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Probly selling the farm
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Bkeepr    Posted 01-24-2005 at 08:21:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don’t know what’s going to happen, but have to talk with somebody. Probably selling the farm before too much longer. Wife hates it, wants to leave now.

She likes farming, gardening, animals, and she likes the country, just hates our current place because of noisy neighbors. On two sides of us are folks with very loud 4-wheeler/ATVs that run up and down constantly, either on their property or the road out front. The sound is obnoxious, and the fact is that we have hills that seem to amplify the noise and make it seem to come from all directions. Sometimes they run all day, sometimes just at night, it is loud enough that we can’t even keep the windows open, and sometimes we can't even hear ourselves talking outside. Interestingly enough, the neighbor wife came over a few months back and commented on how loud it was at our place…and they’re her kids.

So last night as we were feeding the herd and these folks were running their ATVs without mufflers Pam said we need to move now or else she needs to move now. This has been a recurring theme, but last night was the first time she ever even implied we wouldn’t stay together over it.

Not sure what to do but put the place up for sale. I know it won’t be better anywhere else, though. There’s no place perfect, and both good and bad neighbors everywhere. But I can’t live like this anymore. Have a friend who is a realtor who said we can easily get 3x what we paid 6 years ago, because of growth. Phooey on it all, I just want to be left alone.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-24-2005 at 17:56:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I sure wouldn't want to be in your shoes right now. I wish I could help. Have you thought about taking a walk along their riding paths with a pocketful or two of roofing nails? I agree with whoever said there should be open season on em. I also agree with the ones who said that it will pass as soon as their old enough to drive.

Good luck man, I'll be prayin.

Patria    Posted 01-24-2005 at 12:51:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, same thing is happening where we live, there are days when we have to jump in the car and go somewhere else...but at least we have the hope to move to our house when it's finish, and back there, and next to the brooke, is quiet.

I hope everything turns out for the better for you guys.

screaminghollow    Posted 01-24-2005 at 12:47:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I remember correctly, you are in Maryland. As I recall, Maryland has some fairly peace and quiet noise and nuisance laws and regs. First, I'd check with the county government, re: zoning, noise etc., then the Md. DNR or DMV re registration noise etc, if you can't get any help there, I'd at least spend a couple hundred with a lawyer to see about a suit for maintaining/to prevent a private nuisance.

toolman    Posted 01-24-2005 at 11:23:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i feel for you tom i have a 50 something year old fool living next door that races across his field with his, it is all souped up so fast he has to go corner to corner otherwise doesn,t have enough room to stop, don,t know why anybody would spend that kind of money to roar around 10 acres but the whole neighbourhood thinks something is wrong with his mind. a kid you could maybe understand but a man that old is just ignorant and stupid, id like to beat him senceless but the wife keeps telling me i ain,t a kid anymore and times have changed and some things just aren,t socially acceptable anymore .SHAME

Mark/Ks    Posted 01-24-2005 at 10:14:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
A neighbor's son and his new wife put a prefab in on the family's land,as far from his parents house as possible and still be on their land.Just so happened that in doing so,they built as close as they possibly could to my home.

To fix the "problem",I hired my friend, the earthmover,to dig me the biggest,deepest pond my budget allowed.In between the pond and my new neighbor's house,we built a rather large hill with the excavated dirt.I paid extra to have the topsoil put on top so we could grow grass etc.

We saved our privacy and thoroughly P'd off the neighbors.The only thing the hill is blocking from their view is my house,yet they continue to be angry.I told him I would feel the same way about my privacy if the pope had moved in where he(the neighbor)had.If I want to take a leak outside,I don't want to do it towards someone's front room window.Oh well.Maybe I should have built the hill higher and longer,if I'd have known things would turn out this way. Mark in Kansas

Ron/PA    Posted 01-24-2005 at 10:10:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your problem. We have a little bit of that here, but it's very small in comparison to your situation.
As the Zoning/Code officer, here in Hooterville, I can assure you that there are laws governing the noise these machines make. There are also stumbling blocks that will drive you crazy.
I'm gonna leave my e-mail open just in case you wanna talk. I work nights so I usually don't get on 'til morning.
Having said all this, I'll tell you what I told Donna, "If yer leaving, I'm going with you!!"
Dirt farms are a Million apiece,,, good wive's are hard to find.

screaminghollow    Posted 01-24-2005 at 12:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
This little berg where I live, won't enforce their own noise/nuisance ordinance. The zoning officer doesn't have a decibel meter to enforce the 65 dec. limit. We are trying to get the township to amend the law to an easier and more convenient method to enforce the law.

BTW: did you know the state ATV registration law has a noise nuisance provision that applies to all ATV's and snowmobiles regardless of registration or where operated. Don't have time now to give the cite, but it is in Title 75 of the PA statutes.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:56:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
The place you live is not worth losing your marriage over. And your post reads as if you are no happier about the noise than she, you are just a bit more tlerant of it.

Yes, there are still quiet neighborhoods to move to. Luckily, we found a farm in a neighborhood that has experienced virtually NO farm splitting. And only 20 minutes from a county seat. If you can find that, you can find real country neighbors. It's when the farms start getting split up into "weekend farms" that noise pollution takes hold.
Buy the largest chunk you can. Build your house in the middle. Then use what you want and put the rest into government wildlife set-aside and enjoy the peace a quiet.

steve19438    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:18:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
nuthin like good country living and neighbors!
btw: i hate them dern noisy machines. i think there should be open season on the machines and riders. noise pollution is the worst there is.

Bob    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:10:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've moved 4 times to try to make the wife happy, and it has never helped, and I have had friends do the same. Not to stick my nose in your relationship, but it has been my personal experience that if a couple is TRULY happy with each other, it is easier to be happy where your're at, and overlook life's little annoyances.

From what I've seen, if the relationship is not 100%, it is reflected in all aspects of life, and the unhappyness extends to all facets of life.

Having said that, there's NOTHING more annoying in a serene rural setting or at a lake than SCREAMING 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, and jetskis! It's UNREAL the level they have those damn things tuned to nowadays, and how fast they wind up and SHRIEK!

It's amazing what everyone else gives up for the fun of a few kids (and sometimes BIG kids)!

You may be right    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:22:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
but we've been together 33 years and she followed me all over the world and raised our kids almost singlehanded while I was in the Army, so I feel like I owe her a few moves. Doesn't make it any easier though.


bob ny    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:03:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
why not contact the dec and have them monitor the noise level theres a limit on noise pollution too .or get a squeaking old windmill and put it as close to thier hose as you can

Jim(MO)    Posted 01-24-2005 at 08:59:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got some of the same problem here. Neighbor has a small track set up for his kids and their friends dirt bikes. Do get a break when they run out of gas and money, which happens often. Funny how they can afford those bikes but their double wide has had a blue tarp for a roof for about 2 years now. Know what you mean about hills and sounds. They are quarter of a mile away, down in a hollow with a good strip of trees between us but sometimes I can hear every word they are saying talking in a normal voice. He want's to put in a commercial off road track. That's the main reason we haven't built a new house yet. Might have to pull out there sometime.

mud    Posted 01-24-2005 at 08:31:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure dont like readin this. you have put your heart in that place. what about planting a boundry of white pines to absorb some of the noise?

Bkeepr    Posted 01-24-2005 at 08:40:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
thought about boundary plantings, but the hills are really funny. There are places I can stand behind the barn (when they're not running the ATVs) that I can hear a normal-toned conversation at my house over a quarter mile away. I couldn't begin to figure out how to plant enough trees in the right spots to reduce the noise.

Also thought about shooting out ATV tires for grins...I know I could do it, just not worth losing my guns over.

mud    Posted 01-24-2005 at 08:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
my neighbors grandson had a 4 wheeler that was as loud as a chainsaw. after he got his drivers license and started seeing girls regular he lost interest in it. might get better with time tom.
sorry to read it though. i hope you find a good answer for it.

That's my thought    Posted 01-24-2005 at 14:03:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About the time you get moved the kids will find a new interest and sell their atv's. I've found that many things "come to pass" if you wait a bit. BTW, you could have said something to the kids' mom that it's a nuisance while she was visiting.

thanks, mud    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:02:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
hope it'll work out.

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