"... foul odors seeping from walls. Hundreds of homeowners, most in Florida,
have reported corrosion to their air conditioners, mirrors, electrical
outlets and even jewelry."
We knew, or suspected most of that. But check this:
"Some Chinese experts, however, suspect that the culprit is a RADIOACTIVE
phosphorus substance - phosphogypsum - that is banned for construction use
in the U.S. but has been used by Chinese manufacturers for almost a decade."
Fortunately, much of this Chinese drywall was used during the housing boom
to accommodate zero-down-payment, sub-prime mortgage holders.
Fortunately? If they're making their payments on time I think they have
a right to expect reasonably safe, code-compliant housing. Likely
shoddily-built, knocked together cookie cutter houses, but
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I'd rather blame and make them accountable who used this product without
due process(testing and such) Did government approve this product? Did
it meet health concern and building code for Florida? Obviously some one
screwed up BIG allowing this dry wall stuff.
Who in the right mind would use building material from China. Chinese is
famous for lack of quality and safety concern. Up here one outfit
tried to introduce ceramic roof tiles from China. No one was interested
regardless of price. I thought they are good at least making roof tiles.
I think that the problem was that US wallboard production was maxed
out due to a bad hurricane happening in the middle of a construction
boom. I ASSume that contractors would have used domestic wallboard
had it been available, but there was a severe shortage. Kind of like
how plywood triples in price during a hurricane, but worse...
I agree, I would wait until a quality product was available, but often
insurance cos. (or even owners) insist on speedy completion, so
whaddayagonnado? Some people don't like living in homes with exposed
studs, doesn't bother me much, but given my druthers I wouldn't do it.
What I find amazing is that it is cost effective to ship a product like dry wall
or roof tiles halfway around the world. Low labor content, no real difference
in materials cost, and very heavy and bulky. -- Doug
On Wed, 08 Jul 2009 17:11:17 -0500, Douglas Johnson
When the "materials" are hazardous waste they would otherwise have to
pay to remove, it is quite an advantage.
You also can not underestimate the labor cost difference. The boat
ride is really pretty cheap.
BTW there is now a story in SW Florida about some USG "sulfur"
drywall, made from American fly ash.
Some of the first properties that had this problem was in Lakewood Ranch
This is definitely not subprime housing and the intent was not necessarily
to build on the cheap.
The Chinese crap was used because of a shortage of drywall caused by the
high demand during the housing boom. While this boom was fueled by the
demand for housing for the subprime market, The subprime market was not the
place that got all the toxic drywall.
It would be helpful if posters did not presume they knew what they were
talking about. This whole mess has been published in the local newspaper
that services both Lakewood Ranch as well as my community which is lower in
scale but was built out before the advent of the crappy drywall.
Yep. Especially when you read the article and discover that:
So far, tests in the U.S. of Chinese-made drywall used in American homes have
not turned up evidence of phosphogypsum. In Florida, four samples taken from
troubled houses showed no indication of radium, said Lori Streit, a scientist at
Unified Engineering Inc., which conducted the analysis.
I was just wondering if these are the "toxic assets" that
are being referred to in the banking bailout? *snicker*
This topic is a good example of scare-mongering and mass-hysteria, without
scientific evidence. I googled for "chinese drywall quality tests".
There are no government tests that show any detrimental effect of Chinese
drywall. There was one test performed by the Florida State Government in
April: http://www.mysuncoast.com/Global/story.asp?S 514797 There were
not tests performed by the nih (National Institute of Health).
You find mostly ambulance chasers (attorneys), though, who are trying to
create another victimless class-action suit.
Why are people so gullible? The only hard drives you can buy are built in
China, not in the US.
It cant be any worse than Homosote board, I bought some of that to
sound insulate a furnace room (it looked dense, heavy and quiet). It
smelled like wet newspapers in sewer water, I had to rip it out a few
hours after I installed it. Apparently it's actually made out of
paper fiber processed through recycled water, they must have used
ransid water with my batch.
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