Category Archives for "Inside"

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.

Mobile Home Doors

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. […]

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Mobile Home Floors

Manufactured home floors I get lots of questions about floors. People ask about: -Sub floors – What its 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 […]

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Mobile Home Carpeting

Manufactured home carpeting In a new home. Mobile home 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 […]

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Carpet Tools & Techniques

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 […]

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Soft Spots in Mobile Home Floors

Mobile Home Floor Problems Soft spots are less common in newer homes that have plywood or OSB (Oriented Strand Board) subfloors. They are a big problem in homes with particle board floors. They occur when the subfloor gets wet, causing the sub floor material to begin failing. They frequently occur in bathrooms, under flower pots, […]

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Floor Squeaks

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 […]

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Sticking Cabinet Doors

When cabinet doors in a mobile home stick the cure depends on the cause. Sanding or planing the door probably isn’t the best solution. In a new home, or one that has just been moved, the sticking door is probably a fairly simple adjustment problem. A home is twisted and bounced around during transport and […]

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Loose Cabinet Doors

If cabinet doors become loose, try tightening the screws that hold them. In many cases this will fix the problem. However, if you find that the screw(s) just turn without tightening, the threads are stripped and more effort will be required to fix the problem. Matches, not wood dowel, have been the usual wood filler […]

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Replacing Cabinets & Cabinet Doors

There are two issues with mobile home cabinets: Can I repair/refinish the ones I have? Can I replace them with stock cabinets from the home improvement centers? Finding replacements for one or two individual cabinet doors is a problem for which I do not have good answers. If the home is VERY new it may […]

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