Trying to add onto a manufactured home

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How can you add onto a Manufactured home? Can't nail into it.
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  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Sep 04, 2014
    Drill and install anchors.

  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Sep 05, 2014
    What are you trying to add?

  • Sallymom Sallymom on Sep 05, 2014
    Since they cannot install a water filter system under the home, they have no choice but to add a small room...any ideas? Appreciate insight

  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Sep 06, 2014
    Build a deck and enclose a part of it for the water filter system.

  • Sallymom Sallymom on Sep 06, 2014
    Good idea, however the deck needs to be attached to the home, The filter system needs fully enclosed...need to know how to "nail" onto the home before we can go forward. It is an awkward situation.

  • Darla Darla on Sep 06, 2014
    If you can't nail or drill, maybe you could use something like Liquid Nails to attach a freestanding shed to the side of the house. Why can't you nail or drill? Is it metal or vinyl siding or a wood product?

  • Screw a wooden frame on the side of the home. Before you fasten the wood, which should be treated, squeeze some clear silicon between the outside siding and the wood to create a water tight seal. Then once that is complete you can use this wood to fasten sides and a roof on the top. Finish this by using a exterior door on the front.

  • Sallymom Sallymom on Sep 07, 2014
    Thanks so much, will pass all the information on. I also will try to find out if the exterior is vinyl or plastic(?) or I understand this makes a great deal of difference. She said the TV cable man had a very difficult time just installing the Direct connection.

  • The exterior siding type should make little difference. The satellite dish is a bit heavy and they need something solid they can screw into. The siding on this structure sometimes cannot support extra loads if the screws are not connected directly into the wooden frame within the building. But given enough screws and using a silicone or even a contractors adhesive once its connected, it will never pull off. Ideally there should be a small foundation in which the structure should sit upon. This takes the weight off of the side of the home. But properly fastened you should be able to construct a good small structure that will house the filter unit. Be sure to make it large enough not only to work on the new filter, but large enough to use as some storage for future items. If your going through all that work, it is not that much more expensive to make is a few foot wider. Cover it in plywood and use vinyl siding and trim material.

  • Sallymom Sallymom on Sep 08, 2014
    Found out what the siding is: ' Hardy Plank' (cement siding) very hard and very brittle if screwed into. This is what makes it difficult...would your system above work on this type cement siding?

  • Yes Hardiplank siding is a top of the line product. Simply use a masonry drill to make a small pilot hole and use stainless or double dipped galvanized screws to hold the frame onto the wall. They do make self drilling screws with the drill bit right on the end. They will work also, but using treated lumber you need the special screws or the chemicals in the wood will dissolve the metal and it will come off of the house.

  • Sallymom Sallymom on Sep 08, 2014
    You are so very very helpful, so pleased you are helping all of us on Hometalk!! I will pass this info on.