Saturday, February 2, 2013

Broken pipes and WTC!

This past Thursday evening, while washing dishes after dinner, I noticed there was no hot water. Soooo, I ran upstairs to check the pressure on the boiler system and it was at zero!  Andrew and I turned the system off and went around the house checking everything. First we made sure none of the circuit breakers had blown...they all looked fine. However, while checking that we noticed there was water running down the wall in the entryway......Notttttt good! At first we thought we had a leak in the new gutter between the houses because of the very windy rainy storm we had the night before. After checking further we discovered water in the guest room closet. We weren't sure if the pipes were leaking or the roof!

We called the landlords and let them know that we would be calling the plumber who had come out the last time we had a problem.  We called Frank  of Frank Hendrikse Onderhoudsbedrijf. Frank advised us that he would be at the house in about an hour. Frank arrived around 2030hrs. and discovered a leak in the pipes in the guest room closet.


He brought all of his tools in and got to work on it right away. We helped him drain the system from the kitchen while he repaired the pipes. While he was here our landlord Hans came by to see if everything was under control...which was very nice! Frank had the work done in about an hour and a half! After he finished repairing the pipes we refilled the system with water keeping the pressure around 1 1/2. Frank says the pressure will go down automatically in a couple of days when the air in the system bleeds out.  While he was here he checked the pipes in the bedroom.


He says all the piping should be replaced because it wasn't done with copper piping and what is there is getting rusty and worn out.   As long as we keep the pressure on the low side it should be okay though.

Without Frank's expertise we would have had to go without hot water and heating in the house!  We were soooo thankful for his quick response!  Around 2230, Hans and Angela both came by to make sure everything was okay. We couldn't ask for nicer landlords!

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Friday, February 1st

Andrew took the day off because we had an appointment in Amsterdam with a Dutch tax guy named Rens van Oers at Tax Consultants International. We left the house around 0830 to travel by train and tram to his office at the World Trade Center. The office is in Tower D, on the 10th floor.


The laws regarding the Dutch taxes are very complex. We felt reassured after our appointment knowing that we have an expert behind us who will assist with the filing of our taxes. Even though we are married, we have to file separately here. We also have to file U.S. taxes, so we are looking for someone to assist us with that also. The filing of both returns have to be done in sync so that we don't miss anything from either country.

World Trade Center, Amsterdam:



To get to the WTC we had taken Tram #5 from Amsterdam Centraal to Station Zuid. We would have preferred to take the Metro (which has fewer stops along the way), but Andrew's OV Chipkaart wouldn't work for the Metro for some reason. It worked earlier on the bus, but isn't working for the trains or the Metro.

After our appointment we decided to go to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.  We got back on Tram #5 at Station Zuid...


and traveled up to the Leidseplein stop. There we saw the Apple store...and decided to go inside. I needed to find out about how to hook up my laptop to the television so we can play DVD's...We had never been inside the store. It's huuuuuge and very well run!  Most of the Apple stores we've been into feel cramped and are always crowded. This one was very nice!  They were very helpful there!


I discovered that I need something they don't sell...The salesman did show me where to go on-line to get what I need (Kanex IAdapt20-I found it on Amazon.co.uk) which was very nice.

We continued on to our destination.....The Hard Rock Cafe!



Our view:

We had a nice lunch then headed over to the Bijenkorf to look for a new wallet and umbrella for Andrew. We also went over to the Nespresso store on Pieter Cornelius Hooftstraat (which is a famous shopping street in Amsterdam) to add more to our supply of Nespresso pods.

Before we had left home in the morning I looked online for stationery stores in Amsterdam. I found one that sounded wonderful called "Cortina Papier".  After we left the Nespresso store, we headed over there to take a look.......it was no longer there! That was the 2nd time that happened to us (about a month ago we looked for a hat store in Amsterdam that had gone out of business also. Soooo, next time we will be sure to call before we make the trip.



11 comments:

  1. Good thing you called Frank to assist you with your problem. Calling someone who knows a thing or two about plumbing is the best thing to do in this kind of situation. Plumbing issues should be addressed by someone who is knowledgeable on that field. I agree that rusty copper pipes should be replaced immediately as it can contaminate the water stream. I hope you won’t have any problems with your plumbing system in the future!

    ~Kurt Verdejo

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  2. You made the right decision to call an expert to have your pipes repaired! Also, it gave you the opportunity to have your other pipes checked, and fortunately, he saw the need to have it all replaced. Isn’t that great? I hope that you’ll act now on your plumbing system before it causes you more problems in the future.

    -Darryl Iorio

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  3. You really have good landlords there! They were with you during the time that the pipes were broken. So, how’s the heating system at this point? I hope the problem didn’t come back. By the way, it was a very cool trip! :)

    Launce Newlove

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  4. تعد شركتناشركة تنظيف بتبوك
    افضل شركة نظافه عامه بتبوك وذلك لمميزاتها المتعددة ومن أهم مميزاتها تحافظ على المنازل وعلى صلاحيتها وجمالها وعدم حدوث اى أضرار له وهذا ما تفعله شركتنا للحفاظ على أشياء العملاء لانهم يهتمون بكل شىء يخص عملائهم كما أن شركتنا تمتلك عمال ذات خبره عاليه فى مجال شركة تنظيف منازل بتبوك التنظيف الشامل من تنظيف منازل وقصور وفلل وبيوت كما لديهم عمال مدربين يقدمون لحضراتكم أفضل تنظيف وكل هذا واكثر سوف تجدونه فى شركة نظافة عامة بتبوك فهذة الشركة لديها متخصصين أصحاب خبره كبيرة ولديهم عمال محترفين ومدربين على هذا المجال وأيضا نقوم بعمل تنظيف للانتريهات والآثاث والرخام والزجاج والمراتب والستائر والحمامات التى يجب تنظيفها بشكل دائم شركة تنظيف خزانات بتبوك وغسيل الأرضيات مهما كانت صعوبة الأرضيات وبمختلف انواعها من السيراميك او الرخام وغيرها والأسقف والحوائط وأن الكثير من أعمال النظافة تقولم بها وخدمات شاملة كما أن شركتنا تستخدم أحدث المعدات والأدوات الخاصه بالنظافة أدوات فعاله ومن أفضل الأدوات الحديثة والمتطورة المتواجدة فى الاسواق وايضا تمتلك شركتنا قسم لتنظيف الزجاج والأرضيات والرخام ومن اجل كل هذه الخدمات فاننا نعتبر شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك من احسن الشركات التى تعمل فى مجال التنظيف واننا نعمل من اجل ارضاء عملائنا الكرام فشركتنا الاولى بالمملكة وانتظروا المزيد عندما تتعاملون معنا شركة تنظيف بتبوك شركة نظافة عامة بالخبر نظافة فلل وشقق وقصور توضح لنا ان شركة تنظيف منازل بتبوك الشعور بالتميز والانفراد أمرا بالغ الأهمية هل فكرت يوما أن تتعامل مع أفضل شركة نظافة فلل وقصور تقوم باحداث عملية تغيير شامل للمكان الذى تعيش فيه مع اضفاء شركة تنظيف خزانات بتبوك جمال يختلف عن أى مكان أخر مع شركة نظافه فلل لدينا كافة الامكانيات والأدوات شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض
    التى تستخدمها لجعلك أنت الأفضل والأرقى فمع الانشغال بالحياة اليومية يمكنك أن تترك نظافه الفيلا الخاصة بك لدى شركتنا التى سوف تشعرك بالسعادة والراحة الداخلية نظرا لاضفاء شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك اللمسة الجمالية على المكان الذى تعيش فيه قسم خاص للنظافه العامه نظافة فلل شقق قصور ونظافة خزانات بيوت الشعر مجالس موكيت وجهات زجاجية او رخام جلى بلاط رخام تلميع سيراميك كشف تسربات المياه عمل جميع العوازل خزانات اسطح نظافة مطابخ حمامات دريش نظافة خزان وشكراا

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  5. In the name of God the Merciful We in the light of UK companies offer the best services in all cleaning Katenziv in apartments , boards and cabinets and Villas
    شركة نور المملكة
    شركة تنظيف بمكة
    And also we provide insect control for all insects flying and crawling and rat extermination
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    We also offer moving furniture needed by everyone because of the expiration of the lease time or travel service
    شركة الصفرات لنقل الاثاث بالرياض
    And safety and God's mercy and blessings
    كما يوجد لدينا ايضا تنظيف المجالس والكنب والسجاد والموكيت باحدث الطرق الموجودة وافضل المواد التى تقضى البقع والاوساخ
    شركة تنظيف مجالس وكنب بحائل
    شركة تنظيف سجاد وموكيت بحائل
    وكل هذا بانسب الاسعار واقل التكلفة ونحن نعمل فى خدماتكم 24ساعه

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  6. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم نحن فى شركة الكمال نقوم بجميع عزل الخزانات المياه سواء كانت مياة الشرب او مياه الغسيل كما اننا يوجد لدين خدمة تسليك المجارى بافضل الطرق
    شركة عزل خزانات بالطائف
    شركة عزل خزانات بجازان
    شركة عزل خزانات بحائل
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالطائف
    شركة تسليك مجارى بجازان
    شركة تسليك مجارى بحائل
    والسلامة عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

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  7. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم نحن فى شركة الكمال نقوم بجميع عزل الخزانات المياه سواء كانت مياة الشرب او مياه الغسيل كما اننا يوجد لدين خدمة تسليك المجارى بافضل الطرق
    شركة عزل خزانات بالطائف
    شركة عزل خزانات بجازان
    شركة عزل خزانات بحائل
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالطائف
    شركة تسليك مجارى بجازان
    شركة تسليك مجارى بحائل
    والسلامة عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

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  8. In the name of God the Merciful We in the light of UK companies offer the best services in all cleaning Katenziv in apartments , boards and cabinets and Villas
    شركة نور المملكة
    شركة تنظيف بمكة
    And also we provide insect control for all insects flying and crawling and rat extermination
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    We also offer moving furniture needed by everyone because of the expiration of the lease time or travel service
    شركة الصفرات لنقل الاثاث بالرياض
    And safety and God's mercy and blessings
    كما يوجد لدينا ايضا تنظيف المجالس والكنب والسجاد والموكيت باحدث الطرق الموجودة وافضل المواد التى تقضى البقع والاوساخ
    شركة تنظيف مجالس وكنب بحائل
    شركة تنظيف سجاد وموكيت بحائل
    وكل هذا بانسب الاسعار واقل التكلفة ونحن نعمل فى خدماتكم 24ساعه


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