Thursday, July 06, 2017

More turmoil

With family turmoil, turmoil down below with road and tram works, what else can go wrong? Plenty, as happened in the building last week.


It was never in the evening or early morning but at times the hot water would go off and then a couple of hours later return. We normally watch tv via the digital recorder but it was breaking up very badly. We switched over to using just the tv and the signal is strong enough up here for the tv to work without an aerial. 

The burst water pipe caused a flow of water down through the service core of the building, resulting in many problems. I understand the pipe that burst was in someone's bathroom, a flexible pipe connected to the basin hot water tap. This happened in the apartment above us several years ago (I can't find the blog post now, but it was a Grand Prix weekend) and my bedroom got rather wet, resulting in us buying new beds and the building's insurance company company paying for a new overhead fan in my bedroom. The carpet dried out, but has since been replaced. You can read about these flexible water pipes here. Later this year we hope to update our bathrooms and these pipes will be the first thing to be replaced. I suppose it is cost, but these pipes that have a lifespan of ten years or so should never have been used and still shouldn't be if they are not good for fifty years. 

Just another Australian building standards outrage. 

36 comments:

  1. Sigh.
    And the people whose substandard work/products cause the problems never, ever experience them personally.
    I hope the current issues are fixed quickly.

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    1. EC, yes they were all fixed as promised by the Thursday. Problems began Tuesday.

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  2. Hopeful it fix quickly. Water leaks aren't any fun. I know one holiday we went to a family dinner and when we came home our basement was flooded.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, at least with a basement the water has somewhere to drain to.

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  3. Who should be blamed.. the capitalist rip-off builders who just want to make money at any cost? or the Council inspectors who didn't pick up the potential crises in the making?

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    1. Hels, private enterprise behaves as it does to make more profits. Everyone should keep that in the back of the minds. It is up to the authorities to control standards, and they have not been. Ultimately it is down to governments, Federal, State and Local.

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  4. I hate turmoil. It's happening here today, heat cool people have been working 11 hours now,

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    1. Strayer, 11 hours! It will be winter before they finish, but then it is the same system.

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  5. Wow a lot of problems take care

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    1. Gosia, one little leak and our building systems collapse.

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  6. I arrived from Sandra Cox's blog. She spotlighted you today. I have been reading lots of posts you have written. Besides turmoil, I have enjoyed the various walks, the beautiful scenery, and seeing autumn turn to winter in your part of the world. I had to laugh at the van that was going the wrong direction. I can relate, since I think you drive on the wrong side of the road (says this American).

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    1. Thanks B&E. I hate to admit it but because you drive on the right side of the road, you can justifiable claim you drive on the right side of the road and we drive on the wrong side.

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  7. Just popped over from Sandra'a blog. Nice to meet you, and interesting to read about your life. Valerie

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    1. Hi Valerie. Thanks for your nice words.

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  8. Hi, I've also just popped over from Sandra's blog, and I know I'm going to enjoy getting to know you.

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    1. Thank you Barbara. Ah, you are in Somerset.

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  9. We've got those flexible pipes for the water intake on our toilet cisterns. I certainly hope they last.

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    1. River, I just checked and no, ours are copper pipe. Some brands are ok, some are not.

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  10. I'm going to have to pop over and see this Sandra who is sending you new readers.

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    1. River, I am already stressed about new readers. Sandra is nice.

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  11. My goodness, it's the pits when you can't be comfy in your own place due to stuff like this. Hope it gets resolved soon. Hugs...

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  12. Ro, those who have been noisy about the noise have been put up in city hotels, so I heard on tonight's news. It is troubling my partner a bit now, but only five days to go and they will be finishing off things.

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  13. Visiting from Sandra's blog.
    Ten years? That is criminal.

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    1. Greetings Alex. I think so. How was it possibly allowed?

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  14. Water pipes that last 10 years! That's outrageous, are owners expected to renovate pipes that often?
    How nice of Sandra to spotlight your blog Andrew.

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    1. Sami, it was very kind of her. Yes, apparently we are. They only cost $10 but that might be for a ten year lasting one.

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  15. Oh no. So sorry, Andrew.

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  16. I came over from Sandra's blog:) The water pipes and all the damage is disgusting! Can one not complain to some rent Review board which we have here in Canada. Yuck! I looked at a few other posts-quite the congestion but wow do I love the 3D effects people can create on the side of buildings

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    1. Birgit, hi. There really is no one to complain to. We own our apartment so it is our responsibility. Yes, the 3D effects are great. Pleased you liked them.

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    2. Oh that sucks!

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  17. Well it's early Friday morning Andrew, hopefully all is well by now in the High-rise! Life can be such a pain in the proverbial sometimes but mostly it's pretty darn good oui! ☺

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    1. Grace, yes. I have little to complain about of a serious nature.

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  18. Andrew: came over from Sandra's blog; and I understand what you are going through.

    had a basement "apartment" { using that term loosely } several years back and the pipes burst in the top most floor of the building in one unit's bathroom directly above mine.

    water's pouring through the ceiling along the wall and as it was holiday season; no one was in to great a hurry to do anything about it ~~~

    felt sorry for the resident directly above me; they were out of town at the time the incident occurred; Lord knows the mess they had !

    nice to meet you by the way and I hope this is resolved soon ~~

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    1. Thanks for visiting and the comment. Why do such things always happen on the worst day possible? A few years ago when my bedroom was flooded from above, it was a public holiday weekend.

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  19. Didn't come via Sandra's blog ;)
    My boy had to replace a whole server after it was flooded in similar circumstances in a building in the city. Lots of annoying time spent there! Thankfully I'm on the top floor so no one can leak on me!! Unless the roof pops off!

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