Mobile Home Repair – Ceiling Stains

Ugly, brown stains are a common feature of mobile home ceilings. They develop when roof leaks or condensation cause water to drip

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onto the ceiling tiles from above.

They persist because because removal isn't as simple as painting over the stain. The stain “bleeds”. Through paint leaving it as ugly

as before. In addition, many mobile home ceilings are made with a sprayed on acoustical texture which is VERY fragile. Painting it

Things to Know When Moving a Mobile Home

Mobile homes that cost less than conventional homes, can be transported from one place to another. All such homes that have been constructed after June 15, 1974, have been built in accordance with the strict safety standards imposed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hence, many people are choosing to live in such homes. Although, the ability to transport is one of the perks of living in a virtually portable home, a number of issues have to be worked out before undertaking this task and the same issues are discussed below.

Parameters to Transpose your Mobile Home with Legitimacy

Permission to Transport

A mobile home can be moved in accordance with the laws of the state, where one is currently residing. The laws of the state/county, to which the home is being transported, also need to be taken into account. One needs to obtain authorization in order to move it. It needs to be inspected before it can be moved. Once it has been transported to a different location, one would again be required to get it inspected in order to get the certificate of occupancy. Without this certificate, utility companies will not agree to provide the basic facilities. Homeowners, who live in homes that were built prior to 1974, may not be allowed to move their home, since they were not built in compliance with the HUD Code.

Cost of Moving

The cost of relocating it generally works out to $10,000. This includes the cost of obtaining permits, the cost of moving, and setting it up in a different location. A federal or a state employee, who lives in such a home and has been asked to relocate to another state or county, is entitled to receive a certain sum of money for the relocation. Others will have...

with a roller or brushing on a heavy latex paint is a good way to pull off some of the texture, leaving a bare, untextured area.

Fortunately, stains are easy to cover if you've the right materials.

There is no point in doing the repair until you're sure the leak is fixed and your ceiling has dried completely! Then go to your local

paint store or home improvement center paint dept. and look for an aerosol can labeled “Stain sealing ceiling paint”. Something

close to that. Two brands I know of are “Kilz”. “Zinsser”. It'll be made to spray straight up and only comes in one color.

Hopefully, the color will be a good match for your ceiling tiles.

While you're shopping you may also want to buy some of the blue masking tape. It costs more than standard masking tape.

comes off when you're done, without leaving adhesive behind or pulling anything off when it peels away.

At home, mask the area you plan to spray and put an old sheet or something on the floor. Then follow the directions on the

can to do the actual spraying. Two light coats with adequate drying time between them is better than one heavy coat.

In most cases the color of the new area will be close enough to the old that no additional topcoat is needed. The fact is,

people seldom look up. With the really obvious stain gone there will be nothing to draw the eye to what's probably a very

subtile difference in color.

The repair described here will cover water stains on ceiling tiles or wallboard anywhere, not just in mobile homes.