Mobile home wall panels can be damaged by stains, holes or gouges. If the area is small, you can find a way to avoid replacing the whole wall. To find a matching panel, check the data plate for the name and address of your manufactured home manufacturer. The company may still have matching panels available for purchase. Or, pull a matching panel from a closet or out-of-the-way place.
If you can't match the panel, try one of these alternate repair methods.
Make sure your home is level before installing interior paneling. Some paneling is not made for manufactured homes. Check the reverse side of the panel for any warnings. Determine where the electrical wiring is before you pound in that first nail.
When trimming wood panels with a power saw, cut with the finished side down. When using a handsaw, cut with the finished side up. Put masking tape over the area to be cut. This will help prevent splintering and rough edges. But first make sure the tape will not destroy the paneling when it is removed.
If there are batten strips between panels on your wall, remove them from wainscoting area for a smooth surface. Battens cover seams; they have no structural significance. Use a keyhole saw to cut the strips above the wainscoting line, leaving space for the top trim molding. Pry off the lower lengths of batten strips, but leave them in place between panels on the upper wall.
Wainscoting height can vary according to your needs. Start in a corner. Cut panels so lengthwise edges meet over wall studs. Use level to be sure the first panel is straight up and down.Tweet
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