My lawnmower

United States
May 23, 2007 6:50pm CST
Yesterday, my husband was mowing down some taller grass in the lower part of our yard. Evidently, someone has been dumping things there, as it is really close to the highway. He ran over a large piece of metal that looked like part of a car engine. Needless to say, it broke the lawnmower blade and now we are going to have to purchase a new mower. Has anyone ever had someone dump their trash, old machine parts etc...on their property? What did you do about it?
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
23 May 07
I had some construction going on and rented a large dumpster. Low and behold it became a dumping ground for those that need to get rid of stuff. I was upset but basically there was nothing I could do about it unless I wanted to stay up all night waiting for them to return!
• United States
24 May 07
Wow...and you pay out the nose for those dumpsters. i know we had to rent one when we built our house, and they are like $300 for each one. We filled it to the brim 3 times.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
24 May 07
Kinda of amazing the they can do it without guilt. I would probably turn myself in as I wouldn't do that to anyone! LOL
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• United States
25 May 07
I don't think I would have the nerve to do it in the first place! I'm too chicken of getting caught.
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@cherhost (1073)
• United States
25 May 07
Oh my I would be so mad! I would just flip out. But if the kids around here do things like that I just walk the yard before I cut it and pick up dog poop and kids toys. The neighborhood kids know that I just throw things away now so it has been pretty good. I cant beleive he never saw it sitting htere... I know you said it was taller then the rest but man it must have been pretty large for it to do that... instead of buying a new one look into bringing it to a repair shop... or go get you a new blade. they are not taht much:)
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• United States
25 May 07
You sound like me. I clean up my kids rooms like that! I give them un ultimatum...clean it up or I throw it out. It only took 3 or 4 times of me getting rid of stuff they still wanted for them to take the hint.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
24 May 07
We have some vacation property, and I went up there, and there were bags of trash. I opened the bags, and was able to to find out who's it was. I put them into my trunk, and drove them over there. It turned out a guy paid his kid 20 bucks to take the garbage to the dump, insteand he took the 20, and dumped the garbage on our land. The man was very apologetic, and looked like the son was going to get a kick in the butt.
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• United States
25 May 07
oops. i think i would kill my son if he did that. He's in my office, and I just read this to him. He said "Man, that kids is dumb"
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
24 May 07
I hate when that happens. Every morning when we get up and see bunch of trash in the front yard as we live near the highway. People just don't care about other people's yard and yet we have to clean it up and mow the yard. That's what I call littering shame on these people can't they use a trash can? Our lawnmower has broke down once because of it so we do our best to clean up the ditch in our front yard. You will see papers, cups, straws or whatever and the HighSchool is right across the street from us so that's where it's coming from those darn kids!
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@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
24 May 07
Unless you actually catch them dumpign on your property, there isn't really much that you can do about it. You just have to either put up a fence and hope it stops the dumping or go out there and clear it all away periodically. There is really no way to stop the dumping unless you want to hire someone to patrol the area and that is just an expense that most people cannot afford.
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• United States
25 May 07
that's true. We certainly can't afford to hire security! People are just inconsiderate. We just bought this piece of property that's attached to our land. The grass was so high that it was an eyesore, and the people that owned it refused to cut it.
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@innechen (1321)
• Indonesia
24 May 07
old woman - dont have to be very old
that kind of situation are hapeening in all country and some people.put a sign on your property to not dump a trash on it or put a fence around your property, thats usually help
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• United States
24 May 07
We have a no trespassing sign up, but I'm sure they pay no attention to that. My husband figures someone just threw it out as they were driving past on the highway.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
24 May 07
Whenever I'm about to mow tall grass or weeds, I always do a careful walk-thru for garbage, sticks, etc. so I don't end up ruining my mower. I can't afford to replace a $3000 mower. Never had anyone dump in my yard b4 but always a first time. If it's just the blade, would be cheaper to just buy a new blade for the mower. If it's the shaft thats bent/broke, still, some are 2-piece and can be replaced while others like the walk-behind we used to have can't be replaced and would have to buy a new mower. Make sure it can't be fixed b4 buying.
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• United States
25 May 07
we've already done that. unfortunately, it did something to the motor block? I don't know enough about mowers to know what is going on. We have a friend who owns a repair shop and he just shook his head. The grass where hubby was mowing was really tall, and snakes are in abudance in our neck of the woods. He was trying to mow just a foot or so at a time, and knock down the high stuff. He did have the sense to use the $100 push mower though!
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@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
24 May 07
That is terrible. I've never had that happen, but I can imagine how mad you both must have felt. Besides breaking your lawn mower, now you have their trash to clean up. So many people just don't care about anyone except themselves. I'm sorry this happened to you.
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• United States
24 May 07
You are right...people don't care and that's part of what is wrong with this country. They think as long as it doesn't hurt me, I can go ahead and do it because no one else matters. It just makes me angry.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
24 May 07
IF that is all that is wrong with it, you can just replace the blade. It is not expensive. We have done it before. We own 28 acres up on the hill and a few years ago we noticed that someone had been dumping their garbage on it. The thing is that they even threw away their mail and it had their names on it. LOL It is against the law to dump garbage
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• United States
24 May 07
That should be in stupid criminals shows! If you're going to dump, you should never leave your name on anything...lol Unfortunately, the blade is not the only thing that is wrong.
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@GardenGerty (99184)
• United States
24 May 07
Nope, my hubby dumps enough stuff for the two of us. I have my share of messes, too,usually bricks or rocks that I am rearranging. I am not in a place where it would be easy to dump, or it would happen, I am sure. I am sorry about your lawn mower. That is one more extra expense, not planned for, and not in the budget. I guess you could get a goat, huh? I have some tall grass that we have not gotten too on any dry day. We seem to be having an extended rainy season.
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• United States
24 May 07
I know the feeling. That's why the grass down there had gotten so high, is because it keeps raining here. I actually would love to get a goat. My husband keeps thinking I'm kidding, but I'm not. My sister in law got one for Mother's Day. I'd been asking for one since Christmas. Mike asked his brother what he was thinking...lol
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
24 May 07
Oh my that would make me so mad that I would want to spit nails! I suppose you could turn it into your homeowner's policy, but then again, you'd have a deductible to pay first. In my state, the state has a 6-foot right-of-way on your property, I wonder if that would mean that they would be responsible? I doubt it. Geeze, that is so unreal. People just don't think when they through stuff out of cars.
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• United States
24 May 07
We have a $500 deductible on our homeowners insurance. We actually thought about that, but it would cost more...probably raising our premiums than the mower was worth. I'm just thankful that it was the pushmower and not the rider.
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@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
23 May 07
No, never had that happen. But that would piss me off!! I would call the police and file a report that someone's illegally dumping stuff on your property. It's a long shot that the person will come back to dump stuff, and that a cop will be there, but you never know, stranger things have happened. And if your town is real big on that kind of stuff, or has nothing better to do, they may even go to the extremes of investigating it and trying to lift fingerprints. Or, someone may know something about it, and get pissed off and turn the person in...that happens quite a bit lol. In any case, at least it'll be documented and especially since it caused damage.
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• United States
24 May 07
We are outside city limits. We did file a report with the sheriff's office though. They said it wouldn't do much good, unless they could catch them in the act dumping somewhere else and could link them to us.
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@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
24 May 07
How did he manage to run over something that big? Most of the walk-behind mowers that I have seen will not run over anything much bigger than a soda can or similar size. My suggestion would be to go and get a cheap lawn mower ay Wal-Mart, and if it lasts you a year, count it as a bonus that it lasted that long. The lawn mowers that they have should be considered as the Timex of the lawn mower group. If it breaks, throw it away and get another one. No one has ever done that where I have lived, but I did find a rowboat in my back yard one time. That just might have been caused by the hurricane that came through, though. My two cents on this subject.
• United States
25 May 07
That's what it was. We have a nicer mower that we use for the yard, but we have this cheap push mower that we use for the "lower 40" so to speak. It's wet and marshy down there and the riding mower tends to get stuck.
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