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omigod, the drama leak

Not everything goes smooth while renovating such an old apartment. It occurred that one water pipe was terribly corroded. I didn’t want to interfere with common sewage system and cause troubles to my neighbors, but some adjustments were necessary. It was also a pain, because my bathroom was almost ready, tiled and fittings mounted…

Back then I was terrified. That one phone call from downstairs neighbor made me so nervous I had to cancel all my work plans that day. I came to the construction site prepared for a reprimand, but they were quite understanding.

It all turned out to be one sewage pipe from the bathroom that gathered used water from washbasin, washing machine and shower. It has a connection to main, wider pipe in downstairs apartment. I was so sorry to insert my messy renovation to their home, but we had to cut a little hole in their suspended cardboard ceiling and had to replace the whole pipe. And it was steel eaten by rust. No use at all. Then our contractor sealed that little hole and I especially asked him to be very careful and accurate with the job. In the end, there was no sign of any intervention.

Here is a photo of how it looked like on our floor. I had one tile removed and all the plumbing re-done.

All in all I was so stressed back then about my new neighbors, I didn’t want to spoil our relationship at the beginning. Especially that I never had any good experience with any of my previous neighbors. Well, my tenement is quite special, with people living there. There are some black sheep, but mostly those people are in agreement and mutual liking. It is crucial because together we can do some constructive things to the building.

I still have good relationship with downstairs neighbors. They gave me some plants watering jobs and in return they collect my packages from couriers when I’m at work. Also I think they might like my engagement in the building renovation/insulation process. I try to speed things up at our administrator, attend community meetings and use some of my professional skills to verify the quality of the building permit design that our manager has had made for us.

Who knows, maybe without that rusty pipe I wouldn’t involve so much, but it is all for the best. I always say that the more disasters before the party, the better the party.

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thank you Mario! but our princess is in another castle

Next, it was time for water drainage and new heating system. Our main plumber looked just like Mario. He was overweight, wore navy overalls and checkered shirt.

Plumbing network is tricky. There are two plumb-lines, in kitchen and bathroom. We found out that water pipes are lead. It is highly unhealthy to drink water from lead pipes, so coal filters were inserted near counters.

Pipe jungle required a lot of imagination. They replaced gas pipes, heating pipes, water pipes, sewage pipes. It all had to intertwine and fit my kitchen and bathroom design. Contractors did well, but it took them much too much time and I had to make angry phone calls to their boss.

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electricity, gas, water and of course the internet connection

When we arrived from our vacation, the walls had new electrical cables in.

When we bought the apartment, there was no power. Owner terminated the contract with current provider. Contractors broke the seal and launched the timer. The power was back on and we were ready to bring some more contractors.

I signed up new contracts with gas and current providers. Then I visited building administrators and signed a contract with them too. They take care of tenement maintenance and account for the costs of water, garbage collection and  staircase cleaning.

Suddenly, we felt like responsible adults…

Water, gas, electricity.. but what about internet connection? It is as important for us nerds as anything else. We are lucky enough to have great cable TV provider in the building. It was funny to sign contract with them only for the internet. They were surprised that we didn’t want TV signal as well.

Also, when I gave the electricians some technical drawings they kept asking, where would the TV be. Somehow it was impossible for them to understand that there would be no TV cable and no TV.

We just loathe TV channels and choose to watch our favorite shows and movies from DVD or internet.

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