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Old 07-01-2012, 12:25 PM   #16
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We do have an irrigation system in the front and back yard.
The house was completely gutted and repiped.
Mostly you just have a lot of conjecture and anecdote.
Get some objective data.

1) Find (or create) an accurate diagram of your sprinkler piping and especially for where/how it connects to the house water piping.

2) Spend a few dollars for some valves and gauges to isolate the different sections if they aren't already there.

Use these to monitor flow volume (and pressure too).

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Have they changed the meter? It may be out of calibration. If they can test it and find it out of calibration maybe you can ask for or demand a refund on your bills.
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Assuming your water meter is in your home, that means if your neighbor is tapped in, he must have done it somewhere like at an outside hose bib, or the sprinklers. Shut off the sprinklers completely for a quarter and see if your numbers change. It's possible you have a leak in your sprinklers so you are actually dumping the water into the ground rather than out of the sprinkler heads at the correct pressure.

As for the other neighbor discharging water... we have a rule in our town that you cannot discharge water within 10' of the property line. So I'd investigate whether you have something similar (a quick call to town hall might do it)... Then print it out, hand it to the neighbor and ask him kindly to stop doing it. If he keeps doing it, you need to take pictures/video of him doing it and then ask the town to fine him, or possibly even call the police.

O'Mike, I would be livid if I came home to find a neighbor using an electrical outlet or hose bib from my house... I once lived in a 3-decker house, I was on the 3rd floor, my power bill was quite high, so I poked around in the basement... I realized that each apartment had it's own fuse box and each apartment had an outlet in the basement connected to their box... wouldn't you know it the scum bag on the 1st floor had two extension cords running from down there up to his place... when confronted by the LL he claimed his circuits kept tripping and he did it so that he could unload them, he thought they were on his fuse box ... a while later I am visiting with the people on the 2nd floor and I notice they have torn the insulation off the steam pipes which are leading into my apartment and have wrapped some sort of a finned heat sink around them... I say "what's that?" (knowing full well what it is) and they sort of got wide eyed and said "oh, those are our heating pipes, this way we can keep the heat more even" ... I said calmly "You know, we have steam heating, the radiators are on the ground, so I don't think those are the pipes for YOUR radiators, they're probably mine"... we all paid our own heat, so that explained the $300/mo heating bill for my 500sq-ft apt.... I couldn't move out of that dump fast enough.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:09 PM   #19
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and what did they say about the neighbors water bill with people living in it and useage....the water is passing thru your meter and going someplace to be billed for it.he would of had to pipe from your house to be read on your meter outside would be the water companies problem as a leak.is it possible he is climbing over your fence and clipping water when your not home......possible toilet flapper leaks fill the toilet tank and shut the water to them underneth if it is gone in the morning there is your leak...
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:44 PM   #20
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what im picturing is a pipe going out to a detached garage and before it makes it to the garage the neighbor dug it up and put a tee in and ran it to his swimming pool.
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We have an old pipe with a bib (spicket) in the middle of our yard. He has a detached garage which does have a pipe running along it- idont know what that's for but we've dug parallel to that pipe. We've also noted they fill their pool with a hose that is on the other side of their garage.
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turn your water off and sneak in to his house and see if the suspect hose bib works or not. Thats what i would be doing anyway
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I My neighbor on the other hand thinks its ok to use our backyard as a drain and has pushed a pipe which drains his dirty pool water into our backyard and didn't seem to think we'd have a problem with this. My husband asked him to please stop but he has continued to do this I simply push the pipe back into his yard.
I'd glue a cap on that, if I were you.
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I'd glue a cap on that, if I were you.
your nicer than me. Id throw a brick through his window
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Hose bibbs and also underground sprinkler systems should each have shutoff valves inside the house. Turn off the shutoffs when you are not using water outside (and also in winter leaving the hose bibb open).

Do your own research first, without confronting the neighbors or going onto their property.

The landlord may be liable for repairs and possibly costs of stolen water, electricity, etc. if insulation is torn off or utilities passing through other apartments to get to yours are compromised.
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We have an old pipe with a bib (spicket) in the middle of our yard. He has a detached garage which does have a pipe running along it- idont know what that's for but we've dug parallel to that pipe. We've also noted they fill their pool with a hose that is on the other side of their garage.
Does this old pipe with a bib in the middle of your yard function properly? Im trying to picture a hose bib located in the middle of a yard thats not attached to a structure but just "in the midddle of the yard"
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:15 AM   #28
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if you have access to this spigot line that goes outside he is using.cut in a valve and flare in a dye cartridge say RED... and let it fly.if he has a red pool or his lawn turns red ...got him.if you completely don't use that line you'll get him!.or dig back from the spigot dig down around the copper feed line...open the water spigot taking pressure off the line.take a brick slide it under the pipe then slame the copper pipe with a ball peen hammer...DONEthe dye trick would be an awesome YOUTUBE video when he gets hit walking around with red feet
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dig back from the spigot dig down around the copper feed line...open the water spigot taking pressure off the line.take a brick slide it under the pipe then slame the copper pipe with a ball peen hammer...DONE
I do not understand what I quoted above will accomplish. Is this to crimp the line?


I do like the dye trick idea but highly doubt a person who can't track down water usage by checking the meter would be able to do that.
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My vote he is using your line to water his lawn. He most likely has his sprinkler system tied into your water. And might be filling up his pool as well.

Easy way to find out...wait until you see his sprinklers come on...go turn off your water at the meter. If his sprinklers stop....you know.

Next step...call the police. This is a crime....in fact, given the amount he has stolen over the years...grand theft...felony.

Not at all hard to prove....you just show you water bills and he has to show his....the big difference will be pretty obvious.

Now the hard part....living next door to him...he is a duch bag to begin with for stealing your water....not sure what you can do to repair any damage to the 'relationship'.

Assuming he is in fact stealing from you...you might be able to get him to pay restitution and convince the DA to not file charges....at the same time, get a restraining order....if he walks on your property....he goes to jail...period. If your lucky, he will sell the house and move away.

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