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Surely there is a law about building construction noise...

Post by sierra2469alpha » Thu, 17 Jul 2008 8:51 pm

...going on after 8PM?

This damn place they are building over the road - a small block of condos, have these poor fellows working late into the night, but as they are finiishing one block they seem to be going later and later at night.

At the moment I seem to have three people using angle grinders, and it's 8.50PM. Last night they were angle-grinding something until 11PM!!

I'm just being a sook because I have a head cold and really need to sleep.

We live near Newton, so it's not like we've pitched a tent down at the casino site!

Can anyone point me in the direction of the relevant legislation?

Thanks, P

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Post by Saint » Thu, 17 Jul 2008 8:57 pm

There should be am official building reg notice on the condo site which will state the times they are allowed to do construction. Normally 8am to 8pm

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Post by cbavasi » Thu, 17 Jul 2008 9:10 pm

we looked at several apts this last go round with potential construction around - one landlord agent was very upfront and told us although there are laws against working past 8pm sometimes it is cheaper for the development company to pay the fines than to go over schedule. :(

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Post by Saint » Thu, 17 Jul 2008 9:12 pm

cbavasi wrote:we looked at several apts this last go round with potential construction around - one landlord agent was very upfront and told us although there are laws against working past 8pm sometimes it is cheaper for the development company to pay the fines than to go over schedule. :(
That is very true and goes on all the time

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Thu, 17 Jul 2008 9:18 pm

Thanks friends - shall go down and unload an avalanche of nasal Palmolive on said site manager tomorrow. Assuming I have enough strength after being woken up by them at 0600 this morning.

Unfortunately the site being constructed wasn't on either our radar or our agent.

Once again, thanks for your advice.

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Post by brazil_farfromhome » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 5:19 pm

I live around that area too ... suffolk rd ...

Its a f.ng nightmare ... done this once , went down and said the worst words ever to the construction manager ... helps to reduce your angry, but they wont stop ...

was not aware of people working 7 days per week , cant have some good sleep not even on weekends ...

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 6:00 pm

Brazil - either we're talking the same site or close by. Is your just starting on Suffolk or are you near the "twin towers"

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Post by QRM » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 6:06 pm

With your fancy new camera, photograph every single safety violation, and get a stop works order sent to the site at least you will get a few days sleep.

Buy earplugs and one of those white, surf, rain noise generators from OSIM, send the bill for them to the landlord, though theoretically not really his fault. Then renegotiate a better rental, amazing how much quieter it is when your rent is reduced.

Last resort, you could chain yourself to the construction site main gate until they stop? probably be carted of to the local clink, but at least it should be quiet there.

yep not much help
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Post by Levikane » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 6:25 pm

QRM wrote:amazing how much quieter it is when your rent is reduced.
Gold. Solid gold.

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Post by brazil_farfromhome » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 6:30 pm

hi sierra,

just at the beggining of the road ... suffolk premier ...
surrounded by the two constructions sites ...

let me know if you need some help to fight the construction site guys ... i'll be more than happy to help :)

Cheers,

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 6:42 pm

Brazil: Bring your weapon of choice - which here, it seems are just letters of complaint.

I'm feeling more for the construction guys than anyone - sure I have a head cold - I'll get over that at some stage - but the guys on site!! I don't want to sound like a DWE, but it's just criminal making them work that long - and yes, I watch if they change shifts - and they don't.

Even back in the airlines they worked me hard - but there are laws!

I'm just lucky I'm not tech crew anymore and don't have to deal with the need to have 24/7 peace and quiet which with what you're saying you need.

QRM: good work matey :) I shall chain myself tomorrow with the new camera that isn't released yet! Then I'll use Evil Australian Nose Snot on them (think The Evil Dead). That'll sure scare them when they ship me off for a stint in the big house "Chez Changi".

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Post by Saint » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 7:36 pm

Part of the reason why the construction companies get away with it most of the time is because the locals wont complain. They just don't know how to complain about things, never been taught, but mostly because they don't want to been seen as a trouble maker etc.

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Fri, 18 Jul 2008 7:53 pm

Saint wrote: as a trouble maker etc.
Totally understand where you're coming from, Saint.

We just have to pick them off, one by one. Chances are the funding has come from MNCs anyway.

As I said, I'm more concerned about the workers. Poor guys.

Cheers, P

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