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Off topic query guys, sorry!

I have a driveway that links on to my neighbours; there's no barrier/fence between the drives.

Recently I've been cleaning my car with a pressure washer, but I have to be overly careful so as not to spray the neighbour's car, which is usually parked near the edge of their drive (which is fine, it's not encroaching on to our drive).

I've tried putting the car out on the road to clean it, but our street can get quite busy with other cars driving past often, and it's still pretty close to the neighbour's car anyway, so it doesn't mitigate the issue much.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to put up a temporary barrier or any other ideas? I was thinking of finding some sort of plastic wind-breaker just to put up whilst I wash the car, to stop overspray. I couldn't find any wind-breaker-type things that didn't require sticking in to sand or soil though; my driveway is tarmac.

Any thoughts? Cheers.

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Thats a tough one, maybe offer to wash your neighbors car also? or wait till they are gone, which could be tricky, very tricky.  If you have a yard, throw down some really big tarps to park on in the yard and overlap them ( to save the grass ). Now you are away from there car and you have room, yea know if thats an option.   Also, IDK where your from but in the midwest its like um -6 degrees F lol

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Are the things you wash with portable? You could take it somewhere else, or you could do it on your yard, or you could offer to wash their car as well? Maybe they'll come out and help you which would help your situation and he would be more understanding and maybe even figure out a solution for you.

Depends on the person though. I've gotten in a few similar situations with some people and there are quite the number who can get frustrated, impatient and don't even try to understand it from your POV. The childish adults.

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Or, just go to the carwash, you know, where other people wash their cars too..lol

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3 hours ago, haze1434 said:

I would never let another person touch my baby :ohmy::lol:

I'm not talking drive in, automated, or even paying for detailer..   but here, we have wash bays you pull into, put some quarters in a machine, and you wash the car yourself. Sure, costs a bit in change, but you get to use their wash facilities and vacuum machines.

 

Something like

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Which we have a lot of them in my area. Really great for when you go mudding in your truck too, and need to get all the crap off, or after a snow storm and need to get the salt off in the winter. High powered hose and foaming brush, plus you can use your own soap, sponges and towels if you want instead of their brush. When you live where you do, with neighbors that close, this might be the better alternative vs building a wall that might fall on the neighbors car and then have to pay them for damages.

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1 hour ago, barry99705 said:

Man, I'm glad I don't have neighbors.  I could have a Derbycon concert at my house, and no one would complain.  Well, my wife would, but no one else!

That's pretty good. It's nice to not have neighbours, but you want to be in a good neighbourhood where your stuff doesn't randomly go missing. It's easier to steal something when the chances of being seen are low.

On the other hand, I'm surrounded by neighbours in a bad neighbourhood so if something got stolen (which something has before) it's not very surprising. Cameras are a good investment. The worst is when your post gets taken - especially when Australia POST is so lazy. They leave big packages at your door if no one's home, so if someone's walking by they can easily steal it.
Very sad :(

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22 minutes ago, Dave-ee Jones said:

That's pretty good. It's nice to not have neighbours, but you want to be in a good neighbourhood where your stuff doesn't randomly go missing. It's easier to steal something when the chances of being seen are low.

On the other hand, I'm surrounded by neighbours in a bad neighbourhood so if something got stolen (which something has before) it's not very surprising. Cameras are a good investment. The worst is when your post gets taken - especially when Australia POST is so lazy. They leave big packages at your door if no one's home, so if someone's walking by they can easily steal it.
Very sad :(

Yea, in the country, so not worried about people stealing stuff.  I moved out of town because our cars got broken into.  That and we're paying about $150 a month more for the mortgage, than we were paying for rent.  House is 4 times-ish bigger and instead of a quarter acre lot we're on a little over 3 acres of land with wooded land on two sides of us, a farm field on the front side of us, and an empty overgrown field on the other side.

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19 minutes ago, barry99705 said:

Yea, in the country, so not worried about people stealing stuff.  I moved out of town because our cars got broken into.  That and we're paying about $150 a month more for the mortgage, than we were paying for rent.  House is 4 times-ish bigger and instead of a quarter acre lot we're on a little over 3 acres of land with wooded land on two sides of us, a farm field on the front side of us, and an empty overgrown field on the other side.

That's usually the way it goes with houses.

(Attempt to put it back on-topic) At least you don't need to worry about getting your neighbours' houses wet if you wash yours :grin:

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18 hours ago, digip said:

I'm not talking drive in, automated, or even paying for detailer..   but here, we have wash bays you pull into, put some quarters in a machine, and you wash the car yourself. Sure, costs a bit in change, but you get to use their wash facilities and vacuum machines.

Ah, I'm slightly out in the countryside, quite rural. Nothing like that for 20 miles :sad:

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10 hours ago, Dave-ee Jones said:

That's usually the way it goes with houses.

(Attempt to put it back on-topic) At least you don't need to worry about getting your neighbours' houses wet if you wash yours :grin:

Funny story.  I was washing the car and decided to use the pressure washer to wash the grates in our smoker, so I laid them out on the concrete porch to clean.  After I finished I had to clean the whole porch because I made shadows of the grates with the washer...  You don't realize how dirty the concrete is until you clean a spot.:rolleyes:

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9 hours ago, barry99705 said:

Funny story.  I was washing the car and decided to use the pressure washer to wash the grates in our smoker, so I laid them out on the concrete porch to clean.  After I finished I had to clean the whole porch because I made shadows of the grates with the washer...  You don't realize how dirty the concrete is until you clean a spot.:rolleyes:

Haha, that's very true. It's the same with everything really. Something's only as clean as it is relative to another ;)

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On ‎03‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 10:30 PM, Dave-ee Jones said:

Haha, that's very true. It's the same with everything really. Something's only as clean as it is relative to another ;)

That moment when you clean a spill off of the couch, then realise that spot it now the brightest :ohmy:

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