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Old 05-26-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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do you hate your neighbor? solutions?

I hate nosy neighbor!
Dispute Between Neighbors - this is a true story....
A city councilman in Utah , Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the mountains to the east, until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built a new home.
The new home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow so Mark Easton , mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance.
The new neighbor had to drop the roof line, at great expense.
Recently, Mark Easton called the city and informed them that his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his home...
Mark didn't like the look of these vents and asked the city to investigate.
When they went to Mark's home to see what the vents looked like, this is what they found...
The City Council said the vents can stay since there is no ordinance referring to shutter design


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Old 05-26-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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Funny, looks like a good solution to me.

Reminds me the CEO whose penthouse office had a view of a porn theater marquee. CEO came up with some dirty tricks to try to put the theater out of business and almost succeeded. The legal case was in appeal for years but the porn theater eventually won. By that time the CEO had moved on to early retirement. The first three months back in business the marquee spelled out, "Welcome, Mr. & Mrs. (New CEO)."
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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LOL! He should have bought the lot below his house to make sure his view remained unobstructed...
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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apparently the "artwork" was removed after the councilman quit harrassing the homeowner and apologized...

Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall at their next neighborhood block party?
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apparently the "artwork" was removed after the councilman quit harrassing the homeowner and apologized...
If the plans for this house really were approved as built and the guy who built it had to spend $25,000 to "fix" it, the clowns who initially approved the plans should cough up the 25 G's, IMO.
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If the plans for this house really were approved as built and the guy who built it had to spend $25,000 to "fix" it, the clowns who initially approved the plans should cough up the 25 G's, IMO.
Remember, this happened in Utah, where there is no separation of church and state... and the majority definitely rules.
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Now that's the way to 'vent' one's displeasure.
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If the plans for this house really were approved as built and the guy who built it had to spend $25,000 to "fix" it, the clowns who initially approved the plans should cough up the 25 G's, IMO.
Ha! That's rich.

Everyone knows building inspectors are just tax collectors. If they approve a structure and it falls down next week The city and inspector aren't going to accept any responsibility.

There's no legitimate reason for home construction inspectors.
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We had an elderly neighbor who had a hobby of minding everyone else's business. He didn't like how his neighbor at the back of his property trimmed their bushes so he went ahead and hacked away at the side that was adjacent to his fence. He ruined the bushes. But before the bush owner replaced them she cut them in a pattern of one mid sized, one high, two midsized.

I saw her in her yard and asked her if that had meaning and if it was giving our mutual neighbor the finger. She confirmed that it was.

I gave her the "thumbs up" for that one.
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Ha! That's rich.

Everyone knows building inspectors are just tax collectors. If they approve a structure and it falls down next week The city and inspector aren't going to accept any responsibility.

There's no legitimate reason for home construction inspectors.
Not to divert the thread, but when I was looking for my first house in the early 1980's I looked at a lot of (used) houses that were built to no code at all. It made me appreciate the value of having at least some minimum standards for construction.

I'll grant you that a "pass" by a building inspector is no guarantee of perfection, but it is a nudge in the right direction, especially for flaws that are covered over by subsequent construction processes. For example, once it is drywalled how do you know what gauge wire is in the walls or if the drain pipes actually have a slope or proper venting?
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Not to divert the thread, but when I was looking for my first house in the early 1980's I looked at a lot of (used) houses that were built to no code at all. It made me appreciate the value of having at least some minimum standards for construction.

I'll grant you that a "pass" by a building inspector is no guarantee of perfection, but it is a nudge in the right direction, especially for flaws that are covered over by subsequent construction processes. For example, once it is drywalled how do you know what gauge wire is in the walls or if the drain pipes actually have a slope or proper venting?
All that stuff an easily be seen with an inspection before you by it which is just standard practice. A simple line tester will let you know the wiring gauge and power. you can see it when you open the box as well. If the city wasn't doing inspections it would open the door for private inspectors who actually would guarantee the work and you could look to buy places that have been certified from such inspectors.

As it is a homeowner can do almost anything they want without an inspector, it's just when they hire out or do obviously major construction that an inspector will be called. The place I bought had been remodelled and rewired several times and inspected but when I opened the walls nothing was up to code. Nothing at all. If the inspections are going to be forced than the inspecting authority should be on the hook for errors due to their inspections.

I've had city inspectors come out and tell me to do something to get it up to code and when another inspector comes by they'll tell me to take out the thing the other inspector said to do before he'd pass it. Power without responsibility is not something the government should have.
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We had an elderly neighbor who had a hobby of minding everyone else's business. He didn't like how his neighbor at the back of his property trimmed their bushes so he went ahead and hacked away at the side that was adjacent to his fence. He ruined the bushes.
I have a row of pine trees planted by the previous neighbor. They grew quite tall and the lower branches were of course reaching over onto the adjoining neighbor's lawn. One day I came home from w*rk and this idiot had cut every one of the branches back to the trunk, from ground level to about 5 feet up. So much for a privacy factor. I think the little prevert wanted to be able to spy on us (me). Sneaky little !#%*.
If he had a problem, we would have trimmed them back, not lopped them off at the trunk. We called the sheriff but there was nothing they could do legally. They did go talk to the guy and told him to leave our property alone from here forward or they would press harassment or trespass charges.
He moved years ago.
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One of our neighbors in our cul-de-sac is a sewage pumping station. Hands-down bar-none best neighbor we've ever had.

I worry about the neighbors on the other side. Their first-born is 19-20 years old and has crossed well over the "high-strung" line to "freakin' out". (Ironically she's studying psychology at state U.) I'm just hoping that she's too freaked out by firearms to be a hazard to her neighbors.
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Neighbors can be fun..... to mess with.

I have one that is a perfectionist. Every bush he has is carefully manicured into a cone shape, frequently. DW and I think the result is a bunch of bushes resembling a d*ck head, kind of what we think of him.

He fails to appreciate our preference for a natural growth of forsythia bush line along his property, but on our side about 3 feet in from the property line.

One day he got totally bent out out of shape turning red and blue and sputtering mad looking at our natural bush line. He is an aggressive type about 6'6" around 280 lb. He has threatened to kick my butt, but so far just hot air and no actual physical attempt, does not even raise his arm in my direction. I don't have to defend against a non-attack.

Ok, the bush line does look and is random height. I refuse to trim it. The PO let him trim it to a height of about 2 feet.

So to enhance his state of mind, I walked out, got up close to him and suggested he build a fence to his liking so he does not have to view nature unmolested.

For a minute there I thought he was going to blow a gasket, started ranting incoherently, spitting and nearly foaming at the mouth. His wife finally came out and gently took him by the arm and walked him back to the house, his head hanging, muttering about being mad. This was about a month ago.

Well lo and behold, today a surveyor showed up, matched my previous survey lines, put in stakes to mark the his property line, which ended up exactly where I said it was, instead of the extra 10' he was claiming into my property.


So I expect sometime next week a fencing comapany to show up and install a fence, most likely a solid 6' high one.

Aye, good fences make good neighbors, especially if they foot the bill for erecting one.


Now on the other side, lives a guy about the same size who is a lumberjack in real life, brings home his logging truck regularly, could not ask for a better neighbor, and we became fast friends less than a month after we bought this house. Go figure. Hard working folks nice and pleasant, office geeks not always.
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My neighbors are ok - mainly because our lots are 5 acres. My doctor lives behind us. My eye doctor is two doors north. The couple to the south are displaced from a highway project that I worked on, but they seem ok having been forced to leave their old place. The family to the north is very quiet (an elderly lady with 2 grown sons?), but I help them out by plowing their drive a little. No nosy neighbors - all quiet so far
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