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Old 11-30-2011, 08:37 PM   #26
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Usually home builders have some sort of understanding with the neighbour they're going to borrow power from. Either you reimburse them, work out some sort of barter trade (i.e. new shared fence for free if you let us use power), or a lot of homebuilders actually have generators. I'm assuming the person you're dealing with isn't a real contractor and is just finding random tradespeople, hence the unprofessionalism.

My dad's been building houses for awhile, we don't do many projects a year, but we still keep a few generators handy. It's the builders responsibility to provide power/generator with gas to the tradesmen.


In the meantime, just flip the breaker for all the exterior outlets. And start being a bitch about bylaws, we've had asshole neighbours call the cops because we went on a site on a sunday. We were levelling the sides of the house with shovels and wheelbarrows, at 11am, and we got a noise complain and had to leave
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Easy solution, unplug there cord and cut it into pieces. Cords aren't cheap, cut a couple cords they'll get the message.

I'd make a trip home from work during the day just to do this.
I'd do this also.
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Fuck those pieces of shit. Not asking for permission in the first place = assholes. Doing it repeatedly when asked not to = assholes. Actually going back to your house (and trespassing) to turn something on to restore power = serious assholes.

As people have said, spend some time to find out which breakers inside your house feed the exterior outlets, and turn them off when you leave the house in the morning. I'd also put up a camera to record while you're away "just in case". Some pissed off worker who thinks he's entitled to your power might not like that, so best to protect yourself.
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turn off the breakers after they connect their equipment then video tape them coming back to check the outlets..... easy evidence.

the reason i suggest Olsen is because chances are those assholes do it to other families.

or talk to city hall.

a friends neighbors repaired cars all day at home in his garage and it was annoying as hell to hear his tools.... city hall took care of it.

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Look at the map and see who is the building inspector in your area. Call him or her up and tell them your situation. If you want to potentially shutting them down and having them get fined. Use the link below.

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Ask them to pay for the electricity if they are gonna use it. Otherwise, as T.I says "You can do whatever you like"
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That actually is a really good solution.
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Best idea by BMW M5. Will give them a week, if they continue i will contact my district inspector. thx you everyone!
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Best idea by BMW M5. Will give them a week, if they continue i will contact my district inspector. thx you everyone!



Act now. They've ignored you in the past. Why delay it?
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If they're too cheap to hook up temp power on the site they're probably too cheap to rent a porta potty.
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give them a week? wtf.... call the inspector tomorrow
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Cut their cords.
Get a valve stem remover and take out all the valve stems out of their service trucks.
Push over their outhouse when the site supervisor goes inside.
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More than likely there's no power source at the house currently and that's why they're plugging into yours, if that's the case, good luck stopping them. The trades need power to work, if the builder isn't providing it onsite through a temporary panel for whatever reason, they need to find it somewhere or go home for the day. I don't want to come across as an ass hole tradesmen, stealing your power and pissing in the bushes, but when builders cheap out we need to improvize. I've had to do this many times, and it's always on the same companies job sites.

You need to speak with the builder, not the site boss, the person who your neighbours are actually giving their checks too. Tell him it's not acceptable and will no longer be tolerated, if it continues you'll be contacting your neighbours, his clients, directly.

Having the police involved at this point would be foolish, because I doubt it's not one person or one company plugging in. The police aren't going to track down ten different people each for stealing $4 worth of electricity.
Thanks for being the voice of reason in this thread.

The problem isn't the $4 of electricity, its the NIMBYism. Living next to a construction zone is not fun, so people look for anything to fight back over.

I used to work when I was a teenager outside installing those big ugly satellite dishes in backyards. I would plug in wherever was most convenient, regardless if it was a neighbours plug. Its only pennies of electricity, and does no physical harm to the property. I never once had a neighbour complain, or heard a complaint via my employer - I guess people were just nicer then.

OP, just talk to your new neighbours. I'm sure they are more than willing to compensate you $4 for the electricity - yet I'm sure that's not the real issue and this is just more NIMBY crap.
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Exactly. You're being too lenient. You already said it's been going on a month and you've already talked to them. No more "three strikes" BS, call first thing in the morning.

One day soon they're going to get their own power panel hooked up and then what are you going to complain about?
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If they're too cheap to hook up temp power on the site they're probably too cheap to rent a porta potty.
Pretty much guaranteed.

The same builders who don't have power, are the ones who don't have porta potties. Working all day on a site with no porta potty..

If I were hiring a builder, some of the first questions I would ask would be do they have porta potties on site and do they have a bin or trailer on site for garbage or do they just let a giant pile form creating an eye sore for the neighbourhood for months.

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Coming from an electrician id just cut off the end of their cord , its fairly inexpensive to replace but really inconvenient for them but way she goes...
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Thanks for being the voice of reason in this thread.

The problem isn't the $4 of electricity, its the NIMBYism. Living next to a construction zone is not fun, so people look for anything to fight back over.

I used to work when I was a teenager outside installing those big ugly satellite dishes in backyards. I would plug in wherever was most convenient, regardless if it was a neighbours plug. Its only pennies of electricity, and does no physical harm to the property. I never once had a neighbour complain, or heard a complaint via my employer - I guess people were just nicer then.

OP, just talk to your new neighbours. I'm sure they are more than willing to compensate you $4 for the electricity - yet I'm sure that's not the real issue and this is just more NIMBY crap.
Cut the fucking bullshit. This has nothing to do with nimbyism. This has to do with inconsiderate pricks entering someone's private property without asking, and even having the balls to mess around with your gear. And worse yet, continuing to do so after being told not to.

The OP never mentioned anything about them leaving piles of garbage around, making noise all night long or other behaviors - he's pissed at them coming onto his property, and rightfully so.

Our family built numerous houses over the years. We always asked neighbors if we could use power before ours was hooked up (or even run a hose from their house to ours to supply us with water when doing work). They always said yes. I wonder what they would have thought if we marched on over and borrowed things without asking first? It's so easy to ask - only a serious prick wouldn't have the courtesy to do so.
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Easy solution, unplug there cord and cut it into pieces. Cords aren't cheap, cut a couple cords they'll get the message.
This was my first thought too. Actually, just cut the cord that's on your property.

BMW M5's suggestion is probably best though.

I work both on residential and commercial sites, running equipment. It would be like me running out of fuel and stealing fuel from the next yard to run my excavator. Yes it's my boss' fault for not providing me with adequate fuel but at the end of the day, it's up to me to decide to steal it or not. What if I need a shovel, rake, water? Should I just go into the neighbor's tool shed or garage and take them?
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Thanks for being the voice of reason in this thread.

The problem isn't the $4 of electricity, its the NIMBYism. Living next to a construction zone is not fun, so people look for anything to fight back over.

I used to work when I was a teenager outside installing those big ugly satellite dishes in backyards. I would plug in wherever was most convenient, regardless if it was a neighbours plug. Its only pennies of electricity, and does no physical harm to the property. I never once had a neighbour complain, or heard a complaint via my employer - I guess people were just nicer then.

OP, just talk to your new neighbours. I'm sure they are more than willing to compensate you $4 for the electricity - yet I'm sure that's not the real issue and this is just more NIMBY crap.
I don't want my post to come across wrong.

What's going on is not okay and Shead is well within his rights to be upset, I would not be as patient in the identical situation. If I tell a person to stop, they better stop.

What I'm saying and what most of the people in this thread do not understand is that going after the trades people won't solve anything, they work on the site for a few days and are gone. Most of them are probably being told by the site boss to plug into Shead's house. When there's no power on site, I ask the site boss/call the builder, if they tell me go to the neighbours, I knock on the door and ask permission.

It's the builder and the home owners, the people with the power to get a meter installed, that Shead needs to be discussing the issue with. I guarantee, the home owners do not know what's going on, the builder is just trying to save himself a few bucks by not getting a temp meter installed.

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Cut the fucking bullshit. This has nothing to do with nimbyism. This has to do with inconsiderate pricks entering someone's private property without asking, and even having the balls to mess around with your gear. And worse yet, continuing to do so after being told not to.
I will, when you do.

This is the same attitude that eventually leads to an old man shooting kids that happen to chase balls onto their manicured lawns.

Mindbomber already explained that contractors come and go, so those you warn one day might not be the same plugging in the next day. Even if the general contractor were to inform every crew coming on site, these are guys paid to get in/out fast and to the next job site, they are just going to ignore what was said and use the closest outlet - yet you'd know this cause you've dealt with trades people over the years, right?

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Our family built numerous houses over the years. We always asked neighbors if we could use power before ours was hooked up (or even run a hose from their house to ours to supply us with water when doing work). They always said yes.
Short of monitoring them or turning off the plug, how would you suggest handling this with multiple different crews working on a project over time?
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