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Offline TBR

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Woodworking at night
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:18 PM »
I don't try and do woodwork or DIY at night because I am not sure the neighbours would complain about the noise. There isn't much noise because the shed is 50 feet from the houses, but I'd rather not chance it.

Often I'd like to pop down for 30 minutes - so it's a shame.

I looked up the noise control rules for my area and 6pm is the cut off for contractors. DIYers may be allowed to work beyond that time at the discretion of the local council.

I guess some people are more sensitive to noise than others, so is there a way of knowing when you are making too much noise?

Also, I imagine I can get away with more noise in the winter months when everyone has their double glazed windows shut.
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Offline Davej

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 05:52 PM »
Your local council will be able to advise you on acceptable decibel levels with regard to time of day etc for ' DIY' .  It's different at the weekend as well.
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Offline jonny round boy

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 05:59 PM »
Just work 'till 8 or 9 o'clock one night, then the following day go round and see the neighbours to 'apologise' for the noise, saying you got carried away & lost track of time, or you had to get something finished, or whatever. You'll be able to tell from their response whether they actually heard it or not.

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Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 06:48 PM »
I can run a dozer in town until 11pm.

Commercial property they can't do a thing.


Offline Kev

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 06:48 PM »
Turn the music up REALLY LOUD and pretend you're having a party [wink]

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 07:08 PM »
Depends what I am doing. Being semi rural you would think there would be no problem.

However my Thicknesser can be heard by a friend 2km away, and yet my immediate neighbour cannot hear me sanding.
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Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2014, 11:38 PM »
   Fire up something noisy for a few minutes and walk around the neighborhood. Planer with DC, table saw with DC etc. Find out how loud it really sounds. Keep in mind that things like planers are generally noisier when actually running wood through. Wind direction will effect it too.



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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 12:13 AM »
I've tried working at night, but I am so tired that I make a lot of mistakes, not at all productive, wind up losing productivity the next day fixing the problems I created last night. [embarassed]

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2014, 12:32 AM »
Prime time for me is 3pm until 11pm.  I hate the am. 

Offline Wenyce

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2014, 01:08 AM »
I stop running anything with a blade around 9-10 ish, it's tough to know if your making too much noise specially since u should be wearing hearing protection, but the suggestion of going ing till like 1am and then going to the neighbors next day to see what they say sounds like a good idea,

Offline mattfc

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2014, 03:36 AM »
I pretty much always do woodworking at night (so past 7pm) once the kids are in bed, only time I get.

I have had neighbours much closer than 50ft away with no complaints, though I used to avoid certain tools like my portable thicknesser. With routers use to use s slightly slower speed and feed rate, sanders are quite quite.

I should add though that my season was more through autumn and winter when people have their windows closed... summer a bit trickier. If you are on good terms with neighbours you could always try a sound test.. see if it bothers them

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Woodworking at night
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2014, 04:23 AM »
Hi Mat,

I would talk to the neighbors first. Let them know that you want to do some work at night. Let them know if you get to loud for them to call you ad let you know and you will turn it down.

I find in those situations communication and understanding will solve a lot of issues.

Most people are reasonable though there is always one who is not.

But that is what I would do.

Though there is the "Its better to beg for forgiveness then ask for permission " philosophy. But I think a simple conversation will solve the issue.