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air mattress pump silencer Answered

I have a big air mattress that I use frequently, but the electric pump is so loud that the apartment neighbors complain.  It takes 3-5 minutes to inflate, which is an eternity of noise when you're setting things up at night.   I just wondered if there might be a way to dampen the sound without having to use a foot pump or just leave the mattress inflated it at all times. Any ideas, anyone? 

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ldurraniD (author)2016-07-07

i figured that the sound is mostly because of whistling due to air flow through valve. I did two things 1. Bend the valve a little while filling, move it around a little and y might find the bedt spot for almost no whistle. 2. I put a pillow under and over the pump. Dont have to press hard but just put in it.

These reduced my noise by 80%, helped a lot in hotel room :).

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ethicaloffence (author)2015-09-15

Hi Kennan

I have an idea that I will try out first and then let you know.

It involves the following:

1) Shoe box (holes for air)

2) Cotton wool

3) Sound Baffle (Don't know what I will use just as yet)

If my pump burns out before the mattress is inflated I will be sure to let you know. If not (fingers crossed) I will most certainly do the same.

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kennan (author)2015-09-10

I have this fantasy of someone posting a bed muffler instructable. Good advice, regardless, thank you.

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Kiteman (author)2015-09-10

Stand the pump on something soft to cut vibrations being carried through the structure of the building.

You won't be able to quiet the air-flow without reducing the power of the pump.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2015-09-10

(Or set it up earlier in the evening, when folk aren't to twitchy about noise.)

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