In February a new person bought the house next to me. By then I had already soda blasted all the sheet metal I needed and painted the inner fender aprons and radiator support to install back in the truck. Then I proceeded to do my two bumpers which were epoxy painted and color painted on the side. Windy and I didn't like how the color went down. The neighbor also got involved and asked me to cover my painting area which I did for the next time. The paint went down better and was satisfied that there was no further work to be done on them. The neighbor noticed a white dust, and it was dust as it wiped right off, and asked me to paint on less windy days. He had called the police and the officer heard him ask that. The officer also told him there was no violation here. I agreed and did somethings at 8am when it was dead calm. The equipment if the garage can barely be heard outside. This was at the end of March. The last thing I painted in calm air was back on August 28th and now stay inside the garage for the cab last week. Apparently despite his request he was still making complaints behind my back after he made the request that I agreed to.
I come home last night and there is a notice on my house about me operating any illegal painting business and I must cease immediately or be fined or worse. There is a copy of a picture, taken over the side of the fence, on the first page of my two bumpers sitting outside on a Sunday after they had been painted at the same time the neighbor asked me to try to paint on calm days. Four violations are listed that pertain to an illegal business, an illegal home occupation all equaling a public nuisance.
So I called the enforcement officer on the papers to set her straight. It wasn't a business or a home occupation just a personal owner painting his own truck. I have a state license for my real job, and she asked painting, I said no and here is my office number if you want to call and see how the phone is answered. She said no problem and told me she would void out the complaint as it didn't apply. However, she did say painting in a residential zone is illegal. Does that include the garage? She says yes and I ask what is the code number so I can read the exact wording as painting covers a lot of ground. She says she will call me back in 15 minutes with the answer. When she does call back she tells me she can't find a code but knows it is illegal both as painting and as a biohazard, but she will have to talk to planning. I said fine but I want to see hard copy of everything since there are no restrictions by the State or EPA on a hobbyist painting a couple of cars a year when it comes to VOC's and the like. Also said that biohazard refers to bodily fluids, bacteria, virus and other biological entities
Now off the phone I ponder this neighbor who asked you do do several things, which I complied with, and still files a complaint. Painting parts in a closed garage is not that hard to do since a basic piece of metal can be epoxy coated in 10 minutes and color laid on in 14 minutes max. There is the noise of the HLVP turbine machine which sounds like a powerful vacuum cleaner to get around especially if it is outside the work area for fresh air. So I decide to test something out. The neighbor stayed home today, unusual, but knows this is my day off as well as Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I go into the garage and turn on the machine in the garage along with my shop vac. Lots of muffled noise and I let them run for 20 minutes. Turn them off and go to the front door to take a peek. Right then a police officer is walking up to my door and rings the bell. I pop the door open right away and he asks me if I am painting a truck on the SIDE of my house. He has the old photos. I said no as I stopped that and am using my shop vacs right now. Do you want to see? He said no need, thank you and left.
Well the neighbor phoned the police the moment he heard the machines running Now I will run the machines several times a week just for the heck of it. I have no painting to do but why not have some fun. If the police come out they will realize it is a wild goose chase after awhile with this guy. Then when I need to paint an item I will take an unexpected day off and do it in the garage in 30 minutes in the middle of a weekday. Will even move both cars in and out of the garage several times a week just to sow confusion.
Question now is what to do with this neighbor. I see no need to be nice since I accommodated him earlier and he still made a call. He did buy a house that has a major building code violation right out in the open. He didn't build it but the carport has no permit, is set back from the property line by 2 inches (not 36 inches) on the roof and 8 inches (not 5 feet) on the posts, besides dropping rain water onto my property and causing soil erosion. The girl at planning wanted to refer it for a demolition order but I told her I would get some pictures first just to delay her. I also noticed tonight that he once again parked his F-350 using the small city curb, not his driveway, and has blocked egress of my Parklane out of my own driveway.