Doublewide settlement. How much is to much? - Posted by Dan

Posted by Don-NY on September 25, 2008 at 09:47:14:

That’s what I use. I also found that making a reservoir, a 1-2 gal clear or translucent jug works best. While you are at the hardware store get a rubber grommet that fits snuggly over the hose, drill a hole 1" up from bottom of jug that grommet fits snugly into. I found this reacts quicker, less chance of bubbles and if you spill a few drops it does not effect accuracy.

Doublewide settlement. How much is to much? - Posted by Dan

Posted by Dan on September 24, 2008 at 15:53:35:

I just picked up a 1989 doublewide on a half acre for 12k. It is in a very hot area. It comps out in this market for 75k. The problem is where each side comes together there is a half inch gap in the back room running across the ceiling and down the wall. It looks like it has separated. Is this a huge problem ?

could be… - Posted by Greg Meade

Posted by Greg Meade on September 25, 2008 at 07:45:38:

Where the two halves meet is called the marriage line.

The home needs to be re-leveled and lagged. Take a deep breath my 19 year old daughter has done this.

  1. Get a 40 foot 1/4’ clear tubing.
  2. 2 gals of anti freeze to make a water level.
  3. Some new wedges and 2x10x2’ blocks
  4. Some 1x10x2’ blocks.
  5. 2 squares of 3 tab shingles same color or close to original.

The repair?

  1. Loosen all straps holding home down.
  2. use a small hand pump to fill tube with anti freeze.
  3. Pick a central point and level entire home to this point.
    4.Remove roof cap of 3 tab roofing shingles running at marriage line.
  4. Remove and save the flashing under these shingles.
  5. Run 24 or so) 4" lag screws down marriage line at 45* angle…screws have to originate on both sides equally. I like them 4 feet apart.
  6. Replace flashing
  7. Install three tabs at roof cap as they were originally.
  8. Re-tighten straps.

All day job, takes two people. Cost? About 300 material, 120 labor for helper, 60 for beer and pizza. Be careful with unused anti freez. we drain into jugs and reuse…please don’t drain on ground, this is dangerous to dogs and cats and kids…use colored water is probably easier and cheaper.

As a side note, water levels were used to construct the pyramids thousands of years ago. We have put laser levels on these structures and they are EXACTLY level, square and plumb…amazing that.


Thanks. - Posted by Dan

Posted by Dan on September 25, 2008 at 15:47:59:

WOW, sounds a little scary. I,ll give it a shot.

Beware of air bubbles - Posted by Shawn Sisco

Posted by Shawn Sisco on September 25, 2008 at 08:32:25:

make sure that as you look at your clear plastic hose filled with your blue windshield washer fluid that you do not see any air bubbles - if so, work them out before you level.