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Chinese drywall: Planned study could help victims of toxic drywall

There are 116 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 9, 2009, titled Chinese drywall: Planned study could help victims of toxic drywall. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Homeowner Fabiola Espinal, 38, in Heron Bay/Banyan Isles of Parkland, along with many residents in Parkland, are having to deal with the Chinese drywall issue.

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Thats a Shame

United States

#1 May 9, 2009
Last night I had combination #5, dry wall chow mein.
Joan

AOL

#2 May 9, 2009
The way the press is covering the chinese drywall you would think that Parkland is the only place suffering this home owners disaster. There are many more homes right her in South Florida both, East and West, Single Family and Condo that have this problem! Maybe the news could take a broader approach and look at the rest of us....
Ignorance Central

Boca Raton, FL

#3 May 9, 2009
Why not just sue the builder? I don't have a Parkland mansion so why do I have to pay for this as a taxpayer? Also, why can't these wealthy residents deal with this kind of problem? If they were living within their means they should be able to afford temporary residence and to fix their homes.

Drywall should be an insignificant cost to someone that has a $10,000 house payment.
The Loot-tenant

Lake Jackson, TX

#4 May 9, 2009
smell my egg gas !!!!!!!
Patriot

Pompano Beach, FL

#5 May 9, 2009
It appears the areas of Heron Bay and Parkland Golf and Country Club are the hardest hit in the area. Must be terrible to buy a home for 800k and it ends up like this, Too bad WCI went bankrupt, makes one think they knew about this. Fortunately these people seem to have money.
Swindled

Boca Raton, FL

#6 May 9, 2009
So where is my help for what happend to me?
http://www.swindledforjesus.com
It is I A1ACharles

West Palm Beach, FL

#7 May 9, 2009
Gawd forbid we actually hold the ones who imported this stuff responsible.
ED LOVER

Hollywood, FL

#9 May 9, 2009
Drywall scam. Mold scam. rich people looking for a way to remodel thier homes for free, or on your dime. its a huge scamy jam. where is the outcry for people living in old homes with lead paint and other toxins? thats right, rich cry babbies who want a new bathroom every 6 years...
Wondering

Loxahatchee, FL

#10 May 9, 2009
It is I A1ACharles wrote:
Gawd forbid we actually hold the ones who imported this stuff responsible.
Right on. The manufacturer, builder, carpenter, and city home inspector should all be responsible for the use of this item, not the taxpayer.
Problems in south Dade

United States

#11 May 9, 2009
Houses, are sold in the 'Old Cutler' Miamidadw area and they are all with this dry wall problem. Not one person including the Goverment want's to blame anyone. While people in Miamidade are also getting sick. I can't wait until most people that bought these homes will just leave and go bankrupt. BOA and many other banks that have taken our bailout money will not help anyone while people have to pay or leave and go into fourcloser. If you try to fix the problem the local "Thieves" goverment "with their hands out>> " local Miamidade inspectors don't have a F glue? will have you tear and pay them of course incase you decide to sue them later.. Major F all they around. " DAM IF YOU / DAM IF YOU DON'T!"
Michael Ryan

United States

#12 May 9, 2009
This legislation is an important step forward for all homeowners impacted by this catastrophe. For those whose builders are bankrupt (like in Parkland) or whose builders will not step up to fix the problem, the immediate problem is how to move out without losing their home. These are families that did nothing wrong. They had no idea a defective product was being used in their homes and that the builders were using Chinese products. But, pregnant women are being told by their doctors to leave the home; parents of children with asthma and respiratory challenges are being told to leave their homes by physicians; families with persistent sinus problems are being told to move out. While we study the affects of this toxic product, people are at risk of financial catastrophe, ruining their credit, and going into foreclosure. For the banks, if they foreclose, they will truly have a "toxic asset". There needs to be a comprehensive plan to offer these homeowners help -- not a bailout, but rather a life raft. Mortgage companies need to abate mortgages for those who must move out. If they will not abate mortgages, the government must provide some assistance for relocation. The damage is the equivalent of a hurricane and we should treat this as an emergency and a catastrophe. Unlike others who have received bailout monies, these homeowners did NOTHING wrong.
CO Jones

New Orleans, LA

#14 May 9, 2009
Never confuse those responsible from those most able to pay. And never confuse those who want from those who need.
And lastly, if you are totally confused, get Washington to bail you out while the lid is off of the Treasury.
Michael Ryan

United States

#15 May 9, 2009
Wondering wrote:
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Right on. The manufacturer, builder, carpenter, and city home inspector should all be responsible for the use of this item, not the taxpayer.
. No one is suggesting the manufacturers, builders, installers should not be held responsible. And, they will be in the years of litigation that follow. But, for the homeowners who must move out, they will risk financial catastrophe. Why not support families and communities that did nothing wrong? Let the government offer low interest or no-interest loans to those who have nowhere else to go; then, the homeowners can go ahead and hold those responsible accountable for what they have done. There is not even a consensus on how to fix these homes. And, in the meantime, the homes are unsellable. If we provide a measured and thoughtful plan for assistance, we can save entire subdivisions and communities. This is a win-win for everyone. The alternative will be entire blocks abandoned, and entire communities destroyed. Remember, these homeowners did nothing wrong. Having been through these homes and talked to hundreds of homeowners who have and don't have defective chinese drywall, all are in agreement once they understand the problem. I invite those who are truly interested in understanding the catastrophe to walk through homes with me -- smell, feel, and see the impact. It is truly noxious to sit in these homes. Just because we do not see the watermarks on the outside of the home or trees and fences downed does not mean the impact is any less like a hurricance. Gutting the home to the block is no easy task and is financially crippling to the homeowners where the insurance companies are refusing to cover the damage.
Michael Ryan

United States

#16 May 9, 2009
ED LOVER wrote:
Drywall scam. Mold scam. rich people looking for a way to remodel thier homes for free, or on your dime. its a huge scamy jam. where is the outcry for people living in old homes with lead paint and other toxins? thats right, rich cry babbies who want a new bathroom every 6 years...
. Ed, come walk a community with me. Come see and smell what these homeowners are dealing with. See what pregnant women are scared about. Hear the medical issues. And, then realize, this is happening all over the country. It is a catastrophe and we need to stop being skeptical of the motives and realize that this is a real castrophe. Everyone who has walked these homes has agreed.
Michael Ryan

United States

#17 May 9, 2009
Ignorance Central wrote:
Why not just sue the builder? I don't have a Parkland mansion so why do I have to pay for this as a taxpayer? Also, why can't these wealthy residents deal with this kind of problem? If they were living within their means they should be able to afford temporary residence and to fix their homes.
Drywall should be an insignificant cost to someone that has a $10,000 house payment.
The Builder in Parkland is bankrupt. The German and Chinese companies are denying any wrongdoing. The costs associated with remediating these homes are staggering -- they have to gut the home to the block. So not just the cost of drywall. It is taking every piece of the house apart, ripping out the toxic drywall out, removing entire AC system, re-wiring the house, and perhaps even having to seal the block. There is no real consensus on this matter but most contractors are hesitant to even start the project until we know what we are dealing with. How to remove and dispose of safely is being debated. This is a problem not just in Parkland but all over the country. I suspect there are few of us who can bear the payment of a mortgage and yet move our families out for a year. There is no scam here - this is a real castrophe. Go through any home with this problem and I think you will understand their plight.
Kid Rock

Pompano Beach, FL

#19 May 9, 2009
Ignorance Central wrote:
Why not just sue the builder? I don't have a Parkland mansion so why do I have to pay for this as a taxpayer? Also, why can't these wealthy residents deal with this kind of problem? If they were living within their means they should be able to afford temporary residence and to fix their homes.
Drywall should be an insignificant cost to someone that has a $10,000 house payment.
Are you a dumb a s s ??? The people that i've seem affected on the news are folks living in SFR's that probably cost $300k, a house payment their is probably $2,300 or so. Now you try and make that payment and then another payment for temporary housing and fix up the house with th ebad dry wall.
Problems in south Dade

United States

#20 May 9, 2009
You have to be in our Shoes to open your idiotic MF mouth FOOL!!!. People are getting sick and you want to make this a political issue? this is not about rich people MOther F this is about simple middle class people in Miamidade that are getting sick and having to use their own money to fix the problem. Yes we like many have a Lawyer on this. So Shut the F up please. Get your Mother F Facts together before you open your idiotic Foolish Mouth. You have no mother f idea what is going on in the MIamidade area. I guess you also must work for the goverment?
ED LOVER wrote:
Drywall scam. Mold scam. rich people looking for a way to remodel thier homes for free, or on your dime. its a huge scamy jam. where is the outcry for people living in old homes with lead paint and other toxins? thats right, rich cry babbies who want a new bathroom every 6 years...
happy2Bme

United States

#21 May 9, 2009
ED LOVER wrote:
Drywall scam. Mold scam. rich people looking for a way to remodel thier homes for free, or on your dime. its a huge scamy jam. where is the outcry for people living in old homes with lead paint and other toxins? thats right, rich cry babbies who want a new bathroom every 6 years...
Any rich folks buy chinese drywall? They go for the good stuff.
Sal

United States

#22 May 9, 2009
Well, waddyua know? Wexler,the Maryland resident returned for a photo-op.
One

Hollywood, FL

#23 May 9, 2009
What is Chinese Dry Wall? Perhaps there are many more living with the same problem and they don't know it.

The reporter should try to do a better job of informing the public of what it is that s/he is writing about -- other than just saying that Chinese dry wall is making some citizens sick.

Again though, WTF is Chinese is it? What does it look like?

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