Outdoor Soundproof Enclosure For Portable Generator




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sutter75: Wow great job

klosnoski: dynamat. worth a look 

John R: Now thats a quit generator

Rusty Rowe: Do you now the db difference? I'm thinking of doing something similar for my food truck. I have the 12.5kW powermate and its loud as crap! hoping that 18" muffler quiets it down.

Mike Sullivan: Looks like some grow room build techniques going into that....Nice job

Tom Hoehler: Very well done. I'll bet your neighbors appreciated the noise reduction too. I am going to try this, my Briggs&Stratton generator is one noisy beast. The Honda inverter type generators are very quiet, but very expensive. Thanks for posting.

mystiksoldier: Brilliant. NASA could use you right about now.

rich d: Real nice job! My grandfather buried his muffler in a bed of rocks and sand just outside of the generator shed. The only thing you could see was the exhaust pipe going straigtht down into the dirt. The gases came back up out of the ground via a bed of rocks/gravel. It was very quiet. You can also heat water with the exhaust using a water heater for a muffler. Rich

roknwoe: Your shelter looks great! Much thought went into it! I have learned it is extremely difficult to quiet down these portable generators. The big Eu6500i Honda runs about 53 decibels with no shelter, but costs $3600+. Sometimes I wish I would have just spent the $3600+ instead of buying a cheap Chinese generator for $800 (9000w unit) which runs about 76 decibels. It is so noisy, you can't hang around it for more than 2 minutes before you have to walk away due to the noise. You shelter is practical and thrifty for its purpose. Hats off!

Wewaswampboy: Consider running the exh. tube above your house eve. It will reduce your noise level. We did it in the military, Sound travels up up up, so you do not hear it on the ground as bad. Exh. fumes go up with the noise. 

iam1inamil: dig a hole with an access ramp so you can pull it out to service it...also run a drain pipe to let any surface/groundwater flow to lower area.......the thing about inventions is,you need to have to humility to take the better idea after a bunch of time/money,energy has been expended on your project

bobsteroni777: Nice effort. Acoustically speaking, tho, the the idea of using thin metal sheeting within the enclosure is ill-advised. What dampens sound is loosely coupled (or not coupled at all) sheer mass. There is a product called "loaded vinyl" or "mass-loaded vinyl" which is heavy > 1lb per sq ft. which is used to reduce coupling of vibrations from a sound source to the outside. Affixing the material loosely to the inside of your enclosure will be much more effective in your results.

royalcreations: Thanks GS12. Its a attic vent from home depot.

royalcreations: The generator is tied down inside the shed with recoil is facing out. Two-three pulls max to start. Not an a issue. Roy

Hardwarenutz: Great Shed!

pulmonq2: This is not "soundproof". The definition reads "preventing, or constructed of material that prevents, the passage of sound." The generator could be heard all the way inside the patio. You have what.. a layer of thin plastic and a thin metallic layer? THat's not going to do anything, and you can just hear that even with the housing closed it's loud. Please try again and this time use some proper sound insulation. Don't be a noob.

himileage200: Right

Neal Neals: is that a pvc 90 on your exhaust pipe?

Camshaft Shaft: Looks great but need much more air flow and should be blowing on the motor I would imagine on a hot day a hour of run time could over heat:/

Al Ruark: Hello royal, thanks for the update, Great job, Great video, My buddy and I used most of your design, we haven't got to the muffler yet because of Sandy but we were ready for her, my buddy did lose his power but is up and running, what is the small black intake fan and where did you get it Thanks Al

NonyaBusiness!: Assuming the vast majority of exhaust is being vented out, you're only generating heat from the little exhaust that's probably still trickling out and the general heat from the engine running. I'd expect a fan (his is rated at 900 cfm) to easily take care of the rest. I've built my own custom shed and will post a video when everything is complete.

Michael P: Should have used sound-deadening composite panels on the interior of the box instead of the faux stainless steel to deafen the engine noise. Get them in the insulation dept of Lowes or Home Depot. Just don't get them wet.

OldRangeRat: Nice shelter -

rockshox911: That actually worked alot better than i thought it would. Although you need something to add mass to the panels. Check out quick-roof peel and seel. It is aluminum backed and comes in 6"x25' rolls. Add that to the inside shell of your "shed" and a couple patches to the aluminum panels etc. If you really get bored, you can also add some egg-crate foam and line the inside of the box with it. Both together will reduced box flex/vibration and will kill a large amount of noise.

LoganAddisMusic: I agree, something like MDF would greatly improve his current setup

Marty P.: Nice job. Have the same shed from Home Depot. Tried to run it during Sandy with cut out exhaust in the back and only a cut out for intake air. Choked itself out where I had to buy a new air filter. My bad...I did not use any insulation concerned of high heat and fire or melting plastic shed. Do you have a "parts and pieces list" that can be related to the visual and where they can be purchased ? I am handy however need additional detail. Thanks for posting this.

mydejavooo1: Wow.....no offense, but that's louder than my Schuck's 4000k genset with no soundproofing at all. Even cheap rolls of insulation batting and heat barrier would quiet that beast by a LOT. Check other videos where guys make theirs almost silent. Nice layout though!! :)

Neil Gooler: Hi Royal, Nice Job on the enclosure. I wanted to inquire about the high temp switches. They look like dryer high limits. Is that what they are I wanted to find something like this also where did you get the temp read out.

silverbankruptcy: Your work and muffler reflect well on your mechanical abilities. I just have difficulty understanding why the temps are 50 Degrees above the ambient temperature. I think that part is that metal giving off heat in the box, Not sure that the sound/heat tradeoff is worth it. I would change Left Side Grille to a Louvered A/C Grille that you can manually open. A little more sound yes, but I think Temps would Drop 10 Degrees or more. my temps are running 12 Degrees ambient see my video v=3GE_qqRMWN8

studiosGS12: Great Work! I have the same fan and was wondering where you bought the outside vent cover from. Looks like you cut it open from your previous version and installed a temp gauge also. Pretty sweet!

mantarayasurf: well done!

Tom C: Im curious about your emergency off switch set up. Whats it tied into, and can you also start the gen from here? Thanks

Jared Greenberg: Great Job

hot2warm: Excellent set-up! I'm still searching for an appropriate generator and have some ideas on how to make an enclosure or purchase a utility box such as the one you used. Is your generator a recoil start or electric start. If it's recoil, how difficult is it to start with the enclosure?

Doug Listman: Can you explain how you connected the exhaust system to the exchause out put on your generator? How do you do this so that it doesn't fall off and doesn't heat up too much? What is the connection?

Sherman Shewmaker: Did you provide a decibel level for BEFORE and AFTER? Didn't see one.

bipyramus: check out GeneratorDepot.us for the best generators and the best deals. thats where i bought from after Sandy. I recommend the GG6000P or GG10020

Al G pa: Oh hell yea if could live with that don't listen to the know I alls great job it's yours be proud

James Starks: Just a thought. A plastic bucket covering the exhaust fan on the inside (On top of the generator) with maybe a 2" all around larger size than the fan (to minimize airflow loss) would work like a muffler baffle, and would knock down the sound coming from the exhaust fan.The sound waves inside the box have a straight shot out without the baffle.

wilatemodel: How is this "Soundproof"?...

Joe Sommers: Reminds me of a 30 piece hammer

jonkjon: I am just curious as to what reflective insulation you're using here. Where did you get the insulation from? I have a very similar setup about 90% done....good job on this.

RSBSTEADICAM: Nice idea but how much better had you stated with a better generator not of a "tradesman" or "craft" series. I might suggest you spent another $100 (or less) for an "auto" fire extinguisher, the type with a self deploying head as you have fuel, electricity and heat all in a nice little plastic box and no extinguisher in site!

royalcreations: Thanks.

fatcat4112: dude fire hazard

lance huttsell: dynamat the inside to reduce the noise level even farther...

Nitris: i like it... cover the inside with egg cartons :)

royalcreations: thanks.

NarraRick: Of course I have, I'm a tradie' I'm around them all the time on jobs !! What i'm saying this the soundproof enclosure was crap ,It did freak all the make it more quite, I covered mine in 8"x2" treaded pine sleepers lined with rubber mat at 5m away I got it down to 53db

James Starks: You ever hear a generator that size before?
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Outdoor soundproof Enclosure for Portable Generator