Mobile home ceilings provide a serious repair challenge because of the way they are constructed at the factory. At the factory, they have an enormous platform on which they lay out the ceiling and glue it all together. A crane then picks it up and sets it on top of the walls where it is
Mobile Home Ceiling Stains Ugly brown stains are a common feature of mobile home ceilings. They develop when roof leaks or condensation cause water to drip onto the ceiling tiles from above. They persist because removal is not as simple as painting over the stain. The stain “bleeds” through paint, leaving it as ugly as before.
JasonI’m looking at a good deal on a 1997 16×80 I’d like to buy but it has a crack in the vaulted popcorn ceiling in the living room. Would furring and adding wood ceiling planks be too much for those spindly scissors trusses to handle?PaulNot being a structural engineer I have no idea. Mobile home
Manufactured Home ceiling fans Some of the newer homes come pre-wired for ceiling fans and if that is the case, you will see a plate in the ceiling covering the box the fan can be attached to. Removing the plate, there should be wires for supplying power to the fan. New fans often come with
Mobile home exterior doors are made like a sandwich with a metal or vinyl sheet on the outside, a Styrofoam core and a metal or vinyl sheet on the inside. They are manufactured to meet the minimum HUD codes and no more. That means they will seal tightly when closed and keep the weather out.
Manufactured home floors I get lots of questions about floors. People ask about: -Sub floors – What it’s worth paying for. -Belly – The underside of a mobile home is much more important than on a site built home. -Replacement – LOTS of mobile home floors need to be replaced. -Insulation – With the increases
Manufactured home carpeting In a new mobile home the carpet is usually cheap and doesn’t wear well. It was installed quickly by people working under tremendous time pressure. You might want to look at my About your Home section for more detail about how the floors and carpet are installed. In brief, if the guys
Modern carpet is designed to be stretched 1 to 1.5%. Thus if your home is 16′ wide the carpet should be stretched about 2″. This can not be done accurately with a kicker. Carpet manufacturers are constantly searching for ways to produce carpet that looks and feels better but is cheaper to produce. One unfortunate
Mobile Home Floor Problems Soft spots are a big problem in homes with particle board floors. They occur when the subfloor gets wet, causing the sub floor material to fail. Soft spots frequently occur in bathrooms, under flower pots, below windows, and behind washing machines. Soft spots are less common in newer homes that have
These noises are a frustrating problem that some home owners are sensitive to and others are not. They are hard to repair because they move around with changes in temperature and humidity. They can sometimes be fixed (at least for a while) by crawling under the home with a wrench and tightening the lag bolts