"Every winter my roof leaked... We even had a couple manufactured
home repairmen out to seal it. Nothing worked and this went on
for 5 years," said Maureen of Elko,
Nevada. "Then last summer I ordered
Manual and it suggested I use neoprene to seal the leak.
Since then I've had no
leaks at all!"
Maureen is referring to The
Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade by Mark
Bower. Most just dub
owns and operates Aberdeen Mobile Home Repair in
Maureen isn't alone. Hundreds of others have written to
Bower sharing similar stories of how The Manual has solved their
problems. Esther of
St. Louis, Missouri, writes, "We had squeaky floors in
the living room and without The
Manual, I would have had my husband tear out the floors and put in
new ones. What a
Bower enjoys the letters he receives regarding his manual. "I
wrote this manual from experience," says Bower. "I'm not just some
guy with his feet up on the desk - I'm out in the field every day doing
what I write. "
Tom of Lansing, Michigan, followed the simple instructions on
installing a shut-off valve and saved $75 on a service call. Mary of Churdan, Iowa, writes to say she uses the manual to
keep the repair guys she hires honest, "When I had my home releveled, I sent two different contractors packing
because I knew they weren't doing the job right. This manual has literally saved me
hundreds of dollars!"
Bower has updated his manual for 2004. More information was added
regarding additions and porches. "We added details on attaching
porches so they don't leak even if they shift with the seasons. "
says Bower. With high
energy prices now upon us, Bower says he's also included a section on
building a solar heating panel. "Find an old sliding glass door
and you can build one for under $100," says Bower who built two panels for
his own 1800 square foot manufactured home. "You'd be surprised at how much
heat they create when the sun is shining. "
David of Lake McConaughy, Nebraska, says
Manual should be called, The Mobile Home Bible. Dave
writes, "I wish I had your manual when we had our 1965 Star. It would have saved me WEEKS of
Vicki of Ocala, Florida, bought Bower's manual because it had
instructions for installing a metal roofover.
"My son and husband
had the roof up in 2 days from start to finish," says Vicki. "The 4
inch overhang is awesome - no more water running down the siding.
Great roof, great instructions, I love it!"
Manual also helped Pam from
Minnesota, replace her skirting and
repair her underbelly. "It gave me the courage to tackle these
projects," writes Pam. " I saved a lot of
money by being able to do it myself. "
Bower says many manufactured home owners are do-it-yourselfers, and
he's glad to be able to provide them a tool, The
Manual, to help them do more.