Assume that you are painting your house, that you live in, and that will involve taking down all the mezuzot. Assume the painting will take 2 weeks, to paint all the rooms. Assume that painting any one room (and doorway) will take 2 days (for prep and priming and then paining two coats), so any one room/doorway will have no mezuza for at least one overnight and perhaps as much as 2-3 days. How long may a house or room be without a mezuza and you still be allowed to live in it? It is necessary to put up a mezuzza as soon as each coat of plaster or paint is dry, or can replacing the mezuzot be done when all the painting is completed?

Related: Source that every room in the house needs a mezuza

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    I'm confused why they'd be taken down at all?
    – Double AA
    Mar 8, 2020 at 16:27
  • @DoubleAA yeshiva.co/ask/2398
    – Loewian
    Mar 8, 2020 at 16:43
  • slightly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/65190/…
    – Loewian
    Mar 8, 2020 at 16:44
  • @loewian how would they get damaged? Do discolored cases warrant taking down the scrolls??
    – Double AA
    Mar 8, 2020 at 16:55
  • What does one room have to do with another? In other words, why would the front door or kitchen door not have a mezuza when painting a bedroom?
    – Mordechai
    Mar 8, 2020 at 22:02


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