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These are some of the items that we see regularly and has come to the attention of government agencies as defective and or dangerous. 

Gas furnace lawsuit - Cadet heater Information - LP Siding

90+ Efficiency Furnace Class Action Lawsuit

Suzanne came across this information on a class action lawsuit involving several of the most common gas furnaces around

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

If you own or owned a Carrier, Bryant, Payne, or Day & Night high efficiency gas furnace made after January 1, 1989, you could get benefits from a class action settlement.

This is the official Court website for the Grays Harbor Adventist Christian School v. Carrier Corporation class action settlement.  The Court will hold a hearing on April 22, 2008 to decide whether to approve the settlement.  Those included in the class action, together called a "Class," have legal rights and options, such as submitting a claim form to ask for a payment, excluding themselves from the settlement, objecting to it, or asking to speak at the hearing.  The deadline for exclusions and objections is March 21, 2008.  You may fill out and submit a Claim Form online or mail it postmarked no later than August 1, 2008 to the address on the form.  Click here to see a list of models that are included in the settlement. 

Click the links below to obtain a Claim Form or read the Court-ordered Notices, and other materials including a list of the furnace models that are included in the settlement, the Settlement Agreement, and the Preliminary Approval Order. Certain documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. If your computer is not already configured with the free Acrobat software to view and print these documents, you may get Acrobat by clicking the logo below. 

Furnace Models

58SX* 58DXC 58MXB 58MVP
58SXC 58MCA 58SXB* 58MTA
58DX* 58MXA 58VUA 58MTB
Bryant/Payne/Day & Night
398AAW* 398AAV 398BAZ 490AAV
399AAW* 340AAV 321AAZ PG9MAB
399AAZ 350AAV 355MAV 355CAV
399AAV 351DAS 355AAV 340MAV
345MAV 355BAV 352MAV 398BAW*

*Note: On model numbers 58SX, 58DX, 58SXB, 398AAW, 399AAW, and 398BAW only those
with serial numbers 89 or higher in the third and fourth position (i.e. xx89xxxxxx) are included in
the settlement.

Summary Notice  Detailed Notice  Furnace Models Settlement Agreement  Preliminary Approval Order    

If you have any questions, please call 1-866-517-2490.

Cadet Electric Fan Forced Heaters Recall List

Some of the older Cadet electric heaters are known as a safety hazard.  In 1999 they settled with the CPSC over several problematic models

See our identification matrix with pictures

This is the replacement unit cross reference chart from Cadet

The Cadet models in question are:
series FW (FW-051, FW-101, FW-122, FW-202, and FW-751),  1978 and 1987; 
series FX (FX-051, FX-052, FX-071, FX-072, FX-101, FX-102, FX-122, FX-151, FX-152, FX-202, and FX-242), 1985 and 1994; 
series LX (LX-242, LX-302, LX-402, and LX-482),  1985 and 1994; 
series TK (TK-051, TK-071, TK-072, TK-101, TK-102, TK-151, and TK-152),  1984 and 1998; 
series ZA (ZA-051, ZA-052, ZA-071, ZA-072, ZA-101, ZA-102, ZA-122, ZA-151, ZA-152, ZA-202, and ZA-242),  1985 and 1999; 
series Z (Z-072, Z-101, Z-102, Z-151, Z-152, Z-202,and Z-208),  1993 and 1999

Encore brand name, including 
series RX (RX-072, RX-101, RX-102, RX-151,RX-152, RX-202, and RX-242),  1985 and  1994; 
series RLX (RLX-302, RLX-402, and RLX-482)  1985 and 1994; 
series RK (RK-101 and RK-102),  1984 and 1998; 
series RA (RA-101, RA-102, RA-151, RA-152, and RA-202),  1985 and 1994;
series ZC (ZC-072, ZC-101, ZC-102, ZC-151, ZC-152, ZC-202, and ZC-208),  1993 and 1999. 

For each of these heaters, the variants signified by the suffix T (with thermostat), W (white color), and TW (with thermostat and white color) found after the model number are -3- included. These heaters shall hereinafter be collectively referred to as “the Heaters." Cadet manufactured approximately 1,950,000 of the Heaters for sale to consumers principally in the States of California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington....
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LP Siding

Louisiana-Pacific siding has this knot embossed on the surface Louisiana-Pacific siding has this knot embossed on the surface
Louisiana-Pacific siding has this knot embossed on the surface, Notice the "LP" stamped on the knot

The bottom edge of LP lap siding is where the failure is first evident
The bottom edge of LP lap siding is where the failure is first evident, and an example of complete LP failure

LP is one of the most common problematic siding products we see.  A home that has had proper painting and caulking can perform well for years, but this maintenance is often overlooked.  Since it is made of pressed and glued wood chips, there are lots of end grains that will readily absorb water if it is not properly sealed.  

When water runs down the face of the siding, it tends to hang on the bottom edge wicking up and causing the bottom edges to swell and delaminate.  Over time the siding can completely fail, as in these examples.  

The most  important thing you can do if you have this is diligent maintenance (paint, caulk, trim landscaping materials).  If you have LP on your home or considering buying a home with it you should  follow these important steps as described by the manufacturer.

Preventive Maintenance Tips:
• Check for small construction dents and gouges. Fill these indentations with an exterior, non-hardening sealer and prime before finishing.
• Make sure sprinklers do not spray water directly onto the siding or trim.
• Keep roof surfaces and gutters in working order so water is diverted away from the siding.
• Keep shrubs, trees and plants a minimum of one foot from the siding.
• Keep the painted surface free of mold, mildew and algae.
• Make sure your siding and trim are six to eight inches from the ground. Don’t allow garden mulch to build up and compromise your clearance.
• Maintain a one-inch per foot slope away from the foundation, so water will drain away from the house.
• Replace missing or damaged caulking around the joints and seams where different surfaces meet.
• Repaint your siding before the existing paint fails. Your local weather conditions will affect the longevity of your paint’s performance.

Inspection is an essential part of maintenance. Perform the following checks once or twice a year.
• Inspect your paint for cracking, peeling, fading or chalking. Pay special attention to the bottom rows and under the window casings.
• Check all joints and seams for cracking or missing sealant.
• Look for signs of mildew.
• Inspect your flashing and gutters for damage or blockage.

Read rest of recommended maintenance in this article from Louisiana-Pacific.


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