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Manufactured Home Setup Material Buyers’ Guide

When installing a manufactured home, it is important to determine the soil density using a soil test probe where the footings will be located under the home. This is done by using a soil penetrometer.

Once you have determined the pier load requirements by using the home manufacturer’s setup manual or HUD code 3285, you can now choose the most cost effective footing or PAD to set the home.

There are many ABS Pads to choose from depending upon the soil and load requirements.

Once you have determined the proper size pad, you will need to build your piers utilizing either steel piers or concrete blocks. Steel piers are available in several heights and two head options. When using concrete block for piers, you will utilize cap boards and wedges to gain the proper support height.

The Smart Leveler® digital water level is a highly precise level that works on an ancient Pascal principal of hydrodynamics that water always seeks its own level.

While the principal may be ancient, the technology behind the Smart Leveler is far from it! The level consists of a sensitive, digital pressure gauge connected with tubing to a sealed fluid-filled reservoir. The pressure
differential between the digital display and reservoir is determined by the height differential and provides accurate, repeatable elevation measurements of + or – level to 1/10 inch.

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There are a couple of types and several size anchors used when securing down a manufactured home or other building. For dirt installation, you will need to use a torque probe to determine the proper size earth auger anchor needed.

The Torque Probe is needed to determine the soil classification where the anchor's helix will be located in the ground. Use the Soil Classification Chart on the next page to see recommended anchors for each soil condition. Once you have determined the proper size anchor from your Torque Probe results, refer to the home manufacturer’s setup manual or HUD code 3285 to choose the proper anchor spacing needed.

Torque Probe Instructions

  • 1.   Place the tip of the earth probe in the ground, closest to where you intend to install the anchor. Rotate the probe clockwise using a 15/16" hex socket or electric drive machine.

  • 2.   Rotate the probe into the soil until you have reached the depth equal to the length of the anchor you intend to install.

  • 3.   Place the wrench adapter on the torque wrench and insert the hex portion of the wrench adapter onto the earth probe.

  • 4.   Steadily rotate the torque wrench on the probe while supporting the probe with the opposite hand. (Do not exceed 600 inch lbs.)

  • 5.   While rotating clockwise, view the torque wrench test value.

  • 6.   Use the Soil Classification Chart on the next page to determine the proper anchor needed for the soil conditions.

  • 7.   If test results do not match the anchor for that depth, rotate the probe to the next anchor depth and check reading. Repeat until probe reading matches anchor length for depth of reading.

Use the chart below to choose the proper earth auger anchor for each soil classification.

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When securing a home, there are several areas that need to be tied down to make the home safe. Now that you have chosen the proper anchors and stabilizing devices, you will need to determine the attachment connectors on the frame or side wall, as well as longitudinal protection and the proper strap lengths. We have several options for you to choose from.

strapping
Step 1

Insert split bolt into anchor head, attach loosely. Pull strap past bolt and cut strap leaving approximately 12“ of strap to wrap onto bolt.

strapping
Step 2

Insert the strap end into the slot in bolt until flush with opposite side of bolt.

strapping
Step 3

Using 15/16” wrench or socket; turn the bolt, winding the strap so that a minimum of four to five complete turns are made and the strap is adequately tensioned so that the anchor is firmly against the stabilizing device in direction of pull.
All slack must be removed.

strapping
Step 4

Hold the bolt under tension while tightening the nut, drawing the head of the bolt into the recess, continue to tighten the nut until securely fastened.

An innovative alternative to conventional anchors is our All Steel Foundation Systems (ASFS). These systems eliminate the need for most anchors in Wind Zone 1. In Wind Zones 2 & 3, ASFS eliminates the need for diagonal frame ties, stabilizer plates and anchors required for longitudinal protection. ASFS can be used in all soil classes up to 4B. All Steel Foundation Systems are available with or without a pier support.

There are several door/window and perimeter pier support options. Typically perimeter supports utilize footing that are installed at or below frost depth. Oliver Technologies offers a few alternative perimeter support options that are not affected by frost heave, making your perimeter support installations fast and easy.

The Adjustable Outrigger has been designed to replace perimeter piers with a maximum working load of 1740 lbs. Refer to the installation manual or home manufacturer for roof loads, pier loads and location of perimeter piers.

The EZ Pier is another replacement for the conventional perimeter support. It can be used for pier heights up to 39" and features a 2" adjustment. The pipe can be cut-to-fit for shorter heights. It has a maximum working load of 4,000 lbs.

This perimeter pier option is used for difficult soils with a maximum pier load of 4,800 lbs. and can be used with perimeter pier heights up to 60". It can also take the place of two perimeter piers for openings up to 48".

  • 2” of adjustment, cut to fit
  • Eliminates one base pad/footing

Our patented Anchor Pier has several advantages. It allows you to use the anchor in freezing climates as a perimeter pier as long as the helix is installed below the frost line.

  • Replaces up to 3,200 lbs without cap or up to 4,800 lbs with a cap
  • Used in place of perimeter strapping (wind zone II & III)
  • Also used in conjunction with concrete slab foundation
  • For perimeter pier heights up to 60” with 2” of adjustment, cut to fit

Our Wood/Metal Steps feature painted black metal frames and treated treads. They are available in several heights, platform depths and your choice of Standard or IRC compliant steel handrails.

Our made-to-order Wood/Metal Adjustable Height Steps feature painted black metal frames and treated treads. They come Standard and IRC compliant handrails.

Our patent pending modular design allows you to quickly build a deck in hours versus days. Simply find the slope,order the deck kit and put it together in no time flat.

If you need anchors for swing sets, trampolines, trees, carports and more, choose from the anchors below.

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