I live in a little rowhouse (attached on both sides to neighbors), a hundred+ years old, brick walls.
I have a front basement room which I made into my HT: padded the walls with foam, coated the padding with cotton batting fabric, so that my neighbors would not be bothered by the noise in their basements and houses next door. I tested it by setting a plane crash scene on high volume and DVD "repeat" mode and going next door to listen thru the wall. All seemed copacetic.
Normally, the neighbors hardly ever even use their basements. I have a quiet, padded dark cave in which to enjoy my film obsession.
But now I have a problem: The daughter of one of my neighbors has moved home -- boyfriend's in jail, no use paying single rent somewhere else (great neighbors I have) -- and is now living in the basement of her mother's house. Suddenly, I am hearing people noise -- radios, TVs, talking and **** -- thru the wall WHILE I'M WATCHING A MOVIE.
I am COMPLETELY STRESSING OUT about this. My "soundproof" sacred movie cave has been invaded -- my one last bastion of silent, solitary enjoyment. I could cry about it. Just the thought that sometime this weekend I could be watching a movie and hear THUMP-A THUMP-A THUMP or something thru the (padded and covered) wall is enough to make me stress out completely and panic, even tho I'm not watching a movie at this very moment.
I am violated.
I have to move! (Put the call into the realtor today, heads up for post holiday moving!)