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Old 01-31-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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12" x 12" acoustic tile in engine room

Does anyone know a source for this acoustic tile in my engine room? I would like to replace a number of missing and damaged tiles, without having to retile both entire engine rooms. I have searched on google and cannot find a vendor. It seems to be a common tile in 70's and 80's boat engine rooms.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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?? Have you tried the big box home repair stores?

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Greetings,
Mr. JC. I have been looking for a source for quite a long time as well. The problem is I'm a bit anal and the tiles available as Mr. SD suggests all have regular hole spacing which would just totally destroy the decor and ambiance of my ER and clash with the existing random hole pattern. I'm not even sure if my tiles are imperial (inches) or metric (mm) which would throw a whole NEW monkey wrench into re-decorating.
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I'm not sure you'll find or want to find the same pattern or composition. Some of the tiles are made of asbestos.
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Try Silent Source (Classic Wood Fiber Perforated Acoustical Ceiling Tiles | Silent Source) - the stuff you're trying to replace was a CeloTex product. Celo is long gone. No idea as to pricing - the old school music guys down here like it for its sound in recording studios.
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WOW Mr. 22, thanks so much. I'll file that link immediately. Now I just have to get out the measuring tape and do come cyphering...
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These tiles are not asebestos. They have an X pattern vice the random pattern or the evenly space pattern. My Albin trawler had the same type type and I have seen it in Grand Banks trawlers. It must have been common in the Taiwan shipyards. Lowes and Home Depot have large Acoustic ceiling tile but not like these.
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Mr. JC. You gave me a bit of a start there. I had to check pictures of my ER to make sure I didn't have the patterned tiles. I'm OK, just random holes but I've never seen any tiles like yours...
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These tiles are not asebestos...
That's great for that makes it easier. We had an 1981 boat that the engine room tiles were asbestos tiles so it was just a heads up.
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The tiles shown in jc's post are masonite - a heat/pressure treated wood fibre product.
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Mr. 22. Are the tiles you refer to the same soft/crumbly like material as Mr. JC has? Sorry, that's the best way I can describe them.
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When they're new they are reasonably cohesive and tough - similar to particle board - the tiles pictured are pretty typical after they've been exposed to moisture for long duration - like, say, the engine room on a boat. But, that's looking at years and years (maybe decades) of humidt/damp conditions. I've seen them in buildings where they have 30-40 years of use and are still coherent and usable.
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I wonder if those old tiles meet the current flame spread index requirements ?
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Mr. bp. Probably will meet as many modern standards as the rest of the 30 year old technology and equipment.
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Try Silent Source (Classic Wood Fiber Perforated Acoustical Ceiling Tiles | Silent Source) - the stuff you're trying to replace was a CeloTex product. Celo is long gone. No idea as to pricing - the old school music guys down here like it for its sound in recording studios.

jcwyatt, sbu22,

If you all purchase any of these panels, please let us know how they look and work out. I have a lot of areas of the ER that are missing or seriously damaged by RT's "soft / crumbly" disintegration from various abuse.

I suspect there are about a 1000 other boaters that would like a good source for similar tiles. Problem has been that most everything similar that I could find as a replacement was approaching 1" thick - the ER is way to small to lose any more space that way.

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At 64/carton, sounds like a good opportunity for someone to buy a batch, then sell them by the each qty. I need a few just like a lot of folks.
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Times have changed , for real quiet (at a price) look to Soundown.
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Times have changed , for real quiet (at a price) look to Soundown.
Yeah I was wondering if there is really an advantage to tiles of such material. Do they really do any sound proofing or are they just for looks.

The best sound proofing that I know of is lead.

I saw a diagram once that purported a 32nd of an inch of lead is equivalent to a wall 6 cinder blocks thick.

I would think something more acoustic to break up the sound waves like used in recording rooms egg crates come to mind.

I was also told that any holes will let the sound out. I was told to go in the engine room and turn off the lights. If you see any light coming in that is where the sound gets out.

There are lead panels on the market that would truly sound proof the ER.

Has anyone on the board done any sound proofing of the ER?

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How timely can you get for this topic. This weekend I was going to remove the tiles in the er due to their general worn an dirty appearance. I hadn't really considered the acoustic properties, I just wanted to clean up the place and possibly paint the tanks with anti-corrosion or sealer of some kind. But sound deadening makes a lot of sense. I can clean and paint and then put new tiles on. Are these glued on or is there adhesive backing?
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I would imagine any adhesive or mechanical fastener would work.
Just guessing I don't know for sure.

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