Chinese drywall a big problem for hom...

Chinese drywall a big problem for homeowners in Orlando area

There are 36 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 9, 2009, titled Chinese drywall a big problem for homeowners in Orlando area. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Mara D'Angelo couldn't get rid of the rotten-egg smell throughout her newly purchased Winter Haven home.

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Gary

Oviedo, FL

#3 Jun 10, 2009
Not much in depth info here. What companies sold it? What brand names? There are labels on the stuff.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#4 Jun 10, 2009
Mr. O'Brien, how do you figure "no US firm is at fault here?" SOMEONE imported this stuff into the US and sold it, the manufacturers in China didn't just show up on a street corner one day and start selling. A lot of people blame China for the shoddy goods sold in this country; I think a large part of the blame should also be given to the US companies bringing the stuff in without adequately testing it before putting it in the stores.

“American Against Fascism”

Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

#5 Jun 10, 2009
The Bush administration relaxed regulations on industry, including imports. Needless to say, this was a failure, represented by the stream of poison pet food, human food, toys and drywall. One of the first things the Obama administration did was tighten this up.
King Whiteee

Longwood, FL

#6 Jun 10, 2009
"The best minds in the air quality business"

LMAO

"No US firm is at fault here"

So you are a lawyer AND an air quality guy (whatever that is)

I think you pretty much showed the world what a world class idiot you and your company are.
11b10aaa

Grand Junction, CO

#7 Jun 10, 2009
Maybe we start boycotting Chinese goods. That would open the door for a whole new economy in this country based on producing our own goods. What a concept.
pablo

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Jun 10, 2009
You are telling me that a product made in China is toxic? No..it couldn't be
Chris

United States

#9 Jun 10, 2009
Here was the first mistake...buying a new home in Winter Haven.
WFT

Apopka, FL

#10 Jun 10, 2009
Would suck to be in that situiation. Rip the stuff out ASAP, fix it . Then go after the goons.
Take lotsa videos and save parts.
MikeP

Orlando, FL

#11 Jun 10, 2009
11b10aaa wrote:
Maybe we start boycotting Chinese goods. That would open the door for a whole new economy in this country based on producing our own goods. What a concept.
cute concept, but before you jump in feet first, take the time to survey what is in your home and see how much of it has a "made in China" label.

Big businesses realized a while ago how cheap labor is in China. These days, it is very difficult go a whole day without using something that was made or assembled in China.
The FAT Lady

Daytona Beach, FL

#12 Jun 10, 2009
don't forget, china is your FRIEND

just ask your pets
Fat Albert

Sanford, FL

#13 Jun 10, 2009
Gary wrote:
Not much in depth info here. What companies sold it? What brand names? There are labels on the stuff.
To see if you have Chinese drywall go in attic look at drywall to see if any chinese writing, take cover off outlet to see if black on copper. Talk with neighbors. I just purchased a home built in 2004 by Mercedes Homes. I researched on google and found no signs of the drywall. However, I was going to offer on a home in Errol Estates in Apopka and it had an a paper stating that home had chinese drywall that I had to sign. I ran from that house. A home inspection does not check for it either. I believe Lennar in south florida used a bunch of it. I forgot the total but it was over one million square feet of Chinese drywall in South Florida.
King Whiteee

Longwood, FL

#14 Jun 10, 2009
Fat Albert wrote:
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To see if you have Chinese drywall go in attic look at drywall to see if any chinese writing, take cover off outlet to see if black on copper. Talk with neighbors. I just purchased a home built in 2004 by Mercedes Homes. I researched on google and found no signs of the drywall. However, I was going to offer on a home in Errol Estates in Apopka and it had an a paper stating that home had chinese drywall that I had to sign. I ran from that house. A home inspection does not check for it either. I believe Lennar in south florida used a bunch of it. I forgot the total but it was over one million square feet of Chinese drywall in South Florida.
Very good point! not part of the required inspections for closing, so it is still buyer beware.
maxfield

Oviedo, FL

#15 Jun 10, 2009
11b10aaa wrote:
Maybe we start boycotting Chinese goods. That would open the door for a whole new economy in this country based on producing our own goods. What a concept.
Ask GM and Chrysler how good the concept of "buy American" is working for them - ha ha. Are we all ready for a $20 head of lettuce?
Stupid_bytch

Shreveport, LA

#16 Jun 10, 2009
When you buy cheap you get cheap......
alwayslearningso mething

Sebastian, FL

#17 Jun 10, 2009
King Whiteee wrote:
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Very good point! not part of the required inspections for closing, so it is still buyer beware.
The Florida Association of Realtors now has a disclosure on Chinese drywall as of 6/01/09.(CDW-1) As for Mecedes homes, you might want to double check. I have seen at least 20 of them that have the defective. drywall.
6 for 2

United States

#18 Jun 10, 2009
Only tariffs on goods and services and an audit of the fed can stop the complete meltdown of America.
King Whiteee

Longwood, FL

#19 Jun 10, 2009
alwayslearningsomething wrote:
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The Florida Association of Realtors now has a disclosure on Chinese drywall as of 6/01/09.(CDW-1) As for Mecedes homes, you might want to double check. I have seen at least 20 of them that have the defective. drywall.
The Florida Association of Realtors has about as much bite as a Bichon, You are going to trust a collection of sales weasels?.

Get an independent test, dont trust a step down from a used car salesman
Chris

Orlando, FL

#20 Jun 10, 2009
maxfield wrote:
<quoted text>Ask GM and Chrysler how good the concept of "buy American" is working for them - ha ha. Are we all ready for a $20 head of lettuce?
We get lettuce from China?
yesmsnancy

United States

#21 Jun 10, 2009
I import a lot of merchandise from China.This has been my income for the last 20 or so years.In the "buy American" era it was really hard biz.I have seen an increase in biz of late though.
MikeP

Orlando, FL

#23 Jun 11, 2009
Chris wrote:
<quoted text>We get lettuce from China?
I believe the bill got signed requiring food products have to list their country of origin on the labeling. The lettuce may not be from China, but more often from not, it's not from anywhere in the US.

The US produces very little compared to what we use to. These days, the US is primarily in the various services businesses. I suspect this makes economic downturns even more painful for us. Even when times are tight, people still need stuff so they can survive. However, many services are more convienece than necessity.

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