Or maybe you’ve just remembered that childhood rock tumbler, still tucked away somewhere in your parents’ garage. In any case, what—if anything—can be done to shush an unacceptably noisy bucket of rocks?
I spent some time browsing through member posts on rock hobbyist forums and discovered that the question of how to silence a noisy rock tumbler arises often. Some of the advice offered seems worth exploring; people often suggest some variation on building a box or other enclosed structure and lining it with an insulative material. It quickly became apparent how complex an engineering task this could be, given that rock tumblers are motor-run, and motors tend to get hot… No need to add that
kind of spark to an otherwise relaxing hobby.
A few people shared their own DIY stories of success in building tumbler homes allowing for both sound attenuation and heat ventilation. Whether or not any of these should come with the warning “Don’t try this at home”
is the question I respectfully leave entirely to you, gentle reader. To paraphrase a retro sci-fi spaceship doctor, “Dammit, folks! I’m a blogger, not an HVAC engineer.”
In this members forum thread on rocktumblinghobby.com
, the original poster comments “I have just sold my home and will soon be moving to an apartment (haven’t chosen it yet, but am leaning towards a particular one). Any advice on the ins and outs of tumbling in an apartment?”
Four years later, the same poster—having presumably settled into his flat—appears ready to house a potentially noisy unit of fun. We hope one (or a hybrid) of your fellow enthusiasts’ suggestions in the thread
worked out for you, dscratch
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