Is there a problem storing gasoline outside 6 feet from the house in a
standard plastic gasoline container, with a pressure vent?
1) Some obnoxious neighbor must have ratted on me to the code
enforcement, and he seems to be complaining about this. I havent'
reached him by phone to learn details, but I thought it was ok. I'm
certainly not supposed to put the gasoline in my house, right?
2) He also complained about wood lying on the ground. I think he is
referring to either a) a piece of t-111 lying under my deck, which I
have ther so that I don't have to lie in the dirt, sometimes muddy,
when I crawl under the deck to get my spare key, which is buried
Or b) the peices of t-111, totalling about 4x8 feet, that are on the
front patio (which is surrounded by a "privacy fence") that I put
there so that I could rebuild the motorcycle without oil on the cement
and without scratching the cement with the kickstand.
I've neve seen termite damage to t-111, evne though I do have termite
damage to my untreated fence pickets 15 feet away. Is t-111 (or even
plywood. Maybe he thought it was plywood) on the ground or the cement
some sort of violation in some places?
3) He complained about tarps, saying rats would hide under them. I
have three, all of them the cheap blue woven tarps. ONE covers the
motorcycle but doesn't reach to the ground.
Tarp TWO covers the second level of a stack of lawnmowers, to
protect them from the rain. The tarp is tucked in and only covers the
second layer. Two lawnmowers on each level, with a piece of t-111 in
between to stabilize the second.
Tarp THREE covers my first lawn mower that I would like to fix some
day. It's smaller and gets into small places, and is built as a
mulching mower, and the tarp there goes all the way to the cement.
I can't reach him on the phone so far. What is he likely complaining
about and how can I cover these things or protect the cement and still
make him happy?
Well there is a problem if there it is a code violation. I suggest you
check your local code enforcement agency. You might try the local fire
department for the gasoline issue.
You apparently live in a terminate area. If it were my home, especially
if it was in a termite area, I should would not want any non-treated wood in
ground contact, and I would prefer not to have any treated wood in ground
Only the code official can tell you what the specific rules are in
your area. If it's in some protected area, ie out of direct hot
sunlight, that still leaves it available for some kids or trouble
makers to screw around with. Like taking a whiz in it, or using it to
light your house on fire.
I keep mine stored in the garage where it's secure.
Surely there must be a better place to hide a spare key that would
eliminate the need for this.
It's more likely his real issue is that he thinks you're creating some
kind of repair facility or junk yard. How far away is your
neighbor? Is this an attached house type deal?
Again, depending on the neighborhood, how close homes are, where this
is visible from, etc, I could see this being a case where the neighbor
thinks this is an eyesore and likely to get worse.
Only one that can tell you what specific ordinances apply is the town
Are you related to Homer Simpson? The guy DID already talk to you
about some of the stuff in your yard. Do you think MAYBE he was
saying he wanted to get rid of most of the junk in his own yard as a
hint that MAYBE he doesn't like looking at crap in your yard? You
state that he's only lived there since August. Hmmmm, that seems
about the right amount of time. He's been somewhat reasonable,
dropping hints and waiting. Should he have told you straight up to
clean up or else? Yeah. But in my experience, had he done that,
then you'd be here whinning about how unreasonable he was instead of
cleaning up anyway.
Since this is a townhome, I'd be surprised if there isn't a governing
body with rules, regulations, covenanats, etc., which are far more
strict on controlling what is or isn't allowed than any town
Yep. He says "A", then he says "B". As is usual with folks who ignore the
rules, if you say something they ignore you, if you report to authorities
they'll cry about how you went to authorities why couln't you just settle it
with them. (Don't get the feeling "mm" is one of these, but often the reason
they want to you go to them instead of authorities is to have a chance to tell
you "F*** you mind yer own bisiness". No pleasing 'em.
Now you've got it.........the guy is nice and friendly. He wants to
remain on friendly terms. That is
why he might have submitted an anonymous complaint to the code
enforcement folks. I would
NEVER discuss code violations with a neighbor and then complain to the
city. Perfect way to
end a cordial relationship, or worse. And I have experienced a lot of
the "worse", even
anonymously. I don't call up the code folks every week, but in my condo
the code violations
have been pretty serious (rotted roof beam in atrium that is not
enclosed, lack of lighting on exterior
stairway at night, etc.). You haven't seen vicious until a couple of
speculators buy into a condo and
then someone presses for a substantial maintenance project; folks can
get really, really serious in
how they go about silencing those who oppose them.
Probably safer inside of a shed where no one can steal it or toss matches at
it. I'd not attempt to gess at your local codes
Not seeing your place I'm not going to judge, but, he could just be a PITA
neighbor or your yard can look like a redneck vacation spa with wood and
tarps abound. Take an objective look at it as if you were living next door
and were having a party for friends in your yard. What would they see?
I know more about my n'bors than you do. And I know the one who left
an AC compressor (the whole box) in the middle of her back yard for 6
months, though I never even considered complaining, and never puts a
leash on her dog when she walks him (a pit bull), which the HOA has
complained about a lot of times, and who screamed like a banshee about
my yard when I talked to her nephew about the dog.
When you grow up, you may learn not to jump to conclusions.
So, this comes down to, what.... two wrongs make a right? Or izzit "looky
they're even worser than I am"? You want someone here to say "there there your
place isn't so bad ain't it awful someone complained", don't you.
Just read the code, bring your place up to code, then you don't have to worry
about who is saying what. It's pretty simple really.
No, I didn't say anything like that. Since I can't reach the
inspector so far, I'm trying another method to find out what exactly
he was complaining about.
There are three tarps and I don't know which or how many he is
complaining about. There are two pieces of wood. Same question.
It's foolish to assume it is all of them, because in situations like
this it rarely is.
No, I didn't say that either. My point is that she's a nasty person
who would have complained no matter even when the things weren't so
I would to be able to read the code. Do you have a copy?
In my city, disabled vehicles are a code violation. "Outside storage"
is also a code violation,
unless it is something intended to BE outdoors, like grill and lawn
The first time I complained about code violation in our condo was about
my hubby's junk
that was stored outside. He moved from a place with a lot of storage to
a condo with no
garage. Just had an emotional attachment to all his crap that was
relatively useless. I
thought the complaint was anonymous, but the enforcement officer showed
email. That was the first time he considered divorcing me. I have
found that for the
number of people willing to act on code violations, there are probably
ten more who
are really bothered but do nothing.
Your place sounds like kind of an eyesore - you cover your patio to keep
oil on it, but it is piled with "stuff" that looks unsightly.
My city has all of their building codes online.
When folks work hard to keep their property looking nice, and spend a
fair sum of
money, they don't want to sit in the yard or look out the window and see
neighbor's junk. That's why there are building codes.
I woulda considered divorce. After all, what good is a wife who doesn't
communicate directly? Gee whiz, can't you two talk to each other? What's the
sense of staying married?
Hope he threw out your relatively useless cosmetics, hair brushes, and scrap
How do you know she didn't?
Maybe that was the only recourse after either outright refusal or long
Just like with certain neighbors, people pitch a fit over having been 'turned
in', but most often the problem is in their own intransigence.
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