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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:15 pm

That's one thing.. maybe two that I'm grateful for! In this old 1973, we've got normal junction boxes, and copper wiring!

I've had the others, I know what a pain they are!

Here's a bit of trivia... those same boxes are showing up now in lower end stick builts these days! I saw it for myself!

Maureen 8-)


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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:17 pm

I was thinking of posting this in the Heating & Cooling forum, but I think this is something that affects a lot of MH owners at this time of year. I'm getting an incredible amount of condensation on the inside of my single-pane windows with the cool mornings we've been having here in the northeast. Add a morning shower and there isn't an unclouded window in the place, front to back. It's been a long time since I've lived with single pane windows. I remember scratching pictures in the frost on the inside of my bedroom window with my fingernail when I was a kid, but that's about all I remember about them. Is this going to get worse as it gets colder? What's usually the reason for so much condensation? It my MH built too tight? Should I get a dehumidifier for the winter months? I'm installing the inside storm windows this weekend, but will that make the problem better or worse? This will be my first NE winter here and this is something I wasn't expecting. Any advice or pearls of wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks!

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I had same problem but after I replaced three windows and resealed up top along the edge of awning it hasn`t happened when I removed old windows the insulation and wood was damp and wet so I beleive you may have a water leak you also metioned it was worst after a rain sounds like way to much moister to me JMO SIMP

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:18 pm

Hi Mobile Wayne,

Well we all know what causes condensation...warm on one side cooler on the other.

Once you put your storms on it will diminish some, but not completely. These types of windows are not really energy efficient.

During the winter months it is very important (actually Year around) that you make sure to use all exhaust fans, when showering, cooking etc...I leaver all fans on at least a 1/2 hour after the task. I know this does contribute to some heat loss.

Make sure that all the windows are sealed well with caulking, no cracks, even hair line cracks will cause leaks. You can seal inside and out.

Hope this helped some,

Have a great day!

~Y~:-D

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:18 pm

Hi Yanita,
Well, I guess it really is just the changing of the seasons and not a moisture problem I should worry about. I didn't have my heat on last night and it got about as cold in here as it was outside. When I woke this morning I was chilled to the bone, but there was NO condensation on my windows to speak of. Hopefully the inside storms will make a difference. Have a great weekend.


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Hey Mobile Wayne,

Glad I could help, you have a great week end also...LOL, mine is about to start a little early!

Have a great day!

~Yanita~8-)

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:19 pm

HI, Just wondering, do you think putting thick plastic under your trailer (if there is only ground, no cement) to cover the ground would help this?
Just wondering because I know I have a moisture problem, my spices in my cupboard get damp if they don't have a good lid on them. Plus the window thing to. And I have windows that look like there is 1 storm window on the outside and 1 storm window on the inside.

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:20 pm

Hi Summer,

It is generally recommended that all homes have some sort of moisture barrier.

Whether it be a concrete slab or plastic completely covering the bare ground underneath. Now some manufacturers either do not recommend it at all, and some codes do not recommend it.

Personally, if your home is suffering from moisture then I would consider the vapor barrier if there is not one already in place.

As I said in the previous post in the winter it is especially important to use the exhaust fans while showering and cooking.

Just a quick reminder :-D it' generally best when changing subjects or asking a new question to post a separate thread.

If you need further help or just want more info please post again.

Have a great night.

~Y~:-D

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:21 pm

Hello. I was reading your posts about excessive condensation and I've got the same problem this winter in my MH. Metal roof, storm windows, electric furnace. The windows have rivulets of moisture, the mirrors are obscurred and mold is growing everywhere. In addition to leaving the vent fans running, do you think a dehumidifier would be of value? Thanks

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I run a dehumidifier almost year round. Moisture is our homes worst enemy.

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I have both the inner and outer windows myself. I still noticed that some would get a good bit of condensation on them. Installing a plastic window covering has helped to lessen it dramatically.

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:cry: I was working on my homework last night and got up to simply rinse a pan out and you guessed it NO WATER! We cannot find where it's froze, we checked the pipes under our trailer and the heat tape is doing it's job. So I guess it's frozen underground! :-( The ground is frozen solid so I don't know when we are going to be able to dig. PLUS we are getting a ton of snow tonight and we already got an inch since two! Sometimes I don't like Ohio! Anyone have any suggestions other than moving! lol

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I forgot to add this! Monday morning I got up and our second bathroom FLOODED! There was water coming out from under the toliet, the bathtub had water in it and the sink had water in it. My hubby worked on it for hours and finally got it cleaned up and he turned off the water to that bathroom. PLUS my transmission went out on my car!!

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If there are no obvious frozen areas, You will have to start at one end of the system (where it comes out of the ground) and take the connections apart to see where you loose the water. you may want to shut the water off at the ground first and open it after the connector is open to avoid getting soaked (not fun in the cold). Just keep moving down the line untill you find the area. then get heat on it untill it thaws. If you have access to a salamander heater you can heat the whole under side of the home, DO NOT LEAVE HEATER UNATTENDED!!!
It sounds like the sewer line may have frozen also. how is your skirting?
Transmission - wrong forum.
Good luck, Greg

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:26 pm

I agree with Greg. Slamander type /torpedo type heaters are great to thaw frozen lines BUT stay outside while it is running. Just remember you could not put a fire out if it gets started because your water line if frozen.

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