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Old 02-08-2018, 05:04 PM   #16
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We don't mind seeing that their house is there - we just don't like seeing ALL of it, if that makes sense.
So seeing half of the house would be ok? Would it be better if it were a different color? Any idea what the angle of the slope is? Better yet, can you post a pic from your window? So far, the best idea is the boulder although you might want to paint a mural on it.
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To give an idea of the height you need, dig a post hole where a fence, boulders, antique signs or whatever would be, and set a 2x4 x ??? long in the hole. Back at your house sight across the distance and have someone mark an elevation on the 2x4 that would obscure the portion of the neighbor's house you'd not care to see.
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Thanks for the responses! I'll look into that shrub - I know I have seen other people around town successfully grow small evergreens, so maybe it's possible!

Setting up a temporary post, to figure out how tall of a thing we need to build, is a great idea. It would definitely help for brainstorming to know what height we need! I'll have to try that...

Here's a picture! Please don't mind the peeling porch - we just moved in this winter and are definitely planning on taking care of that in summer.

Oh, and the ocean is frozen right now, so it really blends in with the sky... Haha, but it's there, I swear!

Thanks again.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:57 PM   #21
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Forget about the boulder idea unless you put it on the porch. That's the only way that it would work. I think that it's just the color of the house that's the problem. If it were white, it wouldn't be bad at all. Offer to paint it or pay 1/2 the cost to paint it white or a color of your choice.
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Hahaha totally agree! I don't mind it too much when it's covered in snow.

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Forget about the boulder idea unless you put it on the porch. That's the only way that it would work. I think that it's just the color of the house that's the problem. If it were white, it wouldn't be bad at all. Offer to paint it or pay 1/2 the cost to paint it white or a color of your choice.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:17 PM   #23
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Ok then. that's your answer. Make a deal with the owner.
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If there is a prevailing wind you would like to slow to a dull roar rather than a gail wind, fences or tree rows can be arranged in a V pattern as the geese would fly.

When working in blizzards I've built temporary wind breaks using a pallet with 2 4x8 sheets of plywood with the V positioned to the wind of course. It is so calm inside the V a kitchen match can be lit. It seemed as if there was a negative pressure in the V.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:25 AM   #25
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I've always wondered about the term "negative pressure". Isn't the opposite of pressure vacuum? That's what's seen on some gauges.
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If you can light a match, that spot is neutral. Positive or negative pressure, you would have wind.
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After viewing the situation, it seems as if you could block the view with a man made snow ridge to whatever height you like for at least 6 months of the year.
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EDIT: or you could build a row of 6 ft. tall snow men and decorate both sides so the good neighbors could enjoy them too.
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Thanks for the responses! I'll look into that shrub - I know I have seen other people around town successfully grow small evergreens, so maybe it's possible!

Setting up a temporary post, to figure out how tall of a thing we need to build, is a great idea. It would definitely help for brainstorming to know what height we need! I'll have to try that...

Here's a picture! Please don't mind the peeling porch - we just moved in this winter and are definitely planning on taking care of that in summer.

Oh, and the ocean is frozen right now, so it really blends in with the sky... Haha, but it's there, I swear!

Thanks again.
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I'm afraid whatever you do is gonna have to be really tall to block the house. Unless my mental angle is off.

It would be interesting to set something up temporarily. To see if this fence needs to be 8ft tall or 12ft tall!
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