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I love Autumn I get to work in my gardens all day don't have to chase the shade around and until next week daylight savings means that I can play in the garden until about 7 pm.  What I don't like is the sudden thunder storm we get, got one this morning, it was a beauty, probably the whole months rain in 1 hour, thunder and lightning as it got closer the time difference between the lightning and thunder got shorter and shorter.  

 

I worry about the lightning strikes, I'm surrounded by tall trees and 1 is very close to the house, I shouldn't worry as I'm down the hill a little and the strikes seem to be on the trees above me.  I've got very good surge protection yet I still turn off everything and pull the plugs from the walls, having had my last house hit by lightning I know the destruction to micro processes a lightning strike can cause.

 

I've got another problem, this is my next door neighbours car port, this photo was taken 5 minutes into the thunderstorm, their storm water drain does not deal with any rain and overflows and is undermining my foundations, I've spoken to neighbour and he tells me it's my problem not his.  The other thing I don't like is the power cable that is connected to a colour bond fence and the water that is running down it.

 

Ciao

from the lady that "downsized" to a bigger house

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Comments (19)

  1. dincali

    that looks dangerous. if it’s his storm drain, it’s his problem. should anything happen to your foundation, he’s at fault. on a more positive note…i love the rain

    March 31, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      I’ve tried speaking to him, it doesn’t work, he knows that there is a problem and just doesn’t care, he’s one of those men that think he can bully a single women who’s in their 60’s. Now that I have proof in this photo I can go to our local council and ask them to pursue the matter, before I do that though I’m going to speak to him about it again with the “builder” in tow, I don’t need a hostile neighbour when I spend so much time here alone. None of his downpipes are connected to the storm water system which makes it obvious that he doesn’t give a damn

      March 31, 2015
      1. dincali

        good luck. i hope he listens, for his sake. (tough lady on the warpath…lol )

        April 01, 2015
  2. TomasSISI

    It is his problem too, unless the courts have deliberately made an exception of it. I hate litigation but it is sometimes necessary to make others face their responsibility.

    March 31, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      Our by-laws state that it “HIS” problem and he has to rectify it, but there is more here than meets the eye, the carport goes to the boundary and it is Council approved, should be at least a foot off the boundary and it’s not, as far as my ownership of this property is concerned it is all pre-existing, but at least with this photo I can prove that his storm water is impacting on me, hence getting my local council involved, they can, will and should pursue the matter on my behalf, but if they don’t I’ll do it privately mostly because of their attitude towards this.

      March 31, 2015
  3. stonehead

    I like this part: "…. he tells me its my problem, not his . " Grew up wondering why rich people lived up on the hill, on higher ground. Now its the gated community posing as a 47 story residential building in the middle of a mid-sized city that seems to be at the high point of modern life, taking up sunlight and not sure if the air is better at 250 feet above the car fumes, but now I’m thinking of all the things that come with reasonable people saying,, “…. not my problem.” Nice way to run a planet. Interesting way to start the morning. News and tea.

    March 31, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      He is going to find out shortly that it is HIS problem, it would appear that his carport has been built illegally as well, he didn’t build it, it was built by a previous owner so he won’t be fined however it will probably have to be rebuilt. They were going to enclose it but council will not allow that where it is now.

      April 01, 2015
  4. WalkinOnSunshine

    This is dangerous stuff going on. I hope this can get resolved, not only for your safety, but the neighbour’s as well. Some people just don’t seem to care or even try to co-operate.

    March 31, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      Dani he just doesn’t care, they are the type of people that will walk over garbage on their driveway and not pick it up, drives me insane as it eventually ends up in my yard. The electrical cable worries me as much as the storm water problem.

      April 01, 2015
      1. WalkinOnSunshine

        Its just ridiculous Sharn, ughhh! I hate to think you could perhaps be electrocuted!! Some needs to be done for you own safety. If that’s how they feel eff them, and watch out for yourself!

        April 01, 2015
  5. DeeinFL

    It is his problem. Being that it is his car port and his draining situation that is not proper, if anything happens to yours…that makes it his problem, because if it is caused by his negligence of not keeping up on something and it causes damage to yours, that definitely is his issue/problem.

    March 31, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      He is just plain lazy, doesn’t maintain anything, doesn’t work, doesn’t mow the lawn (pays someone to do that) and doesn’t give a damn. Council agrees there is a problem and have told me they will solve it, if it cannot be solved the carport has to be demolished.

      April 01, 2015
  6. noahbody

    He is being an ass. There is no question that it is HIS responsibility. Those lightning strikes can be disastrous even when they are miles ways if they hit power or phone lines. Had that happen to a friend in work once and almost everything in his house that was electronic was fried.

    March 31, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      Surge protection and when we have lightning I disconnect everything from the mains, it’s a pain, but having lost everything once it’s not going to happen again. My local council is in the process of making him aware that it is HIS responsibility. The screams of anger when that happens will be quite interesting.

      April 01, 2015
      1. noahbody

        Surge protection is not enough. The guy in work had surge protection. It got zapped too. LOL! Great! I will listen to see if I can hear his screams from here!

        April 01, 2015
  7. Phat

    I can’t really see much but from what little I can see it seems the runoff could be easily sorted, but I don’t know. People like this make a mountain out of a molehill for no reason, fuck him.

    April 01, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      His drainage is chock a block full of sand, soil and rubbish, he needs to get off his lazy butt and do something about it, we initially offered to help, but when he said it wasn’t his problem but mine, we withdrew the offer.

      April 02, 2015
  8. EyeVey

    Yikes, that does not look safe at all.

    April 02, 2015
  9. sharnsgarden

    It is all fixable, but he’s too lazy to do anything about it, it’s not affecting him so he doesn’t give a brass razzoo

    April 02, 2015