(Closed) Construction next door – RANT

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

why not unplug it? its proactive, and they’re stealing! I would call the company that is doing this and complain. ALOT.

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Unplug it and have them towed. Honestly, they are trespassing AND stealing energy.

Post # 5
567 posts
Busy bee

@crayfish:  THIS.  Why should you pay for the huge electricity needs. I would also invoice them for what they’ve likely used.

Post # 6
567 posts
Busy bee

I would also make a point and rope off my driveway… lol

Post # 7
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I would totally unplug them.

Post # 8
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I might let the parking thing slide but there is no fricking way I’d let them plug stuff into my house.

Post # 9
10571 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would call 311 to complain if that happened here.


Post # 10
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

They are totally taking advantage of the fact that you are NOT saying anything. That is completely unprofessional, and it’s technically trespassing and stealing like a PP said. Squash that crap right now!

Post # 11
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Um yeah I’d be sending them my electric bill!

Post # 12
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ktcs:  Yikes! Sorry you’re dealing with all this! To reiterate PPs…They are trespassing, and stealing. That is your electricity bill that is at stake, so I would definitely unplug, approach them and talk about it, and invoice them for the additional usage.  Also take pictures of their equipment plugged into your house, and parked on your property– just in case they claim that you are falsely accusing them.  Goodluck!


Post # 15
46404 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would call the construction company and put them on notice. Often they have no idea what their crews are doing onsite.

If either happens again, I would have the vehicle towed.  I would also unplug the extension cord but put the plug end inside my locked car door so when they found they had no power and followed the cord to the end, they would have to come in to speak with me, not just grab their cord and run.

Post # 16
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@crayfish:  This.

I would find out the name of the company that is overseeing the work (either by making phone calls or looking to see if it was displayed on their truck) and call the office and complain.

They are trespassing and stealing (energy) and in all likelihood they know better.  If this were on the up-and-up they would have knocked on your door before construction began, explained what was going on and asked permission (and made it worth your time by giving you something in return).

Chances are someone thought “well no one will mind” and they started the trend.  The others probably thought “oh, well, so-and-so has been doing this, and no one said anything, so it’s probably okay.”

I would be willing to bet they know exactly what they are doing, they just don’t want to mess with renting a generator to run power so they’ll push their luck as long as they can get away with it.

Maybe it’s because I’m in construction that this behavior annoys me so much.  I work very hard to be a good neighbor to the building occupants where my projects are located.  If someone helps us out by letting us store things in their facilities or on their property, we make it up to them by doing something for them and letting them know our schedule.

Anyway, I would seriously track down who the company is and complain, and if they’re unlicensed, then I would seriously unplug those cords, roll them up, and chunk them over the fence.

ETA: They need to do something as a gesture to thank you for putting up with them tresspassing, running their power, and treating your house like their construction trailer, be it mulching your flowerbeds, a new tree, painting your front door (something under $400-500 customer cost because that won’t break the bank for them, but it is something they need to do)– they need to do something as a matter of good business to right this wrong.  This is beyond inappropriate and I would chew out any crew I work with if they did this.

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