Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Loud Leaf Blowers

Posted November 18, 2010 7:56 a.m. EST

What is your opinion of gas-powered leaf blowers and mulching machines? Does noise from these machines adversely affect the quality of your life especially in autumn when leaves are falling and people are clearing their yards?

I was home for three hours yesterday afternoon and a neighbor's leaf blower blared the whole time non-stop. It was more than a loud buzzing sound. It was a strange whining, screeching and piercing sound. Inside my house I used earplugs but that didn't do any good. I put on music inside the house. No effect. I even put on noise reduction earphones with music and that didn't do any good. My only solution was to go outside and mow the lawn.

There are very few local ordinances dealing with loud machinery noise during daylight hours. Should there be? What about the rights of people who spend time at home during these hours? Should there be time limits on how long these blowers can be used? I would appreciate your feedback.