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To think 8.00am isn't too early ...

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LakieLady · 08/06/2020 17:58

To mow the grass?

We have a very quiet electric mower. And most mornings there are delivery lorries/vans making a racket at 8 (the whole street seems to be extending their house atm, we have a builder's lorry almost every day and they always come early).

The sun is on the back garden until gone 6pm, I work until 2.30 and by the time the grass is in the shade I'm frankly knackered.

Would it really BU to give it a quick mow at 8?

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Purpleberet · 09/06/2020 17:06

If you want to be a considerate neighbour I'd leave it until 9.
I wouldn't personally mind 8am - we live on a busy ish road and there's often workmen digging up the road from 8am!

I can't believe people are using lockdown as a reason why you should wait until later, it's so illogical.
"While people are off work and children off school, it's too early." well in that case they have plenty of time to sleep! 🙄

A lot of us are still working. Whatever time you choose will inconvenience someone, and while not everyone keeps office hours surely most people who are able to WFH are working within the hours 9-5. That's certainly the case with most people I know.

IntermittentParps · 09/06/2020 17:25

I think YANBU. Don't know where you are, but my local council noise regs are that construction and noisy DIY should not start before 8am on weekdays, which I think is perfectly reasonable.

Ipadipod · 09/06/2020 17:36

It seems there never a good time to make a noise - you’ll always upset someone !

GinWithRosie · 09/06/2020 17:41

Anybody else really not getting the ‘sun/shade’ thing? 🤷‍♀️ I mow mine in sun/shade/inbetween 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ As long as it’s not pissing down I didn’t think there were rules!

riceuten · 09/06/2020 17:49

YABU. There are people who are still in bed then, even if you yourself have been up (or made to get up) since 5.30am.

M2B19 · 09/06/2020 18:02

I think 9am or afterward is an acceptable time personally.

DagenhamRoundhouse · 09/06/2020 18:03

Our neighbour mows his lawn at 9.30/10 at night. He'll take off a toe or foot soon!

Coolteddybears · 09/06/2020 18:04

8am is way too early. Workmen digging etc on building work is usually after 8.30am Mon-Fri and after 9am Sat until 4pm. I think you know it's too early. Why upset the neighbours for a half hour or an hour. Be considerate and keep on friendly terms with your neighbours. You will be rewarded in kind. We all need to be more aware of our actions that can impact quite negatively on our neighbours.

TheGreatWave · 09/06/2020 18:12

My previous neighbour did his at 4.30am once. 8 am is like the middle of the day in comparison.

TeacupDrama · 09/06/2020 18:14

Just a personal opinion
Monday- Friday really quiet from 10pm-6.30am, low level noise but quietish 6.30-9am and 8pm-10pm, general domestic noise is fine between 9am-8pm not continuous load banging but general noise washing machines lawn mowers bits of DIY gardening children playing outdoor living in general music
Friday and Saturday noise a bit later till 11pm but not every weekend, Saturday Sunday Mornings try and wait until 9.30-10am before noise

2-3 nights a year especially New year eve's acceptable to be noisy a bit later ( just after midnight) but tell your neighbours you're having a party

Of course there will always be some it doesn't suit, someone trying to sleep in day after night shift, someone working until midnight so not home till 1am and needs to wind down before bed, someone trying to get kids to sleep before 7pm but rules never ever can account for everyone hence general guidelines for building been betwen 8am -6pm and quiet after 11pm

csigeek · 09/06/2020 18:25

Weekdays is fine imo. Weekends maybe not.
Most people are up and about by 8am and if you’re a night worker then no time of day would be great for you anyway.
If you’re just being lazy and don’t want to get up before 9am then sucks to be you; other people have shit to do on weekdays!

justanotherone123 · 09/06/2020 18:32

Not too early and it doesn't bother me if there is noise in the street at 8am. Quite often I hear people doing diy and gardening at this time of the day

Aridane · 09/06/2020 18:56

Too early anyway but definitely too early in Lockdown


ComeTheFuck0nBridget · 09/06/2020 19:00

Weekdays would be fine, I think

Nofunkingworriesmate · 09/06/2020 19:04

Why? You have all day if not at work and all evening in summer months ?

McCanne · 09/06/2020 19:07

It’s a bit too early imo. I generally feel 9-9 is fine for noise.

MaverickDanger · 09/06/2020 19:09

We’re not awake at 8am, I’d be annoyed to be woken up then.

We get up at 8.45 in the week now and 9.45 at weekends.

ClaudeCahun · 09/06/2020 19:11

How about not mowing at all? It's a lot less work for you, you get a much more interesting lawn and you help wildlife - including pollinators that are vital for our food.

DanceItOut · 09/06/2020 19:16

It wouldn’t bother me personally but generally I think after 9am for that sort of thing for general consideration of neighbours.

Imissmoominmama · 09/06/2020 19:26

It wouldn’t bother me, but I wake around 5:30.

Fayfoord · 09/06/2020 19:35

Great idea people need to get up and get a life

MaverickDanger · 09/06/2020 19:41

Great advice @Fayfoord maybe I should spend that extra 45 mins shilling my mate’s kids reins on forums, rather than working a 14 hour day 👍🏻

FatalSecrets · 09/06/2020 19:45

Great idea people need to get up and get a life

Do share with us your definition of “a life”?

ArtieFufkinPolymerRecords · 09/06/2020 19:52


It's fine. Unless You work until very late at night I think it's really lazy to be asleep at 8am.

Why is it any lazier to e.g. go to bed at midnight and sleep until 8 am than it is to go to bed at 10 pm and sleep until 6 am?
devontor · 09/06/2020 20:02

My neighbour started strimming and hedge cutting at 915 sunday am... I thought it was a bit early...esp as one hedge is in front of sitting room window.. so I didnt feel happy sitting in pjs in own sitting room as he could see me..

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