Plumbing

How do I keep pipes from freezing in a mobile home?

You prevent manufactured home pipes from freezing with insulation and heat tape. Insulation alone will be enough in parts of the country without periods of sustained freezing temperatures. For rare nights when you fear insulation may not be enough, let water slowly drip overnight & open cabinet doors where pipes are on outside walls. In…

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Introduction to Mobile Home Plumbing

Manufactured home plumbing Plumbing is responsible for a huge percentage of mobile home repair problems. Plumbing repair for mobile homes is made even more difficult because it is sometimes, but not always, different from plumbing for site built homes. Plumbing parts and supplies are constantly being improved. Advice that is optimal on day may be…

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Kitchen Sinks

If you are replacing the kitchen sink in a mobile home, you will want to buy a sink made for mobile homes unless you are replacing the counters too. Mobile home counters are not as deep as site built homes and there isn’t enough room to install them. Mobile home sinks come in two sizes…

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Kitchen Sink Replacement

Replacing the kitchen sink is one of those jobs that you should not start until you have plenty of time and you should plan on a number of trips to the hardware store. The odds are the new sink will not be quite as deep as the old one, the drains may not be in…

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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 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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Mystery water leak

A reader writes “i have a 2000 clayton home and i wet spot in the master bedroom doorway where the carpet meets the tile but i can not find the water leak. checked under the house no signs of water leaking all dry. the spot was wet for a day or two and dried up…