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Old 09-02-2010, 11:38 PM   #16
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Have you given any thought about moving?

I'd do as already mentioned by meeting the neighbors, ya never know - maybe one will offer some help.
That's the plan yes, but for a variety of reasons, not just the idiot neighbors. I just hope that atrocious eyesore coupled with the fact that this former 2-bedroom 1 1/4 story bungalow is now a 3-apartment complex- main floor, dormer, and basement. I sure as hell didn't see that coming 15 years ago when I moved into my place. I am probably going to plant some tall-growing privacy trees in the spring which should help with the sale. The homeowner is not very sociable. I've talked to the handyman doing all the work mostly. He is a nice enough guy but his work speaks for itself. BTW this dormer went up with no permit and no consequences in my local when the building department did find out. Yep, definitely time to get out of this backward upstate NY area.

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:19 AM   #17
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That's the plan yes, but for a variety of reasons, not just the idiot neighbors. I just hope that atrocious eyesore coupled with the fact that this former 2-bedroom 1 1/4 story bungalow is now a 3-apartment complex- main floor, dormer, and basement. I sure as hell didn't see that coming 15 years ago when I moved into my place. I am probably going to plant some tall-growing privacy trees in the spring which should help with the sale. The homeowner is not very sociable. I've talked to the handyman doing all the work mostly. He is a nice enough guy but his work speaks for itself. BTW this dormer went up with no permit and no consequences in my local when the building department did find out. Yep, definitely time to get out of this backward upstate NY area.
I'm a little surprized it didn't have to come down.

Around here, anything over a duplex has to be zoned differently than just the standard residential.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:09 PM   #18
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A year ago I started boring holes for deck footings on a Sunday at 8:50 AM. At 9:10 an official of my local community showed up to advise me that my neighbor called to complain about the noise. Funny thing is that I used to do her grocery shopping since she is elderly and has no car. I apologized to the official who let me off with a warning, stopped shopping for groceries for that neighbor and now make no construction noise until after 8 AM (Mon-Fri) or 9AM (Sat and Sunday). I suggest that every individual planning constuction outdoors find out what the noise ordinance states and abide by it so there will be no penalties or hard feelings.
By the way, the roof of the dormer in the picture seems to be sloped the wrong way or maybe it just seems that way to me.

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Old 09-03-2010, 02:42 PM   #19
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By the way, the roof of the dormer in the picture seems to be sloped the wrong way or maybe it just seems that way to me.
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Same here. Looks like a good snow catcher come winter time.

When I framed, we'd start early in the summer,6:30 - 7:00am(ish). If there were homes close by we'd do quiet stuff for a hour or so. Never fired the equipment up or started slamming lumber until at least 8.
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By the way, the roof of the dormer in the picture seems to be sloped the wrong way or maybe it just seems that way to me.
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Same here. Looks like a good snow catcher come winter time.

When I framed, we'd start early in the summer,6:30 - 7:00am(ish). If there were homes close by we'd do quiet stuff for a hour or so. Never fired the equipment up or started slamming lumber until at least 8.
Nope you are right. And that allows an adult to stand in the high end of the apartment.
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I felt bad for my neighbors Sunday. I was using a stump grinder from 9:30 am till 8:00 pm.
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I used work for a paving company and we did driveways mostly. One weekday morning we were hard at work (during normal business hours) when a teenager came out of the house, told us they were trying to sleep and asked if we could come back a few hours later. We just laughed and told him to call his parents with the complaint.
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i was slow at worka few years back so i helped a buddy demo a school , we tore down enough block walls to fill 3 huge dumpsters , anyways 2nd day saturday this 14 year old kid thug comes by and tells us were making to much noise and tells us to be quiet cause his mom cant sleep 2 pm , and if we dont hes gonna return and shoot us , lol . this kid is no more than 15 years old weighs in at 130 lbs max , im 6-1 235 back then , my buddy is 5-9 270 lbs . i laughed my arse off except for the gun threat thing . we had to call the cops about the gun threat but i still laugh about it this kid was fearless threatening us like that ....

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I have solution !!
Buy 1.000.000 cans of Great Stuff and make foam bubble around your house.

Just kidding.
If it's your personal house than talking to your neighbors may be a good idea I guess.
But what are you going to do when they say no way!! ?


I have a story which may not be related to your post but similar problem.
I am renting a house and just to be polite and let my landlord know what I will be doing for a day by my house I told him that I will build custom Pantry cabinet around the refrigerator which will be free standing and won't be attached to the house.
I also told him that I will buy material from my own pocket and that the paint and trim will match rest of the house, just in case he will want to keep it there one day after I buy my own house.
Sounds pretty good right?

He said NO.
I shouldn't have asked an just build it.

As for my job I often have to do noisy work on my jobsites and I feel bad too.
I never go ask the neighbors if it's ok for me to make some noise because that can create more problems later.
After all they can suck it up for a few days and then I will move on and they can live their happy quiet life.
I don't start working outside before 8.00am and don't work past 6.00pm
On Saturdays 9.00pm till 4.00pm max.
I don't work on Sundays at all.

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I have solution !!
Buy 1.000.000 cans of Great Stuff and make foam bubble around your house.

Just kidding.
If it's your personal house than talking to your neighbors may be a good idea I guess.
But what are you going to do when they say no way!! ?


I have a story which may not be related to your post but similar problem.
I am renting a house and just to be polite and let my landlord know what I will be doing for a day by my house I told him that I will build custom Pantry cabinet around the refrigerator which will be free standing and won't be attached to the house.
I also told him that I will buy material from my own pocket and that the paint and trim will match rest of the house, just in case he will want to keep it there one day after I buy my own house.
Sounds pretty good right?

He said NO.
I shouldn't have asked an just build it.

As for my job I often have to do noisy work on my jobsites and I feel bad too.
I never go ask the neighbors if it's ok for me to make some noise because that can create more problems later.
After all they can suck it up for a few days and then I will move on and they can live their happy quiet life.
I don't start working outside before 8.00am and don't work past 6.00pm
On Saturdays 9.00pm till 4.00pm max.
I don't work on Sundays at all.

http://jakeschs.com/default.aspx

sounds like you want to build some furnature. i would go for it as long as its not attched in any way . just cause hes your landlord dont mean you have to get permission for everything you do, it is your home .
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Yes you are right.
I was just so mad at that time and so I focused on other things.
Once he will see it he will love it and if not, he will just have to get over it.
I am not going to ask him what kind of furniture I can get.
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For working into the night - probably more applicable to DIY where there is no commute home - I wonder about the difference between 8PM and 9PM.

Any opinions about that?
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I would never ask a neighbor for permission to make necessary construction noise outside as long as I observe the local noise ordinance.
It's not like I create a racket on a daily basis.
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Im also of the mind to talk with your neighbors, it shows you care. They might even stick up for you against other neighbors complaining about the noise
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Im also of the mind to talk with your neighbors, it shows you care. They might even stick up for you against other neighbors complaining about the noise
It might show that you care but what happens when they object just to bust chops or simply because they can and you need to reshingle a leaky roof. Go ahead with the project anyway and look like a phony or let the roof leak and be a neighborhood hero?

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