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  1. Before thinking about sealing the walls with some stuff the source of all that moisture should be identified first. It makes a lot of difference and sealing those walls can make that worse in some cases (if you use that sealing stuff regardless, the landlord might blame you for the consequences). At this point it is probably best to contact the landlord and have a certified inspector analyze the situation, find out the causes and determine how that should be handled. If the cause has anything to do with the state of the building itself, that's your landlord's problem. You would be only re
  2. If i recall correctly, hydrogen peroxide is mildly bleaching. I would try using vinegar to clean them. It would also help to dry them with paper towel after using them so that mold cannot grow on them.
  3. I would recommend going to a hardware store and asking for a mold testing kit. You can take a sample from that chalk-like powder from the wall and use that to find out whether that's really mold (it will also tell you what kind of mold it is). Some very cheap types of paint have lots of chalk added to them to cut cost, so maybe that's what you are seeing on the wall. If that stuff on the walls turns out to be mold, it sounds like the affected area is very, very large. In that case, it is possible that removing it yourself is not feasible. In any case, it sounds like the building
  4. Everything I had to say about the thermostat topic has already been said. As far as the LAN room is concerned, maybe doubling up the floor to create a very small space to run cables through would be nice. You could then make the cables pop out of the floor exactly where you need them, which would allow for very clean setups regardless of the room's layout. Whether that solution makes sense in your case obviously depends on things like ceiling height, how the current floor is built and whether you could live with having a small step at the room's entrance.
  5. I can also confirm that our plugs don't have fuses, I have only seen that in UK type plugs. Use an extension cable with sufficient wire gauge and you're fine. Keep in mind though that for extension cords that are on a drum, that cord has to be unrolled for it to properly handle the specified current (might overheat otherwise). If you want additional protection, you can try to find a RCBO adapter (RCD with overcurrent protection) that is properly rated, but normally you shoudn't need that.
  6. I like the "kurz & bündig" (in a nutshell) on the French grammer guide. Even though my native language is German, I attended a French school that followed the French curriculum, meaning that all the subjects were taught in French. That's when I leaned that French grammar is quite complex (but I still like the French language a lot).
  7. Just wondering when those single-use coffee capsules start getting banned. It looks like they are responsible for so much waste and on top of that customers are paying way too much for their coffee (about 70-80 € per kg, which is 3-4 times the price of high-quality coffee).
    Despite being very convenient, that coffee capsule business looks more like a scam to me.

  8. I am not a legal expert, but that is somehow along the line of how I would proceed: Write a letter to your landlord listing all the problems and your concerns related to that. Send that as a registered letter in order to have proof the landlord has received it and when that happened. If you still don't get any satisfactory answer within a certain time (e.g. two weeks), the next step would be to contact the relevant authorities. Check beforehand who is responsible for that in your city/country. Usually, the entity that issues building permits is the right one to contact. A l
  9. To me that amount of shaking you are describing (e.g. seeing furniture shaking when someone walks somewhere in the house) seems to be excessive. In my city, there are many buildings that old or even older, none of those that I have seen have vibrations that are this severe. How large (wide) are the cracks in the wall? Are they still growing with time? I would talk to the landlord and have a qualified engineer check the building. Engineers can install devices onto the crack that can show how much the crack is expanding in a certain amount of time, which can be used an an indicator of how
  10. High power together with high efficiency can do "wonders" I still like electric kettles, they are still useful. Steel pots on the other hand also have the advantage that they can be used on any type of stove (and even outdoors on a camp fire).
  11. Alternatively, you can use the ultimate water boiling system for utterly reckless people: Just use a pair of razor blades, a couple of matches and a cable with a plug on one end and live and neutral wires on the other. It can be quite stunning (literally)... Obviously, I don't condone doing that at all, it is very unsafe.
  12. That's a real bummer. It reminds me of the "Swiss cheese model" often used in a security/safety context, where sometimes the holes of multiple layers can overlap such that incidents/accidents happen despite several lines of defense being in place. If the student was actually an employee of that university,. he/she should have been able to get that software through the university without having to pay anything him/herself. This should just be a matter of having to explain why you need the software and that there is no suitable free/less expensive alternative. If the student was not an em
  13. Yes, it definitely grows on you. As far as TNG is concerned, I can recommend watching the "honest trailer" on it on youtube, it is quite hilarious and talks about different aspects of the show. I liked the Klingon and Romulan story arcs and the Borg episodes in TNG, the Xindi arc in Enterprise, the Borg episodes and many other ones in Voyager, the Dominion war episodes in DS9. After watching all those shows a couple of times, I have seen several scenes being reused, e.g. some battle scenes in DS9 appear in several episodes in different contexts. The mirror universe episodes in the
  14. All of these shows have a lot of episodes and among those are weaker ones and more exciting ones. I cannot really say which of the three series I prefer, I could rather come up with a bunch of individual episodes.
  15. AS you said the specified voltage should not be exceeded, staying below that is fine. The only thing I would keep in mind is that the new capacitors should have a similar series resistance to the old ones. You might get away with having a different value in some cases, it depends on how the circuit is designed. As to the old capacitor: Yes, old capacitors can degrade, 44 years is a long time. Did you measure its capacitance and looks whether that value is still with the tolerance? Electrolytic capacitors can dry up, dielectrics can become damaged etc.