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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2016

Do I need to leave my home while worker reglaze my bathtub & sink? Not comfortable leaving stranger in my home.

Building manager said I cannot be in the house while the reglazing job is done due to poisonous fumes. He said I must give house keys to worker who is a total stranger. I'd have to stay out of the house all day. When I asked if I could wear a mask and sit in the home while job is being done the worker refused to do job with me in the home. I'm totally uncomfortable having a total stranger in my home and giving him the key to my apartment. Is the request normal?

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High-quality refinishing commonly uses MEK - an extremely nasty chemical, so the contractor's insurance policy requires owners be out of the house during the work to avoid exposure claims. Even if he is using proper OSHA required ventilation, I personally would not want to be sitting around in there. Personally, though I have worked around it industrially in the past, I would never use it myself in a home.

So - your choice is to not have the tub refinished till after you move out, get it "patch" refinished with an enamel (which may only last months before it starts rusting around the edges of the repairs where bare metal was exposed), have a liner put in (which is not a great solution either), or have a new tub put in, which is much more expensive and the building owner may or may not go for - or may want you to kick in for the extra thousand or two $ it would normally cost.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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