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Is your manufactured home unlevel?
Mon 08/07/06 09:01:08 am
by Mark Bower

"I have a door that sticks, does that mean my home has become unlevel?" The answer is probably YES, but not always.

Normally, when a home becomes unlevel, you'll be able to find more than one tell-tale sign. For instance, more than one door will stick or swing, or a window won't shut or latch properly. However, keep in mind that you may need to just tighten the screws on your door hinges, or check to see if the hinges are bent.

Other signs that your home may be unlevel include:

  • water on your floors or countertops run to one side
  • cracks are developing in your ceiling or walls
  • skirting has buckled (although this may be caused by ground heave)
  • floor squeaks
  • anchor straps have become loose

So what causes your home to become unlevel? The number one reason manufactured homes become unlevel is excess moisture underneath the home. The moisture makes the ground soft causing the blocks or piers holding up the home to sink.

Tipping blocks or loose anchor straps are signs that your home may need releveling.

The number two reason your home becomes unlevel is improper blocking when the home was first set-up. By improper blocking I mean that you either have no solid support underneath the blocks, that the shims and blocks being used aren't made of concrete or hardwood so they compress, that you have too few blocks or that the blocks are not appropriately placed along the frame. Of course, there's always the possibility that the home itself was not properly leveled when it was originally set-up.

"But," you say, "My home is sitting on concrete footings, so why is it sinking?" In most cases, manufactured homes properly set-up on concrete footings will not need releveling for many years. However, footings that do not reach the frostline are subject to heaving in cold climates. Footings that are undersized may not be able to handle the weight of the house and sink. Finally, if the ground underneath of your home is a lake bed, that will no doubt soften the ground around your footings causing them to shift or sink.

If you decided that your home needs
releveling, this kit will show you how.
More info.
Order here.

Once you've determined that your house is out of level, you should have it releveled as soon as possible. An unlevel home may be putting undue stress on certain areas of your house, which in the long run could cause damage.

Even If your not inclined to do the releveling yourself, then use these instructions and the enclosed waterline level to determine whether or not your home is out of level. Or you can simply use this information to become a better-informed consumer and give yourself the upper hand when it comes to hiring a contractor to do the job. order our releveling kit which contains instructions and a waterline level.


The Manual for
Manufactured Home Repair & Upgrade

"Every winter my roof leaked...   We even had a couple manufactured home repairmen out to seal it.    Nothing worked and this went on for 5 years," said Maureen of Elko, Nevada.     "Then last summer I ordered The Manual and it suggested I use neoprene to seal the leak.    Since then I've had no leaks at all!"

Maureen is referring to The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade by Mark Bower.    Most just dub it The Manual.    Bower owns and operates Aberdeen Mobile Home Repair in Aberdeen, South Dakota.   

Maureen isn't alone.    Hundreds of others have written to Bower sharing similar stories of how The Manual has solved their problems.    Esther of St.   Louis, Missouri, writes,  "We had squeaky floors in the living room and without The Manual, I would have had my husband tear out the floors and put in new ones.    What a lifesaver!"

Bower enjoys the letters he receives regarding his manual.   "I wrote this manual from experience," says Bower.   "I'm not just some guy with his feet up on the desk - I'm out in the field every day doing what I write.  "

Tom of Lansing, Michigan, followed the simple instructions on installing a shut-off valve and saved $75 on a service call.    Mary of Churdan, Iowa, writes to say she uses the manual to keep the repair guys she hires honest, "When I had my home releveled, I sent two different contractors packing because I knew they weren't doing the job right.    This manual has literally saved me hundreds of dollars!" 

Bower has updated his manual for 2004.    More information was added regarding additions and porches.    "We added details on attaching porches so they don't leak even if they shift with the seasons.  " says Bower.    With high energy prices now upon us, Bower says he's also included a section on building a solar heating panel.    "Find an old sliding glass door and you can build one for under $100," says Bower who built two panels for his own 1800 square foot manufactured home.    "You'd be surprised at how much heat they create when the sun is shining.  "

David of Lake McConaughy, Nebraska, says The Manual should be called, The Mobile Home Bible.   Dave writes, "I wish I had your manual when we had our 1965 Star.    It would have saved me WEEKS of work!" 

Vicki of Ocala, Florida, bought Bower's manual because it had instructions for installing a metal roofover.    "My son and husband had the roof up in 2 days from start to finish," says Vicki.   "The 4 inch overhang is awesome - no more water running down the siding.   Great roof, great instructions, I love it!"

The Manual also helped Pam from Duluth, Minnesota, replace her skirting and repair her underbelly.   "It gave me the courage to tackle these projects," writes Pam.   " I saved a lot of money by being able to do it myself.  "

Bower says many manufactured home owners are do-it-yourselfers, and he's glad to be able to provide them a tool, The Manual, to help them do more.  

,
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The Guide to
Manufactured Housing Repair On-Line

The MH Parts Store On-Line   MH Parts may not be very pretty... but when you need them you just can't do with out them. Don't run all over town to assemble the things you need for that home renovation or repair. Order from our on-line parts store. Everything you need is here from doors, windows, screens, plumbing and electric parts, bath and kitchen fixtures, roof and ceiling components, and more.... even set-up materials, The Part Store's Owner/Managers, keep it simple, they just provide you with the best possible products available.

The Manual for Manufactured Home Repair & Upgrade   If your looking for a book that covers all facets of manufactured home repair, you've found it! This is the only book of its type, available to the public, that we have been able to find. As you would expect from the title, The repair and upgrade techniques described in this manual are specific to manufactured homes. This book will answer almost every question on manufactured home repair that we have ever heard. Not only does this book show you how to repair and maintain your home, but also great methods for upgrading it.

FoundationWorkss   Advanced foundation system   Designed and engineered for manufactued homes, These foundation systems add a high level of strutural stability and have proven most cost-effective for the manufactured home, buyer. Advanced Foundation Systems meet or exceed industry standards, and have been proven safer under adverse conditions. Advanced Foundation Systems offer you the best foundation technology available for your manufactured home...plus added safety and stability...at a lower cost.

Finance Your MH Renovation/Repair   There are many loan programs available to MH Owners. Secure the money you need to renovate, upgrade, or even expand your MH. One stop shopping. select your loan preferences and we will forward your request for loan information to as many as a dozen participating manufactured housing finance offices.

Skirting For The 21 Century Manufactured Home   System-1 is what skirting should be- 100% solid concrete. System-1 is not an imitation or a look alike � it is the original concrete skirting system that resists the elements from the summer heat of Texas to the harsh winters of Minnesota. System-1 is built to last and is designed to stay put for years of dependable service. Stop chasing your skirting down the street and look at just some of the benefits System-1 concrete skirting provides you.  

Manufactured Housing Yellow Pages / SERVICE COMPANIES   The Yellow Pages is an ever expanding data base that is growing into one of the richest resources in the world for locating and contacting companies that participate in, or offer services to, the manufactured housing industry.

The Mobile Home Expert   The business of installing and servicing manufactured homes is rapidly moving away from the world of the one pick-up, one jack, local set up and repair guys and into the world of certified tradesmen, and licensed contractors. The modern manufactured home is greeted with stiff compliance codes regulating construction, warranty and installation. As more and more local agencies get involved in the inspection of installations it gets more and more difficult to know what the rules of the game are, especially if your operating in more than one jurisdiction. Consult with R.T. Bonney, who has participated in all phases of the industry over the past 30 Years He can provide solutions for the modern problems of operating most types of manufactured housing business.

Floor Repair Info Kit   includes a 25 minute VHS video about repairing the floor in your manufactured home, and a booklet on floor repair. Price:$25.95 - Shipping & Handling:$3.90

Painting and Texturing Paneled Walls   By following the steps in this 20 minute video, your paneled walls will look darn near like textured sheetrock. Works on both wood paneling and vinyl-covered paneling or sheetrock. Price:$19.95 Shipping & Handling:$3.90



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