DO NOT PAINT Smoke Detectors ( !! )

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

DO NOT PAINT smoke detectors. ( !! )

Some things we DO NOT PAINT.

Some things will even tell us --  "DO NOT PAINT".

In this newly-finished basement, by a homeowner, and without a permit, everything was painted.

Things were ALL spray painted.  And it was indiscriminate - walls, ceiling, doors and trim.

The whole basement was decked out in flat paint.

This homeowner obviously had no idea that while spray painting may be the quickest way to get something done, it is not always the best way.

And there are things that MUST NOT be painted!

Like, um, smoke detectors.

This is a very old smoke detector and should have been replaced years ago. 

And even being so old the manufacturer impressed into the plastic - DO NOT PAINT.

Nonetheless, that doesn't matter - it was painted so much the button was stuck and the portal for sensing smoke and heat was painted as well.  Pushing the test button proved that the button was stuck and stiff.  Obviously the device did not work.  This homeowner put everyone in the house in danger.

On the upper left edge of the detector you can see the angle the sprayer was held in relation to the device.  That area was missed, so the basement coat of paint overall was a single coat, and thin.

When I said everything was painted, it all was.

The receptacles and switches as well.

This receptacle obviously was sprayed directly into the holes as the lower opening is partially blocked.

A drip can be seen having dried in its trek downward from the grounding hole.

This guy was indiscriminate.

AND IGNORANT.

Ig - no - rant/ adjective - lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated about something in particular.

As regards finishing this basement, this homeowner was uneducated about what to do in general and in particular.

My recommendation:  a home inspection is to observe and report the condition of the house, inside and out, on a given date.  The listing features of this house touted many things, including a "Wonderfully Finished Basement!"  While there were many reasons it was not wonderfully finished, or done by a professional, it was indicative of other "remodeling" we found throughout the house.  When homeowners take on projects of this nature, it is always, always, always best to be knowledgeable and aware in general, and educated about some things in particular.  That is the opposite of ignorant...

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Someone told him..."a fresh coat of paint really helps sell a house"...I hope it wasn't his Realtor !

Oct 22, 2016 09:38 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Would it have been alright if they painted the detectors burgundy and gold, S&D?

Oct 22, 2016 09:48 PM #2
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Good morning Jay. He skipped the masking tape step! What else is hiding out of view? Enjoy your day!

Oct 22, 2016 10:52 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

And each of those very attractive hung ceiling panels is stuck also, Wayne!

Oct 22, 2016 11:23 PM #4
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Fred Hernden
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Home Inspector

Go rent a sprayer and spray it all... carpet? Say it ain't so. Ignorant is indeed the correct word...

Oct 23, 2016 12:18 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The carpet was new, Fred, and I bet if I pulled it back there would be overspray all over the floor!

Oct 23, 2016 12:28 AM #6
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Stephen Weakley
Nationwide Mortgage Services - Rockville, MD

This was such a poor job, even the outlets are crying!

Oct 23, 2016 04:46 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

A definite tear running down that cover plate, Stephen.  I was sad as well.

Oct 23, 2016 09:57 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Alison Creamer
Keller Williams Elite - Virginia Beach, VA
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Wow!  Sometimes the obvious isn't so obvious to most... Hopefully the homeowner learned something new... 

Oct 24, 2016 04:10 AM #9
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have not seen a smoke detector painted, but I sure have seen a lot of wall switches and electrical wall plugs painted, sometimes many times over.

Nov 25, 2016 08:05 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Alison - sorry, I just saw this comment now!  For some reason I am not getting notified when people make comments on my posts.  Many contractors don't read anything anyway, instructions or otherwise.  And of course a sensitive instrument like a smoke detector should never be painted.

Larry - I had a house just today where the receptacles were so painted one could not insert a plug!

Nov 26, 2016 11:43 AM #11
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Isn't it obvious to remove smoke detectors and anything else before painting? I agree, it should not happen. 

Oct 25, 2017 12:38 PM #12
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Especially when you spray paint, Inna!  These people sprayed the whole baement, including the wood trim and anything else in the way like smoke detectors and light fixtures!

Oct 25, 2017 12:51 PM #13
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