Post by kerouac2 on May 22, 2017 14:47:17 GMT
Lots of fun in my building over the last couple of weeks as all of the incoming water pipes needed to be changed, as well as some of the drainage pipes. The old water pipes were lead, and even though 70 years of calcite deposit protected us from getting poisoned (the water has been analysed a number of times over the years), there was a legal deadline to get rid of the old pipes so we finally did it. Through some extraordinary miracle, my flat was the only one of the seven residences in the building that required absolutely no intervention by the plumbers because new pipes had been installed just before I bought it, so all they had to do was connect my pipe to the new pipe in the corridor. The first couple of days consisted of a lot of drilling through the floors and walls, and then the pipes began to arrive. Here is a brief overview of all of the fun. As you can see, in these ancient European buildings, all new additions from the past 100 years are just laid over (or under) all of the existing things rather than being embedded in any annoying walls.
I still had to dodge a number of things in the corridors.
The old drainpipes definitely seem to have done their time.
All finished now, and life is back to normal.