Laws You Didn't Know You Were Breaking

You'd be amazed at some of the wacky ordinances still on the books around the country. We went looking for some of the strangest laws that affect homeowners, and here's what we found. Read 'em and learn 'em-or risk the clink.-Linda Gallant

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Kitchen: Put Down That Plate and Step Away From the Sink, Ma'am!

Forget about using a dish towel in the state of Oregon or in Minneapolis. Letting china air-dry is the only allowable way.

In Florida, you're in trouble if you shatter more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers. If you get your kicks tossing plates, don't try it from any window above the ground floor of a house or apartment in Freeport, Illinois.

In Kansas, you can't stack plates more than eight high.
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Dust and Rugs: When The City Fathers Vowed to "Clean Up the Town," Is This What They Meant?

Watch out for gangs of rug beaters on the streets of San Francisco between midnight and 8 a.m, the only hours one is permitted to beat a rug on the sidewalk in that city. You're safer in Port Jervis, New York, where the law prohibits "the spreading of a carpet or rug on any city street," at any time.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, doesn't legislate what you can do with your rug outdoors, but indoors, it's a crime to sweep dirt under it.

California requires "housewives" to boil their dust rags or risk jail time.
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Bathtubs: Don't Throw the Donkey Out With the Bathwater

Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs in Brooklyn, New York. In Arkansas, it's alligators that aren't allowed in the tub, while in South Carolina, it's horses.

Don't try giving the twins a bath in Los Angeles, where it's illegal to wash two babies at once.

You're one toe over the line if you dip it into the bathtub before 10 p.m. in Piqua, Ohio.

Lawmakers in the state of Virginia and in Canton, Ohio, must not want their citizens to bathe: Indoor tubs are against the law. Don't head to Portland, Oregon, for relief, either. While you can have an indoor tub there, you'll have to use it while wearing "suitable clothing…that which reaches from the bather's neck to his knees and completely covers the body."

You can be cited for "dozing or snoozing" in the tub in Detroit.
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Fences: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Spite fences-anything "unnecessarily higher than six feet" and put up just to annoy your neighbor-are considered a "private nuisance" in Rhode Island.

Pointed fence pickets are not allowed in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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