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Question DetailsAsked on 2/10/2012

Advice for avoiding Chinese Drywall & Other Evils

I'm hoping the knowledgeable contractor community here in this forum can educate me on what to avoid (and what questions my interior design clients should ask) when it comes to dangers from products and materials from countries with sub-standard manufacturing practices.

For example, Chinese drywall (see http://www.chinesedrywall.com/) how does a consumer avoid this and what are other dangers to be aware of?

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Opinions may vary but I try to buy American when I can. That's increasingly difficult these days. Look for labels on products placed in the home that were made in the USA. Manufacturers in other countries often put formaldehyde as well as other chemicals known to be hazardous in their products. Johns Manville has an insulation that is formaldehyde free. There are a few manufacturers of drywall in the United States but you likely won't find their products in the big box stores. It'll take some searching to see what's available in your area. The time and legwork put into finding these products of course cost money which the customer must be willing to pay. Some wealthier, environmentally conscientious clients may not mind but your average suburban family isn't usually too keen on spending the extra money on your time and the additional cost to buy American made. I do wish more sanctions were put on outsourcing and imported goods that can be made here but that's a whole other rant.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
www.thomeservices.com

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services




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