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Sep 21, 2010
Mdf and formaldehyde
by: Shawn the painter

Hi Rich,

Good call on using a solid wood. Something like oak or maple would do the trick. More expensive of course but it's better to be on the safe side.

Always a excellent idea to make sure you know where your building products come from. Having some type of inclination as to what they're made of is also advisable.

Whether it's drywall, insulation, paint or carpet etc. Each item could contain some fairly nasty chemicals.

Sep 21, 2010
Do NOT do it!
by: rich

Formaldehyde in MDF is an issue. Your son will be sleeping there for 8-10 hours. The bedroom is the most critical room in the home. Use a solid wood product OR a newer alternative that doesn't use formaldehyde. These products have become available in recent years.

I would also suggest that you test the formaldehyde concentration in your son's room. This costs $39 including the lab analysis. I can suggest acsbadge.com/formaldehyde.shtml.

Remember that asthma and cancer in children have increased in the recent decades just as the concentration of formaldehyde in these homes has increased. Formaldehyde is known to cause both asthma and cancer.

California Air Resources Board released a study on December 15, 2009 that indicates that 98% of homes built between 2001 and 2004 exceed California's Office of Health Hazard Assessments recommendation for formaldehyde. The typical home exceeded the recommendation by a factor of four.

Sep 20, 2010
Mdf and formaldehyde
by: Shawn the painter

Hi Leigh Ann,

Your best bet would be to ask the home improvement centre where you bought your mdf for advice. Different lumber suppliers make there board using an assortment of formulations.

Your lumber supplier should be able to help you with the information that your looking for. Using Google to find an email address for them should do the trick.

Same goes for the paint manufacturer.

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