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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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?
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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people dont care to buy american anymore...sadly....we export our resources to other countries and import a finished product....not real bright

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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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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Two questions:

Do all the homes in China need to be gutted?



Is Nelson asking Obamessiah to declare war on China?

What do you suggest as a resolution to this problem?
 

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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

Chinese Drywall Test Kit

You can also cut out a sheet to see if you can find a manufacturers stamp. Repairing drywall is relatively easy.

Also:

  1. The first option is a self test. To self test your home for Chinese drywall, first check your copper wiring by removing the covers to your light switches and outlets. Look for your copper ground wire. It should be shiny and copper colored. If it is dark or black, there is a high chance that you have Chinese drywall. NOTE: Exercise extreme when entering these wire boxes. Those wires are live and carry enough electricity to kill. Do not touch the wiring, simply observe it.
  2. Step 2
    Continuing with a home test, check the copper pipes leading to and from your water heater. Again, dark colored copper is an indication of Chinese drywall. The advantages of a self test is that they are cheap, pretty straight forward, and you know your own house. The disadvantages are the danger of checking live wiring, and the fact that this only examines the sheets of drywall where the outlets and switch boxes are. This still misses most of the drywall in your house, so you could still have Chinese drywall in your house and not see it with this method.

Seems pretty quick and easy as well.
 

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"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."

Good idea.

Probably the easiest way to do it would be to total up how much everything would cost...say $5 billion.

And then the Chinese will deduct that from the money owed by the USA, and then the Federal government, using that debt reduction, would pay for the repairs.
 

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BTW, if your drywall is made by USG (United States Gypsum) and/or purchased through Home Depot or Lowes it is safe.
 

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FREE trade?

Talk about mislabeling?
 

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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?

What do you suggest as a resolution to this problem?

Well I think all the people that were "lucky" enough to buy homes without chinese drywall should be made to trade their homes with the "unlucky" people with the chinese drywall.

"Luck" should not play any part in our society. When one suffers we should all suffer.
 

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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

Chinese Drywall Test Kit

You can also cut out a sheet to see if you can find a manufacturers stamp. Repairing drywall is relatively easy.

Also:

  1. The first option is a self test. To self test your home for Chinese drywall, first check your copper wiring by removing the covers to your light switches and outlets. Look for your copper ground wire. It should be shiny and copper colored. If it is dark or black, there is a high chance that you have Chinese drywall. NOTE: Exercise extreme when entering these wire boxes. Those wires are live and carry enough electricity to kill. Do not touch the wiring, simply observe it.
  2. Step 2
    Continuing with a home test, check the copper pipes leading to and from your water heater. Again, dark colored copper is an indication of Chinese drywall. The advantages of a self test is that they are cheap, pretty straight forward, and you know your own house. The disadvantages are the danger of checking live wiring, and the fact that this only examines the sheets of drywall where the outlets and switch boxes are. This still misses most of the drywall in your house, so you could still have Chinese drywall in your house and not see it with this method.

Seems pretty quick and easy as well.

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH Radioman!

I am going to go do the preliminary check now...!!!

Care
 

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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

Chinese Drywall Test Kit

You can also cut out a sheet to see if you can find a manufacturers stamp. Repairing drywall is relatively easy.

Also:

  1. The first option is a self test. To self test your home for Chinese drywall, first check your copper wiring by removing the covers to your light switches and outlets. Look for your copper ground wire. It should be shiny and copper colored. If it is dark or black, there is a high chance that you have Chinese drywall. NOTE: Exercise extreme when entering these wire boxes. Those wires are live and carry enough electricity to kill. Do not touch the wiring, simply observe it.
  2. Step 2
    Continuing with a home test, check the copper pipes leading to and from your water heater. Again, dark colored copper is an indication of Chinese drywall. The advantages of a self test is that they are cheap, pretty straight forward, and you know your own house. The disadvantages are the danger of checking live wiring, and the fact that this only examines the sheets of drywall where the outlets and switch boxes are. This still misses most of the drywall in your house, so you could still have Chinese drywall in your house and not see it with this method.
Seems pretty quick and easy as well.

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH Radioman!

I am going to go do the preliminary check now...!!!

Care


No prob. The copper pipe check around the water heater is probably the easiest, as long as the pipe is going through the sheetrock.


(Sometimes my "real" job is kinda useful 'round here.)
 

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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

Chinese Drywall Test Kit

You can also cut out a sheet to see if you can find a manufacturers stamp. Repairing drywall is relatively easy.

Also:

  1. The first option is a self test. To self test your home for Chinese drywall, first check your copper wiring by removing the covers to your light switches and outlets. Look for your copper ground wire. It should be shiny and copper colored. If it is dark or black, there is a high chance that you have Chinese drywall. NOTE: Exercise extreme when entering these wire boxes. Those wires are live and carry enough electricity to kill. Do not touch the wiring, simply observe it.
  2. Step 2
    Continuing with a home test, check the copper pipes leading to and from your water heater. Again, dark colored copper is an indication of Chinese drywall. The advantages of a self test is that they are cheap, pretty straight forward, and you know your own house. The disadvantages are the danger of checking live wiring, and the fact that this only examines the sheets of drywall where the outlets and switch boxes are. This still misses most of the drywall in your house, so you could still have Chinese drywall in your house and not see it with this method.

Seems pretty quick and easy as well.

Don't worry too much about getting zapped by a 120 volt line.

It won't kill you but it will wake you up.
 

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Just wait for all the phony FEMA claims to roll in. People will be fixing up dumpy little shacks and turning them into model homes - all on the taxpayer dime. Mark my words.
 

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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?

What do you suggest as a resolution to this problem?

Well I think all the people that were "lucky" enough to buy homes without chinese drywall should be made to trade their homes with the "unlucky" people with the chinese drywall.

"Luck" should not play any part in our society. When one suffers we should all suffer.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! thanks for the chuckle.... :lol:

Come on Defiant...life is NOT ALL about politics and hating Liberals! :confused:

Care
 

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