Saturday, March 12, 2011

Deconstructing a Mobile Home (Part Three)

We were moving at a good clip until we got to the floor. Where the floor isn’t soft from the trailer leaking, it’s difficult to pull apart. The press wood is incredibly heavy and well fastened to the joists, which are 2x4. We tried going at the floor with hand saws, crow bars, hammers, and the like, but I ended up buying a reciprocating saw from Harbor Freight. That's working okay. We're taking it apart in about 1.5 by 5 ft. pieces. It's slow, but coming along. I found a video on Youtube in which young men went at the floor of a mobile home with an ax, but that's not for me. They also cut the steel frame with an angle grinder. Since that's the only info I've seen online regarding actual disassembly of a mobile home, it's probably what I'll try. I'm up for any suggestions that don't involve a welding torch.



2 comments:

  1. We were just at El Dorado Hot Springs in Tonapah, Az. (el-dorado.com.) and they have taken apart several old mobile homes so they can reuse the lumber and siding, having built a shed out of the scrap materials. While we were there we used the 2x from the walls and plywood from the floor to make forms for a new stone and concrete hot tub. I thought about your posting on this subject while we were working. I will be posting on this in the next month or so, so stay tuned to altbuildblog.blogspot.com. There are plenty of old mobile homes out there. It would be nice to see more of them recycled.

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  2. Why you always busy in deconstruction? Hey, get some life and build it again what you have already destroyed.

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