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Underpenning a frame house
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tommy    Posted 08-27-2003 at 03:40:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone have any suggestions for underpenning my 30`x30`house? Something besides cheap vinyl, I need something tough.


Jeff in TX    Posted 08-27-2003 at 10:13:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
My house has Hardi-panel siding. We used Hardi-panel to under-pin it. We just poured a footing using sackcrete, and built it like a wall nailing the bottom plate to the footing. Looks just like a site-built house,cant even tell it is a "trailer".


Fawteen    Posted 08-27-2003 at 05:50:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
By "underpenning" I presume you mean some sort of skirting to keep the cold winter wind from getting under a house that sits on pilings of some sort?

We did my daughters "Manufactured Home" (I'm not allowed to call it a trailer...) by framing it with 2x4's, screwing 1/2" Pressure Treated plywood over that, and vinyl inserts on the outside to dress it up. On the inside, we cut and fit pieces of 3" foamboard insulation between the 2x4 studs. One 120 watt lightbulb keeps everything warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing in a Maine winter.


dg    Posted 08-27-2003 at 13:23:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fawteen, sounds like a great idea, especially the light bulb. How did you anchor the 2x4 framing to the ground? Just frame it and let the bottom treated plate rest on top of the ground?


Fawteen    Posted 08-27-2003 at 15:20:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
This trailer is on a slab, so we power-nailed it with a piece of sill foam under it.

If you're on dirt, I'd use a double layer of PT for the sill, and maybe anchor it with some rebar spikes.


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