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February 26, 2011

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Michael

Mr. Shaw,

You have made a very strong comment ???

"It is clear that the allegations against National are completely groundless ..."

Please share you facts, validating this statement, as I'm sure, I am not the only interested party ...

Based on my limited gypsum manufacturing knowledge, "batch numbers" and the number of sheets per batch, make only one or two affected structures, per batch, virtually impossible ...

Based on a standard house or condo, 100 +/- boards installed, with as little as 10,000 sheets per batch = 100 structures, potentially affected ...

Based on 50,000 sheets per batch = 500 structures, potentially affected ...

Per average batch, how many sheets, has Mr. Craig D. Weisbruch admitted, are normally produced ???

Michael S. Foreman
Foreman and Associates, Inc.
Forensic Construction Consultants
http://www.ConstructionGuru.com

Michael Shaw

Mr. Foreman--

I was referring primarily to the Brincku house matter. Nat Gyp's comments are as follows:

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Science Proves Florida Claims False

On January 12, 2010, an attempted class action lawsuit was filed against National Gypsum, with George and Brenda Brincku as the lead plaintiffs. The suit alleges that the National Gypsum drywall in their home emits high levels of sulfur or sulfide gases, creating the same issues associated with defective Chinese drywall.

National Gypsum collected drywall samples from every single room in the Brincku home. The company asked Columbia Analytical Services and Packer Engineering, two independent, nationally respected engineering and scientific testing firms, to test the drywall samples from the Brincku home. Elemental sulfur was not detected in any of the sample tests, and none off-gassed hydrogen sulfide – the compound that causes corrosion and the rotten-egg odor found in defective Chinese drywall.

Specifically, the tests revealed the following conclusions:

* There are at least four different brands of drywall in the Brincku home.

* None of the tested drywall samples showed detectable levels of any elemental sulfur or off-gassing of hydrogen sulfide.

* During accelerated aging tests, also known as the "jar tests" – where a drywall sample is placed in a jar with a clean copper "coupon" and exposed to heat and humidity – National Gypsum drywall caused none of the blackening or corrosion found with defective Chinese drywall.

* An examination of the Brincku attic, where the use of National Gypsum drywall could be easily seen and confirmed, showed absolutely no corrosion of the exposed copper wiring.

At a November 2009 Florida Department of Health symposium, scientists reported that the "marker" for defective, corrosive wallboard is elemental sulfur. In other words, no elemental sulfur detected means no damaging hydrogen sulfide, no rotten-egg smell and no corrosion.

In every test conducted, no elemental sulfur was detected in any of the Brincku drywall samples.

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I do not have information regarding any other homes in the class action lawsuit. Bear in mind that the Brincku's home was the most high profile residence, and it certainly appears from the above that their problems were not caused by Nat Gyp drywall.

Weisbruch told me that he thinks their problems are related to water, but this has not yet been proven.

What is clear is that the plaintiff's attorneys just went after the easiest defendant. However, as they are now discovering, it's not quite as much fun when the rabbit shoots back.

I understand that Weisbruch wants to speak with you, and he would likely be pleased to answer all of your questions.

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