I've been checking up on what everyone's been up to off and on - some great remodels going on - and now that Spring has hit the Northeast, we're gearing up to take on some projects that need doing around here. Our trailer is a 1988 Astro "Country Manor" and has the lengthwise-running floor joists. We hope to imitate what DCdiva and her family have done, and pull up our plumbing and seal and insulate the flooring.
First of all, though, we have to block up the frame and level as best we can. I think our frame is bent, but don't know what Mark considered badly bent in his book? Our floors do trail off quite a bit on the outer walls, enclosing a photo of the floor under a window in the living room. The former owners had put down a nice "pergo" type floor, but it is separating. Our plan of action is:
1) get a water level and see how far off we are all around
2) add more blocking to the place - lots more - we have lots of books, a treadle sewing machine(ok two, but one is still in storage), and the previous owner built all-wood kitchen
cabinets with a matching bookcase on the other side towards the living room)
3) tear up and redo the flooring as DCdiva's family did, re-doing the plumbing at the same
time in PEX
So here's my first questions:
1) Which version of the water level have folks here used, and why? I'd like to get away with the cheaper version if we can and save our money for the next book out by Mark
2) Since it's our outer walls that are bowing, and there is no steel there, will perimeter
blocking really help?
3) And just how bad is too badly bent? We can't afford another trailer, and if this one is really off, can we just block it as best we
can and sort of keep it from getting worse?
You can sort of see how the natural pine bookcase on the left of the white bookcase photo is leaning towards the wall (I've since moved it, but it's still leaning backwards about a good inch or so)
Also, those of you with good observation skills will note what looks to be blocking under the kitchen drawers - it's not. It's foam board that I put under both sets of drawers this winter in a desperate attempt to keep the mice out of there. I have to replace the foam with a nice piece of wood - it's on The List of To-Do's.