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07-20-2011, 12:17 PM

We live in a 2 story home.
We are finishing our basement.
The painting started yesterday.
They will be using oil based paints.
My pregnant wife has taken this week off.
My son goes to daycare but is home in the evening.

I am traveling for work this week and my wife just called me that she can smell fumes upstairs. The painting will go on for next 2-3 days.

What should I do? Is opening the windows enough?
Should I ask them to move into a hotel for a few days?
My 2 year old toddler will be tough to handle in a small hotel room.


07-20-2011, 05:07 PM
I'm probably in the minority...but I tend not to be an alarmist about these things. I'd close the door to the basement and open the windows upstairs. I would also try to be out of the house as much as possible while the work is being done (if she is uncomfortable leaving the painters in your house on their own, maybe sit in the backyard or on the porch...if the weather allows).