*Sigh* Yeah, I figured I was being "that neighbor." Thank you for your guys' posts. It's really, really hard getting a dose of reality and hearing people say that you're being unrealistic, but it was necessary and I needed to hear it. This is why I go to eHell because it's good to know that my idea of cleanliness for outside shared living spaces is unrealistic and what I consider an absolute mess is not considered that bad by the vast majority of people. Plus, you guys just prevented me from starting WWIII with my neighbor which is good because he's a really nice guy otherwise. Plus, I don't blame him for wanting to get rid of the popcorn ceiling...it's really ugly.
I know there were some questions so I'll try and answer them:
"How would YOU feel if you were doing work on your unit, and while you tried to contain it as much as possible, it spilled over. Would YOU want to deal with YOU?"
We just did work on our unit last week. We replaced all of the kitchen and bathroom appliances, remodeled the downstairs bathroom and replaced all the carpet downstairs with hardwood. We specifically requested with all of the contractors that all messes be contained in the house and any outside messes be cleaned up before they left our house that day. There was one mess that one of my contractors made and didn't clean up, but I cleaned it up immediately as soon as I saw it. I also went to both of my neighbors and apologized to both of them for the noise issues and told them that they could contact me at anytime if the noise was too much and I would see what I could do.
As for if I would want to deal with someone like me? This is a hard question to answer, but TBH? Yes - I would rather have a neighbor that bugged me all the time about keeping the place spic and span rather than have a neighbor that didn't take care of the shared property to "my" standards. This is one of the main reasons I come onto eHell though, because I don't want to be that crazy neighbor that demands unrealistic things of her neighbors. My cleanliness issues are my own and "my" standards are not shared by the vast majority of people so I need to learn to scale it back a lot which is a lot easier said than done.
"I was wondering this, too. How did you expect him to clean it up?"
I guess I was expecting him to sweep up as much of it as he could and to hose down the rest that he couldn't physically sweep up. I'm not sure about the legalities of washing construction waste into the curb gutters which is what I was mainly worried about. AFAIK, when you wash stuff into your curb gutters it goes straight to the ocean without being treated which can be a problem for the environment. The problem with allowing the rain to take care of it is that we live in Southern California and we haven't had rain in over a month so stuff stays around a lot longer than it does in wetter climates. Again, in the grand scheme of things it's not that bad and it'll be gone before long so I'll try not to worry about it.