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10 Ways to Be a Considerate Neighbor

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3. Respect a power tool curfew

Too much: Sometimes too much courtesy can be a curse. “I didn’t want to make any noise” is no excuse for not mending a broken fence.

Too little: On the other hand, insomnia is no excuse for sawing fence lumber at 2 a.m.

Just right: Try to limit the use of chainsaws, leaf blowers and other noisy tools to one hour at a time between about 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., and make some effort to accommodate napping children and daysleepers.

4. Control your pets

Too much: It’s cruel and unnecessary to debark your dog and leave it in a kennel all day.

Too little: It’s also cruel and dangerous to let the dog roam the neighborhood at all hours (not to mention inviting a lawsuit or worse if the dog bites a neighbor).

Just right: Let Fido get some fresh air during the summer in a securely fenced yard. Also invest in some obedience training so he doesn’t just bark all day while you are at work.

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3:39PM PDT on Jun 1, 2015

Thank you.

4:52AM PST on Jan 20, 2014

thank you

9:10AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

It's good to live with as much peace of mind as possible with those whom you happen to be living near by random chance. This piece didn't mention condo associations, which come with its own code of conduct. Thanks.

4:54AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I try to be considerate, but people's stupidity obstructs me.

4:08PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012


8:04AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

I'm sure many folks would be more considerate neighbors IF their neighbors were --and not all folks learn by example!

3:41AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


3:36AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011


4:46AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Noted, thank you!

2:58PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011


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