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11-18-2010 02:44 AM

My next door neighbor came over today at 5 pm and told me I was making too much noise and I woke her baby up. I was running my dw735 planer which is the loudest machine I own. Her baby is 9 months and I want to be a good neighbor but what am I suppos to do. It is 5 in the evening and I need to finish using my planer. Maybe I will ask her when is a good time to use it. Anybody else piss off the neighbors? Any suggestions? I am not getting any hand planes.

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 02:50 AM

I think after 9 or 10pm she might have a point but 5pm seems a bit early to be complaining. I guess the baby has to be a consideration though. Any way of muffling the noise by covering the windows or doors with something? I’ve never had a problem and have no idea how much noise I make to the outside world.

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 02:55 AM

I did have the garage open. I usually close it because of the noise but I didnt today. My windows and garage door is insulated with the foam board.

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 03:18 AM

I’d go with keeping the garage closed when using the planer and see what happens. My neighbor was nurse on the midnight shift and I would work with the garage door closed until about 4 pm. Problem with babies is that they don’t have concept of time, except their own, and you may be stuck with the door closed for quite some time.

Wonder what she is going to do with lawn services and neighbors getting a new roof.


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#4 posted 11-18-2010 03:50 AM

Be as considerate as you can, babies grow up, and will be on a schedule soon. My planer is the loudest thing I have too, and I have to use in at the right times. I vote for the closed door and ear protection.

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 03:55 AM

Close the garage door, and … if it isn’t already … insulate it.

I live next door to an IN-considerate neighbor. It sucks.

It’s one of the main reasons that I put my shop in my basement, instead of the garage. Our houses are close together, and I want to minimize the impact of my actions on others.

Good for you for asking, in this forum, though. Shows you give a darn. That puts you leaps and bounds ahead of lots of people, right off the bat :-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 04:05 AM

I live in an association of attached townhomes. A neighbor, who’s home is attached to mine, has a kid who is less than 1 and one about 2. I initially asked them for the baby’s sleep schedule and I abide by it. What I also do is use my hand planes a whole lot more. Initially, it was a pain to do that. I wasn’t any darn good at it at all, but practice makes better. I just finished hand planing the twist out of 6 lyptus boards and it really didn’t take all that long. Once I got the twist out I did run the boards thru the planer, but it was once or twice and I was done. Using hand planes I’ve seriously considered selling my jointer.

I know what all the hand plane users say – it’s relaxing or whatever. I thought it all was just hogwash. I purchased a Veritas low angle jack plane over a year ago with the intent to get heavy into hand planes. That was a year ago and the plane sat in the box. However, necessity required me to now actually use it. I practiced on a few scrap twisted boards, made some winding sticks, watched a few “how to” videos, then went out and started. The first was a bit slow, the 2nd was faster, the rest flattened very fast.

My Christmas list now contains a Veritas jointer plane. Give it a try, your ears and your neighbors will love you for it.

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 05:09 AM

Let us remember that baby sleep time is also rest time for momma. . .she looks forward to those times in order to put her feet up, get chores done, etc. Her complaint may have had this perspective in mind. As suggested, you might inquire when nap time is. . .and a nice woodcraft gift for baby would be a nice touch (a simple coat rack with a Disney theme would be an easy one). Bottom line, sounds like you want to be accomodating. . .and that is a nice thing. . .


-- Kit, Paso Robles, CA,

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#8 posted 11-18-2010 05:40 AM

The last time I checked planers weren’t any louder than lawn mowers. Using either of them at 2:00 am would definately be inconsiderate, but 5:00 pm is not. If it were me I would apologize and finish my planing.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#9 posted 11-18-2010 05:52 AM

Work with her. Not exactly good fences make good neighbors kind of stuff (See The Road Less Travelled if you don’t get it…) but it would buy a LOT of peace among your neighbors if you extended an olive branch. Without a doubt your neighbor is being unreasonable if she is fussing about 5:00 P.M. noise. However since there is a baby involved, it would be nice if you could flex a little… And it sounds like you are trying…

Let her know that you will be making noise within the prime hours, but will be working to reduce the impact of the noise… Closing the door would help, a LOT. Her letting you know when the baby is down for a nap would help as well… IF she could put the baby down on the side of the house farthest away from the source of the noise would do wonders for avoiding interrupting baby’s sleep… Also hanging old heavy blankets and sleeping bags along the wall between you, and her will help. Likewise, if your attic is uninsulated over the shop, do it, NOW, your neighbor relations as well as your comfort in the winter will thank you…

Of course, hand planes are a giant leap quieter…

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#10 posted 11-18-2010 06:10 AM

The kid is probably not too far away from a more “scheduled” nap time. A 5pm nap is probably a sign that the normal nap time was off and baby and momma were at wits end. I don’t think you did anything wrong. An apology can often go a long way. You might even be able to ask for a nap sign. Something like a hat or stuffed animal in a window can be a signal to you baby is sleeping.

And yes trying to accommodate my own son’s nap schedule is what pushed me more and more into going hand powered. As SouthpawCA said, come on in, the water’s fine. ;)

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#11 posted 11-18-2010 07:13 AM

The solution is close the garage door, plane a little earlier or change to a less noisy machine (helical head). I say create a noise diversion, hire someone to ride their Harley up and down the street while you plane.

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#12 posted 11-18-2010 07:25 AM

We have a drug half-way house a couple doors up the hill from us. We have lost quite a bit of garden art stolen from our yard. One object was worth well over $500 and had great sentimental value. Well I decided to put up a lattice fence 6 feet tall. My logic was that you can’t climb it or get through it without making a lot of noise right outside my bedroom.
So about a year ago, at 10am on a Saturday morning, I was ripping 3/8 wide redwood lath. After a short while, my neighbor, a single mother, comes traipsing up the driveway in her very skimpy PJs. Now she’s not asking anything, just screaming at the top of her lungs. Explaining to her the actual time was well past the city’s 8am noise ordinance, she cussed a bit about how long was she going to have to put up with me. It had been 8 years already… I told her 30 more and she was free. Next the police showed. Not a patrolman, but a sergeant. He asked if I was OK. Then he went into her house. An hour later, he came back out and explained that she had used such threatening language to the 911 operator, that he was sure she was going to shoot me.
He then asked how much longer I had to go. By then we’d finished with the ripping and was shooting 3/4 inch long staples with my air gun. At that time it was almost noon, and I told him that it would take another couple of hours to put up the fence. He had a patrol car park on her side of the street to assure my safety.
A couple of weeks ago she reappeared after being gone for about 2 months. The neighborhood rumor is a ‘rest facility’, but she hasn’t gotten along with any neighbors, and her dramas can fill a much longer forum than this.

Asking for a pause in the action seems mild now.

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#13 posted 11-18-2010 07:35 AM

I’ve got a 1 year old. It is tough for parents when they are trying to get a kid to sleep. I remember on 4th of july the people across the street were shooting off fireworks that were going off right outside my daughters window till about 11. It’s the 4tth though so what are you gonna do.

At 9 months, there is a real good chance the kid already has a schedule. You might want to ask if the kid is or not. Most kids don’t nap more than an hour or 2 at a time, so you’ve got a good chance it won’t be hard to work around.

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#14 posted 11-18-2010 07:38 AM

The signal is a GREAT idea!

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#15 posted 11-18-2010 07:46 AM

I dunno. I have a child with autism who doesn’t sleep well. But I don’t expect my neighbours to fit their schedules around her sleeping, nor would I consider it reasonable to do so.

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