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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 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,

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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
    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?
    He's not talking about the old chinese drywall that was ripped out, he's talking about the new drywall and the crew that buried his electrical boxes.
    If you don't think too good, don't think too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    He's not talking about the old chinese drywall that was ripped out, he's talking about the new drywall and the crew that buried his electrical boxes.
    Yep.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


    Derek

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    He's not talking about the old chinese drywall that was ripped out, he's talking about the new drywall and the crew that buried his electrical boxes.
    My same question would still apply.

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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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