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by Steve S.
Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Plastic or Metal?
Replies: 23
Views: 7422

Re: Plastic or Metal?

Jim, What is cracking? I don't think I have ever heard of PEX cracking. Do you have the grey PB tubing in your home? Greg Sounds like maybe the crimp rings were overtightened and the fittings failed(brass or whatever)...I can't imagine pex pipe cracking...even PB pipe hardly ever failed unless the ...
by Steve S.
Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: My adventures in Mobile Home duct cleaning!
Replies: 8
Views: 4115

Re: My adventures in Mobile Home duct cleaning!

Nice work Ponch...those fiberboard ducts are a real pain to keep clean. I managed to get most of the debris out of mine with just a simple vacuum hose of ample length and a round brush attachment. I wish I could find an attachment that covers the entire width(15") of the duct so you only have to pul...
by Steve S.
Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Looking for Manual for Martin SCF36M(B) Fireplace
Replies: 6
Views: 5984

Re: Looking for Manual for Martin SCF36M(B) Fireplace

Sorry I can't help with the manual...my fireplace is a Preway (another one of those prefab fireplace manufacturers now out-of-business). Why do you want to extend the chimney? Most Class A chimneys have standard dimensions and the pieces simply slide together, although there are many configurations,...
by Steve S.
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Important to make sure your skirting is in good shape
Replies: 21
Views: 6717

Re: Important to make sure your skirting is in good shape

OK, I guess I'm just lucky. My water supply line comes straight up out of the ground into the closet where the shutoff is and continues as I posted. My heat tape is plugged into the outside GFI receptacle which just happens to be right next to the water pipe. I'm on a slightly sloping lot with the ...
by Steve S.
Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Fireplace. Gas or Wood burnig?
Replies: 7
Views: 3173

Re: Fireplace. Gas or Wood burnig?

In my opinion a gas-burning fireplace is nonsense. I have a wood-burning fireplace in my mobile home that I use for supplemental heat during the winter months, which can be quite long and cold here in northern New England. The fireplace was a significant factor in my decision to buy my MH because I ...
by Steve S.
Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Mice in the wall
Replies: 15
Views: 20200

Re: Mice in the wall

Victor snap traps used to work for me before I acquired a cat. I haven't seen a mouse anywhere near my house since. I also try to keep the lawn mowed and eliminate piles of brush to help keep the vermin down. I recently had a chipmunk get inside my living room wall...I just let the cat loose under t...
by Steve S.
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Shed rehab/upgrade
Replies: 9
Views: 3157

Re: Shed rehab/upgrade

I love projects like this. Great part is that you can reuse what isnt rotted out, and make it structurally sound and look way better. Its also nice because most of the new "sheds" out there are built very cheaply, and wear out quicker. Me too...I refurbed my 8X10 shed two years ago. Mine had no fou...
by Steve S.
Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: My ceiling panel repair
Replies: 16
Views: 6120

Re: My ceiling panel repair

And if your panels are glued to the bottoms of the roof trusses, I suppose there's no salvaging them :( .
by Steve S.
Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: What kind of shims for leveling?
Replies: 27
Views: 14269

Re: What kind of shims for leveling?

Leveled my home this morning. Mine was easy...essentially lifting one corner(one I-beam) up about 1.5 inches. I used two 6-ton jacks side-by-side between the first two piers and then added my shims to about 5 different piers slowly hammering them in as I jacked in small increments. Now I noticed I h...
by Steve S.
Fri May 31, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: What kind of shims for leveling?
Replies: 27
Views: 14269

Re: What kind of shims for leveling?

I am going to level my MH this summer for the first time since I bought the place in '96. I've already measured some of the piers with a water level before my knees gave out but I can see that one end of the home is over 1.5 inches lower than the middle. Beware of some of the so-called "hardwood" sh...
by Steve S.
Tue May 28, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Has anyone tried this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2055

Re: Has anyone tried this?

Most mobile homes use a truss system for roof support. A HEAVY one is usually constructed with 2x2s, many are made with even smaller lighter wood. In addition many homes use a layer of blown in insulation on the bottom that makes a real mess when you open the ceiling up. Greg This is exactly what I...
by Steve S.
Sat May 04, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Roof ventilation change
Replies: 4
Views: 6575

Re: Roof ventilation change

Seems to me that a ridge vent without a soffit vent in a northern climate seems like a very poor design for a mobile home. I think your idea of turbine vents would be a better solution, maybe even a central powered turbine. My MH (1985 Champion) has 5 mushroom-style exhaust vents thru the roof along...
by Steve S.
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Water heater closet fire proofing codes
Replies: 8
Views: 3522

Re: Water heater closet fire proofing codes

I would imagine that the building codes for electric WHs are not as stringent as those for gas-fired. In my case, I have an electric WH in my bathroom inside a double-dry-walled closet with an access door from inside. I have a 40-gal tank with ample room around it (at least 6" on all sides) and a th...
by Steve S.
Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Belly hanging out
Replies: 7
Views: 2389

Re: Belly hanging out

before repairing the belly/insulation- now is the perfect time to get in and under the house and inspect the plumbing/drain lines (showers, toilets, etc)/duct work/etc and anything else that may need to be addressed. once your insulation and belly is up and brand new, you will not be a happy camper...
by Steve S.
Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Rigid fiberglass ductwork
Replies: 6
Views: 1983

Re: Rigid fiberglass ductwork

Good advice, thank you. I was thinking along the same lines about not disturbing the fiberglass duct interior too much...last thing I want is to breathe in airborne fiberglass, I'll just remove the larger detritus beneath the room registers. Not sure how much heat loss there is around boots, but som...