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Tie-Downs for Your Mobile Home

A mobile home before the storm

When severe weather hits and strong winds blow, your mobile home needs extra protection to ensure a safe, anchored space. Mobile homes are more susceptible to flipping and incurring other damage during heavy winds, so no matter where you live, tie-downs and anchors are necessary.

The good news is that you can easily install them on your own, or with the help of a neighbor! To help with this project, here's the step-by-step process for installing tie-downs and anchors.

Two types of tie-downs.

There are two types of tie-downs: Over-the-top tie-downs and frame anchors. Over-the-top tie-downs are straps that are placed over the siding and roof, and frame anchors are straps attached to the home's frame rails. Single-wide manufactured homes and other older models generally need both types; newer models and double-wide homes usually only need frame anchors.

The installation process.

Step 1: Level your house. If your home isn't level, it's going to make the installation uneven as well.

Step 2: Check the wind zone charts. Find your location and determine the required number of anchors recommended for your zone. You can find out which zone you are in here.

Step 3: Determine the soil type. It's a good idea to talk to a building inspector to determine your soil type. If you will be attaching your tie-downs to a concrete foundation, make sure it is at least four inches thick. From there, you'll be able to select your anchor type and hookup.

Step 4: Locate any wires or cables you may have leading into your home. Mark the location before your start digging so the cables remain undisturbed.

Step 5: Position the over-the-top tie-downs. If you're installing exposed over-the-top tie-downs, you need to have some sort of roof protectors placed under the strap at the edge of the roof. These prevent the tie-down straps from damaging the roof and will prevent the edge of the roof from cutting through the tie-down.

Step 6: Install the anchors. You'll find specific installation instructions with your anchors. Follow them carefully! If you have any questions about this step, contact a professional or a local building inspector.

Remember that anchor and tie-down systems will vary. It's important for you to contact a local building inspector for regulations regarding anchoring and blocking installation in your community. In some states, tie-downs aren't required, and in others, tie-downs are regulated and inspected.

In the end your home will be ready for any rough winds that may blow your way!

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