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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 19, 8:43 PM Thread Starter
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City dwellers and working on your car

Wondering how the city dwellers get by with working on their car at home? Im sure engine revs, open headers, dual exhaust, lumpy cams, and beating and pounding are not what the neighbors want to hear. What do you guys do in the city?

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I turn up my stereo when they start yelling at me and avoid eye contact.
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Read recently of some cities having laws to keep anyone from working on their own car, even if inside a garage. Sure as hell glad I don't live there.

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I just try not to start the open headers after 7pm.
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Read recently of some cities having laws to keep anyone from working on their own car, even if inside a garage. Sure as hell glad I don't live there.
Jon, that does not surprise me at all...its insane what cities will pass.

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Jon, that does not surprise me at all...its insane what cities will pass.
Around here many cities have had these laws for 20+ years, it mainly to prevent “home mechanics” from running a car repair business out of their house. It’s also used to keep someone’s front yard from turning into a junkyard. They are usually only enforced when someone complains. A little common courtesy goes a long way, most neighbors don’t want a fight. When there is a complaint, generally neither party has clean hands.

One thing to be aware of, if there is a house on your street goes up for sale sign, it’s best to lay low. Realtors are notorious for calling the city. They have no ties to the neighborhood and can only see their commission check.

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In my area, houses are pretty close to each other. My garage is a rental behind a private house. I don't do anything noisy before 9am or after 8pm. Sometimes people are in their yards lounging and I keep it quiet. They like what I'm doing and say make all the noise I want but I'm respectful and I don't.

In the rare event I need to start and pull the car out early or bring it home late, let everybody know first. It's appreciated and nobody complains.
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My city has an ordinance that working on a vehicle, doing anything at all to it in the driveway or street is not allowed but they do not enforce it unless someone complains.

Had a neighbor who was trying to sell her house complaining (even though all work was being done inside the shop), so they sent me a notice that I had ten days to get all unlicensed vehicles off of my property.

Nice lady but glad she sold the house and is gone.

Another ordinance usually not enforced is no dual wheel vehicles allowed.
I had a box van and a city inspector that was a real gung ho PITA tell me I couldn't have a dual wheel vehicle parked in my driveway so I put a gun rack, fishing pole, and fold up cot in it and said it's a camper (which are allowed behind the front line of the house)

That made him even more of a PITA and every time he saw one of my company trucks, he would stop and ask to see the city permit.
He was the only city person that ever wanted to see a permit to install a water heater or run a short piece of gas pipe to a clothes dryer.
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In the same city (depending on size), it seems to be common for different areas of town to have HOA (home owners association) sections that are VERY strict about what can and cannot be done in regards to working on cars. And then other areas of the same town or city are rather relaxed, unless a home owner turns his place into an eyesore.
I live in a suburb of Okla City (Mustang), on a short L-shaped street with 8 houses. We had the house built (about 2000sqft) 23yrs ago with a 6-car garage and then 5yrs ago, I added a building that has space for about 5 cars. I do EVERYTHING but paint cars (I HATE paint/body work) and have had ZERO complaints in 23yrs. Some of my other neighbors are car guys and I even have one serious redneck neighbor (but I do not complain because his house is not an eyesore, and he keeps the lawn mowed). And then I have one neighbor who is a yard nazi (he mows every 2-3 days and is always spraying for weeds/bugs), and he THINKS he is a car guy---------NOT.

So mainly, it seems to depend on what and where you live in a town or city. Some areas have tough regulations, some don't.
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We live in a small town (2,500) in rural central MN. No ordinance against working on cars. We had one neighbor that would just let his H/D idle in his driveway. I threatened him with the open header treatment and he stopped.

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My city has an ordinance that working on a vehicle, doing anything at all to it in the driveway or street is not allowed but they do not enforce it unless someone complains.

Had a neighbor who was trying to sell her house complaining (even though all work was being done inside the shop), so they sent me a notice that I had ten days to get all unlicensed vehicles off of my property.

Nice lady but glad she sold the house and is gone.

Another ordinance usually not enforced is no dual wheel vehicles allowed.
I had a box van and a city inspector that was a real gung ho PITA tell me I couldn't have a dual wheel vehicle parked in my driveway so I put a gun rack, fishing pole, and fold up cot in it and said it's a camper (which are allowed behind the front line of the house)

That made him even more of a PITA and every time he saw one of my company trucks, he would stop and ask to see the city permit.
He was the only city person that ever wanted to see a permit to install a water heater or run a short piece of gas pipe to a clothes dryer.
Another person I'm glad is long gone.
I could not deal with that Dean!! Ughhh

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Tom, I could deal with a situation like yours.

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Tom, I could deal with a situation like yours.

This is our house when built 23yrs ago. The garage is "drive through" on one side.
The other pictures are the new building that I added 5yrs ago. It is alsl "drive through" on one side.
Some of the other neighbors (4) have added another building, but I'm the only one that had my new building bricked to match the house.


Oh ya, and here is a really strange twist to all this.

The ORIGINAL covenant for our street clearly states that none of the houses to be built can have more than a 3 car garage. Five of the 8 houses on my street have 5 to 11 car garage spaces!!!
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Main thing, if there's no ordinance against working on your own cars, is to keep your property clean (no junk laying around), and use common sense when starting up a car with louder-than-stock exhaust. Try to keep project cars and parts inside, and work on the cars inside the garage if possible. Stay friendly with the neighbors. Keep the cement driveway clean (no oil or antifreeze stains). Neighbors and city inspectors seem to hate that.

Plant bushes and build fences to "hide" things if you have to....

I've had experience with all of the above.
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