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In the past I've read many of your comments, answers and suggestions in other postings, which I generally agree with, because they were logical and helpful.
But as a landlord, just like you, I suggest you refrain from cutting corners in making repairs while your tenants are watching, because tenants sue. They talk to lawyers who manipulate the system and and know how to collect. Your liability insurance carrier will do anything to settle out of court, because they are afraid of what can happen when a liberal judge or a sympathetic jury are involved. And judges are very quick to side with tenants these days, for many reasons.
In suits of negligence or not meeting building codes, landlords have very little chance to win, and lawyers/tenants cash out. Now more than ever, don't let this happen to you and don't believe for a moment that it could not happen to you, because even the "nicest" tenants sue for big $$$.
I understand that you carried heavy radiators up the stairs and you did your best to bring your equipment to working condition, but trust me on this: lawyers will always find at least one thing where you violated a code, and bingo, they sue.
Here's an example: Do you have any freestanding stoves in your apartments? are they attached to the wall? if not, you can be subject to a lawsuit if a toddler manages to climb up the range/oven and gets burned. There are dozens of items in your building that invlove tenants' safety just like this one.
Be cautious and stay out of trouble.
I guess we are all going to have to agree to disagree in this area. None of us are going to convince the other that we are right or wrong. There is no point in continuing the discussion any further.