Noise pollution . . .


D

drydem

Noise ordinance vary over jurisdictions but most
allow for loud noises in residential areas during
the day, e.g. construction work, while being
more restrictive at night. Local zoning ordinances
can also be restricted or superceded by
federal and state laws. Most of the noise
abatement on tools (like leaf-blowers) is done to
promote worker safety. Worker and Tool safety
would fall under Occupational Safety Heath
Agency (OSHA) and Consumer Product
Safety Commission(CPSC)

http://www.cpsc.gov/
http://www.osha.gov/


HTH
 
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Smitty Two

Ray said:
As I write these words, directly across my street, two heavy-duty
gas-powered leaf-blowers, and one leaf vaccuum are going full blast -- and
it is about to blast me out of my house. Although this is the worst example,
not a day passes that I don't have to endure such noise.

For the life of me, I can't understand why the city and state requires
mufflers on cars, yet lets these monster machines make life intolerable for
anyone in earshot.

If anyone knows of an organization whose purpose is to bring pressure on
manufacturers to muffle lawn-equipment, please let me know. If no such
organization exists, I'd consider leading the charge to establish one.

Congressional action would be the best approach, but that's not likely.
However, if city councils can start to agitate by passing noise-control
ordinances, sooner or later the manufacturers would get the message.

I'd welcome any comments/discussion.
Gas powered leaf blowers are illegal in my city. Why? Because ONE
irritated citizen took up the cause, and worked tirelessly to gather
support and pester city hall about it for a few years, until they
finally wrote the law.

Grass roots politics works, if you work it.
 
M

Malcolm Hoar

Yes, I remember reading about those ordinances. I forgot where they are,
but I am almost sure they are in California.
Yes, the examples I was thinking of are in CA. Menlo Park
enacted one but after I moved away from that city.

Lots of professional gardeners protested but from what
I understand they've all adapted to quieter alternatives
without any significant problems.

In the street where I live now, there's no restrictions
and almost every home has a gardener. It means we have
leaf blowers running every day of the week. It does drive
me crazy and I'd be very happy if my city enacted a ban.






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D

ds549

just wondering how you get your leaves up sir. used to be around
here,noone did leaves or grass on sunday.it was nice.2 new neighbors
defended their right to do it on sunday.so ,now sundays are noisy too..
if it goes on past dark call police for disturbing the peace.

http://www.minibite.com/america/malone.htm
 
M

Malcolm Hoar

They likely do have mufflers, but blowing or vacuuming leaves calls for
moving a lot of air and that gets noisy.
Ummm, I don't think so. The leaf blower noise comes from the
*engine*. Electric blowers are *much* quieter.

Yes, fans make noise but that isn't a significant issue in
this scenario.

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badgolferman

Joseph said:
>In article


I think you are comparing apples and oranges. Few electric models
come close to the power of most gas models. I have two electrics and
it is a lot quieter than gas models, but the gas models are far more
powerful. The more powerful electric is distinctly louder than the
less powerful one.
I just used my electric leaf blower to clear the front stoop and rear
deck. It couldn't even clear the leaves caught in the open rails of
the deck. I tried blowing some around in the yard and realized I could
do it faster and neater with a rake.

This thread has inspired me to go to the store and buy a new gasoline
powered leaf blower. Thanks for the idea Ray!
 
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Malcolm Hoar

I think you are comparing apples and oranges. Few electric models come
close to the power of most gas models. I have two electrics and it is a lot
quieter than gas models, but the gas models are far more powerful. The more
powerful electric is distinctly louder than the less powerful one.
Well, yes, more powerful blowers make more noise. No argument
there.

However, I still maintain that most of the noise comes from the
engine versus the fan.

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C

clot

badgolferman said:
I just used my electric leaf blower to clear the front stoop and rear
deck. It couldn't even clear the leaves caught in the open rails of
the deck. I tried blowing some around in the yard and realized I
could do it faster and neater with a rake.
Quite, wasting energy and bunging out CO2 when one could get some
exercise raking the leaves. Is it any wonder that we are so obese? I'll
keep raking.
 
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R

ransley

I could easily live with the low-power, electric leaf blowers. It's the
industrial-strength gas-powered monsters that would wake the dead --
especially when two are going at the same time and a vaccuum as well.




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If its that bad so is the insulating value of your windows and house,
or move if its not. But 2 stroke polluters should be banned anyway ,
and some communities are with you as am I .
 

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