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Question DetailsAsked on 9/15/2017

Dust from my neighbors 9 yr old grandson is engulfing our home. Help?.

We have 7 acres 300' w x 1300' deep. He owns 2 properties. One is 3 acres and the other is 5 acres. Both of his properties are adjacent to ours property. Basically both his properties together are as deep as our property. The back 5 acres is land locked and the access easement runs along our property line which is approx 30' from our house.

This kid rides up and down the easement which is nothing but dirty sand. He kicks so much dust, you can literally see it floating across our living room. Half the time we can's sit on our deck cause it is so dusty. Then when we do, we have to wipe everything down before we can use it.

We have lived here for 18 years. My neighbor bought both of these properties an auctions. He lives in one and his grandchildren live in the other. I have talked to him numerous times in the last 2 years asking him to clear out the old dirt bike trails that are in the woods, behind the back house.

We can't open our house and I feel like a prisoner in my own home.

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Sounds like you need to sit down with him and let hjim know about the dust issue, and ask again that they either open up direct path from front property/house to the back 5 acres, or that they down the easement road before the kid uses it if mother nature has not done that.

More permanent solution of course, but probably along the line (for about 800 feet it sounds like) would be to get it surfaced - if not routinely used by vehicles, with an oil coat for probably about around $1.50-3/LF assuming 8 foot wide track probably (lasting maybe 3-5 years under very light vehicle traffic) or a (longer life like maybe 5-10 years if on suitable soil or on compacted stone base) would be a chip seal coat for typically around $6-12/SF depending on local oil costs. There are also chloride, tree sourced lignin sulfonate, and soybean oil solutions that work for a few months to maybe a year at most - commonly about $1/LF to spray that on.

Another possibility would be putting down a low-dust washed stone layer on top of the dirt - probably about $5-10/LF give or take for a 2 inch layer, though that will only work without subgrade preparation and maybe geotextile if the natural soil does not get muddy when it rains. Would work fine for a coarse sandy or gravelly soil likely, not likely with fine sand or clayey soil.

If he will not cooperate (or maybe you need to be talking to the parents of the child, not the grandfather) then I guess you could file for a court injunction against creating the dust using a public nuisance / denial of use of your property law, but dust from a dirt/gravel road - I wonder if a court would go that far, as that is basically a natural side-effect of such a road. But with continual back and forth riding by the kid you might make it stick- though of course legal costs plus there goes the neighbor relations.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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