Mark Bower owns Aberdeen Mobile Home Repair and is
the author of "The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and
Upgrade" available on this website.
Your faucet drips or leaks, so time to repair
or replace it. Yet the only water shut-off is located underneath the home.
"What a pain," you say to yourself. Next time avoid the hassles by
installing separate shut-offs to each plumbing fixture. Just remember that
you need a shut-off on both the hot and cold waterlines.
To replace a kitchen or vanity faucet and add a
shut-off valve, just follow these steps:
Shut off the water to the whole house than take the pressure off the
waterlines. Opening up the outside spigot is a great way to relieve the
pressure. That way when you cut into the waterline, you won't get a face
full of sprayed water. The main shut-off is usually located either by the
water heater, or underneath the home.
Remove the old faucet by unscrewing the waterlines, then
unscrewing the mounting nuts. The picture shows a close-up of a mounting
nut. Often times you can just reach up and turn-off the plastic nuts by
hand. The metal nuts will require a wrench or slip-joint pliers.
Cut off the ends to the old waterline about 12 inches back or
so. If you have white Pex or gray Poly waterlines, a plastic tubing cutter
Locate the materials needed (pictured from left to right for connecting
your faucet to existing gray poly waterlines) - 1/2" poly crimp ring, 1/2"
pex to poly transition fitting, piece of white pex waterline with two 1/2"
crimp rings, 1/2" pex to 3/8" male shutoff valve, 16" or 20" flexible
faucet connector. If you already have white PEX waterlines, then all you
need is the shut-off valve and the faucet connector. The existing PEX
waterline will crimp right to the shut-off valve.
Assemble the pieces. Using a 1/2" crimper, crimp the rings to the white
Pex. Screw the faucet connector to the shut-off valve. Don't overtighten.
Thread paste or tape is not needed. I have new 1/2" and 3/4" crimpers
available for $95 by emailing
me. $125 may sound expensive, but as
little as 3 months ago, the price was double. One call to a plumber would
pay for the cost of this easy to use tool.
Mount the faucet to the sink as per
Then screw-on the hot and cold waterlines. Don't overtighten.
Thread dope or tape is not needed. The picture shows how the connectors
should be screwed on, although you'll do the fastening underneath the
sink. Fasten the sprayer too, if included.
Crimp the new connectors/shut-off valves to
the existing waterlines.
Turn on water and check for leaks.
The Manual for
Manufactured Home Repair & Upgrade
“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,
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!”
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
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]
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