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  1. Good day everyone. I got a big big problem and need you guys for suggestion. Just done my renovation work early this year, have been staying nearly 6 month. However lately I discover that my bottom kitchen cabinet is leaking water. Checked the cabinet and found out that the water waste pipe had some small leak. And for god know it has been how long. So I called my ID and ask him to check what wrong with the pipe. My ID came down with his plumber and carpenter to check out the leaking problem. Now the nightmare begin. Plumber claim that the pipe he connected "HDB provided drain pipe" is defect which is not his fault that the water leak. And push all the blame to the HDB contractor. So my wife went down to the service center and find their site supervisor. Unfortunately, the site supervisor doesn't know anything about the waste drain pipe thing and cannot determine whether its their problem or not. So he went off and make a appointment for us the next following day. Since my ID carpenter is around, I asked him about the cabinet. Told the carpenter about my situation about the leak and the water has already contacted the wood. Right now the wood has turn moldy and black. Will it damaged the wood or not . He replied, " Yes the wood is wet but it won't damage the wood all you need is to wipe off the moldy part and dry out the wood it will be fine." I was very shocked to hear this. From what I know once wood contacted with water for certain time, it's as good as damaged. From this point, I got nothing to argue. Plumber claimed that it's not his fault and carpenter said that the wood is fine. So they left. Following day, service center plumber came. I explained to him the situation and told him what my ID plumber said. He laugh off and told me that my ID plumber has done the wrong way to connect the pipe. HDB provided the pipe for the basin BUT they don't do the connection to the drain pipe When my ID plumber fixed the sink pipe to the HDB drain pipe, he DID NOT EVEN GLUE THE INNER PART OF THE PIPE which caused the leak He showed my wife how the leak caused. And he effortless just pull out the pipe and it's seem like it wasn't glue at all. Which looked like a cover cap to the drain pipe. Right now my wife is damm piss off regarding about this matter. I hope you guys can give me some suggestion and help me out. Sibei heart pain Kindly refer to the picture attachment. Maybe you guys can share your drain pipe picture with me and see whether is there any problem with my ID plumber. Any professional advise would be really appreciate.
  2. Hi, I recently received a complaint letter from hdb lodged by my neighbour sharing the same bedroom wall as me. They claim that their bedroom wall is dripping wet due to condensation caused by the wall being too cold and it is caused by my aircon being too cold. Hdb is requiring me to lower the strength of my aircon and point it away from that wall. The letter also state that they have surveyed and determined that this is the cause of the issue and remind me that hdb laws states that owners are allowed to install aircon on the basis that they are in proper working condition. My question is firstly, what kind of survey did they do to determine the cause without coming into my flat to check at all? Secondly, why would my aircon affect their wall if hdb have built our flats well enough to isolate each unit to their own to uphold the quality of the build promised by the government and to protect our privacies as owners? Thirdly, in such a case, who is judging and appointing that the fault and solution lies with me solely and not shared and/or if the hdb is also partially/fully liable? Lastly, are there actually laws that govern such neighbourly disputes and are they actually applicable to this issue? (The letter says I can use my aircon as long as I maintain it in proper working condition and it seems like the complaint is that my aircon is working too well...) Last year around the same period (May-June) I did receive such a complaint before and from July onwards there seems to be no such complaints anymore until now. I believe that the issue has to do with weather changes and rise of humidity, and will be solved after the wet season passes. But as a courtesy, I'm currently planning to insulate my side of the wall to prevent thermal transfer, hoping that it will help the situation. I'm not well verse in such matters so I'm not sure if the insulation should be done on my end or my neighbour's end, but I'm willing to do it anyways. I have my reasons to maintain a cool temperature in my bedroom and it will be rather disruptive to my family if I were to lower the aircon. I'm asking for advise and help from you guys to determine if my actions are correct or am I actually not liable. And is there help that I can seek from my standpoint to resolve this issue as apparently the hdb thinks that the issue is my fault (and I guess global warming is real and it's also my fault...) Please help, thanks!!!