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Neighbor issue

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by jasf, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. jasf

    jasf Member
    Messages: 63

    I have a 60x16 gravel driveway with a 2car turnaround off to the north side.Wide open exposure to the NW so drifting is an issue all winter. Been clearing it for 12 years just fine w/a garden tractor & walk behind blower. New guy moved in end of last winter. Unemployed in the winter & has a plow truck. He has "helped" me a few times this winter. I know enough w/my experience living here & plowing for a living in the past to push way back starting in the fall & leaving that NW wide open. He "helps" me while we are at work by clearing exactly 16' & dumping at the NW corner or in front of the garage. Last storm was wet & heavy10". I can't move truck banks w/my little tractor. If we get a big one in March I'm screwed! Nice enough guy,& he has actually helped me around the house with other things,but how do I politely tell him not to "help" me? I've tried "lived here for 12 years","Thanks for giving me a place to start from". I really don't want to piss him off,but I also hate putting the blower on gravel unless absolutely needed.
  2. Cmbrsum

    Cmbrsum Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Print the above post and deliver it next door
  3. pmorrissette

    pmorrissette Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    invite him over, crack open a couple of beers, tell him you feel the need to talk about something but feel uncomfortable about it, and then lay it out balancing on the one hand your appreciation for his effort, and on the other hand the problem it's causing.

    if he doesn't like it, TFB.
  4. Mabepossibly

    Mabepossibly Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Blah blah blah thank you so much for plowing
    blah blah blah here's some beer as a thank you
    blah blah blah blah
    blah blah blah can you push it over here next time blah blah
  5. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    throw him a little cash and ask him to push the banks back. From then on, He'll probably just push them back that far all year
  6. jasf

    jasf Member
    Messages: 63

    I don't want him to help me! That's the problem.....
  7. Omran

    Omran Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 265

    Too late not gonna happen :laughing: :laughing:
  8. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Time to just buy a case of beer and have the dreaded talk. Not to many options at this point.
  9. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Just simply tell him you love snow removal as much as banging his wife when he's not around.I'm sure he will stop plowing.Good luck.:D
  10. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    I have a mean old lady that yelled obscenities at me at the top of her lungs for trying to help her by spreading salt on her driveway when we had over .4 in of ice. she couldnt get her car up her hill, Then she fell down three times while walking up the hill, all as I was salting my drive, and I felt bad. So I went over with my spreader and she must have been embarrassed, because she yelled gtf away from me. I was only trying to help the elderly.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    just tell him you dont want his help or you would rather just do it yourself
  12. jasf

    jasf Member
    Messages: 63

    Beer was the correct answer. We just watched the start of the NASCAR race in my garage together while it is snowing 1" per hour. He was the one that mentioned where the snow should go(no sh*t). Problem solved by the Miller brewing company. LOL
  13. Mike N

    Mike N Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    What he said. :D
  14. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    BEER...some of my biggest problems in life were solved (and caused) by beer...:drinkup:
  15. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    tell him you are gay and deep throat a beer bottle to firm it all up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,782

  17. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Not so bright an idea...what if it backfires?
  18. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Hahah he said backfires......
  19. davecares

    davecares Junior Member
    from 28027
    Messages: 1

    Hopefully winter is over and you don't have to tell him until November or December. Tell him you need the exercise and a way to relieve stress so leave your snow for you to tackle. Also, tell him about a elderly neighbor who could probably use his help more. Good luck!
  20. mchur01

    mchur01 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    Slam a 12 pack or a bottle of whiskey, them tell him how u feel.