Living in a manufactured home comes with many great benefits, but there are aspects to this choice that entails setting up extra safety measures. One of these is setting up a way to protect the home in the event of strong winds. This can be done by tying down anchors, so the house stays secure and stable.
It is important to study the anchorage system properly and make sure you understand its various components. Check the requirements carefully before you go out and buy the needed anchors. If there is something that you are not sure about, then talk to a professional manufactured home contractor before you start the installation.
Installing the Anchors
- The first thing that needs to be done before you anchor the home is to check and see if it is level. This step is important from many perspectives so don’t skip it.
- Get a wind zone chart for your area and figure out how many anchors are required to hold a manufactured home down safely. The figure on the chart is probably the minimum amount, so don’t go below it.
- Check the type of soil underneath your house. There is a huge variety of anchors that can be installed at least five feet under the ground. If the type of soil you have is something you are unsure of, you may want to seek the help of a building inspector.
- Get a hook-up and tensioning device. The ideal system will have a capacity of to withstand at least 4,800 pounds.
- Ensure that all lines have been marked off before you begin the installation. This way, you can know where these lines are, and prevent any disaster from occurring.
- For installing an over-the-top tie-down, place the strap on the rafter of the roof. Remove any straps that are covering doors or windows.
- Install the anchors according to manufacturer’s instructions, keeping at least a 40-degree angle. The stabilization device will be made of metal or concrete. This collar should be attached to keep the anchor in place.
That was on how to install an anchor to protect your manufactured home from wind disasters. Check out other posts for more safety tips and techniques.