Mobile Home Flooring Replacement – Water Damage

We’re replacing the floors in a mobile home. They were severly water damaged. We have videos where we tarred and elastomeric sealed the roof. The guys are getting the old damaged floors pulled out and replacing it.

This was a horrible water leak. We’ve already replaced the master bathroom’s floor, resealed the roof, and are now moving out inte the other rooms. This is what can happen with rental properties.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 This is what can happen with a BAD water leak.
01:20 How we get the nasty floor out, a hammer is your friend
03:15 He’s going to replace the floor in sections, that way you can move your tools around
03:30 He can usually pull the floor up in sections, which will help with the clean up
03:50 He’s sawing in the middle of the floor to mark the sections, makes it easier to get the sections out.
04:40 If you cut between both floor joists you can just rock the piece back and forth to get it all out at once
06:05 The particle board is close to double the size it should be from the water
07:15 Putting 2bys along the sides to reinforce the floor
08:02 Putting the plywood into place
10:00 The owner wants to put carpet… It’s her property, but NOT recommended for rentals
11:50 Adjusting with wood under to keep the plywood together, mobiles do get out of square
12:30 Generally, you want 6′ between your screws
14:00 For stability of your floor you want to add a 2by everywhere 2 pieces of plywood will meet
16:35 Doing the center of the floor, you want to make sure and stagger your plywood joints
18:15 They aren’t putting piece of wood yet because there’s still more to take out
18:40 Laying the next sheet of plywood
20:30 You don’t need to screw the middle joist under the plywood as much. You can, but you only need half as many.
21:40 You can stagger the screws where your 2 pieces of plywood meet.
22:00 Pulling out the other half of the floor
24:35 Be an American, not an American’t

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I just want to let you know what can happen if you have a water leak and it goes unattended. This is a faucet here. And also the handle on this one both of them got freezing in here and it busted renters did, allow that to happen. Whether it’s their fault or not, they didn’t pay their electric bill or something, but it overflowed and run onto the floor.

Carpet was on the floor. And if you noticed, darker colored all the way over to here, it’s lighter color here, but it actually goes right up to that edge. So we’re probably going to go all the way over and we’ll take this out. Now. I’ll show you what I’ve been doing for a long, long time. I’ve never had to go back, never had anybody complain I know there’s other people that do it differently.

I’m just telling you what I do so you can take a saw and cut along, which I’ve done, I’ve done videos on or right beside if you’re good with your hands, you can do that and then you clean it up John will jump in here.

You can tell where the floor joists are, huh.

All right now, well I’ll just keep on, and I’ll show you how I can do this, when it’s totally dry. Just have to swing harder.

OK, I can’t uh, cut all the way over to where I needed to in one stretch so I want to be able to put plywood against there and put my sawhorses and everything over that way. Don’t put it there.

I got to saw there.

“You got what?”

I’d push it down now hold on John. We’ll you can go ahead. I don’t care. But it’s going to be easier if I let me come in all with through here and tilt both sides.

Let me see that, Clay. See if you can pry that.

This instead of being three quarter thick it’s inch and a quarter in places at least an inch so then we’ll just have to clean this up. Which again there’s the hammer.

You just do that and do that and then we put wood along the sides and we’ll show you when we do that.

As you can see, we’re putting wood all on the wall. There you are. And a lot of times you can just lay it flat. You don’t have to stand them up on the edge like that. But that’s where we have supported on the edge.

All with screws.

“What’s that piece for?”

You need to push it from that end OK, ah, hold on. I got some stuff right here. Staple right there.

Where’s that prybar at? There’s a staple right there.

Carpet. I went and asked them outside. What kind of flooring do you want to put in here?

Oh, carpet. It’ll be cheaper.

I said well, whatever you guys want to.

“That’s what they are going to put in it?”

“OK, as long as we’re not putting it in.”

“Slow learner, isn’t she?”

Yeah. This chair carpet’s horrible for a rental. You’re guaranteed to be damaged.

“All I can say is if I was to have rentals they wouldn’t have carpet.”

And stay on that frame. I think we’re out there somewhere and that’s where it needs to be. It just need to come over and that’s good, as I guess you’re going to get. You do theat you opened me up. Leave the room. Where are you going? You’re going make it out of square right here.

“Yep, right there I got a gap, a big one. Pull this one back and pull this away.”

Go adead and fasten it, I’ll make do.


Go ahead and fasten it. I will make do.


Since this has no tongue and groove, we’re putting wood in between. Don’t have to be tight, but we need to keep those pieces of plywood together.

Not moving so as to crack this whatever flooring you put on so you don’t have to be tight. You can be, you don’t have to. All the edges are screwed down. In John’s case 8 inches, generally, I want six inches between screws which is about like so and a foot or so on on the big ones. This one, you can put it right there. That’s kind of loose, must be sitting on something.

Need some screws?


Oh, I can’t see.

“You can’t hold it?”

I can’t hold if you’re pushing down on for sure. But I couldn’t see what I was doing. Honestly.

It’s 44 and a half and I’ll add three so b 47 and a half.

I think it’s.

Inch and a half thickness of wood three and an eighth here now I’m going to cut off here and take that out.

“Give me one of the corners.”

Where you want to put that.

“Right here.”

All right. I mean, we could go further. But I’d like to stagger the joints. That is one DULL baled..

“Oh, yeah. Nails keep getting down yonder.”

“Is there a reason why we’re going to this? I thought we were taking it all up.”

Well, I guess I can go to the next one, John.

“That’s what I thought, but I don’t know what you was doing.”

I did’nt know, that the sheet was that long.

“So we kept that piece out of it didn’t we?”


“It’s 20 and three quarters I thought it’d be long enough but.”

All the studs are leaning.

But we’re not pulling on a piece of wood here yet because got to take all this out.

“Well, that won’t make no difference. We could put the piece of wood…”


“No we can put on this piece, probobably if you knew where you want…”


“Which side you want?”

You all right there?

“Oh I don’t know if it’ll go in right there.”

We’ve got to Do reason I think the that in there now.

Is that good? Screw it down.

“Slam it, damn it.”

“Can we try that?”

It’ll be alright. This was an eight footer it’s actually 97 and half inch we’re fixing all that

“Hey dad?”


“Should we mention that he’s just going around not through the joists?”

He’s going through the middle some, it just needs a little bit. Doesn’t have to spread all that.


Cut that straight from the door there. OK with.

Watch Clay, you’re stepping on this. You got to get a little well.

“That’s got to be broken loose right there.”

You might do that over here camra man. I’m going to go back over.

“That’s what I was wondering cause, when I look at that one.”

I can’t really concentrate I got to go to the restroom.

“Can’t concentrate cause he’s constipated.”

I can’t constipate

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