Search found 231 matches

by Mark440
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Leak detector on water meter spins back and forth
Replies: 2
Views: 4832

Re: Leak detector on water meter spins back and forth

Ok...I may be out in the weeds on this one...but.... the little red spinner is very sensitive to any water movement, hence a very small leak will cause it to spin. That said, I would venture the jumping is due to other houses on the same service line opening and closing faucets. The reduction in pre...
by Mark440
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Moving my HW tank outside.
Replies: 2
Views: 3173

Re: Moving my HW tank outside.

You sound like a capable handy guy - and I am thinking that for the cost of a new tank plus some means to shelter it - it may be about the same to do one or those wall mounted tankless water heaters. You didn't say which you have, but they come in either gas or electric. If doing electric, usually t...
by Mark440
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Circuits, what is excessive?
Replies: 4
Views: 2976

Re: Circuits, what is excessive?

I got some bad news for you. The cheap $%#@& that built these homes were focused exclusively on profit. My place has every outlet and every light on 2 breakers. And, while i have no wiring diagrams to support it, I believe it is one breaker per half (double-wide). Their configuration may meet requir...
by Mark440
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: flex ducts
Replies: 3
Views: 2597

Re: flex ducts

yuk. not a good choice. ***Disclaimer*** I am not an HVAC guy in any professional capacity. I know what i know from having to stick my head into the beast....and even that is questionable. It was aggravating, stressful, and ultimately i had to just take the bull by the short hairs. The bull regrets ...
by Mark440
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: 2-combo single pole lightswitch problems
Replies: 2
Views: 2344

Re: 2-combo single pole lightswitch problems

I would start with the easy stuff first.

Take the LED bulb out and replace it with a standard incandescent bulb. I have had some LED bulbs that have done some weird and strange stuff.
by Mark440
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: disconnected flex duct to plenum
Replies: 4
Views: 2662

Re: disconnected flex duct to plenum

I am assuming there is a 90° turn to connect to the plenum. Flex duct always has the tendency to kink with any short radius bend. I think I would consider using a metal elbow to connect to the plenum, and then add a 5ft straight piece to compensate for the flex that needs to be cut away. Hopefully y...
by Mark440
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Concrete foundation to keep mice out
Replies: 3
Views: 2664

Re: Concrete foundation to keep mice out

To add: Here is the dialog i had with some HVAC contractors on re-designing the ducting. Unfortunately - and i hope i am wrong - you're heading into a major project. https://www.diychatroom.com/f17/convert-downflow-upflow-638539/ Here is the post i put here when the project was done. https://www.mob...
by Mark440
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Concrete foundation to keep mice out
Replies: 3
Views: 2664

Re: Concrete foundation to keep mice out

you mention they may be getting in through the floor vents. That is probably the worst news at this point. If they have made access into the the ducting - there are a whole bunch of things that will now start. 1) Swiss cheese. These little critters love to chew - and they love to re-design your duct...
by Mark440
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: newbie question on exterior panel replacement...
Replies: 6
Views: 2877

Re: newbie question on exterior panel replacement...

I've never used it before. My position is whatever gets the job done the easiest, the fastest, and the cheapest. Hence, I am lazy and cheap! LOL
by Mark440
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Discussion on Mobile Home Piers & Tie-Downs
Replies: 2
Views: 2600

Re: Discussion on Mobile Home Piers & Tie-Downs

If you have any plans to sell your place - now or in the near future - tie-down requirements have changed - and it impacts financing. Google : FHA/VA Mobile Home Permanent Foundation Retrofit I had a kit installed at all 4 corners when I re-leveled the last time. I believe only two diagonal are "req...
by Mark440
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: newbie question on exterior panel replacement...
Replies: 6
Views: 2877

Re: newbie question on exterior panel replacement...

the stuff i used was SmartSide from HD. Of course, HD gouges every dime they can get ! :) Removal and replacement is kinda/sorta straight forward - but be ready to go a bit further than just replacing the panels. From the pics - you would have to remove the trim boards, and if there has been water d...
by Mark440
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: All Other HVAC Questions
Topic: Crossover duct sizing.....
Replies: 7
Views: 15928

Re: Crossover duct sizing.....

I see this is a very old thread...but I am hoping my experience can help others. As Greg mentioned - my flex duct (one 12" run to each half of a DW) - was pretty much just left laying on the ground. And - yep, critters had a field day. And, after they chewed up the flex - they made their way through...
by Mark440
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: General plumbing questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3119

Re: General plumbing questions

I believe that any of the tapes are possessed by some sort of evil deity. If you need the tape to stick and stay put - it will peel itself off as soon as you aren't looking. OTOH, if you need to undo a taped area - there is no way the stuff will peel off in any manner that resembles sanity. :D When ...
by Mark440
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: General plumbing questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3119

Re: General plumbing questions

When i gutted the belly - I found the piping was (for the most part) not suspended from the floor joists. it was mostly just left laying on top of the belly. I see it as a staggering display of the penny-pinching cheap methods used to assemble these homes. For instance, my shower heads were somewhat...
by Mark440
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Installing Outdoor Electrical Outlets
Replies: 3
Views: 2609

Re: Installing Outdoor Electrical Outlets

A couple things... 1) Use an offset strategy - but pay attention to the placement of wall studs - and wall wiring. 2) Pencil out where you need to cut to fit in an "old work" box. Cut it out, and assemble the box/wire/outlet. -OR- Just use a surface mount box. All you need is a small hole for the ro...