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To be extremely peeved off at neighbours windchime?!

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AshBluex · 23/10/2018 07:36

Admittedly I may be hormonal due to being 39 weeks pregnant so apologies in advance. We moved in to our home about 4 months ago and have no complaints whatsoever....apart from across the road have an extremely loud windchime. It keeps me awake through the night, and as our street runs down to the sea it is extremely windy all the time. I know it's a petty problem but it isn't petty to me when I am heavily pregnant and cant sleep at all with the sound of that chiming away.

What is the best way to deal with it without causing a row? I have even though about taking it down myself when it has been 3am and I'm wide awake🙈


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Nightowlagain · 23/10/2018 13:29

My neighbours also have wind chimes hanging in their garden and they do bother me at night. I’ve been debating whether to go ask them to take them down. Maybe they sleep at the front of their house and can’t hear them, I don’t know. I don’t want any awkwardness though, so I haven’t been brave enough yet. I don’t understand why they don’t realise that it’s a bit arsey to hang noise producing things outside someone’s bedroom window!


AnnieAnoniMouse · 23/10/2018 13:34

Just go and ask them to take them down. Outside of MN most people are fairly reasonable about these things.

Don’t go taping or cutting them. That’s nasty and destructive.

IF they don’t take them down then put an elastic band around them with a note saying ‘The first time I asked nicely. PLEASE take them down, I’d hate to have to take this further, but I will if nescessary because, as I explained they are keeping me awake’.

It doesn’t matter what it is, no one has the right to destroy something on another persons property.


EmNetta · 23/10/2018 13:34

I used to hate wind chimes, so much in fact that when walking past some in a shop, I gave them a good rattle. Surprise... The most beautiful sounds, notes quietly spaced in a not-quite-tune and so lovely I actually went back and bought them.
Of course, I had to find out why some were a horrible discordant noise and others were exactly the opposite. Wish I could remember the technical stuff, but sure anyone who's musical enough to play any instrument will have the explanation.
I still enjoy my chimes, but doubt they can be heard outside my house and no-one's making any noise here in middle of the night.
An alternative to scissors might be to buy noisy neighbours some "proper" musical chimes (or even try listening to some yourself), but nothing's going to be welcome at 3 a,m,


Puddlejumps · 23/10/2018 14:08

River tam a few people on our road seem to have them, have not had any complaints. Would absolutely take them down if anyone said anything. Mine are wooden so have a lower chime then the metal ones. Must live in a wind/wood chime tolerant area Smile


RiverTam · 23/10/2018 14:10

or the people who back on to you don't know who to complain to. Or they're too nervous to in case you refuse.

Why do you have to wait to get a complaint - this thread alone demonstrates how much they are hated! I bet if you all took them down at your next street party at least one person would say 'thank fuck all the wind chimes have gone, they've been pissing me off for 15 years'.


BackBoiler · 23/10/2018 14:14

We have a neighbour with a windchime, one who doesn't shut their gate, a barking dog and then with the wind swirling down the chimney its like me playing my old keyboard!


Yokohamajojo · 23/10/2018 14:16

Our neighbour across the road had a very strong sensor light that was angled in a way that everytime it came on it lit up our bedroom. It was activated by cats, foxes, even cars driving past. I explained to them and asked politely that they angle it down a bit and of course they did, they are nice people! no awkwardness at all. Just ask them to either remove it or move it further away from your house


justfloatingpast · 23/10/2018 14:18

Puddlejumps there are lots of things various neighbours have done to annoy me over the years that I haven't complained about. Sometimes it's a toss up between getting into argy bargy with the neighbours or putting up with irritating behaviour. Maybe your neighbours have just sighed and decided to do the latter.

People should really decide for themselves if something might be a nuisance to the people living nearby, and not always leave it up to the neighbour to have to initiate a difficult conversation.


Honeyroar · 23/10/2018 14:22

I detest wind chimes. It's so selfish to put them up. Even if they are "musical" ones they're still random, unwanted noise inflicted on your neighbours.


RottingGooseflesh · 23/10/2018 14:26

Windchimes are eeeevil.


RomanyRoots · 23/10/2018 14:30

We inherited some, they were that lovely that when they died we bought more. We have a lovely collection now, but we too live in a friendly community where we speak to our neighbours.
I asked if they were a nuisance and they aren't, so we keep them up.
i think you have to live where they are tolerated, or not put them up.


BackBoiler · 23/10/2018 14:32

@yokohamajojo we have that too! Lights up the back of our house!


WhyDontYouListen · 23/10/2018 14:32

I agree, windchimes are a bloody nuisance.


Gromance02 · 23/10/2018 15:53

Yokohamajojo It is illegal to have lights pointed at other people's property. Ensure that beams are NOT pointed directly at windows of other houses. Security lights fitted with passive infra-red detectors (PIRs) and/or timing devices should be adjusted so that they minimise nuisance to neighbours and are set so that they are not triggered by traffic or pedestrians passing outside your property.


Ariela · 23/10/2018 15:54

I'd knock on the door, introduce yourself and apologise in advance for your noisy newborn-to-be.....and then ask if there would be any chance they could possibly take down their windchime as you need all the sleep you can get right now.


SheeshazAZ09 · 23/10/2018 17:09

Yeah, I hate these noise-makers, they are appalling things. You must speak to your neighbours and if they don't cooperate, go to the Council. You have my sympathies.


WaxOnFeckOff · 23/10/2018 22:00

They are fecking antisocial. Our neighbours had two sets, one bamboo and the other metal. We live somewhere windy.

I say they used to have them....I have no idea what happened to them...

They weren't rammed up their arses like I wanted to do


AshBluex · 23/10/2018 22:09

Thank you all so much, and although I wanted to cut it down and burn it I posted a note as I am sure the couple are older and didn't want to seem nasty or confronting to them. Low and behold 10 minutes later the wind chime has gone! Thank god! Some of your suggestions would have been much more satisfying however😂😂

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WhatchaMaCalllit · 23/10/2018 22:10

I think windchimes (especially the tinkly sounding ones rather than the wooden ones) should be sold as weapons of torture.

One of my neighbours had put some up and I swear I think for about a month (while they were up), I got about 3 good nights sleep and the rest were disturbed sleep, all down to the pitch of sounds I hear. It was dreadful. I eventually had to ask them to take it down which they did but I was so frustrated during that time I could have exploded over absolutely nothing. It was so good when the chimes were gone.


Celebelly · 23/10/2018 22:12

Huzzah! Good riddance, chimes.


RiverTam · 23/10/2018 22:28

Brava, OP. Farewell, hideous wind chimes, may flights of angels sing you to your rest. Or, into the bin with you.


nonetworkaccess · 23/10/2018 22:53

Add me to the list of haters.

My NDN has several in a tree right under my bedroom window and I work nights.

Asked them to pull them down on the days I'm working nights and during nights and they said they would but didn't.

Add to the 3 yappy dogs (in a council property that only allows one) and I'm ready to kill most days.

Neighbours and inconsiderate people, in general, make life miserable.

I wish laws would be tightened so we don't have to put up with this shit.


NatureIs · 24/10/2018 00:51

There are wind chimes here, numerous houses/flats/back gardens , no idea where they are or whose they are, it's been 5 long years...


Ladybirdbookworm · 24/10/2018 01:55

Someone bought me a wind chime and said they thought I would find relaxing ...did I hell !!
If I wasn't just irritated by the clinking, clanking, I was scared in case my neighbours complained .
It's now hanging in the garage along with other crap that I feel guilty about chucking out Grin


Dontfeellikeaskeleton · 24/10/2018 01:56

This would drive me bonkers too.

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