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  1. 0 means 'OFF'

    * means 'Frost Protection' (Usually set at around 7 degrees so basically the house and the pipes don't freeze. If you're away for a week or weekend, either leave as is or just drop to 1. If you plan to vacate for weeks or months maybe consider frost protection setting)


    Many German thermostats go from 1 through 5 with 1 being ~12C and 5 being ~28C. The middle setting is usually around 20C. As these things aren't digital they can vary by a little (+/- 1C) but are usually pretty good. Some models have the ability to set max and min values by the landlord, so you can't go too hot or cold. Don't be surprised if you might not be able to switch yours off or all the way up to 5. If it's an issue talk to the landlord.


    As scoffer suggested, the little pin in the middle can wear down over time which would result in them running a little hotter from reference (as the pin pushes the radiator valve in less) but they should still be consistent across the range, so just set a little cooler.


    In days of internet just try looking online for a user manual of your particular thermostat and you will likely find an exact answer. Example here for Oventrop.



    As murphahp said don't touch the valves at the bottom. They're set by the plumber at time of installation to balance the rads in the flat and you will mess everything up if you play with them.


    If your rad is always cold, especially at the top and maybe warm halfway down, you likely have air in the rad that needs bleeding out. You were either given a radiator key or speak to the landlord.


    Hope this helps


  2. Dear all


    I came to Dusseldorf some years ago to work for an english speaking telecoms organisation as a technology project manager.


    Although I never took lessons, and would consider myself far from being fluent, I can comfortably converse in German at a basic level. I have been employed with the same company over various contracts in the last ten years but was unable to renew and have spent the last year trying to find new work elsewhere.


    Unfortunately, I have found it extremely hard, predominantly because every job I have searched for (including those noting english language requirement) require fluent german also. I also suspect that Brexit has resulted in brits seeming less favourable than perhaps EU candidates which will likely be more hassle free to risk averse employers. Either way, I have acquired dual nationality so have an EU passport also.


    Still, I am unable to get even so much as an interview in the last months, something that was never an issue in the UK before. My funds are now so low that I will soon be unable to pay even basic outgoings so am now having to look for anything that will pay my rent and allow me to stay afloat here. Unfortunately, making a sideways move seems to be even more dependant on language skills, where I do not even seem to be able to get my foot in the door.


    I was wondering if anyone was able to suggest a more specific resource for english firms in the area, or for jobs/employers where german 'fluency' isn't a requirement? Similarly any career support that results in employment would be gratefully received.


    At the risk of stating the obvious, I am of course in touch with job centres and check the regular internet job sites daily, so I am not looking for advice regarding learning german or how to trawl through jobware or job-börse etc.


    Thanks in advance


  3. Hope some kind soul can help me here. I'm looking to convert a simple light switch for the guest toilet to an illuminated type, where the switch lights up when the light is on. I already bought the switch but am somewhat confused by the wiring. I attach photos of the current switch with connected wiring and the new switch. Someone suggested I need to connect a 'fly lead' from one of the other connectors to the K connector but I am uncomfortable doing so without being absolutely certain.


    Hope someone can help. Thanks in advance!