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Old 09-23-2013, 09:18 AM   #256
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I was wondering how the Taj Ma Trailer was coming along. Had a hot humid spell here a few weeks back that sidelined me for a few days.

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:36 PM   #257
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I was just scanning through my quite extensive photo collection from this journey and found these two, when placed side by side show quite the difference. Before, and After. Master bedroom, front wall.
These look like two different angles but its the same piece of wall, just one pic shows more floor and the other shows more ceiling.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:39 AM   #258
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When i got home yesterday i went out to the trailer. I walked through every room, looking for evidence of mice (holes in drywall, droppings, bodies, smell, urine stains) and found nothing. Anyone who has ever been in the vicinity of a mouse knows the smell of one.
I also examined the ceiling and new drywall, looking for water stains or swelled portions that would indicate a leak, and didnt find any of that either. I checked all of the exposed wiring, and there were no bite marks or poop marks or anything on them. The absolute only difference in the trailer now, as opposed to May, is the smell. That old, musty, closed-up abandoned mobile home smell is back, hopefully it will go away the more we are out there. Im glad we can pick up where we left off, and just finish what we started without having to redo anything.
Freakin lizard scared the crap out of me though, i went to leave and just about the time i set one foot on the top stair, a lizard came shooting out of the trailer, past my foot, and disappeared under the trailer. I thought it was a mouse, i jumped about three feet in the air and wasted no time locking that door and getting back into my car. I hate lizards, theyre creepy.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #259
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Sorry i dont have any pics for you yet, but we did go out there and work this weekend. We removed the custom headboard from the master bedroom wall and put a new piece of drywall in that spot. We also removed the closet bars so we can put them in a different place. Now we have to mud a few more spots and paint a bit more and the master bedroom walls will be done.
We wouldve done more but my mom injured her leg on Friday and she was hurting pretty bad by the time we finished that piece of drywall on Sunday so we just called it a day and hope to return to work on the next Saturday.
We would work throughout the week but my parents are fixing up another trailer as well and i still have wedding stuff i have to do during the week so its not exactly possible at this point in time.
Thanks for reading! More updates and pics coming next week!
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:38 PM   #260
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I have to say I admire the effort you put into this. I have done a 28x65.. every square inch except for 1 room. It cost approx. $40K but well worth it as compared to going into debt on a new home. We replaced everything from the insulation, sheetrock, fixtures, gutted the entire kitchen even took out the floor and insulation in it. Replaced EVERYTHING with all house materials, custom cabs, granite counter tops, about 20K in the kitchen alone. Claw foot tub, arched doors and cabinetry in the closets instead of standard shelves. As you know these things aren't "normal" to work on, nothing is square and there are very few (if any) stock items at HD or Lowes as replacements so once you start ripping out, it leads to more ripping. My hat is off to you for your efforts, I'm curious to see your updated photos. Take care, Wango
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:19 AM   #261
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thanks Wango. Its definitely been quite a journey and it seems like a lifetime ago to look at the original pictures now. Hoping i can get ya'll some updated pics this weekend.

Real estate seems to be on the rise again in my area. I have only seen one new home go up around here since the housing boom back in 1999 - 2000. Now, just on my commute to work, i am watching the day-to-day progress of two new homes that are going up, one is now to the point of framing the second story and house-wrapping the bottom story; the other has just finished the framing of the bottom level and is currently attaching sheathing. Very cool, getting to see the day-to-day progress. There is also a remodel happening that really confuses me.
This guy bought an old burnt brick home. The inside was completely charred and all the windows broken, roof collapsed. He went in with a vengeance, ripped out all of the old framing and roofing, put in new framing, new rafters, new decking and new shingles. The bricks are still there. What confuses me, is that he didnt replace the windows, and its been five months or so since the roof went on. What is the point of replacing a roof, if you are going to leave huge gaping holes in your walls? Seems to me that he did a lot of work and is taking a chance of it all getting ruined. He didnt replace the fascia boards or the garage door either. Its all open to the weather.
Anyhow, still cool to see the progress.
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I also had an amusing experience yesterday. In high school, i took theatre and our main job was to set up and take down sets for the high school plays. ONe of the items on the curriculum was to learn to properly and efficiently use power tools. My teacher had a full set of circular saw, recip saw, jig saw, band saw, electric drill, table saw, and chop saw. We had to learn all of them by final exams. I failed that class because i tried to use the drill and it burned my fingers holding on to the screw, and i refused to touch the other tools.
Well yesterday i came across my old theater teacher in walmart and i told him about my trailer project. Naturally he didnt believe me. My mom backed me up though and i showed him some of the progress pics on my phone, and he seemed thoroughly shocked that i am now skilled in the use of all of those tools he tried to teach me to use all those years ago, with the exception of a band saw. he was actually speechless, LOL. That felt nice. Plus learning to use these tools was on my bucket list, and have been successfully checked off, so im good.
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Hahaha, that's awesome!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #264
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We worked as long as we could on Sunday, and we got a fair bit of work done. We got the new drywall in the master bedroom mudded and taped, and we redone two seams in the bedroom that looked horrible, and we cut out the weak floor in front of the door in the master. We were planning to get the new plywood cut and installed yesterday too but we ran out of daylight at 6:30PM. Honestly! Pics coming as soon as i get them downloaded from my email.
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OK pics pics pics!!!!

There is a pic of the new drywall, all mudded and taped; a closeup of the drywall; and the hole in the floor where we cut out the weak spot. Before you ask, the things inside that hole consist of the stove wire, the grounding wire, and a useless duct that used to be part of the central air and is no longer operable.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:37 PM   #266
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I think you once said you did not install central heat in the trailer? Where I live it's okay for owner/inhabitants to do pretty much what they want but it is illegal to rent out a living space with no central heat. If there were to be a fire with a tenant and a space heater there might be legal complications for the landlord. You might want to check. Baseboard heat would be an easy install. Other things I recall are you must have a working smoke detector, locks and screens on the windows. It should be fairly easy with the internet to find out what you must provide in Texas.
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thanks Arlo but my dad is a landlord to several properties and he knows the rule book inside and out. Window units are fine, my own house im renting has window units and no central unit. screens are nice but arent required, locks are but we have those already and a smoke detector is in the plans to install later on. Around here the only thing the authorities really get involved in is the financial matters, like kicking out a tenant without reason or evicting them and not giving them their deposit back. The house itself just has to be livable and safe for inhabiting. We have dedicated 20-Amp 12-Gauge plugs in the bedroom and living room for space heaters though, so a fire shouldnt be too much of a hazard as long as we rent to a clean person that doesnt throw clothing over top of a space heater. Whoever this goes to will be a mature adult with impeccable references.
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Sorry about the delay. Things arent so cut and dry anymore, before, i could spend both days of every weekend out there working, but now i have wedding stuff going on and my parents are working on their own trailer, so we havent even had a chance to work on it. But we do have plans to go ahead and work this weekend, id like to get the holes in the master floor patched, and the window caulked, the wall sanded and painted again, and hopefully get the little bedroom cleaned out so we can finish drywalling in there. I got some free carpet this weekend, but i havent decided if i really want to use it in there with this place being a rental.
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we went out there today and worked for about six hours, fixing the major hole in the master bedroom. We ended up tearing out the rest of that cavity all the way to the wall, since it was all rotten anyway, and spent an hour pulling staples out of the joists before we screwed some cross supports between the two joists, and put a new piece of 5/8" plywood down there and screwed it to the joists and cross supports. Solid as a rock now. Yeah I know the floor should be 3/4" but the rest of the floor is 5/8" and im not redoing the whole floor. Sorry, but that's not going to happen. We also caulked the hell out of the window that was leaking, both inside and out, and hopefully it holds. We will find out in the morning since it has rained since nightfall. We worked the entire six hours on the floor, so its the only thing we have done today. Here's a pic. Its a little dark, but it was pretty dark in the trailer and my fiancÚ's computer doesn't have photo editing software so I cant lighten it up any.
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We started on the floor in the bedroom this weekend. We finally managed to stop that leak, so we cleaned out the room, swept the floor, pulled up all the staples, and covered the plywood with underlayment. We got about two boxes of flooring laid before the daylight ran out, and we planned to return to the attack on Sunday but we were both so sore we could barely walk so we decided to finish the room next saturday. However, i did finish redoing the closet in my current house, ill post a new thread on that as soon as i can get the pictures to download to my computer.

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