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Old 12.12.2014, 12:31
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

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I've never seen/had an apartment here that has a thermostat. Either some sort of central heating, radiator system, or under-floor heating. With the radiators I've had they usually have a knob to turn on/off, high/low. But never seen a thermostat here unless more modern apartments have it with central heating or a separate oil burner which I have no experience with.

My last apartment had radiators but I hardly ever used them since winters have been quite mild here. And also since I had apartments above, below, and on both sides I got a lot of their heat.
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Old 12.12.2014, 12:48
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

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I've never seen/had an apartment here that has a thermostat. Either some sort of central heating, radiator system, or under-floor heating. With the radiators I've had they usually have a knob to turn on/off, high/low. But never seen a thermostat here unless more modern apartments have it with central heating or a separate oil burner which I have no experience with.

My last apartment had radiators but I hardly ever used them since winters have been quite mild here. And also since I had apartments above, below, and on both sides I got a lot of their heat.
Uh, well... If you rent an apartment in Switzerland it's central heating anyway in general. You either have a thermostat or radiators with those knobs.

And you might get an additional bill once a year because heating was more expensive than expected. Which might cause problems regarding "Mietzinskaution" and so on.
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Old 12.12.2014, 13:06
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

I know. I got those yearly oil bills in my last apartment. We used to get money back until maybe 10 years ago. Each apartment is charged according to the apt size and not on apt usage. Which sucked for me (as I explained why above). It was usually 200-250 above the AKonto and my landlord was a nice guy and let me pay it in monthly installments. I just hated paying for hardly using it at all. I didn't even use a lot of hot water, which only very occasionally ran out.

I moved to this house 3 years ago because my landlord was going to do renovations which would have taken 6 months without much water or good toilet facilities, and raised the rent afterwards. Now at least I can control my own heating.
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Old 12.12.2014, 13:28
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Huh? I have never seen a Swiss apartment that doesn't allow you to fix the temperature to the level you prefer.
Our elderly neighbours have their heating set so high that even with the heating off the flat doesn't cool down.

A Scandinavian friend of mine has the same problem, He never uses his heating at all, for the same reason. In fact he always has a window open, even in winter. Very un-Swiss. When the guy came to read the meters on the radiators, he reported that they were all broken, because the readings hadn't changed from the previous year. My friend explained that he never used the heating, but the Verwaltung didn't believe him. They replaced all radiator meters and sent him a large estimated bill for the heating which they reckoned he must have used. When he refused to pay, they took him to court, arguing that, even if he hadn't used the heating, he had still had the benefit, so he should still pay.
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Old 12.12.2014, 14:12
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I've never seen/had an apartment here that has a thermostat. Either some sort of central heating, radiator system, or under-floor heating. With the radiators I've had they usually have a knob to turn on/off, high/low. But never seen a thermostat here unless more modern apartments have it with central heating or a separate oil burner which I have no experience with.

My last apartment had radiators but I hardly ever used them since winters have been quite mild here. And also since I had apartments above, below, and on both sides I got a lot of their heat.
Small 'knobs' on radiators are ineffective to regulate heat ...... either off or on - it doesn't matter how little you have them on the radiators will still be hot.

Big 'knobs' on radiators (see image below) are actually individual radiator/room thermostats. When a set temperature is reached (a number corresponds to a temperature), the shut off valve stops the hot water flow to that radiator. As the room temperature drops the valve reopens for hot water to flow through the radiator.

On modern heating systems the temperature for the house is set at the main unit and the water is heated to varying temperatures, depending on the external ambient temperature, as measured by an outside sensor.
However wall dial room thermostats for underfloor heating (as I have) or radiator thermostats are not uncommon in houses - for apartments, it appears there is less control.
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Hi again everyone.

Has anyone heard from swizzie re: the transformer?
Or does anyone know her personally?

I got a pm from her in December soon after I made my interest in the thing known.
She said she was out of the country at the time. I replied back and heard nothing so
I waited until after the holidays and sent a pm and email pm through her mailbox here
in January. I still haven't heard back from her.

I don't know if she came back from vacation or has already moved out of Switzerland
but we were had discussed making arrangements for getting me the transformer.

I'm posting in this thread (rather than the one swizzie set up for the sale) because there
were more people who posted here.

If anyone can help me by getting in touch with her on my behalf I'd really appreciate it. I've given swizzie all of my personal contact details so she can send an sms, email, or whatsapp messages.

I really need this thing because as I'm disabled and can't afford to buy a new one with the AHV/IV monies I receive.

Thanks for anything that anyone can do.
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Old 07.02.2015, 20:51
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

AFAIK Swizzie has left the country. When I picked up some items at her house, they were leaving either that weekend or the next. This was back in December. If you want to double-check, click on her username and select "send an email to" to send her an email.
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Here is one for sale.
Simran Step Down Converter 220v For Sale Zurich
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Old 07.02.2015, 21:18
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Hi. Yes I did send her emails through her account here
and didn't hear from her. She had mentionned that
her neighbor had access to the place while she
was away. But I don't know the name, address, or
even if the neighbor is holding on to items and
selling them for swizzie and sending the money on.

I guess that's the end then unless anyone has any
additional info on this.

In the meantime if anyone has one or knows of someone selling
a transformer please contact me asap.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 07.02.2015, 21:33
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Thanks. I'm going to contact them now.
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Old 08.02.2015, 00:43
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

I found some on conrad.ch
http://www.conrad.ch/ce/de/Search.ht...sort=Price-asc
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

Hi. Yeah thanks but I think you might not have seen where I originally
posted that I looked at Conrad and spoke to the salespeople there.
I can't consider them because of the prices. I can't to afford to spend
hundreds of francs, especially to just power an electric blanket.

Conrad was very helpful and explained a lot to me. Their prices are
comparable to the other stores and distributors I contacted. Although
I always only buy new appliances I'm opting for a used transformer
because of the price restrictions on a new one.

I appreciate your searching. I really do. If you look at my original
postings above you'll see all of the places where I looked for a new one.

I've had a quick reply from the person Mrs. Doolittle pointed me to. I'll
post any result. In the meantime, if you see any other used ones for sale
please let me know.
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Re: Power converter/transformer needed

I don't know if you still looking for transformer, but there's one that would work for you.
Moving Sale: Grill, Transformer, Wardrobes, Electronics - no reasonable offer refused
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POWER CONVERTER / TRANSFORMER 2500 Watts step up step down
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