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  • #76
    Originally posted by midlandslandlord View Post
    glue a batten to the top of the window opening
    Isn't this liable to un-glue itself at an inopportune moment?

    For blinds, I have the firm that makes them to install them. Failing that, I think you should definitely screw your battens to the wall or reveal.

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    • #77
      John Vert, I had the same problem with toilet seats. Now I only buy the ones that have a bar at the back instead of those two round thingies.

      I don't know what tenants do to toilet seats - mine never breaks like this.

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      • #78
        I am rethinking flooring. Laminate flooring should be good but tenants dropping weights on it chips it and tenants mopping it spoil the laminate as the lower layer gets wet and expands.

        I've tried tiles but two of them have cracked.

        I've tried carpet which has the obvious drawback of getting stained, but also burnt through with curling tongs, torn (no idea how) and melted with an iron. In one house I had to scrape the carpet off the floor except for the bit where the settee was - stuck down with beer I think.
        I've tried those stick-down tiles which seem to be the best and cheap too!

        I'm hoping to purchase a bungalow soon and I think I'll go with stick down tiles.

        Blinds always get ruined. And don't they get dirty quickly? I don't provide them. I put up a batton with a strong curtain pole. Not those expanding ones from IKEA. The curtain rings get slightly stuck and the tenant yanks at them and eventually the whole lot comes down.

        Radiators - always get clothes put on them and the wallpaper comes off. Put a small shelf above the rad so close that you can't hang clothes over it. Cheaper than rad cover. Provide a washing line outside and a large clothes maiden inside.

        Doors - those hollow ones are a false economy. When Mr goes to thump Mrs and hits the door instead his fist goes through the door. Oh yes it does! Always get oversized hinges and put door stops so the handles don't bash into the wall and make a hole.

        Can I point out that not all my tenants wreck the place! All my tenants at the moment are very nice people who care about their homes, but I have had some less pleasant folk in the past.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by JK0 View Post
          Isn't this liable to un-glue itself at an inopportune moment?

          For blinds, I have the firm that makes them to install them. Failing that, I think you should definitely screw your battens to the wall or reveal.
          It depends on the glue and the surface it is attached to.

          I have full height curtains attached via curtain poles to glued battens in one place with no problems over several years.

          The paint key to the wall tends to be the weak point if you glue over paint.

          ML

          ML
          Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.

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          • #80
            Mouldy in three weeks. Is this a record?

            Three weeks ago I let a flat to a family introduced by my African friend. Regular readers know that I install a washer dryer and confiscate the trickle vent shutters. There is already an extractor in the bathroom, although I did not have time to put in a humidistat one.

            My tenant is already complaining about mould. Heaven knows what the place will be like in 6 months.

            (Yes I have told her to open the windows. It is too cold apparently.)

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            • #81
              Originally posted by JK0 View Post
              Three weeks ago I let a flat to a family introduced by my African friend. Regular readers know that I install a washer dryer and confiscate the trickle vent shutters. There is already an extractor in the bathroom, although I did not have time to put in a humidistat one.

              My tenant is already complaining about mould. Heaven knows what the place will be like in 6 months.

              (Yes I have told her to open the windows. It is too cold apparently.)
              This is the lady that was cutting up a deer in the kitchen.

              http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...d-in-your-flat

              Yesterday I was called out for the sixth time in two months. Today's problems were the hot bath tap, and the lounge storage heater stopped working.

              I grabbed a box of storage heater spares and headed over there. The tap just required a new gland:

              http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/plumbing/...skuId=11988708

              As mentioned in my other thread, the consumer unit is in a cupboard in the kitchen. My tenant was in bed after a night shift. The place is absolutely chock a block with junk and rubbish, and I had to remove some just to open the cupboard. I wasn't pleased to find the nappy I moved was used.

              It turned out that the internal cut-out had tripped in the storage heater due to having junk piled up round it. Also my tenant has already managed to burn a pan ring on the previously spotless worktop. Happy days.

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              • #82
                Have you seen the bubbles you can buy that people can roll around in? Why not buy a few of these and ask if your tenants will put them on whenever they are in the house? That way no damage and they have fun as well!!

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                • #83
                  Yeah, I think my tenant's little boy could use one. On Saturday he sat on the settee eating crisps once his mother got up. He said, I don't like these, and started chucking them around at random. His mother didn't admonish him at all.

                  I suppose the next thing is, they'll be complaining about mice.

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                  • #84
                    Did you ever find out where the deer came from, JKO?
                    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                    • #85
                      7th call-out today:

                      Tenant said she needed help reading the electricity meter, as she had received an enormous bill, and also the storage heater I fixed last week wasn't working.

                      The meter had been read correctly by the meter reader, and the bill was £266 since September. I reminded T that I warned them about having the place at 30 degrees. The storage heater had been turned down by T's children.

                      Give me strength.

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                      • #86
                        My favourite tenant just called.

                        She tells me that two of the rings on her electric hob on the same side have failed. It is something like this one:

                        http://www.365electrical.com/HIZE641...FefMtAodDncAGg

                        Anyone know if these things have separate fuses for left and right burners that can be replaced? Or should I just buy a new one and forget trying to fix it?

                        Also, would I need to remove the oven below this in order to get it out?

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                          Anyone know if these things have separate fuses for left and right burners that can be replaced?
                          I think it's unlikely - however it's also pretty odd for two (not one or four) to fail at the same time. Hobs aren't exactly complicated bits of wiring so there's not much to go wrong; I think I'd like to eyeball the underside before committing to a replacement. I wonder if she flooded the switches with water or something?

                          The other issue is that unfortunately there's no standard cut-out size in the worktop, so if you do have to replace it, really you'll want to source an identical hob to be sure of getting one that fits.

                          Also, would I need to remove the oven below this in order to get it out?
                          Almost certainly, yes; however it's nothing to worry about - more often than not they just slide straight out; worst case scenario is there's a couple of screws each side holding it to the front edge of the kitchen unit.

                          She sounds a piece of work, this one!!

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                          • #88
                            Thanks Eric.

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                            • #89
                              I just rang my tenant to suggest she turn on the oven to dry out the flooded switches, and now she says the oven won't work. I suggested she turns on the grill for a couple of hours.

                              Funnily enough, she did not dispute it when I suggested something had boiled over.

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by JK0 View Post

                                Funnily enough, she did not dispute it when I suggested something had boiled over.
                                Probably that big vat of venison stock.
                                'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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