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Old 02-24-05, 08:35 AM
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Two Home maintenance questions

Got two questions about my current apt. We have been here since July 04

1) We have electric/baseboard heaters in each room of the apt and one central thermostat in our living room. We never had any problems with heat. Nice and cool in the summertime, and nice and toasty in the winter. However, it has been -30 the last few nights but we have to sleep with the heat completely turned off because it is deathly hot in here. Last nite I slept with a sheet over me with the fan turned on. The strange thing is, the thermostat is turned completely off and the heat is still coming out of the heater as if it was turned up to 25. Anyone know what could be wrong, I was thinking a broken thermostat?

2) It also seems like the hot water tap in our bathtub has been stripped so we have to resort to pliers. I am pretty sure this would not be too hard to fix, I am just looking for the right parts. Here are some pics. Any suggestions on this also.



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shouldn't the apartment complex fix this stuff?
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As far as your heater goes, it might be your thermostat, it might also be a sensor in your heater. Last yeart a sensor went out in my heater and it began running constantly. A fan in the heater automatically turned on to try and cool it but the only way we could get it to stop running was to turn of the fuse for the heater. We had a repair guy come out and the bill only came to $65.00 to fix.

As far as your plumbing questions goes, I would probably just go to a hardware store with the handle and ask someone what part I needed.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Venusian
shouldn't the apartment complex fix this stuff?
Yeah - why aren't you calling the apartment management?
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Originally Posted by Lewsiv

As far as your plumbing questions goes, I would probably just go to a hardware store with the handle and ask someone what part I needed.

Good luck!
Make sure you turn off the main water before taking off the (damn forgot the name) part that determines how much water comes in.

Reason why is that since you were using pliers to open and close the water, you may have stripped that a tad and should be replaced as well.
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True, our landlord can and will fix it. I was just wondering if these are simple Do-It-Yourself projects. I am no handyman by any means but would really like to learn for when I buy a house (hopefully within 5 yrs). If it is something that I can't handle or cause further damage, then I will call the landlord in.
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Originally Posted by ElementZ
True, our landlord can and will fix it. I was just wondering if these are simple Do-It-Yourself projects. I am no handyman by any means but would really like to learn for when I buy a house (hopefully within 5 yrs). If it is something that I can't handle or cause further damage, then I will call the landlord in.
There should be no such thing as a "simple Do-It-Yourself project" when you are renting an apartment.....
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for the heat, it is probably a stuck valve in the line located near 1 of the pipes in the baseboard.
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Call your landlord to come fix it, then watch him do it. Ask questions so you'll know in case something like this ever happens in your house.

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