15 comments to “Noisy, But That’s Not All”

  1. thomas sherman

    https://www.fairwarning.org/2017/09/leaf-blower/
    http://www.startribune.com/would-that-those-noxious-leaf-blowers-go-the-way-of-the-dodo/484354641/

    Let me talk about what my little town of Old Tappan, New Jersey has become in the 21st Century. A generation ago it was quiet and peaceful. Today it’s become Right Wing Authoritarian Trump For President Upper Crust ElitistVille.
    Lawn service alone is a joke for these Masters.
    It’s like something out of The Three Stooges.
    Ever hear of buying a cannon to swat a fly? Here’s the real-life story…
    Neighbors who have 12’x12′ front lawns (some slightly more, some slightly less) hiring professional landscapers to manicure their lawns every week. A 10-minute job easily done with a push mower maybe once or twice a month becomes a noisy, weekly Event.
    It’s a team of 3 to 6 people on average. They park their trailer on the side of the road, set up cones, and leap out with their wonderfully colorful neon yellow vests.
    (This indicates they’re Hired Working Class as opposed to vandals or vagrants–Very Important in Modern America! Otherwise the police would be called!)
    They strap on noisy diesel-powered backpack gear to blow a handful of leaves around. One following the other so not one leaf is missed. This is very important. Despite the fact that after they leave a gust of wind picks up and blows the leaves they’ve spent the past hour blowing right back where they originally were!
    The other stooge gets out a ride-around lawn mower nearly the size of a volkswagon.
    It nearly covers parts of peoples’ lawns in itself.
    He mounts it and drives around and around and around on the grass for an hour or so until he knows its cut. There might even be a second guy behind him riding a backup mower Just In Case a few strands are missed.
    All this can go on for a couple hours time.
    It’s Noisy. It’s annoying. It burns up gasoline. It pumps fumes around.
    The end result lawn also incorporates lots of fertilizers, insecticides–poisons–into the non-natural green grass which needs also to be watered constantly. It proves nothing but death. Pets develop cancer if they spend time on these fields. It kills wildlife. It’s only function is to Prove Something to those who see it. Idiot American are programmed to believe that it represents prosperity, cleanliness, and who-knows-what-else. To me it’s a massive drain on resources and a waste of money. Even more so if the lawn is located in drought regions where water is far better spent elsewhere. Like on crops.

    They have this done because their neighbor does it and his neighbor does it and his neighbor does it. Leading all the way back to the first McMansion the block.
    The logic is simple: “If our neighbor can afford to have professional lawn service then so can we. If they can have it done once a week then so can we.” In other words, it’s all about status not practicality.
    They would not be caught dead performing the work of Peasants. Simple as that.
    Rather, they are playing the role of English lords.
    The manicured lawn is an extension of their McMansion, which is also a parallel extension of their luxury car collection (Always parked outdoors, never garaged!), and in turn is a materialistic extension of their tiny penises. They are, after all, White folks.
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  2. thomas sherman

    A 2ND COMMENT: THE AMOUNT OF LAWN CARE AND POLLUTION DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU CALL A LAWN. I CUT MINE FROM 6″ TO 3.5″ EVERY 8 WEEKS AND AERATE IT ONCE A YEAR, AND MULCH THE LEAVES . MY HIGH GRASS NEEDS NO WATER. SOME CUT THEIR LAWN 2X/WEEK, POISON IT, AND BLOW THE LEAVES. THEN EVERY WEEK THEY WEED WACK THE GRASS WHERE IT MEETS THE SIDEWALK TO A PERPENDICULAR EDGE. THEN THEY BLOW THE DUST OFF THE SIDEWALK & ETC. THEY COULD EASILY BLOW THE GRASS ON THE LAWN AS THEY CUT BUT NO THEY BLOW TO THE OUTSIDE ON THE SIDEWALK ONLY TO BLOW IT BACK ON THE LAWN WITH THE BLOWER. THEY COULD LEAVE THE CUT GRASS ON THE LAWN AS FERTILIZER BUT INSTEAD THEY BLOW THAT.

    REGARDS THE EQUIPMENT THEY USE IT IS NOT ONLY MORE POLLUTING BUT OFTEN LESS EFFICIENT. IN MY DAY THEY SOLD SOMETHING CALLED AN EDGER TRIMMER. IT WAS AN 8″ WIDE REEL MOWER WITH AN OPEN SIDE FOR TRIMMING JUST AS EFFICIENT FOR MOST USES AS A WHIP. REGARDS CLICKETY CLACK TREE TRIMMERS ONE CAN FREQUENTLY USE A HAND SCYTHE WHICH IS FASTER.

    AT ANY RATE MY LAWN LOOKS THE SAME AS THEIRS IF NOT BETTER. FOR ONE THING IT DOESN’T GO BROWN.
    MY SIDE EFFECTS ARE ESSENTIALLY ZERO.

    THE FOLLOWING IS A CHEAP REEL MOWER MODIFICATION THAT LETS ME CUT MY 6″ HIGH GRASS WITHOUT GAS OR ELECTRICITY:. enter tom d sherman on fb* there you’ll see a $5 modification i made to a standard reel that you can make that will raise the cutting height in some cases as high as 9″. this will greatly increase the mower’s speed and allows you to wait months between mowing and not have to mow each week. its free. all you need is either a turnbuckle or cam, and some cord.

    * https://www.facebook.com/PLEASENONOISE/ is my fb url. after doing this scroll to section beginning start “the modified reel mower …”

    I’M QUOTING THIS FROM SOME OTHER:

    Let me talk about what my little town of Old Tappan, New Jersey has become in the 21st Century. A generation ago it was quiet and peaceful. Today it’s become Right Wing Authoritarian Trump For President Upper Crust ElitistVille.
    Lawn service alone is a joke for these Masters.
    It’s like something out of The Three Stooges.
    Ever hear of buying a cannon to swat a fly? Here’s the real-life story…
    Neighbors who have 12’x12′ front lawns (some slightly more, some slightly less) hiring professional landscapers to manicure their lawns every week. A 10-minute job easily done with a push mower maybe once or twice a month becomes a noisy, weekly Event.
    It’s a team of 3 to 6 people on average. They park their trailer on the side of the road, set up cones, and leap out with their wonderfully colorful neon yellow vests.
    (This indicates they’re Hired Working Class as opposed to vandals or vagrants–Very Important in Modern America! Otherwise the police would be called!)
    They strap on noisy diesel-powered backpack gear to blow a handful of leaves around. One following the other so not one leaf is missed. This is very important. Despite the fact that after they leave a gust of wind picks up and blows the leaves they’ve spent the past hour blowing right back where they originally were!
    The other stooge gets out a ride-around lawn mower nearly the size of a volkswagon.
    It nearly covers parts of peoples’ lawns in itself.
    He mounts it and drives around and around and around on the grass for an hour or so until he knows its cut. There might even be a second guy behind him riding a backup mower Just In Case a few strands are missed.
    All this can go on for a couple hours time.
    It’s Noisy. It’s annoying. It burns up gasoline. It pumps fumes around.
    The end result lawn also incorporates lots of fertilizers, insecticides–poisons–into the non-natural green grass which needs also to be watered constantly. It proves nothing but death. Pets develop cancer if they spend time on these fields. It kills wildlife. It’s only function is to Prove Something to those who see it. Idiot American are programmed to believe that it represents prosperity, cleanliness, and who-knows-what-else. To me it’s a massive drain on resources and a waste of money. Even more so if the lawn is located in drought regions where water is far better spent elsewhere. Like on crops.

    They have this done because their neighbor does it and his neighbor does it and his neighbor does it. Leading all the way back to the first McMansion the block.
    The logic is simple: “If our neighbor can afford to have professional lawn service then so can we. If they can have it done once a week then so can we.” In other words, it’s all about status not practicality.
    They would not be caught dead performing the work of Peasants. Simple as that.
    Rather, they are playing the role of English lords.
    The manicured lawn is an extension of their McMansion, which is also a parallel extension of their luxury car collection (Always parked outdoors, never garaged!), and in turn is a materialistic extension of their tiny penises. They are, after all, White folks.
    21st Century Americans only care about image not substance; about keeping up with the s5 Comments

  3. S.T Fielder

    One angle that’s not being considered anywhere, but could prove pivotal in the fight to get blowers banned is this: THE CRUELTY AND HARMS TO WILDLIFE BY BLOWER NOISE AND 200mph WIND-SPEEDS IS HORRIFYING. Hedgehogs and birds are being frightened away. Their habitats are destroyed. Creatures unable to escape are maimed or killed by blower winds.
    However, no wildlife organization has yet spoken out about this, despite being asked to. The usual reply: “We are unaware of any problem.”
    If you are aware blower fumes are poisoning pollinators, the noise wakes hibernators, and have witnessed for yourself blower annihilation to those hidden, earthy places under bushes or in long grasses and under logs, where bugs and other food sources for birds live, and where voles, moles, frogs, hedgehogs, ground-nesting birds and other small mammals live too, PLEASE TELL THE APPROPRIATE CONSERVATION GROUP(S) FOR THOSE ANIMALS WHOSE WELFARE YOU ABOUT, WHAT BLOWERS ARE DOING TO THEM.
    We need to get wildlife and bird protection groups onside ASAP. Please contact them.

  4. thomas sherman

    in most mowing situations all they have to do is position their mowers to blow the grass to the inside rather that the opposite way on the sidewalk. the lawn crew ,KIA of milwaukee to give it a name, in the fall blew the leaves out of the roof gutter in the two story condo across from the street from me. there weren’t any i could see, next spring they did the same thing! most lawn services don’t know anything about lawn care. anyway i say ban lawns.

  5. Leslie N Inman

    In my neighborhood, don’t expect to be able to enjoy a beautiful day. You can’t open your windows, sit on your porch, do a little gardening or enjoy your own property because of the non-stop leaf blowing landscaping crews. The noise is intolerable. The next leaf blower is always waiting to rev up and destroy your day. I can’t work from home! I can’t think due to the leaf blowers’ racket reverberating through my house. Friends in the neighborhood have told me when they attempt to work from home they have to take conference calls in the bathroom or closet in order to hear themselves think over the leaf blowers outside. We pay $17,000 a year in property taxes, but we’re unable to quietly work in our own home during the day. We have horrible traffic in Atlanta, you would think the city would encourage working from home.

    If I were constantly playing loud music at deafening decibels, the neighbors would call the police. So why is the neighbor or landscaper allowed to make deafening noise on a daily basis?

  6. Bliss Doubt

    I never get my car washed because of leafblower filth in the air. As soon as I return home with a clean car, it gets covered in leaf dust. Nearly every peaceful day is disrupted by the spine scraping noise of those violent machines. As soon as I hear the noise, I smell the gasoline fumes.

    There are things people can do. In most places it is illegal to dump your yard waste into the street, yet this is how these machines are used, which goes into how long the worker will take to usher every leaf, twig and dog turd to the curb for the grand dump. What you can do is take videos of them with your phone, showing the illegal leafblower dumping. You’ll often record the workers blowing it all down the storm drains. Send your videos to your water system authorities, your city council representative, and to the management of any public buildings where this egregious practice is taking place, such as libraries, hospitals and court houses.

    In my experience, what will happen is that notices are sent to the addresses where this goes on, and things will improve for a while. The workers will spend less time getting every speck off the lawn, and just blow the debris onto the grass and planted beds as compost, and leave. But the improvement never lasts long. There is an OCD quality to the process, and before long the workers will lapse into their usual moronic behavior of blowing for 45 minutes, then dumping it in the street. You have to keep making the videos, keep going, keep sending to the authorities. Only when the dumping becomes a ticketable offense will it stop for good.

    We all have to write or email our local, state and national environmental authorities, continuously. Passivity indicates acceptance. It may take a long time to get it stopped, because blowing is the popular job, and as this article mentions, the making of the machines is profitable, but if we don’t do anything, it will only get worse. If there are three buildings on your block where blowers are used now, next year there will be five. Contractors are now blowing at night in commercial areas such as malls. Blowers are used on weekends and holidays. Disturbing the peace is allowed because it is accepted. The environmental destruction is allowed because it is accepted. Don’t accept it.

  7. Hal Levin

    Any time you are cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming, leaf removing – by raking or leaf blowing), you disturb what is on the ground outside (or on the floor inside) you will temporarily increase the airborne concentration of particles. The duration of the elevated concentration depends on particle size, wind, air moisture levels, and total concentrations. The background level (e.g., traffic-related) must be subtracted from the measured concentrations to determine the concentration attributable to the leaf blower.

  8. Nick

    Kiss my lawn care providing ass. You people have no clue how useful a leaf blower truly is. You stand here and complain but I bet you drive a car and use plenty of pollutants in your daily life.

  9. Alan Wshburn

    There is lots of power machinery that is more dangerous than leaf blowers, but most of it does something useful. The unique thing about leaf blowing is that most of it is simply to make things look temporarily neat. The leaves are simply blown somewhere else, rather than disposed of or composted, at the cost of the user’s health and aural distress to everybody else. I support banning leaf blowers, regardless of the power source, but we should always include an exception. The exception is that leaf blowing should be permitted for users standing on roofs, where other methods of disposing of flammable debris are dangerous.

  10. Alan Kandel

    These machines are not needed – at all! Except, of course, if they are used as intended: as leaf blowers and only during times of the year when leaves fall from the trees.

    In my own neighborhood, for homeowners and professional lawn-/yard-care providers alike, the air-/noise-polluting machines are a mainstay. And, for what?! I do the same work with a broom and dustpan which suits me just fine. My mower, incidentally, is a rechargeable electric. I remember being in my backyard and behind the neighbor’s house next door, a yard work-crew member was going at it full bore. In awe, I watched a huge plume of dirt, dust and debris come flying over the fence that separates the two properties, and further watched to see which way the airborne filth was going to go. It moved to the west and south rather than to the north which is where my house and yard are located. All I could think of at the time, was when it was the yard-maintenance professionals’ turn to groom the yard next where I live, that dust, dirt and debris that landed there from the yard behind, that this air-polluting mess would go right back from whence it came and elsewhere. This is a no-win proposition.

    And, if that wasn’t enough, at a hospital I visited once, a grounds-crew-person, sure enough, with gasoline-blower in hand, proceeded to blow around the residual matter left after the lawn was mowed that could be introduced into the air. And at a hospital, of all places! A hospital is a place that promotes and improves the health of its patients. Seeing the blower in action was indeed counter-intuitive. It wasn’t that this person with blower in hand was kicking up the residue, it was that it was being done by a machine that was outfitted with an internal-combustion engine, and a very smelly one at that!

    And, finally, across the street diagonally from where I live it was a “battle of the blowers” apparently. One neighbor grooming his own lawn capped off the work with so-called leaf blowing. All of the airborne crud literally formed a cloud around the neighbor doing the work. He was enveloped in the dust cloud. And, right next door, the hired lawn-care worker was engaged in the same activity at the same time. It quite literally had become a dust-in-the-air back and forth — each seemingly going the extra mile to one-up the other. I couldn’t help but watch as I had never seen anything like this before, ever!

    I have to ask: Why?! Pathetic.

  11. Roy Bitz

    Time to educate the users of gas fired blowers. Encourage these folks to Use them efficienty.
    I’m pretty sure they could reduce run times and speeds by at least 50% if they realized their paycheck has nothing to do with how long and how loud they blow.

  12. Jeanne Kempthorne

    Riverdave, is it OK to post your wonderful poem on Facebook or other sites?

  13. Jeanne Kempthorne

    It is time for Boards of Health to step up and address the serious health risks of this noxious tool. It’s time for OSHA to take action to protect the powerless workers doing this awful work. It’s time for property owners to reassess their priorities.

  14. Riverdave

    The Leaf Blower
    Riverdave Owen
    November 28, 2013

    Two lizard friends set out to hunt
    One bright autumnal day
    They scramble through the fallen leaves
    In search of insect prey.

    But soon a noxious odor spreads
    Across the forest floor
    The elder lizard stops to sniff
    And then shouts “motor oil!”

    A monstrous whining engine sound
    Is heard throughout the land
    As leaves are blown and tossed about
    From here to Samarkand.

    A motor pack is on the back
    Of one poor human serf
    Who with his tube expels the leaves
    And liberates his turf.

    For some great patron Tamerlane
    He moves as if a pawn
    And dares not let one dying leaf
    Offend his master’s lawn.

    The lizards run for cover to
    A hollow white oak tree
    The younger asks the elder if
    Now he can make a plea.

    “Would it not make just common sense
    To let these leaves retire
    Around the trees that give them birth
    And let them so expire?”

    The elder answers, “Humans now
    Consider leaves as waste
    And fail to grasp the simple truth
    Of Nature’s mulching grace.”

    The younger lizard looks around
    Unable to digest
    The folly of the human race
    Then cries in deep distress,

    “Oh leaf blower, please calm your roar
    And grant our ears some rest
    Allow these trees their provender
    Their leaves to repossess!”

  15. rayn

    It’s really a matter of clean air and sound. These toys amuse some types while providing no functional value. The two-stroke engines also spew a mix of octane+oil vapor exhaust and amplified noise. A wet pushbroom does way more with out the dust and lung damage.

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