Smelly drywall?

8/13/2009:

Earlier in the summer – one of the Hoboken411 readers from Florida (the 4th highest readership by state – hello retirees!) mentioned that he had some inferior (smelly) drywall in his condominium. Didn’t make much of it until three other readers in NJ mentioned it as well (one in S. Jersey, the other two in Hoboken)

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Chinese drywall cheap – but can stink!

“During this so called boom on housing, builders bought cheap Chinese dry wall because the American suppliers ran out. This drywall smells toxic and contains pot ash. I’m sure I have it in my place. With the recent humid and moist weather – there is this smell of rotten eggs or sulfur! Here’s what I found out from the Chicago Tribune!:

“The Chinese drywall was far less expensive than the American product – Chinese drywall sold for as little as $3 a sheet, while the price for American drywall reached $22 a sheet.”

Those damn cheap developers! Anyone else notice this in town, or are these just isolated incidents?

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5 Comments on "Smelly drywall?"

strand tramp
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strand tramp

if you have chinese drywall you would see metal in your home turning black. that would be any/all metal that is not chrome plated/painted/clear coated. copper pipes are a good example. also you woould be gettinig headaches/nosebleeds/respitory irritation…
so the chinese send us poison dog food, poison baby formula, poison wall board, and what else? oh yeah, too many f’ng chinese people.

stallan54
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stallan54

I am a part time builder in Florida. There are thousands of chinese drywall cases. Here is what we do know, 1. Very hazardous to your long term health. 2. Corrodes and eats away any copper/metal (a/c coils, fixtures, etc.). On a 2,000 square foot house, the cost to fix is about $30,000. You need to rip out ALL drywall in house, replace all copper and start from there. If your brownstone is affected up here, might want to call your landlord to have an inspector come out. There are reports of new asthma cases in FL because of it. Didn’t know Chinese drywall made it up here.

hobojoe
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There are reports the outgassing is reacting with metal objects in buildings containing this product.

personalt
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personalt

Anything is possible but it is highly unlikely that their problem is Chinese drywall.

Drywall is regionally produced as it doesnt pay to transport it. Chinese drywall made its way to florida after a shortage in the south raised drywall prices in the south. there wasn’t anywhere near as big of price spikes in drywall prices in the north after Katrina. The troubled drywall was mostly bought by a company called Lennar homes in FL.

I did some google searches too, I couldn’t find any articles confirming chinese drywall in NJ. if you google chinese drywall new jersey you only find a few hits from lawyers in NJ.

I would bet your reader hear has some other issue, maybe a water leak in the wall or maybe a small gas leak as natural gas is flavored with an additive that smells like rotten eggs.

In response to hobojoe who said:
There are reports the outgassing is reacting with metal objects in buildings containing this product.

des
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The chinese drywall is all over Louisiana also. I am in Mandeville, LA suburb north of New Orleans, and many new subdivisions built after Hurricane Katrina have the chinese drywall. We had to move out of our house after living in it for 1 1/2 years. We are now renting a house and paying our mortgage too. Don’t know how long we can keep paying the mortgage. I am of course disgusted with the builder for using such cheap drywall but why did our government let this dangerous stuff into the country??????? In response to personalt who said: Anything is possible but it is highly unlikely that their problem is Chinese drywall. Drywall is regionally produced as it doesnt pay to transport it. Chinese drywall made its way to florida after a shortage in the south raised drywall prices in the south. there wasn’t anywhere near as big of price spikes in drywall prices in the north after Katrina. The troubled drywall was mostly bought by a company called Lennar homes in FL. I did some google searches too, I couldn’t find any articles confirming chinese drywall in NJ. if you google chinese drywall new jersey you only find a few hits from lawyers in NJ. I would bet your reader hear has some other issue, maybe a water leak in the wall or maybe a small gas leak as natural gas is flavored with an additive that smells like rotten eggs.
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