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I'm doing a lot of construction on a house I recently purchased. I mostly work on it mornings and weekends. My regular job is later in the day on weekdays.

I always feel guilty about all the noise I'm making, especially during demolition. I know I would be annoyed with all the construction noise. I haven't gotten any complains though (yet?). Just my own guilt, i suppose.

What do you guys do the appease the neighbors when you are working on a long term project?
 

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Just ask the neighbors. Its a good opportunity to say hello and chat, and see if there are any problems.

Starting at 8am weekdays is not unreasonable. Tree cutters around here fire up the chainsaws at exactly 8:01am.
 

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Well a normal work day is around 9am-5pm so the noise factor really shouldn’t be a problem. If you are really concerned you can go to your locally city hall and ask them when you can start/finish work, then if any of the neighbors do complain you can just tell them I checked with the city and I’m in my allowable time frame.
 

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most construction noise ordenances I've seen say keep it quite before 7am. That a little early for me as a potential sleeping neibor. but 8am weekdays, 9 am weekends sounds reasonable. Its imposible too keep every neibor happy and get anything done.
 

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Ask the neighbors

I like the ask the neighbors approach. That's what I did. It shows you care and people will be more understanding of your situation than if you just tell them the gvt allows it.
You may even get people who want to help.
 

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You are better talking to the neighbors in person. It gives a face to the noise, as well as a number they can call - you instead of the city - if there are problems.

If you were REALLY smart you would bring around some fresh baked cookies or brownies for each neighbor you talked to, as a gesture of goodwill right off the bat. Then that noise is coming from a "Future Good Neighbor", not "Some :censored:"
 

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good point. I haven't gotten a chance to meet the neighbors, except one a few houses down because they out front doing something.

as for city ordinance, I am definitely working within the legally allowed time frame. 7AM to 9PM everyday.
 

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Even though it's allowed, you might have a neighbor like my wife - who works late normally and doesn't go to bed until 12AM. The extra hour of sleep (8AM) is VERY precious to her.
 

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contact your building department and your neighbors. I know of some areas that do not allow weekend work and most all areas limit the times you are allowed to make much of any construction noise. And as others have said, talking with the neighbors is often a good way to avoid having problems to start with.
 

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Before I do any major constructon I talk to the neghbours first to give them a head up with pretty loud noise and what hours they can withstand it but few case emergecy calls do show up and I have to use the tools some can make a bit of noise so I try keep it quiet much as I can but few situation that is complety unadvoidable.

I will have permit posted as well in case they have question.

That useally work out pretty good in most case.

There were few case I have to test the generators in my shop few did like the bark of large diesel engine but only during awake hours. { yeah I gave them a advance warning before I start up the engines }

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If your neighbors complain show them the pictures of the God awful addition my neighbors put up.
Have you given any thought about moving?:laughing:

I'd do as already mentioned by meeting the neighbors, ya never know - maybe one will offer some help.
 

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Have you given any thought about moving?:laughing:

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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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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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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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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