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.