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10th Jul 2005, 22:03
:mad: My next door neighbour, who i don't particularly get on well with, yesterday decided to add a couple of wind chimes to her garden. Now, these aren't your bog-standard wooden ones. Nope, bloody big metal ones which have not stopped chinking all last night and all of today so far.
They are attached from hanging basket brackets on her wall and with each passing chime, yours truly is getting pee'd off.
So i ask you this. Should i cut down the metal wind chimes (which can emit a fair few decibels of noise - when in full motion) when my neighbour goes away shopping tomorrow?
10th Jul 2005, 22:21
Yeah, chop 'em down :E and when you're done, can you cut down my neighbour's wind chimes. What really bugs me is that they are out of tune! And the North Norfolk coast is bloddy windy as well!
10th Jul 2005, 22:32
Get a bigger and louder wind chime than them. Its called MAP or mutual assured pissing off.
Hmmm that should really be MAPO.
War with neigbours is not advisable.
10th Jul 2005, 22:45
hmm!As i type this, with a can or two of Tennent's in me (hey, i'm off tomorrow) the sudden urge to yank them off there nesting place is growing by the minute.
Meant to add earlier. As well as the chimes going hammer and tong, earlier she was playing country and western music at a fair old rate of noise too. Picture the scene...Clank,clank, ting, ting, Yeehaaaaah, clang, yeehaaaaaah, ting etc. Just waiting on the nightmare pigeon to start cooing next..
10th Jul 2005, 22:49
If the cousins were subjecting some beard in a cell at camp xray to that the huggy fluffs would be howling blue murder.
11th Jul 2005, 00:58
Methinks you're a little too focused on your neighbour, colmac.
Try to divert your attention elsewhere.
She's entitled to enjoy her life, as are you.
If windchimes and C&W music are the 2 biggest banes of your life, then you are indeed a fortunate soul.
Take a visit to a childrens' hospital, and visit the ward where kids - along with their families - are fighting life threatening diseases.
Everything else pales into insignificance.
11th Jul 2005, 01:35
Colmac, legally it sounds like a possible case of disturbing the peace/nuisance - if they are the big buggers you talk of and they're preventing you from getting to sleep then chances are someone else (do they have anyone living on the other side?) is also getting pissed off with them - see what the pros say.
Or you could just employ the hedgecutters :E
11th Jul 2005, 02:02
Yes, I think Halfbaked is on to something. Canadian law states that in order for a disturbance to have occured, it must be shown that someone has been caused upset or is upset due to the disturbance.
I would check with the police first. If a wind chime, garden ornament, stereo causes you upset, it is said to be causing a disturbance, hence, she should be made to take them down.
If the police cannot help, get a good pair of garden sheers, and hack 'em down.
11th Jul 2005, 04:56
It's the old problem of peoples right to enjoy their own space v inflicting their ‘enjoyment' on others.
If they can stop the noise at the boundary, then that's fine. If the noise goes one inch past your fence, then it's not.
You could fill the tubes with expanding foam, so as not to be accused of theft (or even damage. Perhaps)
If I were a judge, and someone was charged with sticking some @<hidden>#$%#$ out of tune wind-chimes up someone's jacksie...I would let him off AND give him a community award.
I had a year long run-in with me neighbor about his dogs. He had been a close friend...and he was my bank manager. One day I snapped and told him it was going to stop within the hour...or... It did.:E
Conan the Librarian
11th Jul 2005, 10:16
I was chatting last night with a friend and in passing, mentioned this thread. He suggests SuperGlueing the whole thing together into one silent lump. I haven't heard of this approach before, so pass it on for info.
Must dash - got Tubular Bells on and don't want to miss it...
tall and tasty
11th Jul 2005, 10:40
Take up a musical instrument such as the drums/violin/tuba and practice morning and night and especially on Sundays when she is sitting in the garden.
Failing that drill holes in the tubes and say that the bluetits have taken a fancy to them/padd them with bubble wrap so they can't clank together. Not sure if it will stop them making a din.
No No what am I saying.............................On reflection do what others have suggested, the easy solution is cut them down
11th Jul 2005, 10:47
Thanks for all the replies:ok:
Dead calm today so the chimes are not playing.
Wind Chimes were either invented by the devil, or by someone profoundly deaf.
They are a curse on this planet.
And i hereby have great pleasure in announcing that i've followed Tony Drapers advice and purchased bigger and better one's.
She'll not know what's hit her when these things start playing.
Conan the Librarian
11th Jul 2005, 10:53
But if it doesn't work - for Gods' sake man do NOT buy any Country and Western... There ARE limits....
11th Jul 2005, 10:56
The strange thing being, had you yourself purchased these self same wind chimes, and hung them in your own garden with your own hands,the sound they emit would prolly be pleasing to your ears, and you would prolly be dumbfounded that your neigbour could possibly object to these pleasing aeolian tinkles, it was ever thus with human nature.
11th Jul 2005, 11:13
Can one assume that the retaliatory chimes have been purchased from a scaffolder or oil-rig-support constructor?
Should these items not achieve the desired effect, might one propose the purchase and fitment of the largest ship's bell that your dwelling will support and then ring the bell every half-hour etc!:E
11th Jul 2005, 11:19
Maybe the neighbours have become Buddhists, they're into wind-chimes and such?! You could then justify going over in a rented "ant" costume or something similar (unless you've one handy already?!) to stick foam onto the offending surfaces. In order to "protect the lives of any insects" inadvertently finding themselves between 2 previously hard places through no fault of their own. :O
Thank your lucky stars you don't live near a marina. You know when it's windy...what with all those loose halyards clanging about (naughty lazy sailors!). The worst is the wind blowing through the yachts with in-mast furling...it's like all the demons from Ghostbusters have come back for their annual reunion! :uhoh:
11th Jul 2005, 18:53
I feel you pain!!! (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=134125)
11th Jul 2005, 19:10
Same thing happened at our place last year - someone local bought some large wooden chimes.
After two days and nights of constant "Bong! Bing! Bong! noises they were driving us round the bend. I thought they were in a garden two houses away and politely said to our next door neighbour: "Have you heard those bl@<hidden>@<hidden> wind chimes? They are driving us mad; they are louder than your dog!!"
The answer was: :\ :O
"Sorry" he said: "They are mine, too".
They ceased within ten minutes! He still speaks to me, too!
12th Jul 2005, 04:57
I've got a friend who makes windchimes at home. He said to put toothpaste on them and they stop chiming. Might be worth a go.
12th Jul 2005, 12:02
Pump up the volume. Gonna do a recording of this. Burn it onto CD, put in HiFi, open back door facing into garden, play as loud as the hifi allows and Bob's yer uncle...problem solved..
12th Jul 2005, 19:33
play as loud as the hifi allows
Yer will never make the urban terror grade mark one.
DUSTBIN LID CRASHING, NOW THAT IS EFFECTIVE. I ENDURED TEN YEARS OF THAT. Neighbour now moved.
12th Jul 2005, 22:30
These things have a habit of escalating out of all proportion.
When my brother and I were in our early 20's we shared a flat in Newbury. As far as domestic chores went we evened things out reasonably equally.
One day one of us, I forget which, demanded the other tackle the washing up as it was there turn. The recipient, hackles rising, denied the accusation.
Neither of us would budge and we left it for 9 months, we had to pay a cleaner to do it in the end.
In retrospect, being older and wiser, what I should have done was sleep with his girlfriend, steal his car and leave the country; thereby forcing him to tackle the washing up issue - as well as transport and fidelity problems.
Conan the Librarian
12th Jul 2005, 23:24
Is this thread sponsored utimately by Richer Sounds? Nuclear Hi Fi seems a common suggestion and they have flogged loads of it to me - cheaply too. Even the PC has got 675 watts RMS these days,so if anybody wants to loan some power, give me a shout :-)
9th Aug 2005, 14:16
Oh Joy! Justice is done!
It has been so windy here in North Norfolk that the neighbour's wind chimes have blown away!!! Hopefully, they managed to make it to the sea where they will be washed up, six months later, on a Danish beach!
9th Aug 2005, 14:37
Why would you wish that on the Danes Whirly? Why?
9th Aug 2005, 14:49
Oh no, I didn't mean it like that; I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy (actually I might :E ). But they are/were bamboo chimes so hopefully six months in the North Sea and they'd be rotten through!
I love you Denmark (especially your pastries!)
9th Aug 2005, 14:52
Cocoon them where they hang....
9th Aug 2005, 14:57
so hopefully six months in the North Sea and they'd be rotten through!
So that would be something rotten in Denmark then?
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