WIBU to knock neighbours flower baskets off fence?

(32 Posts)
crypticbow08 Sun 13-Apr-14 18:21:00

Never had issues with neighbours before but 2 weeks ago they nailed plant baskets onto the fence that backs onto my garden, the nail/screws are sticking out by an inch into my garden. I went round 2 weeks ago when I noticed them and explained that they were sticking out and that I was worried about ds hurting himself on them, they apologised and said they'd take them down. Thought no more of it till today (presumed they'd been took down), ds scratched his arm on one! Would it be unreasonable to take a hammer to the screws and if they fall down, well they should have dealt with it?

supadupapupascupa Sun 13-Apr-14 18:22:02

no it would not be unreasonable!! do it now!

JumpRope Sun 13-Apr-14 18:23:45

Oh dear, wine corks? Seriously though, what height are the baskets?

Fortysomethingwinelover Sun 13-Apr-14 18:23:48

Just hammer the back of the nails so they're flat against your fence. Problem solved.

Pipbin Sun 13-Apr-14 18:24:31

Saw the ends off with a hacksaw?

itiswhatitiswhatitis Sun 13-Apr-14 18:25:07

I think you need to go back round and tell them what has happened. Ask them if they would prefer you to knock the nails back from your side.

Coconutty Sun 13-Apr-14 18:27:07

Take them down and drop kick them over the fence.

gertiegusset Sun 13-Apr-14 18:27:10

How old is your DS?
Just wondering because hanging baskets are usually pretty high up so it would me more likely an adult would hurt themselves on it.
But certainly I wouldn't want nails poking through.

lunar1 Sun 13-Apr-14 18:34:12

cheeky sods, hammer the nails back through, it it a 1m fence?

crypticbow08 Sun 13-Apr-14 18:35:22

The baskets are varying heights, so the ones at the top aren't a problem (6 ft fence) but its the middle and bottom ones which are dangerous. They seem to have made a zigzag shape with them from how the nails are.

I don't own a hacksaw otherwise I would do that.

I don't know if id be able to bend them against the wall, they're quite thick!

itiswhatitiswhatitis I think you may be right, though I'll tell them they've got till tomorrow to take them out otherwise im hammering them out!

iamsoannoyed Sun 13-Apr-14 18:38:35

Depends- would you prefer to remain on civil terms with your neighbours or not?

If you would prefer not to turn this into an issue, then I'd go round and tell them what happened and ask them to remedy the situation ASAP.

If you relish creating a good drama, then go ahead and knock the baskets off. Be prepared for them to go straight back up though, as I can foresee the potential for tit-for-tat here.

In summary, they have been unreasonable in not doing something about the nails as you had requested. YWBU to knock the basket off the fence.

PigletJohn Sun 13-Apr-14 18:39:35

who owns, built and maintains the fence?

PigletJohn Sun 13-Apr-14 18:41:35
fluffyraggies Sun 13-Apr-14 18:41:40

I agree with iam. They're naughty to have left nails poking through - but for your own sake try one more civil attempt.

Who's fence is it? Are the uprights on your side? If so it (and its upkeep) belongs to you and they shouldn't be hammering stuff to it without asking really anyway.

HighwayRat Sun 13-Apr-14 18:42:50

did it break the skin? If so I'd take ds for a tetnus jab. Nail the fuckers back through.

Call your gp surgery tomorrow and ask for advice about whether your ds needs an urgent tetanus booster.

PigletJohn Sun 13-Apr-14 18:48:43

"Are the uprights on your side? If so it (and its upkeep) belongs to you"

not necessarily true.

If you own a fence you can put it up any way you like. Though fair face showing to the street or neighbours is more common

thebody Sun 13-Apr-14 18:51:27

Can't you just cover the nails? There will be something you can use from the DIY shop.

Not worth starting a feud over.

SapphireMoon Sun 13-Apr-14 18:57:21

Wine corks do sound a good idea or something purpose made like thebody suggests.

crypticbow08 Sun 13-Apr-14 19:04:02

The fence is at the back of my garden, on their left but have no idea who owns the fence, they are both rented properties.

Yes it broke the skin, I've cleaned it with antiseptic, and plastered it over but I'll ring docs in morning. Hopefully he wont as they are new nails.

Im going to go round when they are in, and hopefully they will take them down this time or do something to make them less dangerous.

lunar1 Sun 13-Apr-14 19:12:50

Why on earth would the op want wine corks on her side of the fence!

mercibucket Sun 13-Apr-14 19:17:39

tell them you might sue grin

Just knock them flat on your side. No need for a talk or feud about it. Yes, it's thoughtless and annoying and your DS has been hurt, but tbh I wouldn't have left them sticking out in the first place.

PigletJohn Sun 13-Apr-14 19:26:23

hammering them will probably break the fence.

kinkyfuckery Sun 13-Apr-14 19:28:13

Definitely tell them about the incident and tell them you want them sorted out at your side.

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