creaking floors??????

Repair help for the do-it-yourselfer.
For mobile home parts, click here.

Moderators: ponch37300, Mark, flcruising, Greg, DCDiva, JD

creaking floors??????

Postby skyman » Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:33 am

hello my name is mike and in July i purchased my first Mobil home it is a 1984 skyline 14x70 single wide and a certain spot in my master bedroom when ever i walk on it, it "creeks" is this something i should repair asap or am i able to take care of it in the spring
skyman
 

Postby Greg » Fri Dec 26, 2008 5:33 pm

Hi & welcome. Usually Floor noise is nothing to worry about, In the cold months Mobile homes will shift some when the ground heaves with the frost. You may want to just do a quick check under the home to make sure one of the piers haven't shifted.

If it goes away in the spring you may want to think about releveling the home. Mark (the site owner) has a book avalable in the "Books & parts" section of the site that covers most any repair you may have. Greg
"If I can't fix it, I can screw it up so bad no one else can either."
User avatar
Greg
Moderator
 
Posts: 4827
Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:01 pm
Location: Weedsport, NY

Postby flcruising » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:52 am

We had a "cold floor" creek also last winter in our kitchen. The fix simply required tightening down the frame/floor joist lag screws under that location.
Aaron
User avatar
flcruising
Moderator
 
Posts: 606
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:18 pm
Location: Florida Panhandle

Postby phurst » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:59 am

Just saw this on This Old House, dont know why it would not work on a Manufactured home. Here's the link to it. there is a link to the site that you can buy the special tool that you will need also. Looks pretty easy if you have carpet and dont want to pull it up or cut your moisture barrier under the home.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0 ... 84,00.html
Pete Hurst

Jerome Idaho
phurst
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:33 am
Location: Jerome, Idaho

Postby Greg » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:54 am

It MAY help, but a mobile & a stick built home do have differences, one of them being an I beam frame. As Arron said it could be a lag bolt on the frame causing the problem, or it could be a slight shift from frost heave. Either way, if you can live with it I would leave it alone untill warmer weather. Greg
"If I can't fix it, I can screw it up so bad no one else can either."
User avatar
Greg
Moderator
 
Posts: 4827
Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:01 pm
Location: Weedsport, NY

Postby flcruising » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:09 am

I should have mentioned that I tried to fix it first by adding additional screws through the subfloor. Since ours was in the kitchen, and we have stick down tiles, I was able to pull up a tile or two and add some more screws from above. Much to my surprise, it didn't do anything. Then this method was mentioned to me, so under the house I went. Just a cinching down of the lag screw did the trick. And you don't have to cut into anything to access them. All are visible from below.
Aaron
User avatar
flcruising
Moderator
 
Posts: 606
Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:18 pm
Location: Florida Panhandle


Return to Mobile Home Repair

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests