On Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:37:47 GMT, "Chandler Knowles"
Before you get your panties all in a knot, I heard the same complaints
when Canada allowed American made drywall into our country as an
"equal". Our codes and standards were intentionally degraded to allow
that southern junk in the country as it wasn't as stiff or dense as
Canadian made drywall. But then again the Free Trade Agreement trumps
As much as our southern neighbours would like to believe, the US does
not have the corner on quality made items!
That's another issue. CK brought up a subject of a potentially
harmful product. I do not know if there's merit in the claim, but in
any event that's different than an issue of slightly lower
The gypsum in gypsum board is not nearly as dense as the mineral. It
has to do with the manufacturing process, the hydration (where the
water is what provides a lot of the fire resistive properties of
drywall), and regulations on energy consumption that affected the
I'll tell you what, when you resume exporting that nice old-growth,
tight-grained lumber south of the border, we'll resume shipping the
nice old dense drywall up your way. Deal? ;)
On Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:23:32 -0800 (PST), RicodJour
If the Chinese drywall is a harmful product (too high of a level of
hydrogen sulphate?) and corroding pipes etc. then it begs the question
of who is monitoring products coming into the country? How did it get
on the market if the US drywall industry or UL or whomever was not
examing the quality of the product coming in to country and onto the
Saw something on a 60 Minutes type show a few years ago that
spotlighted all sorts of issues, not surprisingly.
As far as I'm concerned the contents of the containers is the sole
business of the container owner(s).
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