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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    City won't do sh-t, they don't want to get between every pair of citizens who are having ahem disagreements < Rand Paul has exited the chat >.

    It's sue or charm your neighbor or eat it.
    Tell that to my neighbor who thinks I killed his bushes by overusing herbicide. Even made the cops follow up to see if I'd done it intentionally (I could tell they were annoyed he even called). Got a letter from code enforcement last week, citing some bylaw I can't even find in the online record book, indicating I'd have to pay for replacement. All I used was a little household vinegar, nowhere near our shared fenceline, and I can say with 100% certainty it had no impact on his burned up cedar bushes. He just didn't water them enough in this year's heat.

    I sent an email a week ago telling them, politely, to get fucked. Thus far no response, which has made my fiance suspicious that he had his friend in code enforcement do it as a favor to try and intimidate me into paying.
    Last edited by FadeToBlack&Gold; 09-02-2022, 01:56 AM.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by walrus View Post

    You just can't change the flow of water or at least you can't in Maine
    Pretty sure that's the case in MN too. Or at least it's what my dad said when he and I last talked about this stuff last year.

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  • walrus
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    City won't do sh-t, they don't want to get between every pair of citizens who are having ahem disagreements < Rand Paul has exited the chat >.

    It's sue or charm your neighbor or eat it.
    You just can't change the flow of water or at least you can't in Maine

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    I went to the city because they have to sign off on drainage plan for owners to get occupancy certificate. I thought perhaps it hadn’t been signed off yet

    the fact the city of Edina is being sued right now by multiple people due to drainage issues on new build McMansions is just a fun side note

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Yeah, if this is causing you damage, start documenting immediately and talk to a lawyer.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    New house went up door. They had to build a swale between our driveways for drainage.

    city engineer told landscaper to have swale dump the water on my property so it literally dumps water onto the crack where the apron from street meets driveway. I tried to have my driveway seal coated yesterday and they couldn’t finish since the swale dumped water on my driveway.

    im not pleased . They put in irrigation system so there now will be water being dumped on my driveway every day
    City won't do sh-t, they don't want to get between every pair of citizens who are having ahem disagreements < Rand Paul has exited the chat >.

    It's sue or charm your neighbor or eat it.
    Last edited by Kepler; 09-01-2022, 01:57 PM.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    City of Edina engineer told me to pound sand just now.
    Wouldn't that be pound cake?

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post

    City of Edina engineer told me to pound sand just now. They have no code or obligation to improve anything- they just can’t make someone more harmed than before. She said overall they deem me less harmed than before the house was built, so they cannot and will not ask my neighbor to move the discharge, even though she admitted that the water sitting there will cause damage
    public officials typically will not touch a case if there is a civil remedy. They turtle like a gopher hockey player.

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  • French Rage
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    Draaaaaaaainage, eli!

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    You can't harm someone else's property like that especially with regards to drainage. I can't take all of the water on my property and dump it into my neighbors yard.
    City of Edina engineer told me to pound sand just now. They have no code or obligation to improve anything- they just can’t make someone more harmed than before. She said overall they deem me less harmed than before the house was built, so they cannot and will not ask my neighbor to move the discharge, even though she admitted that the water sitting there will cause damage

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    New house went up door. They had to build a swale between our driveways for drainage.

    city engineer told landscaper to have swale dump the water on my property so it literally dumps water onto the crack where the apron from street meets driveway. I tried to have my driveway seal coated yesterday and they couldn’t finish since the swale dumped water on my driveway.

    im not pleased . They put in irrigation system so there now will be water being dumped on my driveway every day
    You can't harm someone else's property like that especially with regards to drainage. I can't take all of the water on my property and dump it into my neighbors yard.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    New house went up door. They had to build a swale between our driveways for drainage.

    city engineer told landscaper to have swale dump the water on my property so it literally dumps water onto the crack where the apron from street meets driveway. I tried to have my driveway seal coated yesterday and they couldn’t finish since the swale dumped water on my driveway.

    im not pleased . They put in irrigation system so there now will be water being dumped on my driveway every day

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  • joecct
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    More fun with the air conditioner compressor.

    While out of town down in Williamsburg, our thermostat starts reporting 80+ degree temps in the house. We have (had) one of those energy things from our electric company on and our neighborhood newsletter reported that giving the thingy a whack or two restores the compressor to life. I sent my daughter over and two whacks later the AC is working again.

    So I called PEPCO to come out and check the thingy. They said all was AOK, but that night the AC went out again.

    We had our scheduled vacation down in SC the next day so I monitored the temps and we got up to 80s. Called PEPCO out to remove the box,they did, but the AC still was out.

    Called the HVAC company. They came out today. I was prepared for a new mega bucks AC unit. Nope. The capacitator was shot and $199 later, we have AC.

    Whew. And they deep cleaned the coils for a discounted price.

    The AC unit is 8 years old. Glad it wasn't shot.

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  • Swansong
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    My best results have come from watering each zone between 5-20 minutes (depending on temperature and general rainfall) each day before it gets hot. So I start it at about 4:45 AM and it's done with all five zones by 6:30.

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  • Slap Shot
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    Of course it produces lush results. Because you use an assload of water. Lol
    10 mins at a time is not an assload - and I should have clarified I didn't do this every day of week.

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