Plumbing

Frozen Sewer Lines

Frozen sewer lines are a mess. Fortunately, they don’t happen as often as frozen water lines. It is very hard to use a torch on 4″ ABS pipe without damaging it, and the volume of ice requires LOTS of heat to unthaw. My least messy, least dangerous, but slow approach was to attach heat tape…

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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 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…