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by Steve S.
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Free heat in the winter?
Replies: 8
Views: 3477

RE: Free heat in the winter?

OK, I see the Alternative Energy forum now :wink: ...sorry, I guess I should look before I speak/write.
by Steve S.
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Free heat in the winter?
Replies: 8
Views: 3477

RE: Free heat in the winter?

Great idea Audie...I love it when ingenuity strikes :D :D !! Actually I thought of this too when I had to remove my attic fan this past summer. The motor failed and just buzzed when the switch was on :( . I was thinking if you could reverse the fan direction in the winter you could send warm air int...
by Steve S.
Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Site planning a mobilehome
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

Site planning a mobilehome

Hi All, Don't know if this subject has been covered before (probably ad nauseum)...however, I was thinking of how energy efficient my home is and I owe a lot to the previous owners' foresight in setting up this home. Several factors come into play when choosing a site and orienting the home on the s...
by Steve S.
Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Change plumbing to collect gray water?
Replies: 5
Views: 2510

RE: Change plumbing to collect gray water?

Hi Serena, I think this is very feasible...and I have thought of doing it myself, but for different reasons (to help keep soaps and other chemicals out of my septic system). One would simply have to locate where the sink, tub, and/or washer drains empty into the main drain, pull out that T and re-ro...
by Steve S.
Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:06 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: replacing a fireplace
Replies: 15
Views: 25647

RE: replacing a fireplace

Jim, Thanks for the information and pics of your wood stove install. Doesn't look too complicated, but as you and others suggested, open fire in mobilehomes is a very dangerous situation :( ...so I guess a professional install with the proper permitting is in order. In my case, I would probably use ...
by Steve S.
Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Pex tubing compatible with heat tapes?
Replies: 10
Views: 25824

RE: Pex tubing compatible with heat tapes?

Hi- Pex can be used for water mains? Or are we talking about exposed smaller pipes coming from water heater...any way I can vouch for the quality of Frostex brand. Mine has been working flawlessly for 11 winters here in Maine...PlumDucky you're right about the Frostex, I can barely feel any heat com...
by Steve S.
Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: replacing a fireplace
Replies: 15
Views: 25647

RE: replacing a fireplace

Found this article on wood stoves for mobilehomes: http://www.motherearthnews.com/DIY/1985-09-01/Woodstoves-and-Mobile-Home-Safety.aspx Jim...I am interested in seeing pics on your install. Do you use your woodstove exclusively for heat or as a secondary heat source? I know wood stoves are great for...
by Steve S.
Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: replacing a fireplace
Replies: 15
Views: 25647

RE: replacing a fireplace

Hi- I too have a factory fireplace in my 1985 Champion 14X70. I have used the fireplace for many years but only for the visual and aesthetic value...it produces no substantial home heating unless, of course, you're sitting right in front of it. My particular unit (Preway) has a blower beneath the fi...
by Steve S.
Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: roof/attic fans
Replies: 9
Views: 11064

RE: roof/attic fans

Thanks JD and Harry for your comments...much appreciated. JD you're right that we live in two very different climates. Heat in the attic is not so important here in northern NE as is moisture build-up which can create mold problems and rot rafters and sheathing from below. But I'm glad my roof has h...
by Steve S.
Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: roof/attic fans
Replies: 9
Views: 11064

roof/attic fans

Greetings all- Maybe this post should be under heating/cooling section, but just wondering what the consensus is on attic ventilation. The system in my 1985 Champion consists of soffit venting around the perimeter of the roof (shingled-low pitch) and a series of vent stacks on top of the roof (2 at ...
by Steve S.
Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:52 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: skirting renewal
Replies: 4
Views: 2949

RE: skirting renewal

Fantastic information from those that have been there and done that! Thanks a lot guys...I now have the confidence to go forward...should be a breeze now! :D Great website and forum...I'll let you know how it goes.
-Steve
by Steve S.
Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: skirting renewal
Replies: 4
Views: 2949

skirting renewal

Hello All- I have begun a project to remove my old skirting (plywood and OSB...bad choice by previous owner) and replace it with vinyl. The old plywood panels have survived 10 years or so, but have deteriorated rather severely at the bases due to wicking moisture. Some background info: my home sits ...