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by mdnagel
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Deck footing and porch design questions
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Re: Deck footing and porch design questions

Greg, are you talking about changing the house's roof pitch? Current pitch is about the minimum that it can be, in which case I really cannot make it any less/more shallow.

The deck width will be about 25' and the porch's width will be about 15'.
by mdnagel
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Deck footing and porch design questions
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Re: Deck footing and porch design questions

Greg, no, not going to try and cover the entire deck. I'd already set up sight lines on the "wings" and found that the existing roof line would drop too much if I extended out to the outside of the deck (except the gabled/dormer section). I have not seen/heard of anyone mating up (in a float) metal ...
by mdnagel
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Bathroom exhaust fan
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Bathroom exhaust fan

" it looks like quite a job to get electric there" Could you elaborate as to why you believe this to be the case? In case you had not already considered it, you can surface-mount an electrical raceway/conduit. Eliminates cutting and snaking wiring inside walls. But, really, with drills and fish tape...
by mdnagel
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Deck footing and porch design questions
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Deck footing and porch design questions

I am working up some plans for a new deck (with porch). I have a question on footings and on the general design of a porch. Regarding footings, I'm wondering whether I need to change to having all posts resting on concrete piers (which are sunk about 2' [frost line is 12" to 18" here]) or whether I ...
by mdnagel
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Kicking the skirting venting dead-horse, again
Replies: 10
Views: 1346

Re: Kicking the skirting venting dead-horse, again

Code I referred to is from WA State, based on International code. It's not HUD, but I cannot see how physics could be different between standard home construction and HUD stuff.
by mdnagel
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Yet Anothet skirting question
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Yet Anothet skirting question

Ah, same climate as I am in! I heat with wood, in which case it's a little hard to identify my actual energy consumption. I estimate about 5 cords of alder and maple (obtained from my property) per heating season: this from October through April. This keeps my 1377 sq-ft house more than warm. I'd lo...
by mdnagel
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: What to do about rats..
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: What to do about rats..

You do NOT need a regular service if you get things sealed up properly. I am currently addressing a rodent issue at my place. It's been on my TODO list for a while (higher priorities). I am completely re-doing my skirting (will be using metal roofing material [chew proof!]). It costs, yes, but once ...
by mdnagel
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Kicking the skirting venting dead-horse, again
Replies: 10
Views: 1346

Re: Kicking the skirting venting dead-horse, again

As I was researching for some unrelated construction activities I ran across my county's code covering ventilation and this is what is says: R408.1 Ventilation. The under-floor space between the bottom of the floor joists and the earth under any building (except space occupied by a basement) shall h...
by mdnagel
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: What to do about rats..
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: What to do about rats..

"Sealed" means no entry points, no gaps/holes. If they're burying under the blocks they you'll need to dig down around the exterior of the block and put down some wire mesh: I'm guessing this is your best bet; others can speak to what's best. I don't like poison as it usually results in critters dyi...
by mdnagel
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Yet Anothet skirting question
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Yet Anothet skirting question

Knowing where you are at would be a big help. You at least want a vapor barrier (which the original belly wrap material is). Venting is a can of worms. I'm going to forgo vents except on the ends: vent during winter, close up for summer. I've got a slab with plastic on top of it. Slab that I've got ...
by mdnagel
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: 7" x 1/2" fascia board?
Replies: 5
Views: 1406

Re: 7" x 1/2" fascia board?

Sigh... as is the case with all lumber, the actual size is less. My 7 x 1/2 is 6 1/2 x 3/8. That means the difference is more like 3/8". I'm just going to plug the stupid thing and seal it up, as it won't be visible behind a gutter anyway.
by mdnagel
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Best (1x4) replacement belly band board?
Replies: 0
Views: 4311

Best (1x4) replacement belly band board?

What's the best, most durable, board to use for a belly band? I'm wanting to go with a 1x4, up-sized from 1x3 (which is particle board, I believe). Existing is damaged and was installed using non-galvanized nails (has rust bleed-through). I am up-sizing in order to provide a top channel to contain n...
by mdnagel
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: 7" x 1/2" fascia board?
Replies: 5
Views: 1406

Re: 7" x 1/2" fascia board?

Greg, I'm not following on how I can match up a 1" wide board to the existing 1/2" board(s).

Here's what I'm looking at:
by mdnagel
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: 7" x 1/2" fascia board?
Replies: 5
Views: 1406

7" x 1/2" fascia board?

I have a section of fascia board, about 3" x 3", which got ripped out when one of my gutters pulled out from last winter's snow. The board measures 6 1/2" x 1/2" (or just slightly less), which I figure would be stated as being 7" x 1/2". I am unable to locate this dimension. I'd look to trim a wider...
by mdnagel
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Mobile Home Repair
Topic: Replacing wall studs and joist band
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Replacing wall studs and joist band

I'm about to embark on a similar project (caused by the same ignorant construction by a former owner). I will be watching!

How much of the stud is rotted?

Might be able to shim in pieces of 2x (if only a few inches rotted).