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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 ). 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.
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Old 06.07.2008, 07:43
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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.
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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...
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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...

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

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