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Topic: Skirting around mobile homes
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Triplejsec

4/23/2012 12:35:36 PM
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Skirting around mobile homes

Has anyone redone their skirting, as well as where did you get the supplies from, what did you use, and any experiences that you have had would be handy, or if any one knows where to get r 24 styrofoam from that would be great. Thanks

 
 
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traveling guy

4/23/2012 1:03:42 PM
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I am told

that styrofoam insulation is half price at Menards in Minot ND. Might be worth the trip.

stuff

4/23/2012 1:11:49 PM
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Vinyl skirting package

I got mine through my mover because it was cheapest (built into moving price), but had also priced them out at a co-op lumber yard/home centre, and fouliards up at St. Lazare. But I'm sure if you look around other home reno centres or a place like that can get a price for you. I was told not to use the insulated skirting stuff - that it traps moisture in and doesn't allow proper breathing under the trailer and end up with bigger problems. I've had realitively no problems with my vinyl stuff other than in horrendus winds it can break. But I have extra pieces cut to slide in super easy.

Linnie

4/23/2012 1:16:12 PM
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Try Prairie Mobile

I believe they are in Winnipeg.

NotThatGuy

4/23/2012 1:44:42 PM
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Call Haresnape Handyman @ 724-6822. He will be able to fix you up no problem. He has skirted pretty much every mobile around me in Brentwood.

james

4/23/2012 1:57:02 PM
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second haresnapes, he knows most things mobile homes related.  
 
does anyone know if there is an diy fix you can do to fix holes made from weed wackers, lawn mowers?

Robbie

4/23/2012 2:04:46 PM
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Vinyl

I have skirted more than a dozen mobile homes, and last fall agianst my better judgement skirted one with vinyl and no insulation and the pipes frooze 4 times during the winter. Unless you are very well sheltered you must insulate... but make sure you have vents at both ends that you can open spring summer and fall.  
 
The best skirting is metal with rigid styro insulation, as vinyl will buckle, twist, looks ugly and gets blown out with high winds. There were about 40 mobiles that happened to at Brentwood.. It also breaks when you cut agianst it with a weed eater, doesn't happen with metal  
 
Metal is about the same price as vinyl and can be purchased at South End Lumber in just about any color you need.  
 
And yes, styro is about $16 a 4x8 sheet at Menards, $50 here Its all made by Corning

Triplejsec

4/23/2012 2:12:25 PM
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Robbie

Ok. Any chance how much a ball park cost would be

Black Panther

4/23/2012 2:15:03 PM
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Brandon Eavestroughing

I had to get several pieces repaired after a wind storm a couple of years ago and Brandon Eavestroughing did it for me. I am sure they would be more than happy to give you an estimate. They can be reached at 573-8868 or 726-5888.

Fishin Guy

4/23/2012 2:35:15 PM
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Robbie said "I have skirted more than a dozen mobile homes, and last fall agianst my better judgement skirted one with vinyl and no insulation and the pipes frooze 4 times during the winter. Unless you are very well sheltered you must insulate... but make sure you have vents at both ends that you can open spring summer and fall.  
 
The best skirting is metal with rigid styro insulation, as vinyl will buckle, twist, looks ugly and gets blown out with high winds. There were about 40 mobiles that happened to at Brentwood.. It also breaks when you cut agianst it with a weed eater, doesn't happen with metal  
 
Metal is about the same price as vinyl and can be purchased at South End Lumber in just about any color you need.  
 
And yes, styro is about $16 a 4x8 sheet at Menards, $50 here Its all made by Corning "

Please watch though. I called the manufacturer of mine and said not to enclose it in. Unless you totally seal the ground and the skirting my warranty would be void. The skirting needs to breath to allow moisture from the ground to escape, even though polly is laid down. They have had so many people have mold build up under the trailer. If you pipes freeze then put heat tape on them. Another idea is put a curtain behind the vented areas of the skirting to dissipate the air flow.

stuff

4/23/2012 3:04:09 PM
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The pipes on my trailer

I have the sewar pipes wrapped in insulation and then plastic tightly wound around the insulation. On the water lines I have heat tape. Never had any problems with freezing up. Have also been told that if I'm going away for a few days to leave a tap open at each end ever so slightly to keep things flowing, as well I will open up the cupboard doors under sinks so that they have the room temp circulating around them while I'm away.

Robbie

4/23/2012 11:59:13 PM
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heat tapes

Heat tapes between the floor and about 4 feet into the ground on your water line is a must even if you do insulate the skirting.  
If you have vents that you open up when it is not winter your warranty will not be void... The thick vapor barrier that is required by Brandon and Area Planning helps to prevent the moisture coming up from the ground.  
 
Drain pipes should be alright without insulation, any ice buildup usually evaporates...  
Keeping a tap running is a veery bad idea, that's where you will get an ice buidup in your drain lines. It is far better to make sure you have the properly insulated skirting and heat tapes that go up into the floor cavity a couple of inches, and make sure the heat tape runs parallel to the pipe, never wrap it around the pipe as it will sag down over time and cross over itself and burn out.And that is also why you never overlap.  
As an insurance, put two tapes on your water line right from the beginning, one on each side of the pipe secured every 4-5 inches with electical tape,, if one stops working just plug the other in instead of trying to put another in when it is minus 40  
 
DO NOT CUT CORNERS OR BE CHEAP you will live to regret it. Try working with burst water pipes at minus 40  
 
Total costs are less than $1000.


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