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Housing Nightmare

March 19th, 2009

As if we don’t have enough to worry about in the current economy, American homeowners are now worrying about bad drywall from China:

The bad drywall causesĀ  a foul smell…

…and then there were the headaches and the nosebleeds. The only time the symptoms subsided was when they were away from the house. Their son, who had always been the picture of health, was sickened for a week by an upper respiratory attack.

USA Today reported on the case, as have many other national newspapers. LA Times’ real estate blog mentioned the dywall issue in connection with my upcoming book:

LA Land checked in with Paul Midler, author of “Poorly Made in China,” who has seen “quality fade” in many Chinese products — that’s the practice of widening profit margins by reducing the quality of materials used — but nothing specific to drywall yet.

I have a feeling that we’ll be talking about drywall again…

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