Arggggghhhhh! New owner of condo above ours has gutted his kitchen and
is putting down Pergo-type flooring in other rooms. We began having
trouble with one or another electrical circuits going out in our condo
whilst he worked upstairs. The first time, he was hammering almost
above where I was sitting and at the same moment, power went out in our
dining room and adjoining office area. Went out and reset the breaker,
aok. Then, twice, the elec. to our two baths and small hallway went
out. I didn't notice when it happened, as I don't use those lights
during the day. We reset the breaker once, and aok, but reset the
breaker next time and now the power won't come on to the baths and
hallway. The guy wasn't truthful, I believe, when he told me he was
working in a different area the first time it happened. I haven't seen
his condo, but hubby said kitchen is gutted to the studs with wires
hanging all over. He allegedly has an electrician. His unit is same
layout as ours, but entirely separate breaker panels. I assume much of
our wiring would be beneath his floor.
I have called the city building dept, no response yet, and fire insp.,
not their job. I think he must have put a nail through a wire, but I
don't know electricity or breaker panels or ohms or watts. Can the
vibration from his work wiggle something loose in the main panel? Any
other ideas? My dryer is broken, waiting for a part, and I can't handle
this much stress all at once :o)
Vibration isn't likely to 'wiggle' anything loose, but I agree that it's
entirely possible he's put a nail through a wire belonging to you. If
your unit is partly sub-grade probably most of the horizontal runs of
your wiring goes through your ceiling/his floor.
Did he run his proposed renovations past your strata council? Generally
that's pretty much a requirement. If not, go to your strata council and
explain what's happening. I'm also pretty sure he needs permits from the
city to be doing work or having work done, and things need to be
inspected afterward. This character may be trying to slide his
renovations in 'under the radar'.
"Take sides! Always take sides! You may sometimes be wrong - but the man
who refuses to take sides must *always* be wrong! Heaven save us from
We have only 8 units in our condo. Two owned by lush deadbeats,
father and son. Son is months behind on monthly assessment and hasn't
begun to pay a $2200 special assessment. Condo pres. is best buddies
with them. Did I mention the father and son are both on the board? The
father had a million-dollar sailboat, lives here part-time....home in
the Bahamas. Unfortunately, he appears to be in good health. A lien?
Not much good, unless one of them croaks. One unit owner lives in
England, one in Jersey. The neighbor who wrecked my wiring told me he
has a likely buyer...owned his unit since March.
Well, the electricians just left. It's Friday. They knew immediately
what the problem was......nails through the pipe and wire, multiple
times through one length of wire. Wires burned through entirely. Might
be back tomorrow - overtime, have to check with the office. They can't
get wires fed through the pipe, so may have to replace it. It would be
easier to tear out my flawless ceiling than to tear up my idiot
neighbor's floor........The electrician said there had to have been
sparks when the neighbor hit the nails. I have the building department
coming back Monday because the neighbor told him a different story than
he told me about doing structural work. I don't like idiots or liars.
At least the part for my dryer is in....can't wait 'til Monday.
Why are all the idiots on the planet moving into my condo?
And thanks to all who offered assistance. I appreciate it.
This is kind of like talking to myself, but here goes....the first
electrician couldn't get back until tomorrow. Probably going slow
because they expected a big fight over who pays and how to access the
wiring. Electrician #2 came today. Had to take up a small portion of
flooring in the upstairs unit being remodeled. Said there were many
nails through the pipe carrying the wiring. Pipe just beneath the
subfloor, too close. Wiring conduit has to cross two concrete beams, so
that is probably why conduit is so close to the floor. Got their fish
tape stuck on nails, but all now is good downstairs :o) This is an
example of why it is a good reason for DIYers not get carried away with
remodeling in a condo - the condo. assn. owns the wiring and should have
made the repairs. In our condo, the board is more likely to be involved
in matters none of their business.
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