Follow along with a mobile home metal skirting job. This one is pretty simple, very few cuts. We have other skirting videos that go through difficult cuts.
They do the corner trim, and show simple cuts. The results are beautiful.
The tool list: Materials you have top-front, j-channel, corner trim, and metal panels
Want: straight snips, straight hammer, four-foot level, screw gun with quarter inch bit, screws, nails to hold down the j-channel, tape measure, pencil, and razor knife
00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Putting skirting on a mobile home
00:43 The metal you will need
01:20 Tool list for the metal skirting job
02:15 Start on the tallest corner j-channel
03:14 Measure with your level after placing the j-channel
03:46 Nail J-channel down
05:03 Set next piece of j-channel
05:30 You can always make a mark in the mud once you are level
05:45 Remember when your setting the j-channel the back is where your skirting will be
06:05 Next corner with the j-channel
06:50 Always double check your measurements
07:30 Pushing down the j-channel-you cut it
08:19 Another cut to encourage it to lay where you need it
08:30 Backing up and filling the nails in for the side done
09:15 You want the nails about every 3 feet
09:45 When measuring for skirting make sure to leave room for the top front trim
10:00 Want to be down at least an inch from where skirting needs to end
10:15 Cutting metal for corner, here we have corners but you can make them
11:00 Always measure never assume it’s level
11:15 Cutting the first panel
12:25 Trick for cutting your metal
13:10 Installing the metal panel
13:30 First one and then every so many check for level
14:20 This job doesn’t have as many problems and obstacles as most jobs would
14:42 Cut to meet the first corner
16:00 Measure and cut for the other side of the corner
17:15 Adding the corner trim, you want it to be up to the top-front trim
17:55 Put the cut edge into the j-channel
20:00 Next corner
20:10 The way he’s marking allows him to speed up and have less tools (21:00)
22:03 Finished Black mobile home metal skirting
22:45 Be an American not an American’t
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Hey, you’re here. Guess what I am too. I’m glad you came along. What we’re doing today is putting a skirting up on a mobile home and we’ll end up being about here, with the skirting itself come along in here somewhere. I want to show you first what kind of tools you’re going to need and what supplies you’re going to need.
We have all the top front corners, here’s your top front, corners we’ll cut to length, J-channel and then the panels are scattered around like so over there. This particular color is black, which is a little unusual. It kind of blends with the black shutters, gray house, white trim. So that’s what their plan is. Now, the other things, a pair of snips, I use straights. Hammer four-foot level, screw gun with a quarter inch bit, screws. These are color to the same colors (as the metal) and then the nails.
That we used to hold down the j-channel and then a tape measure, pencil, razor knife to open up the plastic if you need, if you have it wrapped with plastic. Usually, our supplier does that. So, we’re going to show you we’re starting out pretty late, probably about three, and we’ll show you how much we can get done before it gets dark, which should be about five-thirty or six today. So, see how much we can get done today. We’ll finish up tomorrow. So, on the first corner, which is usually where I start, I’ll try to go to the tallest corner. I’ll make a mark on the front where I’m going to go to, which is right there.
Let’s say I start about an inch and a half over on both sides. See how I have the center’s here and you can use a speed square and all that stuff you if you want, then I’m going to take the snips and cut over to that center mark, there, open it up a little bit more. Hold it. And then that allows me to get a corner without any interference. All right. Now this level down is going to be the backside. So, the material will be up against this and up against that.
You got to do both sides of it. You can take that hammer, drive it down, like, so now I’m going to go to that end. Need to get a nail or two. Which that one lays in there. And continue that way. Measure there like this. I can make a mark in the mud here.
Yeah, this is the back. So, we’ll want the width of this is about seven-eighths of an inch, so we need to be about. This is back. You need to be about half an inch or so here.
Maybe even seven-eighths. So, yes, I’ll have to lift it out of there, anyway. A little further on this one. Fold this down. If you can fold this like so and you can check again, make sure we’re OK by here. OK, we got to push that down on me where this got; we cut here.
OK, there you go now, get all this tied where he’s at there. Probably need to some. You’re tying this stuff? So, we’ll put a cut right here to get that where it needs to be. All right, now, we’ll go down that side. Let me put one more in the front right here, probably right there. About every three feet.
I don’t need the snips anymore. And that’s it. So, we’re going to keep doing that all the way down the side. All right. So, if you notice, I’ve got to allow some room up here for this lip up here, which is about an inch. That’s what I tell them to them. You should always check.
So, I need to be down at least an inch, if not more, now. So, I want to go to right there, so I’ll measure. It’s 31 and a half. That’s what we need. Now let’s cut the metal. Now this is going to be another thing to understand.
This is going to have a corner. You can’t make it where it goes through, so you don’t have to go all the way here because the corner is quite wide. So, here’s the width. 36 inches. 37 inches. Let’s check and see what it is right here.
Pretty sure it’s the same all the way across. Like 32 there, the 30. 32 will work a little bit out of whack, but it’ll work. How about all the way down here? One piece at a time. I know, but I’m curious. Is it any different? If you’re curious, it’s not. Yeah, it is. 35 inches, it’s longer. So, I think this is the highest side? This is the highest side. It’s not what I want to do. 32 on this. Let me see the four-foot level, straight edge of any kind. Somehow that doesn’t look the same. We’re going to double check. A little bit off. All right, so take it off the other, cause we’ll scrap it.
Now, I’m going to hold it with my foot. Grab it right here. Literally help by pulling up. Now. But right here, got to push it up against the back side, which is higher and then push it in on the front. Well, the first one and every so many sheets you want to make sure that you’re pretty level, that’s level. I might put one or two screws.
Now we’re kind of going backwards, but I’ll put the lap side next to one. So, we’re just going to keep on doing that. Now there, this doesn’t have as many obstacles to overcome on cuts and such. So, I have other videos that have much more challenging up and down terrain and around things.
They’ll have those cuts and so on for you. If you don’t see and this, you can always comment, send the question and I’ll try to answer it too. All right. So, what we have now is a small distance from here to here and in the will cover that. So that ends up being three inches, three inches ends up being close to this. So, I’m going to take a razor knife cut right beside that. Good cut, so you can also take a straightedge and do that.
We get off the gravel, over here and I’m going to bend and that happens to be the length we need also. There you go and you can just fasten that in place. We will do the same on this side, which we’re doing. 15 inches I’ll just go ahead and see where that falls out. Right beside that.
I have electric shears. Yes, I could use them. I have three different kinds of electric shears. We’re not trying to close it down on that metal, we’re opening up that cut. And do not cut yourself. Try not to cut yourself. So, I’m going to put corners on, metal corner first. The trim is coming up here, so I want the metal corner to come up here also to that edge flat. I’ve measured it and I’m going to cut it. I put the cut edge into the j-channel. Looks like I need to cut a little bit more. Just enough above, so, you know, it’s a pretty good measure. Alright, screw gun and screw. I have screws. Do you have screws? I have them right here. You sure you want it angled like that? It looks angled pretty hard. It’s because that’s close.
A little bit off. 37 angle. The way I’m marking right here, without a speed square, if you want to know how I do that I have a video on how to do that. This comes from the drywall trade, allows me to have the ability to speed up. When it comes to marking, have less tools on me or around me to do the job.
I’ll have to cut it off from the bottom, like you were saying, right here. Well, this is where you cut originally when you cut. I’ll have to turn it over to cut. OK, a windy day, but we got it done, the black skirting, trim, j-channel. Didn’t take any time to. If you want to know about how to cut some of the angles and such which we didn’t have here.
There are several other videos that I’ve got that shows you how, but you see. How pretty it can look as an accent? Let’s go down this other side. Very, very durable. You can do it too.
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