I can tell you that my next-door neighbor was quite appreciative of my offer
to let him plug an extension cord into my generator so that he could run his
sump pump too; he figures that's a small price to pay for putting up with the
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
If its a residential area the simplest thing to do is to use something
beyond big box quality. You can barely hear the Honda portable
generators. If larger capacity the non big box version generac units are
quiet. There is a 20kw unit at a location where I work and you can
barely tell it is running from 20 feet away.
During the Florida hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 when we didn't have power for
weeks at a time, I ran mine 24/7. I know it annoyed some of my neighbors but
I cut them off at the pass by storing their perishables in my fridge and
freezers. I let them cool off in my AC and let them cook on my electric
Yes, if it's a situation of a long-running power outage. But the OP didn't
mention that (seems one would...), and it would have to be a rather long one to
even come to seeking our advice. Plus, in such a situation many generators
would be running - and in my nieghborhood when there have been long power
outages there has been no issue with that occassional night use when everyone's
in the same boat.
But, yeah, if that's it, an offer to help out with said generator *might* help,
but he has to be careful not to come off like they guy who holds a loud party
and thinks the way to bring people over to his 'side' is by inviting them :-/
My bet this is more a situation like, he's camped out in an RV at a friend's
house and the neighbors are not happy about the generator. But he'd have to
come back and give more information.
yes, to the problem part, if one runs a very noisy unit at close proximity to
neighbor's house/bedroom window and does so especially without the courtesy of
knocking on their door "Hey, just kindly letting you know am having an issue
thus need to run the gen at night, won't be running for more than ________, hope
if said neighbor has lived there for any length of time and mutual respectful
relations are maintained "Hey there, how are you and do you need any help with
______, I have some tools to assist you", then it would not be an issue
if no dialogue is maintained with neighbor, then it's high time to establish
bottle of scotch or similar goes a long way to smooth over a non-maintained
place yourself in the position of the neighbor, are you the kind of neighbor in
attitude and demeanor he/she would wish to have? how would a neutral party(not
who knows you) evaluate the situation?
Some times there are reasons. During the last ice storm I ran mine
24/7. I did not need it for my house, but I was also supplying some
power the an elderly widow next door. She did not have any other
method of heat except for the stove top. I do run the generator in a
storage shed with the doors open. It ran like this for 3 1/2 days,
until they got the power back.
Depends on when and why. If it's an emergency situation such as a power
failure, including those caused by say a tree taking out just the drop
to that house, they are generally exempt from any noise ordinances. If
they didn't pay their electric bill and were disconnected, that would
probably be a different matter entirely.
I've been meaning to practice trap and skeet. Pull!
I'm also been planning to practice my world war two airplane search light, I
just havn't got the elevation right. Mind if I shine in your window while I
I'm cleaning out my freezer, you don't mind if I dump about 300 pounds of
rotting beef at the end of the driveway, old chap? and then empty my RV
holding tank in your front yards?
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