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What is that bad smell & how do I get rid of it ?
Thu 09/13/07 09:22:26 pm
by Mark Bower

You know you have a dead animal when a sewer-like decaying smell gets worse every day. The hardest part of removing a dead animal from underneath your floor is to find the critter without tearing apart your belly and removing all the insulation. By knowing a few tricks you should be able to locate and remove the dead critter with very minimal damage to the belly.

Critters tend to move into warmer areas when the weather outside gets cold. So the first line of defense before Fall gets here, is to be sure your skirting is solid with no holes and that your underbelly has no tears or gaps around pipes. But despite the best intentions, an occasional mouse or cat still seems to be inevitable.

The first step to finding the darn critter is to narrow down in which part of the home the smell is strongest. Smell underneath your cupboards and down your floor registers. Once you’ve located the area of the strongest smell, it’s time to take a trip underneath your home. Before crawling underneath, line-up the following tools and materials. Carry them in a little box to minimize the number of trips because you forgot something.

1) Flashlight or work light
2) Extension cord
3) Belly tape
4) Utility knife
5) Heat gun
6) Insulation
7) Damp rag
8) Periscope with light on top

Yes, you read #8 right. A periscope with a light on top is the biggest secret to searching inside your belly without cutting a giant hole. Periscopes can be found in some toy departments oan army surplus store. The periscope pictured here is from an army tank and can be occasionally found listed on various online auction sites for $30-$40. This periscope is particular suited to the job because of the wide, clear prism. It’s also very durable.

If you don’t have a periscope or can’t find one, don’t fret. A flashlight and mirror can give you the same results.


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"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.  "

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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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