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Frozen Water Lines

Heat tape used to keep the water line from freezing as it goes from underground to inside the home. Newer homes all have an electrical outlet under the house near where the water line enters. This makes it convenient to plug the tape in there and minimizes the length required. The tape is uncoiled and […]

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Leaking Water Lines

The most important consideration with leaks is to constantly be alert for evidence of one. Sometimes you can smell wet floor or wall material, you may notice a soft spot developing, occasionally you can hear a drip inside a wall, etc. The next important thing is to determine as best you can exactly what is […]

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Mobile Home Drain Line Venting

Manufactured home drain line venting Venting is one of the areas where mobile homes differ from site built homes. In site built homes every drain has a vent pipe that eventually goes up through the roof. The purpose is to prevent the siphon effect of water going down the drain from pulling all the water […]

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Mobile Home Toilets

Manufactured home toilets The good thing is mobile home toilets are just like those in site built homes. You probably don’t want to buy the extra large size because of space limitations, but all the normal toilets and parts are the same. Below are listed the symptoms and solutions for a series of common toilet […]

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Mobile Home Tubs

Manufactured Home Tubs Mobile home bathtubs are NOT the same as those used in site built houses because they don’t have overflows. In addition they are supported above the floor so the drain line can go under the tub and down through the floor. You do not want to attempt to put a tub designed […]

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Mobile Home Pipe Connectors

Manufactured Home Pipe Connectors If you visit a home improvement center you will find an overwhelming array of fittings and connectors for hooking up water lines, gas lines, sewer lines, water heaters and others. The vocabulary is strange and the variations subtle, but very significant. Glossary of terms: FIP – Female Iron Pipe. Used to […]

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Mobile Homes & Water Leaks

Manufactured homes and water leaks Water is the kiss of death in a mobile home so extreme care should be taken to be sure leaks are quickly discovered and fixed. Unfortunately, the variety of materials used, the terminology and the sizing issues, all combine to make water line repairs much more difficult then they should […]

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Phoenix Brand Faucet Repair

He says “The “Phoenix” brand shower handles seem prone to ‘strip out’ where they engage the splined part of the valve. After a few trips to buy new ones at a local home improvement store, I created a fix for this problem. Cut a short (3/4 “) piece of electrical tape. Use good quality tape, […]

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Bathroom Drain Clogged?

I am working on a video which shows how to use a simple, inexpensive, tool to clear the clog. This is the first time I have tried something like this so it will no doubt take a few tries for me to get it right. Please use the comment box to let me know what […]

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