Video: Are Drones Allowed on Your Property?

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Kathleen Homan

Subject: drones

The thought of drones flying around is frightening to me. So many things can go wrong mechanically with these small machines, the way they do with our cars. They can fall on an unexpected person, perhaps a child. Birds may fly into them, as they do with larger aircraft. Drones are becoming more of a threat to jets and other airplanes. We are now concerned with students bringing arms into the classroom. Shouldn't we also be concerned about the possibility of explosive-loaded drones targeting schools by a disturbed and enraged student? And then there is the privacy issue. The use of drones should be limited to emergency and safety situations.


Subject: Outlaw drones

To me, drones are the terrorist weapon of the future like roadside bombs in Afghanistan. Is the drone flying overhead carrying a package from Amazon or is it carrying nerve gas or a bomb? Who's to know until it goes off because at 100 feet they all look the same. Even if you know its carrying a weapon, what can the authorities do about it - call in F14's or a bunch of duck hunters? What's their response time - hours? Can you imagine a weapon carrying drone flying thru Woodfield Mall just before Xmas or over the Rose Bowl? That thought is too scary to me - Just ban all drones.


Subject: drones on property

If I ask a business to come onto my property and provide an estimate and they use a drone. That is totally acceptable to me. It is when I walk out into my back yard and there is an uninvited drone over my pool that I take exception.

Just because something is 25 feet off the ground it is no different than a person on the ground. Actually with today's technology I'd say it's worse.. The cameras allow for much better zooming than the average human can perform.

Think of it this way, If you ask a roofer for an estimate and they climb on your roof that's ok-- but If you come home and some unknown person was on your roof just hanging out or "passing by on their way to the neighbors roof" you'd have a serious problem with it and it would be trespassing. Or even better, there is a guy suspended from a helicopter with a set of binoculars looking into your back windows or even front windows-- in the past that would be creepy and the cops would stop them... But now all of the sudden it's not creepy or illegal because we call it a drone??

Patricia Finley

Subject: Drones & Privacy

I would not like to see camera carrying drone over a neighbor's house because of possible violations of my privacy.
I don't want to live my life with all my windows shuttered.


Subject: Get rid of these drones

Are they absolutely necessary? I can't believe this is so accepted in the world we currently live in. Terrorists and many cruel individuals will be able to do many bad things to us innocents. Let's not even talk about privacy! And what happens when the first drone collides with an aircraft? We used to have drones in my day, they were called remote controlled planes and had to be flown in designated areas, or else. Please elected officials, get these outlawed immediately!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.