This is So Annoying

United States
March 29, 2016 10:23am CST
I am happy that the landscapers in the neighboring community are busy trimming the trees on the hillside near my home. But I am sick of hearing their chainsaw. The noise is just awful. Even with my new double paned windows, it is loud enough inside to hurt my head. What’s worse is that they have been at this for several days (or weeks) now. I am in the process of finishing my book on college scholarships. I have been on a roll lately. But it is tough to work with the awful buzzing racket going on and on and on. Today, when I am ready to sit down, I think I’ll shut the door into my bedroom and the door into my office. I like keeping things open, but they are working right now, and I can feel my muscles tightening from the stress of the terrible sound. I wish more than one of the crew had a chain saw. I would just leave the house if they all started buzzing away at the branches. I would lose a whole day of work, but that sure would be better than writing with this racket continuing for days. Maybe I’ll dig around in my pantry and see if I can find the ear plugs I bought a few months ago. Perhaps they would help block out the din and prevent the tension and distraction. What do you do when noisy neighbors or workers disturb you?
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19 responses
29 Mar 16
I remember once, last summer, there was a week or two where they were working in our neighborhood at 7am! i'm seriously annoyed when i'm woke when it's unnecessary!
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
29 Mar 16
In the UK I think that builders are not allowed to start till 8 am.
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• United States
29 Mar 16
Legal quiet time is between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. I think this is nuts. It should start an hour later and end an hour sooner.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
30 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace Those hours sound sensible. hope the work is over soon
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@Macarrosel (7537)
• Philippines
29 Mar 16
I think am earplug will help. I hope. I'm sorry to hear what you've gone through with the awful noise of chainsaws. I hope they're done so that the noise will stop.
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• United States
29 Mar 16
Thanks. I hope they have earplugs too. Otherwise, they won't be hearing much for much longer.
@Corbin5 (119556)
• United States
29 Mar 16
Our entire suburb was a chain-saw massacre of ash trees due to the ash borer creature destroying the trees. It was loud as could be here for a month, but noises do not bother me that much and I count myself lucky.
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• United States
29 Mar 16
Studies have shown that living in noisy environments can not only make people a little nuts, but shorten their live.
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@jstory07 (71221)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Mar 16
The noise has got to stop soon. They should be all most done.
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• United States
29 Mar 16
They are not to the end of the hillside. I hope they get there soon. Enough is enough.
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@Dena91 (4762)
• United States
29 Mar 16
Noises don't bother me most of the time. When they do I turn up sound on tv or go out and join in making noise and mow the yard something like that. Hope you find your ear plugs. Have a blessed day
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• United States
29 Mar 16
Well, sure, but this is my writing time. I won't ever finish the book if I go outside or make noise myself.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
30 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace Could you go to a library to work instead?
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@Dena91 (4762)
• United States
30 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace yes that would make your situation more difficult. Hopefully they'll be finished soon so you can write in peace.
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@suzzy3 (8357)
29 Mar 16
It is fairly quiet around here , we do get the occasional chainsaw but it normally only lasts a couple of days. Sorry to hear your peace has been shattered.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
It's not just the peace that is suffering, it's my FOCUS.
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@suzzy3 (8357)
30 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace I hate it when something stops me concentrating. Hopefully they will finish soon.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
@suzzy3 It's Wednesday morning here now, and so far, so good. I just hear birds singing, much prefer this.
@pgntwo (22753)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
29 Mar 16
Noisy neighbours drive me to seek alternative pockets of peace, if possible. Good luck with the earplugs...
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• United States
29 Mar 16
Thanks. I was able to write a chapter between the breaks they took. Either I'm fast or their breaks are really long.
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@pgntwo (22753)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
29 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace Look upon the gaps between the breaks as a form of encouragement... :)
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• United States
30 Mar 16
@pgntwo I just hope they do not come back tomorrow.
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@allknowing (70787)
• India
30 Mar 16
I was just about suggesting ear plugs as I was reading your post and there you are looking for them. Hope the situation has improved somewhat. I hate noise too.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
I don't mind it if there is a good reason, like this one, and if it is short in duration, which this is not.
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@UncleJoe (11276)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
29 Mar 16
I was working on one of my novels once when a crew with jackhammers began breaking up the street. There was no way I could write through that so I just laid it aside for about a week.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
I feel your pain. Once at a high school where I was teaching it was the first day of final exams. Roofers went up onto our buildings with jackhammers. There was a teacher revolt, no kidding, and the administration made the roofers leave until after final exams.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
29 Mar 16
Sorry you are suffering from the awful noise. With luck they will finish soon. Hope the earplugs help
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• United States
29 Mar 16
I am finished for this part of the day. Even with the earplugs and trying to avoid working when they had the saws going, the muscles in my neck are complaining.
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@MALUSE (44667)
• Uzbekistan
4 Apr 16
I think ear cuffs would help more than ear plugs. Isn't there a library nearby where you could sit and work in silence?
@lilnana1111 (2337)
• United States
31 Mar 16
Oh that's no fun. Our neighbors have a rooster that crows all the time, day or night, some nights I have to dig out the ear plugs.
@garymarsh6 (14500)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 16
I usually put some music on that is calming and drowns out the noise!
@AnneEJ (4978)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
30 Mar 16
Sorry you have to put up with that. It must be hard to concentrate. You should try the earplugs.
@BelleStarr (39824)
• United States
30 Mar 16
I honestly think I might pack up my laptop and go down to the local library to work, it is always quiet there!!
@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
30 Mar 16
When they were working on the road by us I would just shut the windows and doors and had the radio on. I could still hear the big trucks, especially during the removal of the old road, but it wasn't as bad as with the windows open. Hopefully they will be done soon.
@DianneN (88003)
• United States
30 Mar 16
Our neighbors are far enough apart that nothing bothers me, except when we have workers at our home. I just tune them out.
@Tampa_girl7 (26765)
• United States
30 Mar 16
Perhaps I need to have you come write at our home. We live in a very rural and quiet place. I hope you found your earplugs.
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 16
I could never get on with ear plugs - the only time I used them was when I was in hospital and trying to keep out the snoring from others in the same ward. I agree that the noise of a chain saw is very disturbing - I hope that they finish soon and leave you in peace.