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AIBU about leaf blowers?

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Tuileries Fri 27-Oct-17 09:02:32

Several times a week, I hear people using leaf blowers for hours at a time, sometimes right up until the early evening. Yesterday somebody was using one constantly to the point I was close to tears from the noise. This morning it's started again already. I work from home a lot and there is no way to shut out the noise.

For anyone who doesn't know what they sound like, here is a video:

AIBU to think they are a noise nuisance and wonder what happened to a good old-fashioned broom? angry

TheSecondOfHerName Fri 27-Oct-17 09:09:06

Our next door neighbour starts using theirs at 8am (not great on the one weekday when I can have a lie in).

TheSecondOfHerName Fri 27-Oct-17 09:10:23

Why has someone made a recording of 12 hours of leaf blower noise?

Tuileries Fri 27-Oct-17 09:17:28

To annoy their neighbours when they tire of actual leaf blowing?

LetsSplashMummy Fri 27-Oct-17 09:28:54

The church opposite our house employs someone that uses one a lot. My DCs and I watched him once blowing a single leaf back and forth across the steps. My kids thought it was hilarious (in a runaway leaf kind of way, can't catch me). I thought "FFS pick the damn thing up."

ethelfleda Fri 27-Oct-17 09:30:06

Not only that but they seem completely pointless to me!

woosey35 Fri 27-Oct-17 09:30:38

Omg this is my absolute pet hate!! I despise them!! My neighbour uses his for a 7hr stint every week!! Even when we had the storm last week, he was sucking up leaves!! He could’ve just held a bin bag open and watched them drop in!! Awful awful noise that’s numbs your brain!!
I’m with you OP, they should be banned!!

StorminaBcup Fri 27-Oct-17 09:32:59

I don’t see the point either. My neighbour across the road used to spend a few hours blowing all of the leaves into a pile by the side of the road and then a car would come past and blow them all back on his drive. Utterly futile. Get a broom and dust pan.

Tuileries Fri 27-Oct-17 09:58:20

My DCs and I watched him once blowing a single leaf back and forth across the steps.

Yes! This is what I see. I'm sure it's because the professional gardeners I see doing it are paid by the hour hmm

Theresamayscough Fri 27-Oct-17 10:00:47

Totally agree op what a useless peice of equipment and time.

Leaves everywhere now but whether you blow them, pile them up or leave them alone they are all gone by April. grin

guiltynetter Fri 27-Oct-17 10:02:19

yes, i hate this. i think they are pointless. i used to think they were like a vacuum but since i’ve found out they only blow the leaves around i think they’re even more rubbish!

Theresamayscough Fri 27-Oct-17 10:03:38

Well exactly if they sucked them up I could understand that but why blow them elsewhere when the wind can do that job quite efficiently grin

Doobigetta Fri 27-Oct-17 10:09:02

YANBU. The house next door but one to us has people leaf blowing at least three times a week for hours at a time, all year round. Other neighbours are nearly as bad. It's the actual nature of the noise as well- because the pitch and volume varies constantly, you can neve shut it out. And it's SO loud- if you have a window open even a crack they drown out normal conversation, or the tv. One day I WILL snap and blow one of their faces off.
Of course, because it's only a problem for people who live on roads with lots of trees and open spaces, it's the ultimate first world problem and no-one else gives a fuck, but I've got to the point where I hate those leaf-blowing cunts with a passion.

papayasareyum Fri 27-Oct-17 10:14:30

I bought a leaf blower and only used it once because the noise it made was astoundingly loud and a massive nuisance to everyone including me. Awful.

Slimthistime Fri 27-Oct-17 10:19:23

Ought to be a law...
Can't abide the damn things.

Slimthistime Fri 27-Oct-17 10:20:54

Not at all a first world problem btw

I live a tiny flat and the guy in the house next door uses one. Yes the garden is small, he just likes the noise.

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