Annoying neighbour

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  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    500 feet of my house.

    If I get up to go to the bathroom at night, I'm blinded by his outside light. We don't need blinds or curtains in our windows, we're so far from any other house.

    Two other neighbours are highly annoyed, but won't talk to him about it.

    I complained to the city, there's a clear bylaw against such a thing. They gave him a warning and eventually a fine he didn't pay. He doesn't give a ... about it.

    What would you do ?

    This is what I see from my windows.

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    This is the grass in the back yard, not shadowed by my cottage. (remember, he's 500 feet behind you in this pic)

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  2. Rox

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    Call for Mothra.
     
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    Anything you do will only escalate the situation because the guy is clearly a selfish pr*ck.

    Or, maybe he doesnt realize it really is that bright in your house and thinks he is being hassled over nothing.
    Ask him nicely in person about aiming it downward, or offer him to come stand in your yard, or inside to see for himself (unless you feel threatened or uncomfortable)

    If that doesnt work, put up some mini blinds and get a bigger light and shine it at his house.

    Good luck; this is how bad feuds start.
     
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    Oh he knows, I heard his wife is complaining about it. He's anal about that light.
    No friggin' way I'm going to let him win on this. And responding with a bigger ashole move is not the answer.

    If the city doesn't act shortly, I'll go to the local newspaper telling them how our elected don't give a **** about citizens.

    I am also tempted to park my van by his house at 2 in the morning and with the help of a current converter, give him some Star Spangled Banner à la Jimi, until he turns it down.

    It's not like I'm too close to him !

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    Blinded by his cornea piercing lamp you drive onto his property, taking out a few thousand dollars of landscaping and fitments, including the
    lumière aveuglante de Dieu, then with the warning and citation of record, sue him for damages to your truck and chiropractor bills. Actually, I'd probably do the Jimi thing until he comes out and then if necessary further verbally provoke him until he hit me, but I'm a sneaky bastard.
     
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    And 500 feet with a pellet gun is not so easy. In another life I had a converted 7.65mm Argentine Mauser with a Bushnell scope that could have covered three times that distance.
    I wonder if a Gatling 3000mW Class 4 High Power Burning Laser Pointer (Blue-445nm) wouldn't get the job done, just burning out the bulb?
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    Lasers, fun and useful!
    I believe that even at 500 ft, a couple of seconds of "lasing" the bulb should blow it.
     
  8. Rox

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    How about buying a mirror, and reflecting the light right back into his house...
     
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    Man, have you seen the first pic up here. I'm amazed his shingles didn't catch fire yet.

    You're giving me some ideas ...

    Original Gatling contraption would be fun. I could chop off the post and at the same time, a corner of his house, just where the bedroom is. Mr. Gatling grandson Mike, was a friend some time ago. Dunno if he still has some spare parts in his shed.
     
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    As one who prefers total darkness when I sleep I empathize.

    Why don't you bring a six pack to the person's front door knock and talk about it?

    You never know the person might be halfway cool. if not it looks like a good way to sight in your .22LR but at least talk to the guy.
     
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    Not much I didn't try guys. I even went to the extent of making and installing at my own risk, an aluminium custom cut shade, that I embedded in his plastic globe. First try, he commented that it was like a candle now. Oh well ...

    Second version covered only a section that hid it from my place, screw the other neighbours that don't want to get involved. That 25% shade made it through one winter while I was away. When I came back a month ago, it was gone.
     
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    Crossbow.
     
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    I wish I could help. I don't know what I'd do, as I haven't had that situation because I still live with my parents for the reason I am only 15.
     
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    I complained to the city. They are supposed to look into it ... again.

    But one of the complaining neighbour is all chummy chummy with the jerk and he asks ME to go talk with him, because going the coercive way, will just add fuel to the fire, he explains.

    I am sick and tired of fighting others battles. Why doesn't HE go see his good jerk friend and ask him gently to hide that light ? Everybody is about to shoot that light with a nuclear device ... but none will try to talk sense into the asshole.
     
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    A series of mirrored surfaces angled to reflect the sun into their windows. You're an artist remember? Be "artistic".
     
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    One approach might be to rent one of those massive spotlights used for promotions and just aim it at his house everynight until he relents. Or some kind of spotlight that allows you to direct some light at his windows. When the police inevitably get called agree to turn it off then turn it right back on and play dumb. At this point if civility has failed you just go head to head.
     
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    Temporary room darkening blinds, or a 22 rifle with a high power scope (I have one).
     
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    My parents lived on a small acreage with a security light. The light didn't scare people away - it showed them where all the good stuff was. Wait for karma to bite him.
     
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    After a good many ideas some real and some not so real, I think the laser may be the best solution. You'll have to rig up a good steady tripod and use a scope to sight it in (with a good dark filter on the scope so you don't blind yourself) but the bulb burned out repeatedly by an untraceable source should discourage him after not too many bulb replacements.
     
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    I was going to recommend a shading hood that blocks the direct light that's aimed at you. It seems like your neighbor tried it, but no explanation to why it was removed. Is there any room for further debate on why your neighbor removed it?
     

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