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Old 01-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #16
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Hi... Just as Anglpie2 did, I have just registered to this site because we are selling our "Traditional built home" and retiring to a pre-manufactured, on a foundation, located out in the country that will be ours "bought and paid for"....Wahooo! I want to first begin remodeling the interior, which includes removing those batting strips from the wall and making it look more like a stick built interior. An ealrlier post mentioned removing the strips and filling the cracks with a caulking or putty. Has anyone tried this yet? If so, what kind of success did you have? (next I will be tackling that "plastic looking" bathroom, but that's another day). I appreciate any response. Thank you and I am looking forward to future posts.
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What is the finish on the walls now and are you going to wallpaper it or ?

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Hi Darylh,

I also registered just to see how you transformed your mobile home and I also say WOW!!!. I attended a Home Depot class tonight on How to install crown molding because i want to update my home. But after looking at your work, I am beside myself. Are you a carpenter? Things that I want to do is replace carpet, remove the seam covers from the wall and make it flat then paint, add crown molding and other trim work. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do first? I have limit carpentry skill but i have worked with my father before he past away.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:23 PM   #18
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Welcome Dee, thank you very much.
The order in which I do things can differ from time to time but it also depends on your knowledge. Normally I would prep the walls for painting and prime , prepaint all the trims, put the new floor down after I have screwed them down to help prevent future squeaks, install, crack fill and caulk trims, put final coat on trims and then paint the walls and your done.
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:43 AM   #19
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Just wondering how is the remodeling going. I'm about to start on mine and need a little encouraging. It's seems so impossible.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:27 PM   #20
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Welcome to the site annabell, Yah it can be a little discouraging and over whelming at first but let me tell you once you get started it can be a lot of fun, so jump in there . What exactly are you doing?
I also was a little curious how the renos were going
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Thanks. Yes very overwhelming. My problem is having so many projects started at once. First thing i'd like to do is get rid of these strips on the walls. I removed one and found probably 20 tiny nails minus the heads left in the wall. My trailer is only 5 years old and is in great shape but annoys me to the core looking at all the fake wood and ugly print on the wall paper that i found out is actually part of the wall. Yours is reallysomething to be proud of. I'd kiss those hardwood floors if they were mine. Lol.
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:24 PM   #22
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This forum is the BEST for house repairs but there is a good site on mobile homes at mobilehomerepair.com In the decorating thread there is a lot of experience with painting paneling and wallpaper panel or whatever it's called. There's also a really good recent thread with pictures about painting and epoxying countertops to look like granite. I think the consensus is that folks who live in the frigid north have some problems with taping seams due to frost heave at their piers (concrete blocks). You can get a liner wallpaper really thick to go over paneling and it looks pretty good when painted.

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Old 01-31-2008, 01:18 AM   #23
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Awsome. Thanks. I thinks that's the way i'll go. I found some really thick paper at lowe's .
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I am very glad I decided to type a question on renovating mobile homes. I am in the early planning stages on a renovation. I just have no clue as to cost what I can or can't do to my mobile home. I want to add a bedroom, dining area and family room. Does anyone no approximate costs to add three rooms. Thanks in advance for any response Scranton, SC
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Hi everyone, My husband and I are redecorating our den in our 1995 doublewide home. I want to remove those pesky strips on the walls. Any help as to what to use on the walls once I remove the strips????????
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  1. those pesky little lattice strips that probably match you vcg (vinyl clad gypsum) are covering an unfinished butt joint.
  2. if this is the case.. what do you plan on doing?...what do you want your new finished walls to look like?
can you post a pic or two?
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Exactly.just finished remodeling one of my bathrooms. When i finally got the strip off the wall, there were hundreds of tiny headless nails sticking out. I mudded the crack, sanded it down and then used a textured wall paper. I'll take some pictures and post them. It was such a pain. I'm paying this mobile home off as soon as possible and getting rid of it. I think there was every shortcut in the book used to design these things. Do you have any experience with these fabulous homes.
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I am new to the DIY site. I and my lady friend are going to fix the floors in her 1970's 14 X65 mobile home. There are soft spots in the bathroom and back bedroom probably from being wet at some time. I assume I will have to remove the carpet in the bedroom and linoleum in the bathroom, then put down some 3/4 inch plywood for the subfloor. We plan to replace the tub/shower combo with another tub/shower or just a shower stall. Does anyone know where to find some plans on how these mobiles were constructed? I would like to see some plans before starting this project so I can figure out how to attach the new sub flooring. I plan to do the work myself.
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You can try some manufacturer's web sites for plans, but I don't believe you will get real lucky finding 70's plans.
Odds are 2x6 pine floor joist 20" OC with 1x4 {pressed-wood (particle board)not OSB] glued and stapled to top of 2x6. 5/8 or 3/4 4x8 sheets (pressed-wood) glued and stapled on top.

Plan on adding blocking to your area repair. If you can stay away from the walls.. the repairs will be much easier.

Let us know if you need more info... and welcome to the site.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:44 PM   #30
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I joined the site to see the Darylh's renovation pictures of the not-so-mobile home, to see the nightmare reno someone else is going through, and to read as much as I can because....we just bought a mobile home, and we need to renovate it. Thanks for all the information I have read so far. We just finished renovating an RV, I hope a mobile home is just as easy, or familiar.

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