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    Here's why drywallers should be licensed

    A client purchased a house with Chinese drywall. All of the electrical devices had corrosion on the terminal screws and bare parts of the wires. He ripped out all the drywall and hired us to remove all the devices, trim back the wires to shiny copper, and re-install new devices. After the new drywall was installed we trimmed out the house.

    It's been a couple of months and he's getting ready to move in and noticed there's no power in several parts of the house. (My guy should have tested everything before he said he was done, but that's another story.) So I go over and start troubleshooting and discover the drywall guys covered up four receptacle boxes and of course they did not get made up and so everything past them was dead.

    I'm charging him extra for the troubleshooting and uncovering of hidden boxes and I'll suggest he back-charge the drywall contractor which probably won't happen.

    Luckily for me, I have experienced this problem so many times before that I take pictures of the entire house before the drywall goes up so I can find hidden boxes. It's a nightmare without pictures or x-ray vision. The poor quality of drywall crews is mind boggling.

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    Even licensed drywallers would have installed lead-laden drywall.

    Just like licensed electricians have installed counterfeit breakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    Even licensed drywallers would have installed lead-laden drywall.

    Just like licensed electricians have installed counterfeit breakers.
    You totally missed the point. Please reread the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    Even licensed drywallers would have installed lead-laden drywallf
    Just like licensed electricians have installed counterfeit breakers.
    The problem was sulfur compounds, not lead.
    Lead was in old paint and asbestos in old plaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    You totally missed the point. Please reread the post.
    You missed my point.

    So let me spell it out for you: What about a drywall license would have prevented the installation of Chinese drywall that caused the issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    You missed my point.

    So let me spell it out for you: What about a drywall license would have prevented the installation of Chinese drywall that caused the issue?
    How would a license have prevented that? Years of installation had passed before there was even a suspicion of out gassing.

    I would rather see a license that made illegal the covering of electrical outlet boxes with a huge fine for each box buried.
    Cheers and Stay Safe,

    Marky the Sparky

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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    How would a license have prevented that?......

    That........... is precisely............. my question.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    That........... is precisely............. my question.................
    OK, I read your question wrong. Now I get it.
    Cheers and Stay Safe,

    Marky the Sparky

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    I think the point would have been better stated if the part about the Chinese drywall would have been left out. Drywallers bury boxes on every construction type they work on.
    Cheers and Stay Safe,

    Marky the Sparky

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    Clients tell me all the time "... but he was a licensed contractor and everything was inspected" and I say " licensed and was inspected does not mean ANYTHING"

    In CA licensed means "You are allowed to do work that is worth more than $750" and inspected means "an inspector looked at your work"

    Now we all know we have inspectors that are lazy, do not have knowledge in this particular trade or the work was done when the inspector left.
    Edward
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