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Being Neighborly Needing Some Sleep

Original post made by Annoyed Neighbor, Birdland, on Jul 25, 2013

I am a mother of twins who are now 6 months old, we have been in our home for about 2 years now and we have a neighbor who works on his cars in his garage everyday from about 10am to 6pm, he constantly revs his engins which at times is very loud and disturbing, it wakes up my napping babies or myself when I try to grab a few moments of rest. Since I am the newest member of our court I feel that I would be a complainer if I asked him to stop, is their a city ordinance or something prohibiting people from working on cars in their garage, disturbing the peace , noise control? I'm in desperate need of some sleep. Should I just go over to their home and be polite and ask him to be a little more considerate of a neighbor? Any suggestions?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

A few years ago I would have said that you should go try to work this out directly with him. Then I had the neighbors from hell with their barking dog and I tried to talk to them about it. They literally slammed the door in my face. So I called animal control to cite them, which they did, many times, and because these neighbors knew that I objected to the 24/7 howling they targeted me. Slashed tires on my car, threw paint on my house, broke windows. My policy now is to just call the police and let them work it out.

I hope that there is an ordinance about working on cars. If not, contact the city council and see what they say. Some people just should not be allowed to live among other humans.

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jul 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

Just go over and ask if he'd be willing to keep it quiet during naptime. Don't assume the worst, give your neighbor a chance to be friendly.

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Posted by Being Neighborly
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

Cholo this is not a racist issue, I live in America therefore I am an American and live by the laws set forth by our Government, City etc. If it makes you feel good I am of hispanic decent and the neighbors are caucasian/hispanic. My husbands whereabouts are none of your business.

Jill: I am going to head over to their house as soon as he starts up this morning, i'll keep yu all posted on what happens lets hope things go smoothly.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

Getting real tired of Cholo's comments on everything race related. I reported her last comments as "Objectionable". It's people like Cholo that inflamed each and every situation. Enough!

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Posted by Thruth
a resident of Avignon
on Jul 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

Really? What has happened to Americas neighborhood fabric? Now we have people asking on blogs if they should speak to their neighbors? Unbelievable! Typically these types of neighbors just call the cops on one another cuz they have no spine. Why don't you have your husband go over and talk to the guy?

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Posted by Being Neighborly
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Well, I went over at 11:20 and asked him if it would be at all possible not to rev his engines from 10:00 to 11:30 and from 4:00 to 5:30 when my kids are napping, he was very nice but then also reminded me that he has a right to do whatever he wanted in the confides of his home and his hobby was working on engines. I again asked if it would be an inconvenience to him to just not do it during these times and he said this was his way of life and every minute of the day is a meal on his table, I continued on by asking Oh so this is a home based repair shop not just something you do for a hobby? He then became very irate and asked me to leave, I am assuming he does this as a side business and is using his home and from what I have gathered from the City of Pleasanton Business bureau you can not have a business such as his in a residential area. I am assuming he won't be reving his engines during the times I had requested, lets see come 4PM.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

"Being Neighborly", I think that you have a good approach. You've let him know that the noise is bothering you. Despite his irritation, he may hopefully decide to cooperate after he's calmed down and had a chance to think things through.

If there continues to be a problem, there is a Pleasanton noise ordinance prohibiting noises of above 60 dB from going outside of one's property lines (see below). Not sure how it's enforced since obviously the police don't want to be called every time someone runs a loud lawnmower. But your problem sounds like it's much more than a brief noise from a lawnmower or leaf blower, and so I would think that enforcement of this noise ordinance would apply to your situation.

There may also be an issue with the neighbor setting up a home-based repair shop in a residential neighborhood, if that is indeed what is happening. I suggest calling up the Pleasanton police to describe your situation and ask what your options are. I've found them to be helpful on the occasions that I've had to contact them.

Lastly, have you spoken to your other neighbors about this noise issue? What are their thoughts?


(Web Link)
9.04.030 Noise limits—Residential property.
A. Residential Property. No person shall produce or allow to be produced by any machine, animal, device, or any combination of the same, on residential property, noise level in excess of 60 dBA at any point outside of the property plane, unless otherwise provided in this chapter. ....

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm


Every day from 10 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon is quite a hobby, so I suspect his comment about every minute and food on the table means this is a business.

Personally, I wouldn't mind noise from a little weekend maintenance or helping out buddies once in a while, but every day would be pushing it. If he's earning money 8 hours a day doing this, it's not unreasonable to expect him to do it in the proper place.

I'd bring the authorities into the discussion.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

As a person with a legal and licensed home business I promise you that he will be shut down in a heartbeat if it turns out that he is doing this for any reason other than to work on his own cars. Write down what he said to you and contact the code enforcement officer immediately.

Home based businesses are highly regulated in Pleasanton, as they should be. In order to get a city license he will probably need to mail out letters describing his business to all nearby residents. If any of them protest his license can be denied. Among things that no home based business in Pleasanton can do is to create additional traffic (customers coming to the home), additional smells (no home based coffee roasting as a business) or additional noise (engine noises). He cannot possibly operate this legally and will be shut down if doing it illegally.

Good luck. If the code enforcement officer blows you off, go to the police chief or the city manager. Code enforcement is part of the PD and the city manager has ultimate control of the police chief. Do not let this thoughtless creep ruin your life.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I'm curious how the 4pm nap went.....

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Posted by Being Neighborly
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 26, 2013 at 7:28 am


4PM Nap started out well neighbor actually didn't rev his engines much all day but around 6PM he started up again but I saw another neighbor start talking to him around 6:45 and he closed his garage. Lets see how today goes.

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

Has anyone noticed that this topic began with a post from "Annoyed Neighbor" and that the responses, supposedly from the originator, have been from "Being Neighborly"?

Unless the editors have changed their policy about removing posts from the same person using different screen names, or just missed it, the posts from "Being Neighborly" are not from the originator of this thread.

"Annoyed Neighbor", looks like some relevant advice posted by "Sam" and "resident".

"Being Neighborly", thanks for the laugh!

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

Billie wrote: "Unless the editors have changed their policy about removing posts from the same person using different screen names, or just missed it, the posts from "Being Neighborly" are not from the originator of this thread." Annoyed Neighbor", looks like some relevant advice posted by "Sam" and "resident"."

I assume that "Annoyed Neighbor" and "Being Neighborly" are one and the same person. I don't think that the editors bother to remove posts simply for using different screen names, but only if there is a clear intent to deceive such as when someone tries to flood a forum with posts under different screen names in a fake "astroturf" attempt.

As for me, I only post under my own screen name "Sam (from Oak Hill)" and never use any other screen name.

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