Popular Mechanics, The Truth about Chinese Drywall

Not sure it’s the “truth” per se, but the short piece from Popular Mechanics is a good primer on the imported drywall and possible contamination by strontium sulfide. Excerpt:

Researchers say the evidence isn’t conclusive—and point out that not all Chinese drywall is suspect. However, a number of class-action lawsuits have been filed against plasterboard manufacturers and others. Builder Lennar Corporation has identified dozens of houses containing potentially harmful drywall, and has pledged to fund the only known remedy: Removing the drywall, replacing damaged plumbing and wiring and relocating homeowners until new materials are installed. In a sure sign that fear is spreading, con men have started hawking bogus test kits and remedies such as chemical sprays and ozone generators.

A quibble:

Popular Mechanics: Evidence isn’t conclusive. However, class-action lawsuits have been filed.

Our version: Evidence isn’t conclusive. Therefore, class-action lawsuits have been filed.

The Senate Commerce Committee, consumer protection subcommittee, held a hearing last week on Chinese drywall. Statements and testimony are available here.

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