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RSIC-1 clips are manufactured by Pac-International. They are the original resilient sound clips and very popular in large commercial projects. Their design is well recognized and provides quick installation which is important when you are installing hundreds or even thousands of clips.
Advantages to the RSIC-1 Clip
- One Screw Installation: The RSIC-1 clip only requires one screw down the center of the clip to attach to the studs or joists. This one screw attachment will save you around 15 minutes of labor per 100 clips installed when compared to clips that require two screws.
- High Performance: The RSIC-1 clips perform very well in both high frequencies (STC) and low frequencies (OITC) which makes them a great solution for isolating sound regardless of the type of sound you are isolating.
- Incredible UL Rating: The RSIC-1 clip has achieved a 1 hour UL fire rating with only 1 layer of drywall. Only the GenieClip performs as well as the RSIC-1 in UL tests.
A major part of the equation for estimating the number of clips you need is figuring out the spacing of your clips. You will always space the sound clips 48" apart when possible for maximum resiliency, but you will need to decide whether you should space your hat channel rows 16" apart or 24" apart.
16" on center: Space your hat channel 16" on center if you are using 3 layers of drywall.
24" on center: (The recommended spacing of hat channel) Space your hat channel 24" on center if you are using 1 or 2 layers of drywall. We recommend two layers of drywall for drastically improved results. All sound tests you will see for any resilient sound clip is done with 24" spacing of hat channel.Increase the gauge of the hat channel from 25 to 22 or 20 when adding a third layer of drywall in addition to shortening the hat channel spacing from 24" to 16".
Layout is another aspect to estimating resilient sound clips. There are two options for laying out your resilient sound clips. The standard layout uses the least amount of clips and is the most common way to layout resilient sound clips. The other option is the staggered layout.
It is believed that the staggered layout increases the effectiveness of the clips being used. You may notice from the layout images in our resilient sound clip installation guide that the staggered layout uses more clips than the standard layout. The staggered layout will require you to include roughly 10% more clips to your estimating total over the standard layout. We suggest using the standard layout since the increase in performance of staggering the clips is minimal and ultimately costs more money and takes more time to layout a staggered clip pattern.
Doors and Windows: Doors and windows will increase the number of clips you need for your project. Add 7 clips for every door in the room and anywhere from 6 to 12 clips for every window in the room. Each door will require 2 clips as the door header and each window will require 2 clips above and below the window.
Standard or Staggered Layout: You will want to decide between the standard layout or the staggered layout when installing your clips. The images below show the difference between the standard layout and staggered layout. Staggered layout is believed to improve results slightly and tests for sound clips typically utilize staggered layout patterns.
Installing Clips: Installing clips is simple and does not require hiring a contractor.
|Depth With Hat Channel:||1 5/8"|
|Specified Hat Channel Width:||2 1/2" - 2 5/8"|