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.