see is wrapped is not where the noise is coming from. I suspect that when we get to look under the false floor (where the pipe bends again), we'll find that the pipe isn't wrapped at all down there. At which point we'll add the Dynamat and anything else that comes to hand.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 4th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
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are you leaving on friday or satruday? *is curious*

so tonight i have to wrangle pagans, well actually i kinda want to do that and am interested in what happens.. or how well my wrangling turns out. luckly it will be at fidels so i will be right at home.. *grins*

yesterday there a recruitment firm called and said they were putting me forward for three jobs.. so i spent most of the day with my fingers crossed, which is difficult when scanning the HUGE book of HUGE!!

the day before there was an earthquake, and the day before that a huge house fire..

and finally you think i would put these updates on my own LJ but yours is so much cooler.. *nods*

*twirls about*

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From:pombagira
Date:July 4th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
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ps if you get a chance pls bring me back some sand for the bottom of my brass cauldron burn things thingy..


*beams*
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From:tatjna
Date:July 5th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
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OK will do.

Bringing you dirt (in a variety of formats) is a Thing I Do. ;-)

Also, this month seems to be a month of portents. I choose to see this as a good thing.
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From:clashfan
Date:July 5th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
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That looks like a lovely holiday spot! YoT doing for himself?
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From:tatjna
Date:July 5th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
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Indeed. Yesterday he asked me when we're leaving so he knows what time to tell the hookers and blow to arrive.

I suspect what will actually happen is his mate and a whole lotta TF2.
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From:bekitty
Date:July 5th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
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PARTY FLAT WOOOOOOO! :D
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From:laoke
Date:July 5th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
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I suspect in turn that it'll be his mate, two hookers to provide even teams, and enough blow to keep them all awake enough to appreciate it all >.>
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From:tatjna
Date:July 5th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
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Where hookers = anyone who'll play with them and blow = energy drinks. Ah well, school holidays are for time wastage and unhealthy eating, right?
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From:khaybee
Date:July 5th, 2012 10:02 am (UTC)
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Although I agree that Chip Foose has a silly name, the prize goes to a friend of a friend named Fanny Valentine Darling. I'd hate to have had to stand up and claim that name in primary school.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 5th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Gosh, that's... a bit special. What on earth were her parents thinking?
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:July 5th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like so much fun.... They can wrap a rope around your waist so they can pull you out if you get stuck or can't turn ;-)

I think if you can't wrap Chip's wonder mat around the pipe directly it pays to stuff *anything* really into the cavity. Part of the noise may be from it resonating in the empty space. There is this foam that hardens out when it comes into contact with air. Wouldn't that work? I think it's also a splendid sound insulator.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 5th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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It just might. It would also be a hell of a lot of fun and I can just see myself getting carried away and turning our bedroom into an alien landscape. ;-)
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:July 5th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
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tatjna the mars lander! YAY! I want pictures ;-)
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