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by Mark440
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Flooring suggestions - dog/scratch resistant
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Flooring suggestions - dog/scratch resistant

I put down the laminate stuff in one room that I made into an "office". It has held up well to the dogs (3 black labs) - but (there is always a but! ) Pretty much all I had read said to run the planks towards the light (window). So i did. BIG mistake! Because the floor joists run the same direction,...
by Mark440
Sat May 30, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Should windows have gaps like this??
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Should windows have gaps like this??

New home??? With junky work like this??? Those windows may not leak to the inside of the house - but they WILL leak behind that vinyl siding. Sooner or later - you are gonna end up with one heck of a mess - and a bill to fix it! Push it all back to the dealer - and most probably in this case, the ma...
by Mark440
Wed May 27, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: windows sweating in the winter
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: windows sweating in the winter

If you think the sweat from those window3s is bad - you should see the heat escaping out those single pane windows. My place had the standard junk single pane windows. I replaced all of them via big Orange. They carry a brand that allows custom measurements - and no extra charge! All told, I believe...
by Mark440
Wed May 27, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: How important are OUTRIGGERS on a manufactured home?
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: How important are OUTRIGGERS on a manufactured home?

I would let miss dealer know she is full of it. The outriggers provide critical support to outside walls. Yes, there are floor joist that span from one side to the other (across the main I-beams) - but the outriggers serve to stabilize all of that. make 'em fix it, replace it - or take it back. doin...
by Mark440
Fri May 08, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Suggested online market to sell your unused skateboards
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Re: moving a floor heater vent in kitchen Moderators: Mark, Greg, mhrAJ333, JD

Their *stupidity* comes from the book of "Fastest and Cheapest"....with a one page chapter on real engineering. :) I, too, had floor vents in places that would make your mama cry. One in the kitchen blew anything on the floor to the stove top. Another set less than a foot from a toilet always provid...
by Mark440
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Painting front door
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Painting front door

If the paint has lost adhesion to the main surface - sand it down.
by Mark440
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Replacing Piers on 1973 Mobile Home
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Replacing Piers on 1973 Mobile Home

I'm not gonna say the guy was a scammer - but as long as the piers are not cracked or broken - they should be good to use. There is one pic where several 'spacers' are stacked on top of the pier - which i would not want to do. Flat concrete blocks can be added to the bottom to lift the pier up so th...
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: 7047

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: 4958

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: 4677

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: 4068

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: 3643

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: 4094

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: 4
Views: 4147

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: 4
Views: 4147

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...