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http://www.huduser.org/Publications/PDF/foundation_guide_complete.pdf

Regards,
Harold Sprague

> Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 07:40:10 -0400
> From: ghodgson(--nospam--at)bellnet.ca
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: MFR home foundations
>
> Jeff and others,
> Can you tell me where to get a copy of the HUD manual? TIA.
> Gary
>
> Jeff Hedman wrote:
> >
> > Our firm does a significant number of these. We have a simple
> > inspection form letter that we use that has all the inspection points
> > listed on it, along with what will be required to bring the foundation
> > into HUD compliance if those points fail. We inspect for 4 different
> > items: skirting, what the support piers are, are there footings or a
> > slab under the piers, and lateral anchorage to the foundation. We
> > delete the sections from the form letter that passed or do not apply
> > and the only calculations we would do are for the number of required
> > tie downs (since we are not designing the foundation, only the
> > straps). Some mortgage companies will ask you to certify that any
> > additions to the manufactured home meet HUD standards. Be wary of
> > these additions to these homes as we have been told by the State HUD
> > people that all additions must be free standing (car ports or other
> > additions may not bear on the existing manufactured home, which is not
> > the case the majority of the time). Since most of these additions are
> > extremely light, like car ports, we usually ignore this fact as these
> > additions are not going to bring the manufactured home down (unless
> > there are heavy snow loads which are not a problem in southern Utah).
> > The additions of rooms or garages to these homes tend to be
> > problematic unless the home was originally engineered for the addition
> > which happens often in the case of a garage addition, but it is
> > usually not verifiable. We do not have a problem with getting paid as
> > we always use the same mortgage companies and they make sure we get
> > paid. As far as the loan not closing if the foundation does not pass,
> > we have not had this problem very often. Most times a contractor is
> > hired to make the improvements, and after they are complete we come
> > back out to reinspect (for an additional fee) and then issue a new
> > letter that states that the home is in compliance. The HUD manual is
> > not as complicated as it looks. If you get to the section on types of
> > foundations, there are actually cross sections of the allowable types
> > of permanent foundations. The manual also does say that the cross
> > sections are only representative of the most common types of
> > foundations and that additional foundation types would be acceptable,
> > but with no guidelines as to what those additional types are.
> >
> >
> >
> > Jeff Hedman /*/, E.I.T./*/
> >
> > L.R. Pope Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.
> >
> > 1240 East 100 South Suite # 15B
> >
> > St. George, Utah 84790
> >
> > Office: 435-628-1676
> >
> > Fax: 435-628-1788
> >
> >
> >
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