Okay, the mobile home NG is so dead and no answer there so here goes here.
I have a single wide trailer that is noticeably unlevel, low on one side at
one end, about 1/2 way down the length. I don't see why I can't level it
myself about 1/2" -1" at a time. How big of a bottle jack would I need to
life one pillar (one support) at a time and put some shims in until it is
ton, 50 ton? Thanks.
He's only leveling it, not moving it. Just keep some blocking under
it at all times and if the jack slips it wont fall more than an inch
or so. I leveled my own MH. I tried a 3 ton jack and it would not
do. I found that my 10 ton worked fine, but I wanted to use 2 jacks
at once so I went and bought a 20ton. The biggest problem was the
jacks wanted to compress the soil rather than lift the house. I
finally bought a piece of 3/4" thick steel thats 2 feet square. That
worked well. A railroad tie also works. but moving that thing around
was too much work. The steel was heavy too, but much easier to move,
and also less likely to tip or lean. Forget using cement blocks under
the jack, they crush. To level it, buy yourself a water level. $20
to $25 at most home repair centers.
Note, blocking should be placed about 8 feet apart along the whole
trailer. Put an extra stack under the doors to prevent door sag.
Not OSB unless it is very well protected from the rain/snow/wet...
Ideal would be some steel plate in various thicknesses depending on what
you need. Make do, would be treated, but I can make whatever thickness
I don't know what a regular installer would use and I've never actually
done one, but I think OSB ain't a real good choice...
I don't know. It is UNDER the trailer and has a full skirting. I never had
rain blow up under it, but only lived here a few months. My in-laws have
had a trailer for a few years and never had a problem of rain, snow wet
getting under their trailer.
YIKES!!!!!!!! It is only wood on top of cinder blocks right now. I have to
look to see what kind they used.
I never thought OSB was good for much, but termites hate the taste of the
glue used in OSB.
My single guess is that you have cider shims on top of the blocks
now. Plenty of mobile homes (wheels off ?) in your area, surely would
mean a local company can level this for you.
..through the use of electrical or duct tape, achieve the configuration in the
OSB is a bad choice, Even if it dont get soaked, dampness and
humidity will make it swell and soon decompose. Just get some
pressure treated 1x8 and 2x8. (assuming the cement blocks are 8
inch). Cut the wood the same length as the blocks (or longer if you
wish). Use a 1" first, then a 2" if you need it that thick. If you
need to add a quarter inch or some oddball amount, then use treated
plywood, or strips of steel, or just plane the PT wood to fit.
Hardwood like Oak would work well too, and if you are in a termite
area, dunk the pieces in drain oil first.
As long as you look at nothing but the Chiwanese knockoffs...buy a
_real_ Walker or equivalent and it'll handle nameplate easily...
Of course, it ain't cheap, either, which pretty much relegates 99.44% of
the US buying public from considering it...
Let your fingers do the walking.....
Find a mobile-home sales/delivery outfit.
Have the people that do it every day level your place.
They have the equipment and the experience.
and you won't have to worry about;
"what to do with a used 20 ton jack "
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