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Old 03-05-2019, 11:41 AM   #31
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MH doors are generally standard widths but most are only 76" tall instead of 82" I usually just by a slab door and cut off whatever I need to off of the bottom. That also requires ripping a piece of 2x to insert at the bottom.


MH cabinets are junk. I built cabinets for my kitchen and they came out great. I'm currently building 4 for my shop and I keep making one mistake after another
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:08 PM   #32
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MH doors are generally standard widths but most are only 76" tall instead of 82" I usually just by a slab door and cut off whatever I need to off of the bottom. That also requires ripping a piece of 2x to insert at the bottom.


MH cabinets are junk. I built cabinets for my kitchen and they came out great. I'm currently building 4 for my shop and I keep making one mistake after another

I think the newer ones might be but mine are directly screwed into the "studs." The jamb on the latch side is about 4 strips of the cardboard walls stapled into the other "stud." A regular prehung door size doesn't fit so I ripped the walls apart and reframed so one would fit.



They are, I don't even have backs and can't believe how long they have survived. Frames are just veneered particleboard and the doors...idk, look like mitered frames with a skin on the front and back.



Certainly a trial and error game for the first couple but after sitting down and doing all the math for the bit set, making setup blocks and making a cheat sheet I can make the doors easily now. The frames and boxes are another ball of wax though, use sketchup to play with the dimensions and what works. I get the door dimensions from the sketch and plug that into my cheat sheet to get the cut sizes. Takes time but saves on the amount of firewood I used to make. Best of luck!
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:21 PM   #33
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No, you can't use prehungs in a MH without reframing [maybe the whole wall] I was referring to slabs that you'd cut the height down and then use the existing jamb. Many MH interior walls aren't 2x4 construction.
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Being able to do things on my own and not having to rely on money all the time to fix things have been strongly inculcated in me by my parents, partly because they did not have a comfortable upbringing. Honestly, I am thankful for it even when money is no longer a problem (at least it isn't now) and in a way hiring others would also be helping them make a living. Recently I employed the help of a landscaper, got curious about the job and learned that they earn an average of $13 per hour (source). But being able to do things personally is more than just saving money, there is also satisfaction and peace in knowing that I'll do fine on my own.
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I took the electric from 60 amp to 800 amp service
I installed a 2" copper supply from the street
Wait, timeout from the regularly scheduled thread. 800amp? I don't even think I can get over 400a for single family residential. 2" water meter too? Are you paying commercial rates for those (here a 2" meter would be $230 more per month before water use charges!)? Are you a bitcoin miner bottling water on the side?
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