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Update on Corrosive Drywall / Sheetrock

US homes use drywall for their interior walls

We’ve heard about recent quality problems with Toyota cars. We’re not surprised to get a postcard for a recall on our cars and with only a few car manufacturers, they’re able (required?) to keep track of owners and send out recall notices. Our homes are stick built, using 1,000s of pieces of wood, copper, etc which come from 100s of manufacturers, making it almost impossible to monitor the safety of each component in home construction.

Building materials have primarily been manufactured in the US, with the exception of high end appliances and cabinets imported from Europe. As the global... 

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Tips to Removing a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn Repair Damage

We get a lot of calls to find and repair leaks, both roof leaks where water is getting in from above (sometimes around a window too), other times it’s from bathroom plumbing and once in a while, we’ve had to make repairs after the central air conditioning unit in the attic leaked. Covering water stains with a stain block can solve small problems. Often though, the sheetrock has enough damage that it has to be cut out and replaced.  With a popcorn ceiling, finishing off the repair is tricky. You have to remove the popcorn around the new sheetrock, in... 

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Product Alert: Chinese Made Drywall

US homes use drywall for their interior walls

After reading about this drywall problem a second time, I decided it was time to alert you to potential problems with drywall manufactured in China. The problems being reported, alledged to have high levels of sulfur, include:

Sulfur based gases which smell like rotten eggs. Piping and wiring corroded after just a few years, causing electronics and appliances to fail.

The problem appears to be in the southeast, primarily Florida and to a lesser degree, Alabama and Louisiana. They believe the problem stems from increased drywall imports in 2004 and 2005, during the housing boom.... 

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