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Mobile home living is a bit of an adjustment after moving from a regular home that is solidly built on a concrete slab. For instance, the floor sort of shakes as you walk by. The floor may move a bit as the washing machine goes through a spin cycle.
You may notice the shower frame is loose and the floor is squishy in places. Maybe some of the trim on the walls is not tightened down. When this happens, you need to call your mobile home manufacturer if your home is still under warranty. If not, you will need to do the repairs yourself or hire someone who knows how to work on manufactured aka mobile homes.
Since we just purchased our brand new home in August of 2019, it is under warranty. We called the company months ago to come fix these problems. Finally, my husband sent an email to our "representative" at Palm Harbor Homes. The response was they would be out on Tuesday to fix said problems. We are here thinking, "What took you so long?"
Today, we had to go into the shop in San Antonio to help get things shipped out. As you know, spring is the busiest time for seed companies. We have been having fantastic days here at David's Garden Seeds® and thank you to all of our loyal customers. We truly appreciate it!
We left the house at 6:00am so we arrived at the shop by 7am. We got right to work so that when our crew arrived, they found a lot of the early morning work already done.
While we were there in San Antonio, we stopped by Walmart and Sams for some supplies and groceries. We also took papers and receipts for the month of February over to our accountant.
At the same time we were in San Antonio, some of our crew were working on the farm in the garden area. Also, the well company was here finishing up work on the well. Turns out they had to remove 80 feet of pipe because our pressure tank was not working well. It was full of sand. Hopefully, this will help. I have no photos of this because I was not here.
This morning, the repair people from Palm Harbor Homes finally showed up to fix the floors in the kitchen, dining area, and in the laundry room, as well as fixing some other problems. Mobile home living includes being patient, waiting for the repairs (five months?!) when you are under warranty because they take their sweet time.
In fact, the tongue and groove floors that could easily have been fixed right away are now worse because everyday people are hitting the places where the floor pieces are not put together right. This has caused pieces of the flooring to break off.
They are tearing up the entire floor in the dining area. I had to completely empty the china cabinet so they could move it. There is a lot of loud hammering and it is looking bad. If the floor was put together correctly in the Palm Harbor factory, I would not have to go through any of this now. I think the workers are too rushed in getting out so many homes per day so quality is not as important a factor as quantity is there. So if you buy a mobile home, fixing factory errors is part of mobile home living. I have had to glue trim pieces in place because the workers wouldn't come to fix things until today. This should have been done back in August when we bought the house.
They did not replace the five month old mirror in the guest bathroom. There are four brown stains coming through so the silvering was not thick enough. They left no word that they would take care of the mirror later. I guess we will have to replace it. This is all part of mobile home living.
I have to vacuum all over as there is a lot of construction debris plus I have to put everything back into my china cabinet. This is all part of mobile home living when the factory did not get it right.
It is now 2:45pm and the Palm Harbor workers just came back out and got their ladder.
The workers got most of the work we asked them to do in about four hours. David and I left after two hours to take the girls (Annabelle, Ethel, and Lucy--our dogs) to be groomed. When we got back, the dining floor was put back together and they were working in the kitchen.
Then we left again to pick the girls up. The girls were so excited to see us when we picked them up from the groomer. Annabelle was making her constant barks. They all ran out to the car, excited to see us and are so fluffy and pretty. By the time we got back at 1:30pm, the workers were gone, but they left something important behind. They left their metal fold up ladder. They will be back.
Good Wednesday morning! Hail and heavy rain woke me up at 4:45am. I guess it did not last long because I went back to sleep. Today is a beautiful, warm day.
Phil and Matt V. are working on the deck. David had to run errands in town. I packed for our cruise. I filled up my new suitcase that I bought last Saturday.
Frame for deck on front of our home; they are finally putting the deck boards on top of the frame!
Home Depot made another delivery of wood today. This morning at breakfast, I heard David tell the driver not to come into our property, but to park outside the gate, which he did. We still have not had our parking lot fixed from the damage a Home Depot driver made when he got stuck last week.
David decided we would go into San Antonio this morning for several errands.
We went to Sam's and Walmart after our errands today and the stores are getting empty. You can no longer buy face masks, wipes of any kind, bottled water, and most rice, corn, toilet paper or hand sanitizer. I wonder what is next. There is a back story for San Antonio.
Lots of locals have a fear of getting Coronavirus because they brought infected people to a San Antonio military base. Then, they released one woman. She went to North Star Mall and then they found that her third test came back positive for Coronavirus. Of course, the city panicked and they closed the mall and cleansed it from most germs. The media all over the country is stirring the pot, as they always do, creating shortages out of fear.
Now people on Facebook are asking to get out of going on our cruise in two weeks because they think they will come down with Coronavirus by going to the Caribbean. There is less than one percent chance of that happening so if they do not go, as of right now, there will be no refunds given. Personally, David and I are not afraid at all and we want to go and have a wonderful time. However, many are stating their fears and that they do not want to go.
This morning, David and I headed into Uvalde to visit our store building at the factory. When we got there, we noticed the electricity was still not complete and none of the spray foam insulation was applied yet. We were told the building is on schedule to be delivered next Wednesday so we will wait and see.
Meanwhile, back on the farm, the guys got the stairs on our new front porch completed. No railings are up yet. The delightful Construction Only stairs that are falling apart from Palm Harbor Homes have finally been destroyed and put in the dumpster.
We noticed that our local grocery stores are getting more empty due to fear about the Coronavirus.Most of the sanitizing wipes and baby wipes, bottled water, rice, corn, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are gone. I wonder what is next.
Around 5pm, David and I went out to plant a lot of Purple Passion Asparagus that David ordered. I planted a lot of asparagus and then went in and made dinner. I did not finish planting. The thing with asparagus is that it won't give you anything to eat until the second year. But once it starts producing, it can continue to produce anywhere from seven to 15 years so you want to choose a good location for it in your garden.
Saturday started off with a beautiful sunrise. It is a bright, sunny day. I went out into the garden this morning and finished planting all of the asparagus plants. Then I planted 15 large tomato plants that were growing in our greenhouse. I had to dig large holes; they were not seedlings. My whole body hurts, especially my knees! There are a lot more plants to be put in the ground. Of course, a lot of the plants growing in the greenhouse are to sell.
I cleaned up, changed my clothes, and got some chores done inside the house. At 6pm, I set the two clocks forward that won't set themselves in our home. All of the rest will change automatically.
Mobile Home Living out on a farm means everything is constantly dusty with our sandy soil. You have to dust every two to three days here in our home. The wind blows a lot out here. We have black end tables and they are always dusty.
Mobile Home Living also means constant laundry out here because everything gets dirty from the sand, like it did earlier this morning when I was transplanting so much.
Mobile Home Living can mean moving into a trailer park unless you own your own land. Fortunately, we bought our own land this time. We used to live in mobile home parks and we ended up living very close to neighbors which I hate. That is part of mobile home living.
Today, we visited a church in Poteet. Afterward, we were driving down the street and saw an antique place with stuff outside as well as inside and a man was out in the yard. David asked him if everything was for sale. He said he was closed but he told us to come on in and look around for a few minutes. We found several things we were interested in for our store and yard. Then the owner said they are closing and will sell in a few months. He told us of another antique shop a few streets over. We went over there and found some smaller items. We did not purchase anything because we have nowhere to put anything since we are still waiting for our store to be delivered.
David worked on the business for Monday all afternoon and then announced that he was going into San Antonio to work on pulling seeds to ship out for tomorrow. He left and got to the office about 7pm. He worked for hours, cleaning the place up and finding seeds that were under bags and bags of other seeds. He found a lot of them. He spent the night there.
In a nice mobile home, living can be very comfortable. There is plenty of room, it is well insulated, and cozy in the evenings. However, it is the night after the spring forward time change that no one likes. I keep falling asleep on the couch so I am now in bed and cannot fall asleep. Guess I should go back to the couch!
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