So I’m moving into a new flat (apartment) this week, Tomorrow to be exact. Anyway, last night we started moving a few things round after work. This flat has recently beed done up by some feng shui “expert” and has some bizarre characteristics, but all in all, it’s actually pretty nice.
Anyway, we just dropped off a few things and were hoping to get back to our current residence in time for Lost at 9pm. It’s 8.30pm and just before we leave, my wife shows me the new washing machine, which is sitting on the enclosed balcony, off the master bedroom.
Now this balcony has a water tap on the wall, and a drain on the tiled floor, which makes sense to me. However, as part of the renovation, someone decided to put in a raised wooden decking floor on the balcony. It’s about 4" high. This is where it starts to get stupid. Since the drain is now 4" below the decking, some “plumber” decided to extend the drain up the way till it extends about 6" higher than the decking. That’s 10" off the floor, folks. It’s sealed, BTW, so any water that somehow makes it onto the tiles floor has nowhere to go till it reaches 10", which is about 6" higher that the partition that leads to the master bedroom, and the newly installed laminate flooring (which doesn’t like water, in case anyone doesn’t know that).
Anyway, back to 8.30pm. My wife opens the balcony door to show me the washing machine, and I see that the water is just a few millimetres from flooding over the top of the partition with the master bedroom. So that makes the water 4" deep. The tap is dripping from two places. One is from where it is joined to the pipe. Without trying too hard, I screw the tap a full turn more into the wall, which stops that drip, but it’s also dripping out the TOP of the tap (just from being such a crap tap… I suspect the seal has gone.) Andway, I manage to force the drip to stop by tightening the thing as hard as I can by hand.
This thing must have been dripping for days and days. Another hour and it would have breached the partition and the laminate flooring would have been screwed.
Anyway. Rant over.
Good ol’ stupid design, mixed with shit quality equipment and “cha bu doa” installations. Not a good mix.