Saturday, 20 April 2019

Turn It Down!!!!!!!

The man who bought the plot of land behind the cottage a year or so ago has started to level the mess with a JCB digger yesterday. At 8.30 am another Helper was blasting out loud music from the open door of his van.
Bank holiday weekend and the tranquility of the lane has been compromised without even a knock on the door to warn us all it was happening.
I haven't a hangover this morning, but I was livid at the rudeness shown , so I marched out in my pyjama bottoms and fourth best Walking Dead T shirt and in my best Maggie Smith bellow told them to turn the music down.
I have no real problem with the work, I just cannot abide thoughtlessness.

Has anyone got a noisy neighbour story out there?
Bet you have

93 comments:

  1. In a previous house I once came home to find that my neighbour was listening to a concert on the TV - trouble was he was at the bottom of his garden at the time. He'd opened the french windows in their sitting room, turned the TV on full blast, and was happily gardening away. My house was shaking! Apart from that, he was a lovely chap!

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  2. The neighbour who uses a chainsaw to cut logs for his fire. The noise really puts me on edge.

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  3. Letting off fireworks on bonfire night.

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    1. Not just once.. all week long and all night! I agree!

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  4. Yes. I live in the city. Always renovations going on. I rise above it ..
    Ooooohhhhhmmmmm

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  5. So many stories you wouldn't believe and not just noise , but dirty bathwater leaking into my bedroom, bonfires in the tiny backyard, the son using their front doorstep as his personal urinal, the list goes on and on. Thankfully they moved out, the new neighbours are better, but hardly perfect.

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  6. don't get me started. i live in the city. i have to tune it out or i would be upset constantly.

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  7. We're lucky to have good neighbours.
    However the other half of our "Semi"'s grandkids seem to charge around the house bouncing off the walls and banging doors!! We can live with that...they don't live there all the time!

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  8. OMGosh John you have opened a can worms there... at least for me.. One with thoughtlessness and two with noisy neighbors.... sigh.. sometimes people just don't think... hubby says they just don't care.. I try to be more optimistic.. lol People move to 'the country' for different reasons... I realize that NOW... Some like my husband and i for the peace and quiet.. getting to see the wildlife.. other come for the freedom it provides.. shooting their guns... riding their 4 wheelers.. loud music... All you can do is hope that your neighbors are on the same wave length as you.. Mine are not...Hugs! deb

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  9. We had 2 months of builders and landscapers in the house next door, we have a shared drive, they left loads blocking most of the drive and once left the foundations hole open for the weekend, we had to go into the garden and find things to block the side off. They had loud music, but luckly they did not start until after 9pm. Twice I had words with them, they would down tools at the end of the working day walk away and leave tools everywhere. Our new neighbour is lovely, but the builders will be back soon to do her front garden!!

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  10. I had been in my new house 1 week and got chatting to the elderly man who lives behind me. He said they'd been wondering who had moved in as they'd seen small knickers on the washing line. I've never hung my underwear outside again!!

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    1. This made me laugh out loud!

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    2. Lucky you tone able to wear small ones

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    3. It would have been a million times worse if the neighbour had mentioned noticing large knickers!

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  11. One advantage of being quite deaf is that the noise from our neighbours doesn't bother me too much. The husband though is quite often muttering about the chap across the lane who likes to play with his noisy toys - a mini digger, a chainsaw and a mansize drill. In the other direction across the road we used to have a family (thankfully now moved away) who delighted in making as much noise as possible. A very aggressive large dog would bark furiously all day long; the kids would be outside screaming and riding around endlessly on their mini motorbikes and mum would be bellowing at them at full volume - usually words to the effect of "f**king stop that you little f**kers!" Charming. And we thought a rural area would be peaceful :)

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  12. I live in a highrise, with 250 neighbors, an it is generally quiet. Recently we started hearing a beep-beep-beep. The noise would come and go, sometimes it was faster, sometimes slower, beep - beep- beep. I finally found the source, a floor above and on the back side of the building, a ceiling fan out of balance. A visit from security ended the noise from 412.

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  13. Like swearing at the top of her lungs at her dog at 3AM? She topped herself by walking in my house at 11pm one night. I ran downstairs with my bat.

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    1. Now I need to know more about this one

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  14. Just a thought John, this isn't a precursor to building works is it? It's an old truck to start on a bank holiday weekend when planning enforcement isn't working. Sorry, I have a deeply cynical mind.

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  15. Trick not truck!

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  16. Not a neighbor, but My Retired Man and his extremely loud leaf blower that he is obsessed with using regardless of the time of day.

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  17. Digger? Development? Perhaps this is the silver cloud that has been missing since...

    I recently had an upstairs neighbour who held sex parties all night and almost every night for 6 months. I became so furious (at not being invited?) that I attempted to kick his door in, damaged my foot and have been having treatment for 12 months. He was evicted a month later, so I should have had a little more patience.

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    1. Is that the same as an orgy ? Or is a sex party different

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    2. An orgy does not necessarily involve sex x

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  18. 2 houses down: the idiot guy on his riding lawn mower goes round in circles for hours on end. he's trying to escape his batshit insane wife. today it's raining, so I won't have to listen to his noise.

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  19. Luckily, when we moved to Smallville we bought a nice sized piece of land, and so the neighbors aren't really close by;the only real noise is a dog barking, and I'm good with that!

    I'd like to hear your Maggie Smith bellow. I imagine it's impressive.

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  20. Anonymous1:35 pm

    I have a apt building behind me, a few years ago a tenant had a party that lasted till 5 a.m. Noise is allowed 7 a.m. to 11p.m. At 7:05 I took my dog out back and played making her bark ,he came out all p....about the noise. I very nicely said "You keep me awake all night, I keep you awake all day." He did apolize later and it never happened again.
    Now I have a neighbour who doesn't mind banging, hammering or chain sawing all day but when he hears someone else he gets mad and tells them off because they are ruining his quite time...…..being a B...…… I make noise just to piss him off, he knows not to mess with me.

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  21. Luckily, not now. But I had a year-long, hate-filled odyssey with a neighbor who had two attack dogs that barked ferociously at the slightest provocation or no provocation at all. (She and her dogs were finally evicted from the condo complex.) Just the memory of it makes me shiver. That kind of thing can cause a lot of stress. (P. S. I don't hate dogs; I love dogs. We have a dog. Just, please, keep them under control.)

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    1. Attack dogs .... dynamite waitingto go off

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  22. We have lived our suburban house for over 30 years. We know most of the regulars, neighbours who own or rent, but have stayed for awhile. The worst place is the house next door-it has a pool. Hoards of "friends" show up all summer , making noise until all hours. The worst was a couple of young lads jumping off the roof into the pool at 4am, screaming and laughing at the top of their lungs. Last year I went over at 6:30 am in my pjs and robe, and screamed at them to keep it down...some people were trying to get some sleep. They apologized and turned off the music. Wish I had done it sooner.
    Barb

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  23. Me too this morning. I haven't found out what was being chopped down or concreted but fortunately no music. Luckily I had trouble sleeping and was awake at 6 a.m. and could go back to bed after noise and breakfast. The cat's stomach clock was out of balance and he's had second breakfast and large tea.

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  24. Every morning at 6 am our neighbor goes outside and hocks his phlegm. No need for an alarm.

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  25. HeidiHo2:57 pm

    We live in a neighborhood of large lots, 5 acres. We had a neighbor who would leave her dog out when she left because she didn't want to come home to a "mess". One night during the week, that dog kept us up til 3am when the owner arrived home. I solved the problem the next morning when I phoned at 5am. she answered and wanted to know what I wanted. I very sweetly told her that since her dog kept us awake until 3am, I thought she might like to wake up with us at 5. That fixed the problem for several months.

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    1. I loved this especially as it was done with so much sweetness

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  26. Currently it's a very, very quiet neighborhood. On a weekend, it can be hours between passing cars. My kids, who all live a very urban life, have difficulty adjusting to the lack of noise. We make up for it by deer, moose and the odd bear wandering into town.

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    1. Also, it may help that the neighbor across the street is a captain on the police force.

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    2. Ah the penny dropped

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  27. I first read that as nosy neighbor (with that superfluous u, of course). The comments showed me that I had read it wrong. I believe my next door neighbor considers me to be the noisy one. There is a cacophony of yappy dogs, a baying hound, a howling wolf at one time all over. I seem to be the only one he is comfortable with yelling at. In my defense, dogs are gonna bark at squirrels. It's a given. I, however, try to keep it to a minimum and I bring them in when it gets ridiculous. My Maltese, Cujo, doesn't seem to know that he is supposed to be an indoor lap dog. I have learned to turn my music down when cleaning the house. It always seems louder outside than inside for some reason. Another senseless ramble, sigh.

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  28. We had a South African family next door for years, the wife had the loudest voice I've ever heard. It was so intrusive to our quiet ways !
    The husband was a local GP and if on night duty would let their German Shephers out all hours to bark at nothing just bark all the time.
    When the husband left for work early morning, the wife and children would croud at the gate shrilly singing, " have a happy happy day " while he drove off beating loudly, someone complained finally about that !
    They had metal wind chimes clanging in trees which my husband asked to take down when he was ill and needed to sleep.
    We were friendly and they were very nice people but I could have done without the noise !

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    1. Noise is the norm in a noise you family

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  29. We rented in Bedford for years in a bit of the town where there were a lot of buy-to-let terraced houses. One year, the student house a couple of doors down was inhabited by a group of girls with no manners, and even less sense. When I went out at 2am on a Thursday to ask them to turn their music down (or stop doing karaoke at top volume in the garden) one threatened me and the other, who probably realised her housemate was about to get thumped, stepped in to very patiently and cheerfully explain to me that because they were young and carefree they should be allowed to live the life they wanted to live without interference in order to make sure they made the most of their youth.

    So I took to waking them up as I left for work between 6 and 6.30 every. Single. Day. When they complained I very patiently and cheerfully explained that I was older, and wiser (also imaginative and patient), and at my advanced old age (28 at the time) I understood better than them how to make the most of every day and it wasn't by sleeping all the time :)

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  30. We have fairly new neighbors in the house behind us who are younger than the previous very quiet ones, so of course weekends are often 'party nights'. They usually don't stop loud music and shouting at 11 pm which is the law here. Another of our neighbors has called the police a couple of times. They built a large deck and hung strings of big lights - fortunately our trees and gazebo hide some of the brightness but I'm thinking our quiet summer dinners and evenings may be over, grrrrrrr!

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  31. Fortunate in that all our neighbours are at some distance. But the drone every other day of a lawn being cut does set my teeth on edge...

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    1. I quite like that sound for. Some strange reason

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  32. We lived in a student heavy apartment complex when we first got to the Colorado after volunteering in Ireland. One neighbor was a strip dancer and below her place was a belligerent drink loving student and her cohorts. The students partied at night and the stripper practiced her dance moves during the day. Very thumpy music, her song was 'Total Eclipse Of the Haert' and she played it loud... The police came several times and property damage was even done... The screaming matches were amazingly nasty entertainments.

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    1. A stripper as a neighbour,, How exciting

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  33. Nothing much to complain about now their boys have left home and the dog has gone, but they've now installed wooden shutters at their windows. The kind that seem to work on runners. Every morning and night it sounds like approaching thunder as they open or close them.

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    1. This blog post seems rather cathartic

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  34. I live near one of the 2 major east/west roads in my small town. Usually it's not that big a deal, but we have Boom Cars - the folks who believe that everybody within a country mile should have their windows and teeth rattled by the heavy beat they are playing. All hours of the day and night, but especially bad on the weekends. I think of them as the Future Deaf People of America.

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  35. My major noise complaint is fireworks. Not the ones put on by the town for July 4th, but the local neighbors who set them off at any time of the year. Law enforcement just seem to ignore them. In New York State, fireworks are only legal for individuals at New Year's and on July 4th. I have two dogs who are petrified of them. On July 4th we give the dogs some mild tranquilizers since we know what's coming, but can't do that when we're not prepared. I also know that fireworks are an issue for some veterans with PTSD.

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    1. Not a problem here but in Sheffield the fireworks were thrown in the streets and it went on for weeks

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  36. I have NOSY neighbor stories, but that's a different thing. Mrs. Kravitz, fortunately, doesn't create much noise.

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  37. Barbara Anne6:06 pm

    Long ago we rented a town house near a train track and all was well until a couple of college girls moved in next door. OH, did they have parties. One night when they were still loud at 3am and I had to get up for work at 6am, I went and knocked on their door. When I asked that they quiet down as some people had to work the next day, one girl said, "Well, does the train keep you awake?" I said, "No, but the train is loud because trains are loud. You should have better manners and are just being rude." They quieted down and there was no further trouble.

    Hope the neighbor behind your cottage will have better manners from now on.

    Hugs!

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  38. I'm a dog lover, have had dogs all my life but I hate the constant barking of neighbouring dogs. Anything and everything sets them off.

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    1. I never feel guilty at mine , they seldom bark

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  39. I was going to talk about a couple sets of neighbours who have behaved badly (I thought) but the comments made me realize how lucky we actually have it! I think I'll say a silent thanks instead :)

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  40. Anonymous7:52 pm

    We always seem to have bad neighbours, far too inconsiderate with noise, kids/ parties/hot tubs etc.
    As we have sold this house next door are doing some work, so as we are leaving soon seem to have a sod it mentality to us now.
    Drilling as l write this Easter Weekend 10 to 8 in the evening, thanks for nothing!
    Tess x

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    1. Get drunk, wear purple and swear a lot atthem

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  41. Anonymous8:07 pm

    Are you infering l am a ladiee of a certain age Mr G ?
    Might buy a Karoke machine and sing/kill some Cilla Black songs at them!
    Best Liverpuddlian accent, 'you're my worlllddd' T x

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  42. For the past twenty years of living on an isolated farm, neighbours have not been a problem. Now luckily I have single ladies either side of me so it is still quiet. Also I am so deaf that I find it difficult to hear anything when I take my hearing aids out.

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  43. The small town we live in is normally quite peaceful and quiet and I enjoy the singing of the birds. But... a racetrack opened up on the edge of town and the noise from that on Spring and Summer weekend evenings is horrible!

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  44. Oh I have a good one! A few years ago the ground started to rumble and it frightened myself and my neighbors. Shock waves? Approaching tornado? Keep in mind I live in remote country side. Turns out the boy scout camp rented itself out to a gigantic rave festival that travels around the world, it was about seven kilometers from us and ran for three days non stop. The local council who quietly ok it all lost their seats in the following elections!

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  45. 20 years of constant smoking (any time of day or night)on his deck + burning a campfire with smoke spilling into our backyard + laundry detergent smells + dryer smells = fury being put under control until summer 2018 at midnight when I raised the bedroom window and screamed insanely that his ignorance has got to stop. He said he was "sorry" and last night spring 2019 his campfires started all over again as the mayhem continues. One of these days I will call the fire dept ~ just trying to figure when would be the best time to "get him good"!!

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    1. Lol let it all out Ron, let the pain out

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  46. adrienne from worcester9:42 pm

    Not me but a friend. The Final straw resulted in a huge speaker being turned to face the wall. The electric guitar was plugged in. The volume turned up high. There followed an impromptu rock concert with classics such as stairway to heaven and various tracks from Prince all at 7.00am on a Sunday morning.
    Did the trick the neighbours were silenced.

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  47. Our next door neighbour is a Minister. His air conditioner is on the side of his house which is nearest our bedroom window.

    It was loud, whinny (since been replaced with a new model). On the event in question, it finally shut down at 0200 and I was wide awake, been in bed since 2230. It kicked on again at 0500!

    I got up, still in my nightie with a bathrobe over top. Marched over and rang his doorbell and banged on his door until he answered (a sight I never want to see again, all 300 pounds of him in boxer shorts and a too short tee shirt). Why are you here? I can't hear a word that you are saying!. I replied well turn off your blood AC!

    And I stomped home and went back to bed. The alarm went off 25 minutes later.

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  48. i may have a story tucked up my sleeve, but I sure as hell can't think of it at the moment......Thank you John for you. keep on keeping on Brother.((love))

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  49. I am very lucky we have lovely neighbours, but he is an active relaxer. That means that if it needs hammering, drilling, sawing or generally bashing he will be doing it until it no longer needs doing. Good Friday was the pits here with him milling some timber. Does my bloody head in. But it could be a lot worse... could be a house of delinquents making a terrible racket with parties etc.. so I just sigh and shut the windows.

    Jo in Auckland

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  50. John. Not only do I have a noisy neighbour (he's been working on his house, daily, for about 20 years), but he also thinks the road ends outside his house, and regularly blocks it with huge lorries, JCB's, etc. He's a total pain in the arse, but his wife is nice!

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  51. Has noisy neighbours a few years back it was worse when the extended family visited them as they all tried to talk at once.this lead to them all talking over each other at ridiculous decibel levels. One afternoon I put the radio four afternoon play on at full volume and listened to it from my garden. After it had ended they had all gone and their was sweet silence. Don't mess with me I go in for serious retribution blood and everything. They got off with a warning.

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  52. Fortunately, we have no serious problems currently. But we've had some "condo" doozies in the past. Don't get me started.

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  53. Oh yes! At present we're plagued with a twat 20 doors down who is renovating 4 houses he recently bought - this apparently entails him having his van radio on so loudly that even at that distance I can still clearly hear the local radio commercials for hardware stores. Polite requests are met with stony silence. Some people are just born @rseholes, sadly.

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