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Neighbour doesn't like my drumming

My next door neighbour does not like my drumming 5 to 7pm occasionally. He threatened me with his solicitor. Sid.

Hi Sid.  Everyone is entitled to reasonable use of his or her property and sometimes this can be a bit noisy but it depends on what “a bit noisy” means. 

Obviously everybody is entitled to start their car in the morning and if you are working on your car you are entitled to rev it within reason provided it is not at 11pm at night every night. 

My suggestion is that you approach your neighbour and ask to see what he is talking about – get a friend to play the drums and go in next door to your neighbour to hear exactly the level of noise that is being made.  If it is disturbing – that they can’t hear the television or they can’t speak around the dinner table – then stop it or tone it down or do what many other people do is that they sound proof the room in which they are drumming.  Maybe it’s just a question of where your room is - with a semi-detached house you are drumming in a room that is up against the party wall.

One way or the other this is something that should be worked out with your neighbour or else you are going to find specialist engineers will be bringing expensive equipment in to measure decibel levels and lawyers fighting over what is or is not acceptable.  That is simply too expensive.

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