Hi all Bought a house in a May and spent 2 months doing some bits to it before we moved in, we were expecting a baby when we bought it, so I spent days, evenings & weekends doing it up. I've opened up the fireplace & fitted a stove, this work was done during the day and on a weekend and I spoke to our neighbor and told her what I was doing and it might be a bit noisy, she was fine, said she's spent 18 months doing her house up so she understood. The rest of the work, flooring, plastering and some other joinery bits have been done when I had time, sometimes until 8pm at night and weekends, but never started any work before 10am. Anyway, on Saturday I was putting up some brackets onto the partition wall, literally 6 holes at about 5pm (the only work I've done in months) when I get a knock at the door from the lady next door and she basically had a meltdown about my work on the house, having previously being friendly with me and never saying a word about any noise, i was quite surprised. She said I had no respect for anyone for working on the house outside of the hours of 8am-3pm, mon-fri and she is having to go out all the time to get away from the noise. I apologised to her, accepted I was being a bit thoughtless drilling without telling her, but her rant continued for some time. I was really quite taken back and didn't know what to say. She isn't happy with my power tools outside either and I often use a chainsaw to cut logs (during the day) and do quite a lot of cutting outside for joinery work, again never during unsociable hours. I have loads more work to do next year, at the other side of the house and also an extension to build. My question is, is it really unacceptable to do DIY outside of the 'normal' working hours and weekends? I need to do this work and don't want to have further problems and being a builder myself, I will be doing nearly all the work myself and working my normal job during the day.