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Old 08-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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My neighbour who lives in the apartment bellow me is a smoker. My kitchen often smells like an ashtray. Behind my stove is where most of the cigarette smoke is rising into my apartment. The wall is left open there for easy access to the water on/off valve.
Any suggestions on how to seal off or insulate this area to stop my neighbour's smoke from seeping up?

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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What does that cable go to?
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That cable is the power cord for the stove.
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Is it hard wired to the stove?

There's a simple fix if you or someone got rid of that set up and installed a range plug at the bottom of the wall and a cord on the stove.

Then you could just use a piece of plywood to cover the hole with screws.
May want to also stuff some insulation in the hole around the pipes.
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Thanks for the advice Joe.

The power cord is hardwired to the stove. Not sure how much it would cost for me to get an electrician over here to install a range plug, but since I'll only be at this apartment for about 2 years longer, I'm not sure if it would be worth the cost.

I'm gonna do what you suggested. I'll get some insulation and stuff it in along the pipes, and then cover the hole in the wall with a sheet of plywood. I'll probably just cut a little notch out of the top-right corner of the plywood to allow the power cable through.
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I'm gonna do what you suggested. I'll get some insulation and stuff it in along the pipes, and then cover the hole in the wall with a sheet of plywood. I'll probably just cut a little notch out of the top-right corner of the plywood to allow the power cable through.
thats what you do. and put some weather strip on the plywood.
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