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Electrical Wiring in the Home/Commercial outlets--spray painting


Another Landlord wrote at 2008-10-28 18:32:15
The above notwithstanding, your personal color preference is no reason to permanently change what the landlord has installed.  You were given something that was brand new, and will leave it in a condition such that it can never be returned to what it was.  I don't blame the landlord one bit for being ticked off.

Also, while it may be rare, painted outlets do represent a fire hazard.  You have introduced an element--paint--into an electrical circuit which can melt or otherwise interfere with the proper flow of electricity.  You may have thought it would be no problem to paint your outlets, but if you're the one-in-a-million person who dies in a fire, it's the landlord's butt on the line.  Your rent goes (or should go) to make sure that he provides you with a safe living space... help him do his job.

sirrah wrote at 2012-11-28 21:44:22
Fire hazzard YES, I just replace one that shorted and burned.It was painted over twice and had dried for a year.

I assume that paint build up caused poor contact and an arc that burned the paint.

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