Like so many things in life, if things appear to be “too good to be true” they most likely are too good to be true.
The other day I walked into a bathroom at an inspection and saw this VERY cool sink that looked to be brand new. Everything about this sink said “old,” and yet it looked very nice. As a home inspector my “paint-dar” was immediately activated.
In this case my paint-dar was spot on—-as closer examination revealed the beginning of peeling paint around the drain.
There are lots of approaches to refinishing plumbing fixtures and most of them only extend the life for a few years. Sooner or later they all seem to peel like the one above. Repainting periodically may still be cheaper than replacement.
But, back to the cool sink—-I had never seen a sink quite like this one.
While I have “friends” that would claim that I am older than this sink, I still had never seen one. After a little Internet research I found a picture of one that was called a “schoolhouse sink” and the multiple faucets sort of make that description make sense. Certainly some sort of “communal” application seems likely.
I did see a sink in a public bathroom once that had this communal approach—-but that one was not painted.
This one was made out of concrete.
If you want to feel conspicuous—go into a public restroom with a camera 🙂
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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