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  1. #51
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    I put in a new A/C last year and put the compressor on the property line, right under my kitchen window. I have to look at the tree above to even know if its running. Neighbors are probably 50 feet away so even if it were louder I doubt it'd bother them too much. Anyway, if there is a code that says it can't go on the property line, I had no idea and neither did my installer.

    As far as the gas firepit, I don't have a copy of the IFC in front of me, but it says something to the effect of "must be 10 feet from combustible construction. Exception: 1 and 2 family homes." It's possible your city has amended that to be more restrictive, but not super likely. I get a phone call about once a week from someone telling me their neighbor has some unsafe fire condition next door and I would guess that about 10% of the time their primary concern is actually fire safety.

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    If the OP says it's a rickety loud AC, it's probably a rickety, loud AC. Having that near a porch where you take naps would suck for sure.

    I just replaced a rickety old AC this summer that was 25+ years old. If that thing was 10 feet from where I took naps outside I'd be pissed. I replaced it with a newer 2-stage Trane. If that new Trane was 10 feet from where I took naps outside I'd be pissed....because if it was not there before and shouldn't be there, mentally that would fuck with me. It's not whisper quiet anyways. On-off, on-off-on-off.......never stops when it gets really hot.

    I'd talk with him, and play the long game like Austin says and be buddy-buddy. If someone asked me to move my AC I'd do it, especially if I like my neighbors. Maybe I'm weird though. Playing Nickelback loud is a damn good idea, too. It may drive him to bulldoze your house.

    I have a neighbor who is the loudest guy I've ever met. To the point it's like a SNL skit, it's so over-the-top. It's amazing and shitty at the same time. But he helped pull some stubborn/impossible roots on our fence line for hours and hours, saving me days of work. Funny thing is, it was for a fence I was building to completely block him out of our view. "How high is the fence going to be anyways, muted?" "Oh, pretty high Jeff. pretty high"

    Otherwise I'd want to strangle him. My wife may strangle him, probably this summer, she is over it. Do your neighbor a favor one day, see if he returns it by moving the AC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    Good thing about your neighbor is that even if you're not a fan of the changes, it DOES kind of give you a bit more license to do your thing too.
    My experience is literally the opposite. The more money they spend on their yard - whether it's pool/fire pit, or lawn/fancy plants - the less tolerant they are of your shit.

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    I've got no advice on how to handle neighbor. But I just had an AC installed about 6 feet away from my bedroom window. Can't hear it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    What oasis does OP live in where A/C units have to be in the back?
    He never said that. He said this:

    Local statue clearly says any such a unit needs to be at least 10 feet from any property line
    they can be on the side of the house, but must be at least 10' from the property line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    He never said that. He said this:



    they can be on the side of the house, but must be at least 10' from the property line.
    That's still farther away than they are in my neighborhood. Regardless, I don't see a whole lot of difference between 5 feet and 15 feet when it comes to a shreeking A/C compressor.
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    That's still farther away than they are in my neighborhood. Regardless, I don't see a whole lot of difference between 5 feet and 15 feet when it comes to a shreeking A/C compressor.
    Yeah, not much difference there. Except one big one for the OP: 15' would be legal and 5' isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    I have neighbors on both sides. Houses are 20 feet apart tops. Their A/C units are on the side of the house, both sides. Pretty sure they're totally legal too. Last place I lived homes are now going for 7 figures and there the A/C units were also on the side of the homes with around 30 feet between houses. What oasis does OP live in where A/C units have to be in the back?
    7 figure houses with only 30' between them? What's the point...

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    if its worth 7 figures then its worth 7 figures

    we don't really worry about the AC up here
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    OH, I'M SORRY, DID I BREAK YOUR CONCENTRATION

    You do have to defend your property rights, or you will lose them.
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    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    That's still farther away than they are in my neighborhood. Regardless, I don't see a whole lot of difference between 5 feet and 15 feet when it comes to a shreeking A/C compressor.
    Because you can lose your right to that setback if you don't defend it, and essentially, after enough years, your property becomes the neighbor's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flounder View Post
    You could always erect your own statue if he won't move the AC unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Because you can lose your right to that setback if you don't defend it, and essentially, after enough years, your property becomes the neighbor's.
    Uh, no. If the AC was on the OP's land, then yes, it's possible that adverse possession could result in loss of land (assuming all of the factors of his state are met). But that isn't the fact here. And a person doesn't gain the right to ignore code compliance, and the OP doesn't lose the right to protection of the code, simply because nobody said anything for a period of time.
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    Has anyone recommended just shooting the neighbor yet? This is America, isn't that how we solve things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Find some plausible deniability and then drop a dime. Like have a little party in the back yard. Next time after that when you see the neighbor, mention one of your guests works for the city and was eying the obvious code infractions, like you're giving him a friendly heads up. Then commiserate with him after the city comes and makes him move his shit.
    The thing I don't like about this is it doesn't convey the truth which is that the noise from the a/c unit is annoying you. If it were me the fact that I was pissing off my neighbor would weigh much more heavily on my conscience than the fact that I'm violating a city code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Uh, no. If the AC was on the OP's land, then yes, it's possible that adverse possession could result in loss of land (assuming all of the factors of his state are met). But that isn't the fact here. And a person doesn't gain the right to ignore code compliance, and the OP doesn't lose the right to protection of the code, simply because nobody said anything for a period of time.
    How does it work with a setback, though? Doesn't it become kosher after long enough of not complaining about it?
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    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Bang the wife was best advice yet.




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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    The thing I don't like about this is it doesn't convey the truth which is that the noise from the a/c unit is annoying you. If it were me the fact that I was pissing off my neighbor would weigh much more heavily on my conscience than the fact that I'm violating a city code.
    if even 37% of homeowners thought like this the neighbors would be such a nicer/friendlier people to the live near.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Bang the wife was best advice yet.
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    I wouldn't call the code compliance officer unless you are damn sure your place checks out. I'd also want to make sure my other neighbors as well before they get caught up in the mess unintentionally.

    My parents got a nice notice from the local code guy growing up after two other neighbors got into a hissy fit about their own respective code violations. The officer came in and made the whole neighborhood's life hell regardless of whether they were part of the initial imbroglio in the first place. I wouldn't want to be known as the neighbor who did that.

    I'd ask the neighbor nicely and hope for the best. I don't see how a 10 foot setback is going to change anything here as a loud ac unit is going to be audible no matter where the guy places it. The dude isn't going to move it back to the backyard after putting in all that work so you are going to be stuck with it one way or another me thinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
    7 figure houses with only 30' between them? What's the point...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    I'd ask the neighbor nicely and hope for the best. I don't see how a 10 foot setback is going to change anything here as a loud ac unit is going to be audible no matter where the guy places it. The dude isn't going to move it back to the backyard after putting in all that work so you are going to be stuck with it one way or another me thinks.
    Good point. Maybe working together with the neighbor for some way to mitigate the noise is the best option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    I wouldn't call the code compliance officer unless you are damn sure your place checks out. I'd also want to make sure my other neighbors as well before they get caught up in the mess unintentionally.
    This is a main reason why I never called on landlord side A of our back yard where there is a massive totally unmanaged bamboo patch that keeps shooting under our fence. The fence on the back side between us and neighbor B is actually in a paper alley with neighbor B claiming a big chunk of that paper alley that the city never paved. If the City came out to cite the bamboo they will certainly pitch a fit about the fence and back neighbor's work shed being in the paper alley. Odd that adverse possession doesn't apply to government property and easements LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
    7 figure houses with only 30' between them? What's the point...
    That's our neighborhood. It's nice to have a nice house with: little if any yardwork, walking distance to the express bus to downtown, (or 20 miles away), walking distance to a bunch of restaurants, or movie theater, or mountain bike trail, road cycling where cars wave you through all the intersections and give you a return thumbs-up...
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