This morning around 11AM, I do a quickie ride around the block twice
with my new pup on his leash. (before work)
But as I was heading out my neighbor who was going to work, stopped me and said:
'"Hey could you please keep it down at night?"
What? My dog barking?
"No, its you"
"I can hear you putzing around in your backyard."
"I heard you throwing stuff away in your trash can"
"I also I heard you messing around with your hot tub"
I was cutting the solar blanket to fit the tub with scissors.
"Well I heard you throwing garbage away twice."
I also watered my veggies.
"Well I have to work in the mornings and I can't sleep
with you making noise like that."
I didn't say anything because I was shocked. Sure, I get home at 10PM, but there's no loud music... tuning up bikes and installing forks
in my garage, he never used to complain.
I'm guessing he's getting older. I think he's nearly 60 now
and when folks get old they get annoyed by little noise as
well as big ones. But the irony is that their hearing gets worse.
What should I do after work? Tip toe around or just f*ck it?
Pee on his lawn and say that you were afraid the noise of the toilet flushing would disturb him.
Hang a nice windchime in a tree in your yard.
Install a 600 watt halogen light in the back yard, put it on a motion sensor and quietly take the trash out a few times at night.
Smile and thank him for making you aware of it. Nothing really has to change, but at least you can have a sensible dialogue.
I would thank him politely for his input, then ignore it. Listening to your neighbors daily lives is part of living in a neighborhood. If he wants complete silence tell him to build a cabin in the woods.
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Man O man some people.
My neighbor when I moved in had a request/complaint every time I saw her. She actually asked me not to use my air conditioner, and it wasn't broken or unusually noisy or anything. That was about the 5th and final complaint. At that point I told her that unless she wanted to say hi that I didn't want to talk to her any more, and if she had another complaint to ask her husband, who's always happy and helpful to tell me. The funny thing is, after that she was/is nothing but nice.
I'd try the nice route first, but some people see that as an invitation to walk all over you
Hey E, seriously...don't say anything to him unless he approaches you again. Go about your business as usual. If he does approach you again, explain to him that you work odd hours and in order to function normally, you need to do things like you are now, just as you have been for years. If he can't handle that, it's his problem and he'll have to live with it. You're not doing anything wrong. Just live, man.
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Apologize profusely! "OH MY GOD!!! I'm so sorry I disturbed you. I'll make sure I never do it again. I'm such an idiot. No wonder my wife and children left me and I lost my job. I'm terribly, terrible sorry."
Then every time he sees you, start crying.
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Hahah! Thanks for the tips guys. You're right, its just regular bullsh*t noise
that goes on in neighborhoods from here to Maine.
A couple years ago the kid across the street, I swear, had his 12th grade buddies over
every night with the garage door open, chatting about crap til 1 AM in the morning. And 12th grade boys laugh stupidly at everything with their deep not yet adult voices.
Yep it was annoying, but hey, sh*t, I used to do that in high school too. So I kept
my mouth shut.
Thanks! This is a friggin' awesome place to let out steam and feel better! So if you're here in LA
MTBR off camber's are welcome to spend time in the hot tub and enjoy looking at the vinyl fence,
chatting at a normal level... hey I just heard someone's lid on a trash can go thud.
Sorry, im gonna differ here, if i had a neighbour doing repairs in his yard, watering, banging trash bins etc after 10pm i would be sorting him out really quick and i can guarentee he wouldnt be making a habit of that, just ask my neighbours, everybody has the right to peace and quiet after a certain time, and 10pm is well over that time.
Id suggest if you get home after 10 pm thats your problem, dont make it his problem.
I have way to much respect for others than to be out in the backyard before midnight making noise and annoying others while they are trying to sleep.
Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....
Tones, he took out the trash, watered his veggies, and cut some fabric with scissors. It's not like he was mowing the lawn, running power tools outside, or tuning his Harley at 10pm.
Watering the veggies in the evenings is a good idea regardless. I take the trash out when it's full and if that means just before I go to bed, then that's what it means. If you can't handle the sound of dropping one or two bags of trash in the bin, you need to suck it up.
But the scissors. The scissors are just over the top. I agree he should stop using scissors at night.
Right now I'm living about 1/4mi from a busy freeway. Neighbor sounds are nothing compared to that. There are also some people a couple doors down who have dogs that like to howl. That one is fun (no, seriously, that one doesn't bother me much). But they're not out all the time. If there are emergency vehicles on the freeway, the dogs howl. Cracked me up the last time that happened.
That's what you get when you live in the city where you can see your neighbors.
Apartments are a slightly different story. My uncle is being kicked out because he complained too much about the people upstairs from him that sounded like a herd of elephants. Landlord refused to address the situation. He probably has a renter's rights case, but he is not the kind of person to fight that issue. He has a few places on his list right now.