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    • Robin-o'-the-Hood
    • By Robin-o'-the-Hood 1st Oct 17, 1:52 PM
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    Noisy DIY at weekends
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    • 1st Oct 17, 1:52 PM
    Noisy DIY at weekends 1st Oct 17 at 1:52 PM
    Apologies if this has been raised before. What level of DIY is acceptable at weekends? My new neighbour, a builder, is gutting the house next door and the racket is incredible, especially a few weekends ago when the chimney breast (I think) was taken out. I had to go out both days, it was driving me mad. I appreciate that he works in the week and perhaps can only do the work on his own house at weekends (he's not living there yet) but then so do I. I have no issue if he wants to do his work in the week when I'm out...that would be considerate. But he chooses not to.
    I don't want to be a moaning neighbour but the lack of any communication doesn't indicate much respect.
    Also, a quick check on the council website re building work indicates he's applied for no permissions of any kind which worries me in regard to the chimney breast particularly (the replacement gas boiler in my house even got a mention so surely work which requires large stacks of blocks and timber next door must??!) as I understand the removal of his could affect the one on my side.

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    • missprice
    • By missprice 1st Oct 17, 6:03 PM
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    Seriously? I made the effort, was friendly and get a cursory nod in return (and it wasn't just once or twice, as everyone can have an off day, or be distracted). Now I just nod too. What do you do with people who give nothing back??
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    You can be as friendly as you wish to be, doesn't mean others are forced to be friendly in return.its not compulsory to be matey with people even the neighbors. You at least have an end date.
    We took a year to fix up this house, we did tell neighbours and apologized a lot and bought a hamper at the end. But if they had been aloof then we wouldn't have given a damn. And the work would still have had to be done.
    Look on your local councils website, look for planning applications and building regulations. You can usually search by address.
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    • Robin-o'-the-Hood
    • By Robin-o'-the-Hood 1st Oct 17, 6:05 PM
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    Well seems I'm going to buck the trend OP and offer you sympathy: that level of relentless noise, weekend after weekend would be wearing me out too.
    I don't think there is much you can do though, other than check he has all the necessary permissions. But that won't stop the noisy demolition of the chimney breast, as that's already happened. If they really are a serial renovator, it sounds like they are unlikey to be too worried about fostering good relations.
    We recently had our bathroom gutted and refurbed and I agonized about the noise it caused, especially the cutting of the tiles which seemed to take for ever, even though it was within the working week, because there are plenty of people here who are at home for a variety of reasons. But there was no way round it, the work needed to be done.
    Originally posted by Brighton belle
    That would be fine. I have no problem with that kind of thing or we'd all be living in mud huts still. It's the lack of basic forewarning of work being done that irritates me most.
    I think they are the ones who should be baking me a cake. (And I do like cake!)
    • Robin-o'-the-Hood
    • By Robin-o'-the-Hood 1st Oct 17, 6:13 PM
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    You can be as friendly as you wish to be, doesn't mean others are forced to be friendly in return.its not compulsory to be matey with people even the neighbors. You at least have an end date.
    We took a year to fix up this house, we did tell neighbours and apologized a lot and bought a hamper at the end. But if they had been aloof then we wouldn't have given a damn. And the work would still have had to be done.
    Look on your local councils website, look for planning applications and building regulations. You can usually search by address.
    Originally posted by missprice
    There's the difference though. You played it straight, kept your neighbours in the loop and gave them something at the end. I have looked at the council website and there are no permissions for the property. Not one.
    I understand that people don't have to be mates with the neighbours. No harm in basic civility though. Despite lack of which on his part, other posters seem to be suggesting I should be going round with coffee and cake for him to tell me when I should be out.
    • missprice
    • By missprice 1st Oct 17, 6:18 PM
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    There's the difference though. You played it straight, kept your neighbours in the loop and gave them something at the end. I have looked at the council website and there are no permissions for the property. Not one.
    I understand that people don't have to be mates with the neighbours. No harm in basic civility though. Despite lack of which on his part, other posters seem to be suggesting I should be going round with coffee and cake for him to tell me when I should be out.
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    See if he is a serial renovator, I would have thought he would know to jump through relevant hoops. Pretty hard to sell a house these days without multiple bits of paper permissions.

    And I also mentioned,if the neighbors were arsey it would have made no difference to us, the work still had to be done regardless of their feelings. It was simply easier to stay on their good side.
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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 1st Oct 17, 6:19 PM
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    That would be fine. I have no problem with that kind of thing or we'd all be living in mud huts still.
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    Nothing wrong with mud huts, people are still building and living in them
    • Robin-o'-the-Hood
    • By Robin-o'-the-Hood 1st Oct 17, 7:59 PM
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    Nothing wrong with mud huts, people are still building and living in them
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    Really? Round your way? I was just making the point that things advance and progress. But there are ways of doing things without hacking people off.
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 1st Oct 17, 11:08 PM
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    Yup, still building mud huts in England...

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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 2nd Oct 17, 8:58 AM
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    Seriously? I made the effort, was friendly and get a cursory nod in return (and it wasn't just once or twice, as everyone can have an off day, or be distracted). Now I just nod too. What do you do with people who give nothing back??
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    That's a perfectly polite response to a neighbour. If you got no response at all that would be rude, but a nod is fine. What were you expecting?
    • ska lover
    • By ska lover 2nd Oct 17, 10:43 AM
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    I have no issue if he wants to do his work in the week when I'm out...that would be considerate. But he chooses not to.
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    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    He's not choosing when to do the work merely to maximise the effect on you - I honestly doubt you have crossed his mind in that way

    It sounds like you are way too emotionally worked up over this.

    Unless he is making noise well into the night, you cant do much.

    If he is making noise into the night, contact your local council noise abatement team.

    Otherwise, relax - it won't be forever. You are merely working yourself up over something that is out of your control.
    Blah blah blah.
    • ska lover
    • By ska lover 2nd Oct 17, 10:44 AM
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    I was meant to be babysitting my mate's 2 year old today but he was so terrified by the hammering and banging I had to take him home.
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    I have never met a two year old who is so nervous.

    However I have met two year olds who become upset over adults fears, pick up emotions from adults
    Blah blah blah.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 2nd Oct 17, 10:55 AM
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    I have never met a two year old who is so nervous.

    However I have met two year olds who become upset over adults fears, pick up emotions from adults
    Originally posted by ska lover

    Good way to get out of babysitting though!
    • andydownes123
    • By andydownes123 2nd Oct 17, 4:33 PM
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    That would be fine. I have no problem with that kind of thing or we'd all be living in mud huts still. It's the lack of basic forewarning of work being done that irritates me most.
    I think they are the ones who should be baking me a cake. (And I do like cake!)
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    Personally, I wouldn't consider letting the neighbors know about any renovation myself, especially if it's within 9am and 5pm. None of their business really. I have a neighbor that likes to be informed of everything, including holidays and I now make a point of never telling her when we're away...it's just none of their business.
    • pearl123
    • By pearl123 2nd Oct 17, 11:16 PM
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    Apologies if this has been raised before. What level of DIY is acceptable at weekends? My new neighbour, a builder, is gutting the house next door and the racket is incredible, especially a few weekends ago when the chimney breast (I think) was taken out. I had to go out both days, it was driving me mad. I appreciate that he works in the week and perhaps can only do the work on his own house at weekends (he's not living there yet) but then so do I. I have no issue if he wants to do his work in the week when I'm out...that would be considerate. But he chooses not to.
    I don't want to be a moaning neighbour but the lack of any communication doesn't indicate much respect.
    Also, a quick check on the council website re building work indicates he's applied for no permissions of any kind which worries me in regard to the chimney breast particularly (the replacement gas boiler in my house even got a mention so surely work which requires large stacks of blocks and timber next door must??!) as I understand the removal of his could affect the one on my side.
    Originally posted by Robin-o'-the-Hood
    There's not a lot you can do about it, but in your situation i would request that the weekend work was carried out around civilized hours. Ie 9pm- absolute max 8pm.
    I know its a pain in the !!!. i had a similar noise for 6 months, but at least the stopped at 8pm.
    • Supersonos
    • By Supersonos 3rd Oct 17, 7:52 AM
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    Years ago when we were doing up our old house, the very angry neighbour came and complained. I apologised and offered to do the DIY when he was at work. It was then that he pointed out he was disabled and didn't work.

    I didn't know what to say.
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