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Old 31 December 2014, 12:27   #11
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Ran both mine up at 10 pm before the GRR mainley to annoy next door always light the BBQ and burn it off when the wind is in there direction as well
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Old 31 December 2014, 12:49   #12
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I can see where your neighbour is coming from although a word with you at the outset might have been better - assuming they haven't done that & been ignored.
If I ran the engine on mine on muffs late at night on the drive I'd expect them to be annoyed as its very noisy! (Assuming I didn't get a major bollocking from SWMBO for a start!)
Get yourself a plastic drum, fill with water & use that. Makes a considerable difference, but now you're up on their radar any further complaints to EH are likely to result in enforcement action against you.
Other problem with neighbour disputes is the effect on selling houses - disputes have to be declared on the disclosure forms & could put a prospective purchaser off.
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Your neighbour probably hasn't gone about resolving this in a grown up manner (unless he had a polite chat first) but I'd suggest this is one of the opportunities to "be the bigger man" and in the season of goodwill pop over with an apology, a bottle of wine and perhaps an explanation why you flush it. Neighbourly disputes rarely sort themselves out.
Great suggestion. If the complainant is a woman, throw in a box of Black Magic.
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... throw in a box of Black Magic.
Do they still make Black Magic?
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Do they still make Black Magic?
Yeah, but sales dropped off after they renamed them "Ethnic spiritualistic ritual"
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Old 31 December 2014, 13:22   #16
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Have enviromental health been out to see you? Have you explained the reason for the noise the level,duration and time?

Much easier for them to send you a letter from their comfy office than actually come out and investigate. Until you are issued an abatement (sp?) notice then you can carry on....
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I am not convinced flushing does any good.

In 1995 Alan Priddy organised a rib camping holiday to the Channel Islands. 10 days spent living on board for some of us whilst the rest lived it up in hotels. When we got back, the rib with a Yam 115 V4 outboard was towed up to the Thames near Lechlade for a weeks holiday. The rib spent most of each day going up and down the Thames mostly keeping to the speed limits after a couple of lock keepers timed us between the locks and earned us a quick slap on the wrist

After returning home again it was time for a good service. Out came the termostats and astonishingly they were still covered in large salt crystals. A week of ploughing up and down the Thames had done nothing to flush them out.

I became less fussy about flushing outboards after that.

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That's an interesting point. I suppose you would need to flush with / hot water to shift any salt crystals then.

Do people flush inboards ? (is that a daft question)
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Much easier for them to send you a letter from their comfy office than actually come out and investigate. Until you are issued an abatement (sp?) notice then you can carry on....
....digging a bigger hole for yourself as your neighbours would have been advised to keep a log of the nuisance.
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....digging a bigger hole for yourself as your neighbours would have been advised to keep a log of the nuisance.
And if it is as infrequent as suggested, not a daily occurrence then they have no legs to stand on......



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