Feds: Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted

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    Feds: Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted


    Apr 2, 7:58 PM (ET)

    By CAIN BURDEAU

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed.

    "We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the interior of their homes, and they need to start this to get their lives started all over again," said Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the commission, the federal agency charged with making sure consumer products are safe.

    About 3,000 homeowners, mostly in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, have reported problems with the Chinese-made drywall, which was imported in large quantities during the housing boom and after a string of Gulf Coast hurricanes.

    The drywall has been linked to corrosion of wiring, air conditioning units, computers, doorknobs and jewelry, along with possible health effects. Tenenbaum said some samples of the Chinese-made product emit 100 times as much hydrogen sulfide as drywall made elsewhere.

    The agency continues to investigate possible health effects, but preliminary studies have found a possible link between throat, nose and lung irritation and high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas emitted from the wallboard, coupled with formaldehyde, which is commonly found in new houses.

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said now the question is who pays to gut the homes.

    "The way I see it, homeowners didn't cause this. The manufacturers in China did," Nelson said. "That's why we've got to go after the Chinese government now."

    Southern members of Congress have sought to make it easier to sue Chinese manufacturers and to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help homeowners pay for costs not covered by insurance. They also say the U.S. needs to pressure the Chinese government, which allegedly ran some of the companies that made defective drywall.

    About 2,100 homeowners have filed suit in federal court in New Orleans against Chinese manufacturers and U.S. companies that sold the drywall. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon is expected to rule soon in a pivotal case against the Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., the only Chinese company that has responded to U.S. suits.

    Separate claims by thousands more homeowners against Chinese manufacturers are pending, said Jordan Chaikin, a Florida lawyer whose firm represents about 1,000 homeowners.

    They are "continuing to live in their homes with Chinese drywall, patiently waiting for this thing to be resolved so they can move on with their lives," Chaikin said. "We're not waiting for the government to move quicker than we are in the courts."

    In some cases, homebuilders have paid to gut and rewire homes. In others, homeowners who can afford it have paid for the work themselves.

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    Decades from now historians will puzzle at the American mania, almost religious belief in opening up their markets in service to the idea of free trade even with countries such as China that do not believe in the concept (they practice mercantilism) and continuing to do so after decades of growing trade debt and loss of manufacturing jobs, indeed real income stagnation.

    Historians will ask, was American trying to commit economic suicide or did they just stumble into it blindly?
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    people dont care to buy american anymore...sadly....we export our resources to other countries and import a finished product....not real bright
     
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    Somehow this is Obama's fault. Wait for it.
     
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    Along with the resources, simple 'help lines' for various companies who do not want to hire Americans, they hire people in the Republic of the Philippines, India, South Africa, and other locations, and now, some companies,WOW, we are stupid, are hiring companies in INDIA to do their PAYROLL! Millions of Americans already have all their personal information spread to the four winds. WTF's wrong with us anyway?

    Could it be the rest of the world is just watching the USA defeat itself? :lol:
     
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    <ctrl + F> "Obama"


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    Two questions:

    Do all the homes in China need to be gutted?



    Is Nelson asking Obamessiah to declare war on China?
     
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    a non biased and lacking in political machinations question:

    How can one identify if their home was made with this Chinese Dry wall?

    we bought our home in 2006 but it was built in 2004....by a single owner, on his own....

    How can i find out if he built it with chinese drywall?

    Care
     
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    What do you suggest as a resolution to this problem?
     

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