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With today's skyrocketing real estate market values and construction costs, many first-time homeowners are limited to buying a mobile home; a viable alternative to conventional frame housing.
For many, limited assets necessitate purchasing an older used trailer over new. These lucky new homeowners get a crash course on common problems associated with an older manufactured mobile home. Many times the crash course is unpleasant; experienced during initial home setup.
Listed below are common problems resulting from the manufacturing methods used to mass produce trailers. As well as remedy, DIY mobile home repair tips for each:
Fixing these type problems may be a viable DIY home repair for homeowners with modest skill level. First, expose particleboard flooring; note screw or nail placement, indicating seams on floor joists. Note particleboard thickness; adjust a skill saw to cut at that depth when removing the damaged area. The desired result is a clean line over joists so that replacement material (i.e. A/C exterior plywood) can be easily installed.
Match the thickness of the original flooring as closely as possible; less is better than more. Top with 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch masonite for a close match. In areas where the joist line falls under a wall, a piece of 2X8 (or whatever size matches joists) must be sistered to the joist; providing a solid surface for replacement flooring installation. Firmly secure the extra piece of joist to the old using lag bolts. Make sure to keep the top edge flush with the original joist.
After eliminating leaks, ceiling panel stains should be sealed with pigmented shellac (such as oil-based Kilz) and then painted. For more extensive damage, ceiling repair may necessitate replacing a ceiling panel. This can get tricky; the manufacturing process results in ceiling panels sandwiched between trusses and the wall frame top sill plate. In addition, obtaining an exact panel match is difficult at best, since manufacturers are constantly changing styles and textures of both panel and seam trim design. Handy tip — remove all ceiling seam trim in the room; nail or screw finish lath over the seams. And then paint both the ceiling and lath. Suggestion: pre-drill holes in the lath to avoid splitting.
Kitchen cabinet components can be easily replaced with pre-made, ready to install units widely available at building supply retail stores. Kitchen cabinet and kitchen counter top components in trailers are not as deep as standard components. However, pre-made kitchen counter tops can still be installed over existing cabinetry, with an inch or two of overhang; not a problem in most cases. Note: if there is a substantial gap between counter tops or cabinetry and the wall, it may indicate a moisture problem in the wall framing, causing it to bow.
One quick fix trick for older trailers with grooved wood paneling is to fill grooves with drywall compound; sand for a smooth surface. Seal with primer, and then install wall paper of choice. Results can be dramatic; nothing short of stunning.
Addressing these problem areas can result in successful mobile home renovation. Sure to drastically increase its appearance, functionality, and value.
For mobile home repair or mobile home remodeling there are other problem areas that warrant mention;
Many mobile home repair issues can be successfully undertaken by a DIY homeowner. Others, such as ceiling repair or kitchen counter top replacement, may require the experience and skill of a professional contractor.
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