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Interesting news story!!!!! Sulfur gas from drywall


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#1 Budget Appliance Repair

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:10 AM

I saw this news story and remembered a topic that was discussed awhile back about refrigerator copper tubing rotting out from sulfur in the water from wells, (I believe something one of the manufactures told someone to get out of warranty repair on a sealed system).  Sounded like total BS to me but maybe there is some truth to it, but not all coming from the water supply?


Chinese-made drywall ruining homes, owners say:
"Gas emitted from defective drywall corrodes copper wiring, turning it black, some Florida homeowners say."

 http://www.cnn.com/2...hinese.drywall/

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 05:10 PM

Drywall or sheet rock or other brand names is made from gypsum or calcium sulfate (CaSO4) be it made in the US, Canada, China, etc.   I wonder if they are using added fillers such as coal ash from power plants and desulfurization that contain calcium sulfide (CaS) and or calcium sulfite (CaSO3)?  Of cousre it could be it is just naturally mined that way.
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:17 AM

[user=36]Budget Appliance Repair[/user] wrote:

I saw this news story and remembered a topic that was discussed awhile back about refrigerator copper tubing rotting out from sulfur in the water from wells, (I believe something one of the manufactures told someone to get out of warranty repair on a sealed system).  Sounded like total BS to me but maybe there is some truth to it, but not all coming from the water supply?


That is a very astute connection of effects from seemingly different causes, Willie B! You got me scratching my head, too. :headscratch:

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:49 PM

Here's yet another:

http://www.cnn.com/2...mily/index.html

Seems family is evacuating the home because of the "rotten egg" smell; is sooo bad it's causing health issues...

:shock:

 

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 09:34 PM

I just sat here and spend about 15 min typing up a quasi explanation of this when my browser crashed. (Anyone else have problems since the last firefox update?) Basically a chemical engineer told me the main ingredient of sheetrock is a by product of something they make all the time but could never bond it together. Then some genius figured out how to bond it with sulfur somethingorother to make sheetrock. The sulfur somethingorother is let out into the house corroding the wiring and whatnot. Sounds like some pretty bad stuff.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:13 PM

I have seen the effects of "sulphur water" on sealed system parts- there was a fridge that haunted many of the techs here as it required numerous sealed system repairs over a period of 10 or so years (service contract), The copper would turn black and become comprimised and leak.
The water in the house was from a well which contained H2S and it generally raised havoc with many of their items.
I'd be moving, personally.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:18 PM

Oddly enough, I usually get the blame for the odors that occur in my house, and all along I've said it's the water!
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