Those stupid toys have mufflers of some sort, believe it or not. I
discovered this when my neighbor dropped his stupid toy on the driveway,
breaking off the muffler. Now, the stupid toy is 10 times louder than before
and he thinks it's funny. This guy's an idiot. He'll chase 5 leaves around
the yard for two hours. He's in good shape. He could use a rake, but he
doesn't. This seems typical of many who use leaf blowers. I think they buy
them because somehow, they got the idea that they were supposed to.
Get used to it. 54% of the population is hopelessly stupid. The best you can
hope for is that they somehow kill themselves while using dangerous yard
By the way, your town most likely has noise ordinances, but they probably
kick in at night. In my town, the only daytime rule is that organized events
including loud music must have a permit. You probably don't have a prayer of
getting any new laws passed, because they would also affect lawnmowers
(including yours), and chain saws (which tree service people need to do
I'm able to reason with one of my neighbors, who has an industrial strength
leaf blower on wheels. He used to blow some leaves, stop & read a magazine,
blow some more leaves, have a little lunch, blow some leaves, check his
car's oil....there was noise all day. I asked him if he could compress the
noise into one session so the whole day wasn't polluted. He's cool. He did
Meanwhile, I can rake 1/4 acre of leaves and bag them in about 90 minutes,
which is much faster than some of these putzes with leaf blowers.
I rake my own leaves as well, and bag them. No piles in front of my
house, due to high school kids running over them. It's a chore, but I
hate leaf blowers too, and what I really hate is those idiots that
blow them from one yard into your yard or your driveway. I do have a
drummer that lives across the street from me...now, that's annoying.
I've thought about the issue a good deal. Even wondered how a zoning
ordinance would work which limits use in a given area to certain days of
the week. Wouldn't work here, probably, because the same contractors
work on a lot of the neighborhood homes. We have trash pickup two times
a week, next-door neighbor two days but different trash hauler. They
back into the parking lot, hoist the dumpster. Another truck to pick up
the recycling barrels, hoist them and dump them. There is a lot that
can be gained by changing landscaping to stuff that doesn't require a
lot of maintenance, but folks love their grass. I get crazy when I see
posts about people who want to kill the ants crawling in their yards or
on their trees. A tax advantage for enviro-friendly landscape practices
might work. I'm not on a rant about folks who use grassy yards or who
are getting eaten up by fire ants and want to get rid of them. There is
just a huge amount of needless use of chemicals. I read recently that
Florida - I don't recall which agency - is trying to eliminate ALL WILD
BEE HIVES. Africanized bees are in Florida, so I guess that is the
justification. I rarely see a bee and always wonder if it will be the
last one. I used to do nature photography, looking for spots that are
free of signs of humanity. There is so much trash in the water that I
can't find those places. When I used to go shelling, I would brink two
bags, one for shells to pick up on the way out, and one to pick up trash
on the way back. I have found clothing, furniture, false teeth,
hundreds of plastic bags and bottles, wallets, etc. Folks toss bottles
out the window of vehicles all over the place. Just amazing.
Big deal, 2 leaf blowers and a leaf vacuum to bitch about. Instead
of complaining, you should be happy that you have a neighbor who
takes care of his property. How long does this leaf blowing take?
Around here pro's like that are done in an hour and come back 2 weeks
later. They do it about 3 times in the Fall. And yeah, they may use
1 leaf blower to clean up after cutting the lawn during the other 6
months, but that takes all of 5 minutes.
Every week x52 the lawn is mowed, edged, hedges trimmed, and all the
stuff blown away somerwhere. That is four power tools each week, on
each property. It's only one hour of noise on our property, and I don't
really notice the surrounding neighbor's noise. And since I am at it, I
have a gripe about light polution :o) Yard lights, spot lights, floods
on all night along our channel. It is great to go out after dark, when
it is dark, and check out the moon and stars. One neighbor across the
channel has a flag in his back yard and keeps it lighted, which is
proper, but ... I like the dark at night :o) And then there are the
nasty parakeets that are extremely noisy and not a natural species
here. At least the neighbor with the squaky parrot moved away. Now all
I hear at night is the drunk neighbors fighting :o)
Blowing or raking leaves is silly. It's much easier to mow them up
and dump the bag where you need weed control.
More to your issue: Plenty of cities have ordinances against leaf
blowers and/or noise. Most lawmakers are just itching to make more
laws, so hit 'em up.
on 11/20/2007 4:13 PM Malcolm Hoar said the following:
Yes, I remember reading about those ordinances. I forgot where they are,
but I am almost sure they are in California.
BTW. I have one and feel guilty whenever I use it. I try to do it during
the week when people are working.
I live on a cul-de-sac off a dead end road and we all have one acre
plots, so we are not on top of each other. All of my neighbors work
except for one couple, but they use a leaf blower, so I don't feel my
leaf blowing is a problem for them. Two of my neighbors have jobs whose
shifts rotate, so I check that their commuter cars are not home when I
I could easily live with the low-power, electric leaf blowers. It's the
industrial-strength gas-powered monsters that would wake the dead --
especially when two are going at the same time and a vaccuum as well.
Yes, the examples I was thinking of are in CA. Menlo Park
enacted one but after I moved away from that city.
Lots of professional gardeners protested but from what
I understand they've all adapted to quieter alternatives
without any significant problems.
In the street where I live now, there's no restrictions
and almost every home has a gardener. It means we have
leaf blowers running every day of the week. It does drive
me crazy and I'd be very happy if my city enacted a ban.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
It's maddening. Fall is a nightmare with these people going on and on
with those friggin leaf blowers. Last year the next door neighbor's
lawn guy had 4 heavy duty blowers going at the same time. Given that
it's a third of an acre, at least half covered by the house, pool and
patio, why would it take these young guys over 4 hours to get the
leaves off? I felt like going over there with a rake and showing them
how it's done. They hardly even have any trees.
I wish they would be banned. The fumes that come out of them, and
they are worried about my light bulbs? Leaf blowers are a curse.
Leaf blowers/ suckers - environmental impact of production and
operation? Height of self indulgence, idleness and inconsideration of
impact upon the planet. Few seem to have knowledge today of the rake and
purpose of the compost heap!
I see you are part of the "there ought to be a law" crowd. Make
everyone else change there lifestyles just to suit you.
Why don't you just go over and ask them kindly when they will be done
and then go out for a ride somewhere so your sensibilities won't be
"I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always
oppressive." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Noise ordinance vary over jurisdictions but most
allow for loud noises in residential areas during
the day, e.g. construction work, while being
more restrictive at night. Local zoning ordinances
can also be restricted or superceded by
federal and state laws. Most of the noise
abatement on tools (like leaf-blowers) is done to
promote worker safety. Worker and Tool safety
would fall under Occupational Safety Heath
Agency (OSHA) and Consumer Product
just wondering how you get your leaves up sir. used to be around
here,noone did leaves or grass on sunday.it was nice.2 new neighbors
defended their right to do it on sunday.so ,now sundays are noisy too..
if it goes on past dark call police for disturbing the peace.
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