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about the noise been made by the gasmen?

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Frontier Wed 30-Jul-14 22:59:32

It's all go here ATM. We have National Grid replacing the gas main, the infants and junior schools across the road each having a large extension and re-surfacing work done in the car-park and we are having our own driveway replaced.

There are literally 100s of men working here from 8am and the gas people don't finish until 8pm. At one point his morning there was a an articulated lorry delivering bricks over the fence to the school, 2 huge "vacuum drills" drilling holes in the road and sucking up the debris, 11 gas vans and the dustbin lorry trying to get down the road too!

To say it's noisy is an understatement but the school builders are being as considerate as possible, my builders come and do their work quietly (apart from when using noisy equipment but that's not much) and have lovely manners. The Gas people, well. There are dozens of them working from one end of the road to the other and all day long they are "bantering". So when there is a lull in the drilling etc all you can hear is men yelling from one end of the street to the other and the language is pretty ripe too.

AIBU to think that the disruption caused by the work itself is a pain but one of those things and we'll live with it but that the men themselves should be more respectful to the people living around where they are working? Or am I a miserable old cow and it's good that they're enjoying their work?

And why is it that for every man in/digging a hole there will be 2 more leaning on the fence watching?!

Bigbottomtwirl Wed 30-Jul-14 23:05:14

Yabu should they work in silence? What an odd post! Oh and for what it's worth they are doing our road and some of the surrounding roads so I know how noisy they are.

LastTango Wed 30-Jul-14 23:12:15

Do you mean 'being' made. I think you do.

ICanSeeTheSun Wed 30-Jul-14 23:17:19

How dare people work.

abigamarone Wed 30-Jul-14 23:18:15

Depends on how 'ripe' the language is really, otherwise I'd be happy it was all being done at once and will all be over with.

WooWooOwl Wed 30-Jul-14 23:22:59

I wouldn't have a problem with them talking loudly, I would have a problem with them swearing loudly outside my home.

Frontier Thu 31-Jul-14 07:13:24

Yes, thank you Tango, but i would never be so rude as to go on a thread just to correct someone's spelling/grammar/typo

ICanHearYou Thu 31-Jul-14 07:17:28

Tango surely you'd rather know the difference between past tense/current tense? I am not sure it was meant negatively and changes the whole thread actually.

Anyway, yes YABU about them making noise and chatting to each other, if they are swearing in front of children then thats a bit much but really you should be able to teach your children not to swear (if thats your beef) regardless of the gas men.

They need to have 2 people stood around incase something happens to the guy in the hole.

BranchingOut Thu 31-Jul-14 07:19:37

I think, if you want a regular supply of gas, you just have to let them get on with it.

Ear muffs?

But if they get too 'ripe' then maybe ask to speak to the foreman.

StealthPolarBear Thu 31-Jul-14 07:19:48

Can you kill them and then claim they were bus surfing?

londonrach Thu 31-Jul-14 07:22:12

Tbh if the work needed not much you can do. I reported a gas leak once. The smell was awful outside the flat. The next two nights men were out there overnight with floodlights sorting out the problem. The first night was once as there were 100s of men and they were digging up the road. They closed the road too. Just grateful they were making it safe. I was told it was so bad they were considering moving us to other accommodation. The language is something that can be dealt with,

TiggyD Thu 31-Jul-14 07:22:41

They need to mind their language. They need a stern librarian to give them a look.

londonrach Thu 31-Jul-14 07:23:03

First night worse not once

StealthPolarBear Thu 31-Jul-14 07:25:21

Are you offering tiggy?

whois Thu 31-Jul-14 08:01:10

Yabu should they work in silence?

Not silence, but there is no need to shout up and down the street. It's part of being a 'considerate building site'.

MoreBeta Thu 31-Jul-14 08:05:54

"There are dozens of them working from one end of the road to the other and all day long they are "bantering". So when there is a lull in the drilling etc all you can hear is men yelling from one end of the street to the other and the language is pretty ripe too. "

Sounds like your average Friday night drunk thread or sweary thread on MN. grin

NewtRipley Thu 31-Jul-14 08:12:35

I think the bad language is something you should raise with whoever seems to be in charge.

And people who come on to correct grammar look like arses

McFlickle Thu 31-Jul-14 08:19:28

We just had National Grid doing this in our street as well. Yes the machines are so noisy, and the guys do shout to be heard but there's not much you can do about that.
However I also did not like the unnecessary swearing being carried out at top volume. I complained about it on the feedback form. There is also a number you can call with queries or complaints.

RiverTam Thu 31-Jul-14 08:23:50

this is one of the reasons why I love an Eastern European builder - so that I don't have to understand them swearing their heads off and talking rubbish from dawn till dusk.

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