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Inside is where I put all the posts that relate to the inside of the home but are not part of a major system like plumbing or electrical. It includes things like wall treatments, ceiling fans, doors, appliances, etc.

Drywall – Weight Considerations

In almost all cases, the opportunity and problems of drywall are the same for mobile homes as for site built houses. However, in a mobile home, the weight is a concern. If you are replacing wood paneling with sheetrock, you are adding a lot of weight for which the home was not designed. In that […]

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Interior Mobile Home Doors

The first time I saw the multi-inch gap at the bottom of a mobile home interior door I thought some really bad carpenter had been at work on it. Of course, I learned later the large gap at the bottom of every interior door is deliberate and provides the cold air return to the furnace. […]

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Interior Wall Repair

Wainscoting will cover damage on the lower part of a wall. It can be done several ways depending on your taste and budget. The cheapest is probably buying some wood paneling and cutting it in thirds. I have also seen so plastic material that would hold stain and could be made to match existing colors. […]

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Wood Panel Treatment

The wood paneling used in older homes can probably be replaced with a closely matching panel but since it makes the homes so dark inside getting rid of it or covering it up is a frequent renovation activity. Many people just paint it white, which works, but always looks like panel painted white. Sometimes people […]

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Mobile Home Cabinets

Manufactured Home Cabinets Mobile Home cabinets are some of the cheapest, poorly constructed furnishings known to man. They are frequently made of paper and held together with staples. In addition, the manufacturers build them them themselves from a variety of supplies. The supplies change frequently to meet changes in decor and lower prices from vendors. […]

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Bathroom Floor Replacement

The following directions were written for a mobile home bathroom floor replacement project. Bathroom floors are the most common floor problem in mobile homes. However, the same process works just as well for floors in any room of the mobile home; it’s just lots easier because you have more room to work and don’t have […]

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Vinyl Coated Drywall in Mobile Homes

I have a 1995 Palm Harbor that has regular drywall in all the public spaces, but the vinyl covered wallboard in the bedrooms and bathrooms. I would like to say that I’ve had GREAT success texturizing and painting this stuff. So far, in one room, I simply applied two coats of regular latex primer, then […]

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Bathroom Floor Repair

For most floors in a mobile home I think wood laminate flooring makes a lot of sense. It looks good, is reasonably easy to install, and is easy to clean. I wrote How to Install Laminate Flooring to show exactly how it can be done and how it looks in a mobile home. Unfortunately, today’s […]

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Buying Plywood for for your floors

I always used 3/4″ A/C plywood when replacing or covering damaged subfloor. It costs a little more than 1/2″, but when I considered the time and effort of re-doing the floors it seemed like a small price for a large improvement. For those of you that don’t know, the A/C refers to the quality of […]

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