Published: Aug 17, 2010 3:55 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 12:55 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral family that's been leading the fight against toxic drywall is now tearing it out of their home.

Richard and Pat Kampf have been the poster family for the toxic drywall problem in Southwest Florida; federal officials have even been to their home to see its corrosive effects.

"A day with Chinese drywall is a nightmare, let alone three years," Richard Kampf said.

His house is now ripped down to the wall studs; a fix prompted by the latest breakdown of a sulfur-corroded air conditioner in the middle of summer.

"The air conditioning technicians had been to our house, in the last 36 months, 36 times."

The Kampfs brought in Southwest Florida-based Abisso Cleanse to do the remediation.

"By tomorrow its going to be completely down to concrete block, all the wiring, all the mechanicals, all the HVAC is going to be out of here," said Jason Roach of Abisso Cleanse.

They've worked on more than two-dozen drywall-infected homes, going a step beyond the government's recently recommendation to gut an infected building.

"We have a third party testing company that comes in, takes samples, sends them off to a lab," Roach said.  "They verify for us the treatment was a success."

For the Kampfs, its a six-figure fix to pay on top of their mortgage.

"We have to pay for this remediation out of our pocket," Kampf said.  "This didn't come from a settlement.  This didn't come from the heavens.  This came from a loan."

But after the two to three month repair is finished, the nightmare could be over, and their dream house may finally feel like "home."

"If we can get back and have a Thanksgiving dinner in this house and start our retirement all over again, we'll be very very thankful," Kampf said.

Even after the repairs are complete, Kampf says he'll continue fighting for other families who can't afford the same solution.

"There's a lot of people out there who don't have the wherewithal to do this," he said.  "We're not going to go away.  We'll still be there fighting for them."