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AIBU scorching 🥵 all windows open neighbour starts work on his extension

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LockdownLucie Mon 01-Jun-20 14:18:00

AIBU its a scorching hot day and I have all windows & doors open as its sweltering in our house & without any warning my neighbour suddenly decides to start work on his extension. Apart from all the banging and clattering the workmen have a radio on very loudly and NDN is talking/shouting above all that incessantly to them. He has been furloughed and obviously knows them so its party time and he is in his element. I am off work today and the noise is bad enough but suspect it will get worse. I work PT and have been WFH from and wondering how the hell I am going to concentrate for all the noise and I will wilt in this heat if I cant open the windows if we have another heat wave.

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Hamsterriffic Mon 01-Jun-20 14:26:32

Sorry OP, it’s annoying but there’s nothing you can do about it sad

Babdoc Mon 01-Jun-20 14:34:30

You could go round there, explain that you are working from home, and ask them to turn off the radio, stop shouting, and try to keep the noise down as much as possible.
How flexible are your working hours - could you do some in the evening after the workmen leave, and go out to a park or wood for a couple if hours during the day for a break from the noise and heat?
Are headphones/earplugs a possibility? Are you at home for health shielding reasons, or could you go into the office part of the week to escape the racket?

LockdownLucie Mon 01-Jun-20 14:34:47

Also if I go into our back garden they must all be chain smoking and I have asthma ans am not a fan of smoking.

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shinyredbus Mon 01-Jun-20 14:35:54

What do you want them to do about it? Perhaps go and speak to them.

Shoxfordian Mon 01-Jun-20 14:36:03

Nothing you can do about it op, they can smoke in their own garden and make reasonable amounts of noise.

ScarfLadysBag Mon 01-Jun-20 14:38:48

Annoying but just life, really. The work has to be done.

Sally872 Mon 01-Jun-20 14:40:48

I am sure the date will have been organised around many factors prior to the good weather.

Chocolatear Mon 01-Jun-20 14:41:05

Our neighbour started their extension during the first week of the lockdown. It's been noisy but you just have to zone out. My DH has been working from home, he's coping.

I'd definitely ask for the radio to be turned down and for the smoking to be away from your house.

Melonportal Mon 01-Jun-20 14:43:39

My NDN started work on his extension the day lockdown began. I've been working from home the whole time and trying to homeschool my 6 year old, while dealing with his noise and dirt.

Yes, he's entitled to build an extension and no, there's nothing you can do about it. It's shit though, claustrophobic and I hate my NDN for it.

Burpalot Mon 01-Jun-20 14:45:05

I know this isn't the point but if it's really hot the best thing you can do is keep all your windows closed and curtains drawn during the day. Stops the heat getting in

TheOrigBrave Mon 01-Jun-20 14:58:11

I have worked from home for years and when I'm disturbed I go round and talk to the person. Often it's just a case of knowing they're only going to be a couple of hours. Or I'll ask them to turn the radio down - I think it's not unreasonable of me to ask them to turn it down if I can hear it behind my closed door.

Building noise, there's not much you can do about.

userxx Mon 01-Jun-20 14:59:37

The only thing you can do is sell up and go and buy somewhere in the countryside without neighbours.

UnfinishedSymphon Mon 01-Jun-20 15:06:34

It is very annoying, yesterday I decided to sit outside in the garden and sunbathe for while, I never do this as I'm usually always on the go. Got my book, sun lotion, music, earphones on my little table, sat back ahhhhhhhhh….5 seconds later our neighbour across the back started cutting concrete with a stihl saw.

Sadly there's not a lot than can be done but I feel your pain

CherrySpritz Mon 01-Jun-20 15:25:28


The only thing you can do is sell up and go and buy somewhere in the countryside without neighbours.

Why is this ridiculous comment always trotted out when a poster complains of noise? There are a hundred reasons why an individual may not have the choice to ‘buy somewhere in the countryside without neighbours’. How many people could afford an isolated house in the country?

RainMustFall Mon 01-Jun-20 15:33:02

It's all part of living cheek by jowel with other people, nothing to be done about it. When I lived in London I used to fantasise about living in the middle of a field; now I've moved away I miss it and could cope with the noise as I'm really hard of hearing. It's a real pain in social situations but great for a quiet life at home. grin

BrightYellowDaffodil Mon 01-Jun-20 15:35:28

I’m ridiculously sensitive to noise but it’s not unreasonable to have building work done, even if they are being noisy about it.

I would ask if they could keep the noise down (including the radio and shouting) as much as possible because I’m WFH, but otherwise some noise cancelling headphones might be a good investment.

Moomin12345 Mon 01-Jun-20 15:39:07

Love to a detached property in rural Wales?

Moomin12345 Mon 01-Jun-20 15:39:24

Move *

TARSCOUT Mon 01-Jun-20 15:41:38

Could you not go oonto office as it isn't possible to wfh?

Mypathtriedtokillme Mon 01-Jun-20 15:42:34

Open your windows overnight, in the evening and early morning the close everything down when it’s starting to warm up and shut all your curtains.

It will keep your house much cooler and block out some of the construction noise.

(I’m in Aus and lived for years without aircon)

LockdownLucie Mon 01-Jun-20 15:43:30

Thanks I must be BU unfortunately my NDN isn’t known for being a reasonable man. Also during lockdown and with me being on the shielding list I cant really take off anywhere for several hours a day to escape, my work has to be done during my normal working day and I cant really go round and have a discussion/confrontation with him or the builders. I am off work today and tomorrow so guess I will have to grin and bare it and if it continues on Wednesday when I am next back working I will have to shout over the fence to ask if they would please turn the radio down. Fortunately for them his wife and daughter of working age either went back to work today (or have gone somewhere to escape the noise as both their cars are out).

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LockdownLucie Mon 01-Jun-20 15:47:03

Thanks my work building is closed until at least September. We live in the north of England and the back of the house where I am in kitchen, diner, living space where my workspace is, is closest to their building work and we don’t have any curtains or blinds as we aren’t over looked.

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Frlrlrubert Mon 01-Jun-20 15:48:37

About 4 sets of my neighbours are in the midst of repairing the flood damage to their properties. It's very loud. One started at 8am yesterday (Sunday). Unfortunately such is life.

userxx Mon 01-Jun-20 21:27:27

@CherrySpritz If the op is that adverse to noise then it's one of the few options she's got. Obvious isn't it. One of my friends did it, nothing for miles but forests and rivers.

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