Annoying Neighbors

Story #0734
Portland , Maine, United States
Last Updated: 7/11/2005 6:16:02 PM
The people across the street have a son who is obsessed with machinery. He finds old mowers, snow blowers, chain saws, you name it, and literally spends every day, many hours a day, tinkering (ie HAMMERING) on them, and then "testing" them. Every room in our house faces their garage, which is his "shop." We have asked them for some consideration. We said if he would just keep the [unnecessary, inconsiderate] noise down to just 9 am to 6 pm, and also asked if when he is hammering maybe he could close the garage/shop door, which would keep things considerably more quiet. They keep to that for awhile, then things go back to the way they were, we blow up either at them or the kid, then we all sit down to try to discuss it again. It's hell to live across from. They have no idea how inconsiderate they are being. I also wonder why the kid doesn't have ANY other interests?? I have threatened to go to the city on a zoning complaint but mostly this kid does this stuff for his own entertainment, not as a business, though he sharpens blades and stuff also. But I just hate to take that step. I'm torn between just waiting till this kid gets a life, and finally just doing something official like a city complaint or a private nuisance lawsuit.
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