To level or not to level?

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Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:53 pm

So my double wide is a '71 and I'm pretty sure it's been in the same space since it was new. I don't know if it's ever been leveled, but if it was it's clear its been many years since. I'm curious, at this point, since i have some squeaky spots and a few doors that aren't quite plum, since it's been sitting in it's current state for so long, would leveling cause more issues than solve at this point? I realize this is kind of an open ended question, but just looking for general guidance :-)

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Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:29 pm

The only accurate way to level a home is with a water level. The easiest way I found was to go under with the water level, paper & soapstone or chalk. I start with a middle pier and make that "0". check each pier from there and make a map on the paper and mark each pier as +/- what ever reading you get. I also write the reading on the frame so when you adjust it you have a better idea of what you need for shims.

There are posts here about doing the job, you can do a search and get some ideas.

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