(Perimeter wall) john in south carolina

Old 01-18-07, 07:48 PM
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(Perimeter wall) john in south carolina

i have purchased a 27 x 60 home. the county states that it must have a continuous perimeter wall ( brick,block or other masonary material. As a single dad raisinh two children . i need to find the most cost effe, way to accomplish this. any suggestions? i have heard of building a treated wall anh then attch a masonry product . will this work I am trying to retire the title at DMV
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Local ordinances in South Carolina dictate the height of elevation of the mobile home, the construction of the permanent foundation, and how the mobile home is attached to the foundation. The first step is to check with the local building inspector's office re: building codes, permits, and required inspections. There are additional specific codes that address mobile homes that are in flood prone areas and areas subjected to high winds. The minimum requirements, I believe, must meet those as established by HUD.

While talking with the building inspector, you might inquire if they know of any government programs that help offset the costs of building the foundation. There are programs available in certain areas that offer some assistance to those with income limitations. You could also check with the local Housing Authority.
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IMO laying block would be the best way to go. Block will need a footer but it usually doesn't need to be to the same specs as a foundation footer since the only weight it supports is the block itself - the MH is supported by the block piers on their own footer. It is also possible to use 4" or 6" block although the height of the underpinning will determine how feasable that is. With a level footer, a string and level, laying block can be a diy project.

Stucco over lath supported by plywood or fiberboard will probably also meet the requirements. For it to last long term, the plywood should be supported by 2x4 construction built on a foundation. I suppose you could sink PT posts to nail the plywood to and lath and stucco over it. That would be the cheapest in the short run but the stucco would be apt to crack because of insufficent stable foundation. Although it may take a long time, PT wood will deteriate when in contact with the ground.

However you underpin your MH be sure to provide adequate ventilation - this will help to keep the underside dry = less chance of rot or mold.

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