DIY floor repair


One of the most common maintenance problems with the mobile home is a damaged or rotten floor. The problem is worse in older homes because of the use of particle board. Particleboard is roughly compacted sawdust, held with glue and when wet, it begins to disintegrate. Thus, because of plumbing leaks, moisture, etc., soil remediation is a permanent chore. Over the years, manufacturers, in accordance with government codes, have raised the standards for mobile homes and newer models are much more resilient than older ones. Subfloors are now made primarily from plywood that is more moisture resistant than particle board. Ground repairs are fairly simple, depending on the size and location. Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Circular Saw
  • Lever Bar
  • Hammer and Nails (Common # 8)
  • Screw Gun
  • Plywood
  • 2×4 Pieces

L & H Thickness of the plywood should match the floor. It will likely be 3/4 "but you will not know for sure until you cut it. 2×4 parts should be used as support but may not be necessary The following steps will guide you through the 19659009] Remove the floor covering.If it is carpet, you may be able to roll it back to reuse it after repairing it.However, it? is tiled or linoleum, it will most likely be ruined and unusable.

  • Mark the damaged area with a pencil, ensuring that any damaged or rotten areas are included. Try to locate the floor joists that are horizontal framing members that support the floor. You may be able to find them by looking for nails or screws that were used to fix the original floor. If you can not find them now, we can take care of cutting ourselves in the ground.
  • After marking the damaged area, set the blade depth on the circular saw to a maximum of 1 inch. This will most likely ensure that you cut all the way through the plywood, but not deep enough to damage the plumbing or power lines under the floor. If there is more than one layer of subfloor, you will need to increase the depth of cut and repeat this process.
  • After making your first cuts and opening the floor, try again to locate the floor joists and, if possible, enlarge the repair area so that both edges of the repair are centered parallel to the joists. If you are not able to make your cuts on the floor joists, you will need to use the 2×4 pieces as spacers between the or along the joists to support the repaired area.
  • After cutting the hole, removing the damage, and arranging for the support members, cut the new piece of plywood to fit the hole as close as possible and secure it in place. Nails can be used but screws are preferable to prevent movement.
  • Congratulations, you have completed the ground repair. Replace the floor covering or install a new one. If large areas of the floor are damaged, it may be easier and more effective to coat the plywood over the entire surface rather than trying to cover several small areas.


    Source by Glenn Whitehead

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