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bodq 06.07.2008 04:54

Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
Hi all,

I've been greatly annoyed by our kitchen tap leaking water; not only this creates a disturbing dripping noise and an odd smell, but I also would bet it costs us a little fortune for all the wasted water.

We've been living in this rented apartment (Basler Versicherungen) in Zürich for about 1.5 years. Our relations with the landlord are a bit odd; we only talked once, and we had severe communication problems because she refuses to speak English, and we barely knew German (yeah, we still do, after 1.5 years, I know...).

So I've finally decided to give the matter some attention; I wonder if there's any possibility to bill the repairs to the house owner. It would also be great if you could recommend a repairman/agency in Zürich -- Albisrieden area -- who can communicate in English (our experience with swiss repairmen so far has been AWFUL; the one we've met didn't understand a word of English, and he was a terrible repairman too :eek:). Additional cost orientation or a record of your experience would be most useful.

Thanks,
Bohdan.

P.s. I wonder if I could do it myself -- that probably would result in even more destruction and more expenses. I can't even find a tap to close the water; looks like it's outside of the apartment, or very will hidden. Oh, and my ceiling lamp installing activities... better to forget them. :o

Zug bound 06.07.2008 07:43

Re: Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
Stupid question I know, but don't you have a hauswart? Ours is a miserable so and so but will mend things in our flat.

swisspea 06.07.2008 08:22

Re: Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
Hi,

fixing a dripping tap is surprisingly simple. Getting the bits might be a bit trickier unless you find a local hardware store and can work your way around...

For repair stuff like this online I usually type 'diy' with my search terms.

Found this:

http://diydata.com/problem/taps/washer_replace.php

or this

http://diydata.com/problem/taps/washer_replace.php

or this

www.simplifydiy.com/plumbing-and-heating/tap-repairs

just watch out...once you know how it's done...you'll be required to become a 'mr fix-it'... :) might also need a wrench/spanner to do the task...

Polorise 06.07.2008 08:27

Re: Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swisspea (Post 262398)
Hi,

fixing a dripping tap is surprisingly simple. Getting the bits might be a bit trickier unless you find a local hardware store and can work your way around...

SNIP

just watch out...once you know how it's done...you'll be required to become a 'mr fix-it'... :) might also need a wrench/spanner to do the task...

I would advise against, as part of your rental contract your Verrmieter (Renter) is obliged to repair any faults. However, if you try a repair & screw it up, you will get hit very heavily for a plumber.
Been there done that .... :msncrazy:

Nathu 06.07.2008 15:41

Re: Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Polorise (Post 262400)
I would advise against, as part of your rental contract your Verrmieter (Renter) is obliged to repair any faults. However, if you try a repair & screw it up, you will get hit very heavily for a plumber.
Been there done that .... :msncrazy:

I agree. Don't tinker with the sanitary installations in your appartment except changing the shower hose...

desertmedic 06.07.2008 15:55

Re: Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
If the leaks is small and if it's in a piece of straight pipe, go to the hardware and by a tire patch kit along with 2 small hose clamps (auto radiator clamps), place the tire patch over the leak and use the hose clamp to tighten over the leak. It's a $3 repair in the states and even by Swiss prices it can't cost much more than $20. It's cheap and it works. It's temp but can last for years and years. This happened to a pipe in our house and the pipe hasn't leaked for 8 years. My experience with repair people here is similar to yours. You can often find an expat to do the job. They are cheaper and better trained.:)

bodq 11.07.2008 11:31

Resolved: Trouble: Fixing kitchen pipes
 
Status update:

We called the landlord; she was quite easygoing this time. She agreed to pay for all repairs, and recommended a repairman. We had a visit from Mario and Luigi, and now everything is in perfect order.

:msncool:


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