"Every winter my roof leaked around the swamp
cooler. We even had a couple mobile
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
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
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,
"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
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!"
Manual also helped Pam from
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.
Mark Bower can be reached at [email protected]
Manufactured Housing Repair
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.
Manufactured Home Repair & Renovation Forum An open
discussion group where all are welcome to participate. No registration
necessary! Discussion threads covering a wide range of questions, answers,
and relating of personal experiences involving MH Repairs. Moderated by
Tracy L. Mason of MB-Quality Contractors, from Greeley, CO. Ask our
experienced manufactured home repair and renovation contractor about your
home repair needs! Basic home fix-it techniques to trade
Foundation Systems 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.
Hardboard Siding Repairs Does your
Manufactured Home have hardboard siding that is swelling, rotting, or
buckling? You might be entitled to a Cash Settlement! Find out if 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 underneath your toilet, and a booklet
on floor repair. Price:$25.95 - Shipping &
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