Stinky-Smelling Drywall Maker Will Repair 300 Homes

One of the manufacturers being sued for selling drywall that reeked up houses with the smell of rotting eggs is participating in a pilot program to make repairs on 300 homes. Awesome, only a few more thousand to go.

Drywall Manufacturer to Repair 300 Homes in First Major Drywall Settlement [ProPublica]

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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    And yet only a short time ago, they were all saying that this drywall didn’t adversely affect homes or homeowners.

    Hmmm….

  2. deathbecomesme says:

    I wonder how they are selecting the 300 participants? It didn’t say in the article

  3. dolemite says:

    I wonder if that includes wiring, appliances, computers, alarm systems, belongings etc that were damaged by the sulfuric fumes.

    • jason in boston says:

      Source on the electronics / wiring being damaged?

      I can see fabrics being completely destroyed and general air quality going down, but am unsure that solid state electronics and wiring that is up to code being damaged. We had some pretty bad conditions on the aircraft carrier and yet all of the solid state electronics worked just fine, even after some pretty bad smoke damage from fires (destructive testing).

      • jason in boston says:

        Source = article – didn’t finish reading it. I would like to look at some wiring insulation…that seems a little harsh.

        • jason in boston says:

          Also, nothing Holmes on Homes can’t fix.

        • dolemite says:

          Yeah, I didn’t read that article, but I knew about the problems from other articles. It’s not just the wiring in the walls that was damaged, but any wiring in appliances, all other consumer electronics, etc. People had antiques that corroded, etc.

        • terrillja says:

          It’s not the insulation that is damaged, rather the copper conductors themselves are eaten away by the sulfur.

      • MrEvil says:

        I’ve repaired computers in a Tannery and a carbon black plant before. Both facilities emit similar fumes to what’s coming out of the suspect drywall. It WILL eat away at the insulation on cables and wires as well as corrode contacts that aren’t protected with sealant or di-electric grease.

  4. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    That’s going to be an interesting procedure, considering they’ll basically have to gut the entire thing, wiring, piping, drywall and all. Wow O_o

  5. Starfury says:

    If they had bought drywall that was made in the US (There’s a factory in Newark, CA) this would never have happened.

    • zombie70433 says:

      Not everyone rebuilt their homes themselves. Most hired contractors, or bought new homes that were built by developers.

    • Saltillopunk says:

      I believe from past articles about the problem that many of these homes were constructed during the building boom. My recollection is that during the boom, the U.S. sourced drywall was in short supply forcing the builders to import the stuff from China.

      • terrillja says:

        It was a building boom nationwide plus hurricane damage. There simply wasn’t enough production to meet demand.