Occasionally you may need to install a new mobile home anchor to replace an old rusted or damaged tie down. This is one of the areas of important mobile home maintenance pointed out in the article below:
Tools that you will need:
- Post hole diggers.
Aging tie-downs were the culprit when Hurricane Fran knocked or flipped numerous mobile homes off their foundations in North Carolina in September 1996. A Federal Emergency Management Agency study blamed tie-down straps that had broken because they had become loose or corroded by salty coastal air over the years.
Materials you will need:
- 1 – 4 foot anchor with a 6-inch helix.
Note: Only a State licensed mobile home installer can install a mobile home in the state of Florida.
Here we are only talking about the installation an extra anchor or two where needed.
How to Mark the Location on the Ground
Mark the location of the anchor on the ground directly below the attachment point on the home or shed.
Tip: Drop a stone or a piece of dirt from the attachment point to the ground in order to locate the precise placement.
Then mark the ground 6 inches behind this 1st mark this point will be the center off the anchor and will be the location of the mobile home anchor head after its final installation.
Using the Post Hole Diggers to the Correct Depth
Using your post hole diggers start to dig your hole so that the bottom of the hole will be at an angle of 15 degrees towards the home. Dig down approximately 2 feet removing the excess dirt as necessary.
Tip: You may need to widen the access to the top of the hole in order to effectively use the post hole diggers. The sides of the hole tend to prevent the opening of the diggers.
At this point you have a 2 foot hole into which you place the 4 foot galvanized anchor.
Installing the Anchor into the Ground
Take the 24 inch 2 x 4 and place it in the slot in the anchor head this should give you enough leverage to rotate the anchor head.
Next you will need to turn the anchor in a clockwise direction applying some constant pressure in a downward direction as you turn.
Sometimes the anchor will go in really easily if the ground is sandy but sometimes it can become difficult.
Tip: If you are finding it hard to move occasionally turn the anchor half a turn in the opposite direction to loosen up the ground, then proceed as before.
When the bottom of the anchor is level with the top of the hole stop turning.
Filling in the Hole the Right Way.
The bolt holes in the anchor head should be parallel to the side of the home. Out towards the sides of the anchor head as you look at it from above.
Now take the shovel fill in the top of the hole taking care to tamp down the soil every 6 inches or so to make sure that the ground is compacted and firm.
Tip: Use the end of the 2 x 4 to compress the soil.
Continue this procedure until the hole is completely back filled and the anchor head rests on the soil.
Satisfactory Task Completion Check.
You now know what it takes to install a new mobile home anchor which should now be slightly under the home to clear the skirting and in line with the overhead strap attachment on the home or shed.