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Mobile home (insolation)

Posted by John 2000 on July 10th, 1999 05:26 PM
In reply to Mobile home and warm climate by Stephanie on July 10th, 1999 02:00 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi again Stephanie,
This is the fourth time I've tried to write this, the cost factor
keeps comming to mind.
What is wrote below is only an idea, it's up to
you if you think the work is worth it, but talk
to people and see what they say......
The idea is to fix a new timber wall around your home, to start with
you can fix plained timbers of 2"x2" upright at 2ft centers, up to the
roof, start at the center and work from left to right, when you come to
corner fix two timbers together, then fix one to the wall leaving the
other to run past the end by 2".
Now do the same on the other side of your home, again leaving the two 2x2s
running over.
Now on the ends of the home you will have on each corner a 2x2 passing over.
again start in the center fix your 2x2 rail then again left to right when fixing
frame around all doors and windows with the 2x2 ( to give you an idea) look at
the door frame, fix your 2x2 about 1"1/2 back from the frame opening do this on
all openings (windows/doors)I will tell you why later.
let all the timbers/rails run below the floor by about 6" ( they will be cut later)
The insolation will fit between the timbers/rails I find polystrine is cheap and easy
to work with, the thickness should be 2"(the same as the rails) make good job of
fitting it dont have any holes or spaces between "thats where the cold will come in".
Now the covering of your home....
You can use vinyl type material/clapboard/T&G boards.
Plywood is ok for a shed, but you want it to look good, so for me thats out.
The material you use is up to you, but when you fix it, remember the doors and windows
cut the material up to the out side edge of the 2x2 that around the openings
make this a good fit.
So now you have the out side covering on, the total thickness is 2" + the material, which
we can call x. remember you left a space around the frames now you know why. cut a lath (timber)
the thickness of the 2"+ x + 3/4" or 1/2"( even I dont understand that) mesure from the frame opening
door/window, and mesure 1/2" more, so you will have a lip passing the out side by 1/2", this lath will
cover the 2x2 and the covering.
Important: the lath you have is about 3/4" thick by 3"-4" wide, fix the lath at the top first, then fix
the lath at the sides ( door way)do the same with the window but you will need a wider lath for the
bottom (this will be a sill) fix the top, then the sill(bottom) then the sides.
If you can get a slight fall on the bottom lath all the better for the rain)?
Make a very good job of the edges around the opening.
Now the roof, strip back the covering around the outside, strip back about 2ft
look at the size of the roof timbers, screw new timbers ( the same size) along side
the old, let the new timbers run over the eve about 12" all around the building
the new roof timbers will be about 3ft long so dont rip off all the roof.
replace the roof covering with the same type of material.
sand down and paint to suit.
Thats some thing for you to think about....
John 2000.
PS: If you know some one with a fax send me the number, you have my e-mail adress
I can send you a simple lay-out

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