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Old 02-27-2013, 04:05 AM   #1
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Making overflow quieter

I have a built in center trapezoidal overflow and its like a mini waterfall in my room. I went to my lfs and he had a muffler to sell me for $25. I have a feeling there is an easier and cheaper way to muffle it. I have an idea of what I could do but want to hear from experienced hobbyists first!! Thank you!
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Do you have a standpipe in the overflow or does water come crashing down 2 feet to the bulkhead?
If you have a standpipe and it still makes noise, I would try lowering a piece of airline tubing down the pipe. Move it up and down until you find the sweet spot, then tape it off somewhere so it doesn't fall in. That should quiet the flushing sound.
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I have a hang on overflow and spent the money on something called a Maggie muffler. Works well.
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Do you have a standpipe in the overflow or does water come crashing down 2 feet to the bulkhead?
If you have a standpipe and it still makes noise, I would try lowering a piece of airline tubing down the pipe. Move it up and down until you find the sweet spot, then tape it off somewhere so it doesn't fall in. That should quiet the flushing sound.
Did something similar to this but with a bio ring (plastic, not ceramic) tied with fishing line. Had to adjust up and down to muffle the sound.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:53 AM   #5
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I have a hang on overflow and spent the money on something called a Maggie muffler. Works well.
I found the website for the Maggie Muffler but it only shows them for standpipes. I have the hang on overflow also and would love to silence mine a bit. Do you happen to have a link? Thanks. Sorry to hijack
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Do you have a standpipe in the overflow or does water come crashing down 2 feet to the bulkhead?
If you have a standpipe and it still makes noise, I would try lowering a piece of airline tubing down the pipe. Move it up and down until you find the sweet spot, then tape it off somewhere so it doesn't fall in. That should quiet the flushing sound.
I don't have a standpipe, the water is crashing over into the bulkhead. Is a standpipe a pipe you screw into the bulkhead so that the waterline within the overflow is higher?? My lfs has the said "Maggie muffler" but I just want to make sure that's not the only option
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I found the website for the Maggie Muffler but it only shows them for standpipes. I have the hang on overflow also and would love to silence mine a bit. Do you happen to have a link? Thanks. Sorry to hijack
My overflow has a standpipe in it. So I just have the muffler from amazon.
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I think all built in overflows have standpipes in the bulkhead. U musta just missed that. they can still be noisy tho and there are various options to silence it. I have a 2 pipe drain so I don't have to worry about noise.
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I think all built in overflows have standpipes in the bulkhead. U musta just missed that. they can still be noisy tho and there are various options to silence it. I have a 2 pipe drain so I don't have to worry about noise.
Nope mine overflows straight to the bulkhead.
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Maybe a photo would help?
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