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    Reducing noise on power rack safeties?

    I just bought a new rack and I am just curious to find out how do you guys deal with the sound when you put your bar on the safeties / hooks. I was thinking of cutting out a mat and placing it on the the safeties to reduce the sound. I am living in an apartment so too much of the banging sound isn't nice.. How do you deal with the loud clang sound like steel colliding with steel.
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    Making or buying safeties like below with padding all around should help to avoid metal on metal noise. Also make sure they fit your rack snug so there is no play that can cause it to shift and have metal bang into metal. That beeing said I don't think those sounds really carry through walls as much as the sound of heavy weights beeing put down and that is probably going to be a much bigger issue if you are worried about bothering people in other rooms / appartments.

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    Duct tape.
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    Originally Posted by AttyGuy View Post
    Duct tape.
    is always the answer.
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    It is certainly good for larger iPhones.
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    I used an inner tube from my bike for my power rack. I cut out a nice sleeve, then sleeved the rubber inner tube over the hook. It dampens the noise just fine.
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    This is one of the reasons why I'm going with Rogue's safety strap system. Not trying to wake up 2.5 and 4 week olds.
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    Originally Posted by aspengc8 View Post
    This is one of the reasons why I'm going with Rogue's safety strap system. Not trying to wake up 2.5 and 4 week year olds.
    I can snatch and clean & jerk if my 8 month old is asleep and she doesn't wake up, been that way since she was born. I have a pack-and-play I keep in the gym for her. Just give 'em a bottle, you'll be good to go.
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    I used soft pipe insulation I had leftover.. Wrapped it around the pipes for the pin/pipe safeties. Of course, I then covered that with duct tape. Has worked awesome to protect the knurling and dampened the noise. I have strap safeties too, and they are quieter than my modified pin/pipe safeties.
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    Whatever you decide op there will be some noise, best plan would be to muffle it with something loud and consistant like a fan.
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    Originally Posted by ivan1995 View Post
    I just bought a new rack and I am just curious to find out how do you guys deal with the sound when you put your bar on the safeties / hooks. I was thinking of cutting out a mat and placing it on the the safeties to reduce the sound. I am living in an apartment so too much of the banging sound isn't nice.. How do you deal with the loud clang sound like steel colliding with steel.
    A "loud clang?"


    What exactly are you doing that makes enough noise to be any kind of issue?
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    Originally Posted by cmarti063 View Post
    I can snatch and clean & jerk if my 8 month old is asleep and she doesn't wake up, been that way since she was born. I have a pack-and-play I keep in the gym for her. Just give 'em a bottle, you'll be good to go.
    You trained her well. It's people that tip toe and whisper around sleeping babies from the start that have issues. If you go about your normal business they get used to sleeping with the normal sounds in the house. Happier babies and happier parents.
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    It depends on what kind of safeties you have. I have a Parabody 843, so put 1/4 recycled rubber strips on my hooks and safeties. Using good form and controlling the weights, they are pretty much silent now even when using 400+. If you are clumsy and/or drop weights, then probably nothing works.
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    Originally Posted by jdforsy View Post
    is always the answer.
    Is there anything it can't do?
    Duct tape is good for everything except actual air ducts. Useless for that. Dries out and falls off.
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    A "loud clang?"


    What exactly are you doing that makes enough noise to be any kind of issue?
    Not really loud. Just simply putting the bar down on the metal safety bar with control. Just want to reduce or eliminate the sound of metal banging metal.


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    My power rack is almost similar to the attached image.

    So putting a duct tape on it will not work if I have to change the position of the safety bars, it will be too big to exit the holes. I will need something can I can just place it there and take it away when needed. I can probably get away with it on the hooks tho.

    I live on a 2nd Storey apartment so I am trying to reduce the sound, I am still thinking of getting an exercise mat, cut it out and wrap it around the safeties and I can just take it out when needed. But are there better options than this?
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    This stuff should work just fine. http://www.lowes.com/pd_24434-1410-P...ductId=3133247
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    Originally Posted by aspengc8 View Post
    This is one of the reasons why I'm going with Rogue's safety strap system. Not trying to wake up 2.5 and 4 week olds.
    You have children that are 1.5 weeks apart? Are you a wizard? Are they clones?
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    Originally Posted by AttyGuy View Post
    Duct tape.
    Quality electrical tape is good for muffling sound as well. the good stuff, not the stuff from the 99 cent bin.

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    The bar should never touch the safeties. If it is clanging on them often your doing it wrong. Any time my bar has hit may safeties hard enough to be called a clang (about once in a decade) I was far to thankful it hadn't crushed my chest to give a damn what the neighbors would have said.
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    I haven't had to bail on a lift in years, but personally I use the safeties for bottom position presses and Anderson squats semi regularly.
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    You have children that are 1.5 weeks apart? Are you a wizard? Are they clones?
    He actually has 7 children with 9 different mothers, so 1.5 weeks apart is legit.

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    Originally Posted by Hallowedlunch View Post
    This stuff should work just fine. lowes.com/pd_24434-1410-P12XB/6_0__?productId=3133247
    This is the correct answer for a cheap and effective way to limit noise on the safeties as well as protect your bar. To protect the knurling from the hooks wrap this around the part of the bar that touches them.

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    Originally Posted by ivan1995 View Post
    Not really loud. Just simply putting the bar down on the metal safety bar with control. Just want to reduce or eliminate the sound of metal banging metal.


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    My power rack is almost similar to the attached image.

    So putting a duct tape on it will not work if I have to change the position of the safety bars, it will be too big to exit the holes. I will need something can I can just place it there and take it away when needed. I can probably get away with it on the hooks tho.

    I live on a 2nd Storey apartment so I am trying to reduce the sound, I am still thinking of getting an exercise mat, cut it out and wrap it around the safeties and I can just take it out when needed. But are there better options than this?
    Some pieces of 1 1/4" PEX tubing will slide nicely over your safeties and hooks if they are 1" steel bar. It will be significantly quieter and last way longer than foam. The hardest part will be finding a 5' or 10' stick unless you know a plumber or a wholesale shop. Maybe check Menard's or Amazon.
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    Originally Posted by IronDino View Post
    This is the correct answer for a cheap and effective way to limit noise on the safeties as well as protect your bar. To protect the knurling from the hooks wrap this around the part of the bar that touches them.

    petco.com/product/111024/3M-Pet-Care-Self-Adherent-Pet-Bandage-Wrap.aspx
    Yeah, will start looking for them. Cheap, easy and effective. Thank you!

    Originally Posted by Wildtim View Post
    The bar should never touch the safeties. If it is clanging on them often your doing it wrong. Any time my bar has hit may safeties hard enough to be called a clang (about once in a decade) I was far to thankful it hadn't crushed my chest to give a damn what the neighbors would have said.
    Heh it is not when I am lifting but more of resting the bar there for awhile and it happens with my hooks as well since it's metal so it doesn't matter whether its the safeties or the hooks because either way whenever i put my bar down and rest it there it will have a metal sound. I tried controlling it and it does reduce a bit of sound but still i want to minimize the metal sound.
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    Originally Posted by ivan1995 View Post
    I just bought a new rack and I am just curious to find out how do you guys deal with the sound when you put your bar on the safeties / hooks. I was thinking of cutting out a mat and placing it on the the safeties to reduce the sound. I am living in an apartment so too much of the banging sound isn't nice.. How do you deal with the loud clang sound like steel colliding with steel.
    Hey Ivan, check out my post and pics from another thread. This solution significantly reduces the sound of impact while also protecting your bar and rack.
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...post1165224013
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    Originally Posted by justinluck View Post
    Hey Ivan, check out my post and pics from another thread. This solution significantly reduces the sound of impact while also protecting your bar and rack.
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...post1165224013
    Great advice!!! Just ordered from Amazon (4") How many wraps did you put on?

    Bringing back the pipe insulation I got at Home Depot yesterday. Glad I didn't cut it up yet!
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    Amazon is FAST! So 1 wrap. 3 wraps?
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