AP IMPACT: Chinese drywall poses potential risks
By BRIAN SKOLOFF and CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writers Brian Skoloff And Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writers 32 mins ago
PARKLAND, Fla. " At the height of the U.S. housing boom, when building materials were in short supply, American construction companies used millions of pounds of Chinese-made drywall because it was abundant and cheap.
Now that decision is haunting hundreds of homeowners and apartment dwellers who are concerned that the wallboard gives off fumes that can corrode copper pipes, blacken jewelry and silverware, and possibly sicken people.
Shipping records reviewed by The Associated Press indicate that imports of potentially tainted Chinese building materials exceeded 500 million pounds during a four-year period of soaring home prices. The drywall may have been used in more than 100,000 homes, according to some estimates, including houses rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina.
Theyve been making it with coal flyash. Seems that the H2S and Sulfuric acid content is almost toxic and can cause metal studs and nails to corrode and the drywall falls off the walls (Lotsa lawsuits in Florida and flood affected parts of Louisiana)