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Old 10-22-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Framing for Skirting


I am going to be skirting my mobile home soon, and have decided on sheet metal with metal studs for support.
I am planning on running a metal track on the bottom staked to the ground and possibly dug under the ground a little bit, and attach drywall metal studs inside the track and secure them with screws to the underside of the mobile home.
I was however wondering:
1. what gauge and size of studs would you recommend?
2. What spacing of studs (since this is not a load bearing except for the wind, considering however it's not uncommon to have 50-70mph winds here.)

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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You do know all the materials you need are avalible at Home Depot or Loews in the siding area, right.
No framing is needed, just a top and bottom track.
http://www.completemobilehomesupply....kages_s/24.htm

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:32 PM   #3
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Vinyl skirting is not practical here, since I am out in the country and critters and the elements will quickly take a toll on them. Also for the price sheet metal is the way to go for longevity.
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Metal studs and sheet metal in direct contact with the ground
May want to concider using aluminum soffit material,
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Metal studs and sheet metal in direct contact with the ground
May want to concider using aluminum soffit material,
i live in west texas, so moisture is not much of a problem, it would take a long time for it to rust out. the sheet metal I am going to use is the painted panels also.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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anyone have any recommendations on size and spacing?
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:55 PM   #7
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bump. still needing some advice on this.
I was thinking that doing a 24" spacing on the studs just for support from flexing and using the standard 25gauge studs would work.
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The skirting is not structural so the materials and design are what works to meet your needs e.g. keep out the wildlife. I find 25 gauge studs a nuisance to work with as they are not very stiff and prefer 20 gauge. Depending on the sheet metal you are using will dictate the required support. 24" o.c. will do it if it supports the sheet metal well enough to keep the wildlife out and supports the sheet metal enough so that the appearance isn't wavey. I don't know Texas conditions but guess that whatever the conditions the bottom track has to last longer if it is set on a material rated for ground contact e.g. .60 pressure treated lumber. good luck with the project.

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