Onsite setup of a Double Wide

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Onsite setup of a Double Wide

Post by 8675309 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:25 pm

How do the setup crews put the two halfs together? I noticed that the bottom half was bolted together. When you look higher on the home it looks like they did not bolt the two halfs together. The top half is not pulled together in other words. I also feel that they do not want you in the house so they have time to cover up all the problems.

1. How are the two halfs supposed to be put together?
2. Besides insurance why will they not let you in the house untill they finish?
3. If you have already closed on the home why can I not go in?

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Re: Onsite setup of a Double Wide

Post by David Oxhandler » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:45 pm

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I'm sure the insurance is the main issue that keeps you our of your home before it is finished. Installers across the country are required to be licensed and bonded today. In the event that you are injured that contractors livelihood is in jeopardy. Additionally the contractor is paid a flat rate for the job. You can not expect him and his crew to stop or to work around you while you walk through

See the time lapse VIDEO of a manufactured home installation. : Manufactured Home Time Lapse Installation

There are different methods of installation and set up used in different parts of the country... many of the variations are due to differing soil types drainage and climate variations. Your local building department can provide you with the requirements for your area.

Your home's installation will be inspected by your local building department. You will not be able to get certification to occupy the home before the local building requirements are met. At that time you should be on site, walk thru with the inspector, ask questions and express any concerns you may have.
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Re: Onsite setup of a Double Wide

Post by rmurray » Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:52 pm

Your inspector will require that it be set EXACTLY as your manufacturers set up manual requires (these are written by the engineer who designed your home)...Most likely the top and sidewalls will be screwed or bolted together. The other post here is very correct about insurance..This requirement is for you and your homes safety..Be sure you are there when the home is inspected by the county..

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