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1 MH Installers On-Line Continuing Education

2 Contents of this Course Installation Standard applicable to Pre- April 1, 2007 homes Requirements for steps Ramps, Steps and Handrails Refresher on Post-2007 Home Standards SPS 320 Code Enforcement Refresher Understanding Soils and Frost Heave

3 3 Primary Resources Installation Codes UDC Codes Slides

4 Let’s Get Started Act 45 laws of 2005 authorized the Department Commerce (now Department of Safety & Professional Standards) to adopt installation standards. The UDC applies to both new and used (relocated) homes. However, the production date as shown on the data plate determines which code applies.

5 Pre-2007 Home In this course Pre-2007 means a home build before April 1, The applicable code is fairly short and is found in SPS It is linked for you on the course page at

6 Pre-2007 Code Anchoring is a preferred way to protect the home from the wind. However, if the home is not on a frost protected foundation, anchors can damage the home. Since frost protected foundations are not required neither is anchoring.

7 Pre-2007 Soil Requirements – SPS (2) ◦ No footing may be placed on  Unprepared fill material  Top soil  Alluvial soil  Mud ◦ All organic material must be removed

8 Pre 2007

9 Soil bearing capacity must be determined so that the footing can be properly sized. A pocket penetrometer is the least expensive method

10 Controlling water is primarily accomplished by grading the site. Unlike the federal code, grading for Pre 2007 home is only required for 5 feet around the home. 10 feet however would be preferred but again not required.

11 Footings Once the soil bearing capacity is determined the size of the footing can be determined. The minimum footing size is 16 by 16 inches

12 Footings If a ABS pad is used, its bearing capacity for a 16 by 16 pad must be 6,000 lbs

13 Footings There are 4 acceptable types of footings ◦ One nominal14 by 6 by 16 inch solid concrete block or two nominal 4 by 8 by 16 inch blocks ◦ An 18 inch hole bored below the frost line or to unfractured soil and filled with concrete ◦ A 16 by 16 inch ABS pad ◦ Any other Department approved systems

14 Piers In a pier where a single block is at the top of the pier with double blocks below, the double blocks must be positioned with their joint parallel to the main frame. If a double block pier is used, the two footing blocks may be positioned with the joint parallel or perpendicular to the main frame.

15 Piers A manufactured steel stand is accepted as a pier. Check it’s load bearing capacity however before use.

16 Pier Heights Single stack piers are limited to 36 inches Above 36 inches up to 80 inches double blocks with alternating orientations are required. Above 80 inches mortar and ½ inch a steel reinforcing rod is additionally required There is no limit on height

17 Pier Placement The maximum pier separation is 7 feet The piers must be plumb and centered under the contact area at the point of support The outside piers cannot be more than 3 feet from the exterior of the home. Additional piers are required in clear span openings in exterior walls or openings in mating walls of 4 or more feet

18 Blocks Must be 2 core design. Cannot be 3 core or solid. Cores are always placed vertically No concrete block can contact the main frame

19 Caps Since concrete piers cannot contact the frame, a cap is required. Acceptable caps are ◦ A solid concrete at least a nominal 2 inches ◦ A solid wood block at least a nominal 2 inches The cap must be the same width and length as the top of the pier A two-piece cap shall be positioned with the joint perpendicular to the frame The combined height of the cap material cannot exceed 3 ½ inches

20 Shims Shims must have a dimension of at least 4 inches by 8 inches They must all be from the same species of wood. (ABS shims are not allowed) Shims and caps must be at least equal to No. 2 spruce pine and have a fiber bending stress rating of 1200 psi or better Shims are to be driven in pairs from opposing sides of the pier

21 Wood Trees are divided into two classes hardwoods and softwoods Hardwoods have broad leaves and softwood have needles Hardwood/Softwood does not describe the “hardness” of the wood Drying wood from green to 5 percent moisture in some cases triples its strength

22 Wood Force applied to one side of a beam creates compression on that side and is way to measure strength The following woods have stress bending rates high enough to meet the 1200 psi rating ◦ Douglas Fir ◦ Hemlocks ◦ Spruce Pine Fir but only select, no. 1 or no. 2 Spruce Pine Fir no 3 would not be acceptable

23 Clearance A minimum clearance of 12” shall be maintained under at least 75% of the home. (For homes built on or after 4/1/2007 the entire clearance area must be 12”) This is the end of the Pre-2007 Home Installation Code Section

24 Stairs, Steps, Railings – Consult SPS 321 Stairway leading to non-habitable attics or crawl spaces are not covered by the UDC Generally, stairways must measure at least 36” in width

25 Spiral Stairs Often not just a decorative feature but a space necessity. Spiral staircases shall be at least 26 inches wide measured from the outer edge of the supporting column to the inner edge of the handrail. At the top and bottom of a flight, measurement shall be taken from the top of the nosing to the finished floor surface unless the finished surface is carpeting, in which case measurement shall be made to the hard surface below the carpeting.

26 Except for spiral staircases risers may not exceed 8 inches in height measured vertically from tread to tread. Risers in spiral staircases may not exceed 9.5 inches in height measured vertically from tread to tread. Rectangular treads shall have minimum tread depth of 9 inches measured horizontally from nosing to nosing.

27 Headroom Stairways shall be provided with a minimum headroom clearance of 76 inches measured vertically from a line parallel to the nosing of the treads to the ceiling, soffit or any overhead obstruction directly above that line. The headroom clearance shall be maintained over a landing that is at the top or bottom of a stairway for a minimum distance of 36 inches in the direction of travel of the stairway.

28 Variance in Height Within a stairway flight, the greatest tread depth may not exceed the smallest tread depth by more than 3/8 inch and the greatest riser height may not exceed the smallest riser height by more than 3/8 inch. WOW!

29 The walking surface of stair treads and landings shall be a planar surface that is free of lips or protrusions that could present a tripping hazard. Stairways leading to non-habitable attics or crawl spaces are not covered by the UDC. Generally, stairways shall be at least 36 inches wide.

30 Common Defects Openings in handrails/guardrails Gripping surfaces on handrails Headroom Uniformity Landings

31 Cable or Ropes If cables or ropes are used in a handrail or guardrail shall be strung with maximum openings of 3 ½ inches with vertical supports 4 feet Incorrect – opening exceeds 3 ½ inches

32 Stairways with open risers shall be constructed to prevent the through-passage of a sphere with a diameter of 4 inches or larger between any 2 adjacent treads.

33 Design Standards Handrails and guardrails must be designed to withstand a 200 lb load applied in any direction. Any glazing used must be safety glazing Exterior handrails and guardrails must be made of metal, decay resistant or pressure treated wood, or shall be protected from the weather.

34 Handrails Forms A common violation regarding decks and stairs involves handrail shapes. Must be symmetrical at the vertical centerline to allow for equal wraparound of the fingers and thumb. Where the handrail is round or truncated round cross sectional gripping surface must have a whole diameter of 2 inches. 2 inches

35 Continuity Handrails must be continuous for the entire length of the stairs except: ◦ At an intermediate landing ◦ A handrail may have newel posts ◦ At an intermediate wall provided  the upper rail is returned to the wall or provided with a flared end,  The horizontal offset between the 2 rails is no more than 12” measured from the center of the rails, and  Both upper and lower rails can be reached from the same tread without taking a step.

36 Landings An intermediate landing is required in any stairs that has a height of 12 feet or more. Intermediate landings connecting straight stairs or stairs at a right angle must be as wide as the stairs and measure at least 36 inches in the direction of travel. Curved or irregular landings shall have a radius of at least 36 inches.

37 Landings The level landing at the top and base of every stairs shall be as wide as the stairs and shall be at least 3 feet in the direction of travel A landing is not required ◦ between the door and top of the interior stairs if the door does not swing over the stairs ◦ Between a sliding glass door and the top of an exterior stairs of 3 or fewer risers

38 Landings The exterior landing, platform or sidewalk at an exterior doorway shall not exceed 8 inches below the interior floor elevation and shall have at least 36 inches of surface in the direction of travel

39 Ramp Landings A level landing shall be provided at the top, at the foot and at any change of direction of the ramp. The landing must be at least as wide as the ramp and shall measure at least 3 feet in the direction of travel.

40 Ramps Ramps shall not have a slop greater than 1 in 8. (One foot of rise for each 8 feet of run.) Walkways with a slope of less than 1 in 20 are not considered ramps. Ramps must have a slip resistant surface.

41 Clearance The clearance between the handrail and a wall shall be at least 1 ½ inches. Handrails and their trim can project a maximum of 4 ½ inches into the required width of the stairs or landing.

42 Required Handrails When the ramp has a gradient greater than 1 in 12 AND which overcomes a change in elevation of 24 inches or more, shall have a handrail on both sides. Every ramp that overcomes a change of elevation of 8 inches or more shall have at least one handrail. Handrails shall be located to the top of the handrail is at least 30 inches but not more than 38 inches above the ramp surface.

43 Openings in Handrails The opening in a handrail shall prevent the passage of a sphere with a diameter of 4 inches or larger. The triangular area formed by the tread, riser or guardrail shall have an opening that prevents the passage of sphere of 6 inches or more This design is decorative but openings exceed 4 inches. This completes the section on stair, ramps and handrails

44 Federal Installation Standard Each state must adopt a version that is at least as stringent as the federal model code. Each manufacture must provide 2 sets of instructions ◦ At least 1 method for temporary support when sited at the plant, retailer’s lot or home site ◦ Instructions for the installation of the home

45 Federal Installation Standard An installer must follow the temporary set instruction until the home is placed on its foundation Failure to support the home while stored could result in structural damage

46 Federal Installation Standard Variation to the installation instructions by an installer is not permitted unless permitted by the manufacturer, a professional engineer or architect. Any alteration to the instructions must not impose additional loads to the home or its foundation

47 Federal Installation Standard The installation standard applies to manufactured homes only not ◦ Modular homes ◦ RV’s A manufactured home is defined in federal law as 8 body feet or more in width or 40 body feet in length or when erected is 320 or more square feet (additional requirements can be found in the definitions section of the code)

48 Federal Installation Standard Before placing the home on the site consider the impact of: ◦ Fire separation distances as may be required by NFPA 501A and any local requirements ◦ The existence of flood plains ◦ Wind zone ◦ Roof load zone ◦ And the Thermal zone

49 Caps – this section is unique to WI* Acceptable caps are* ◦ A combination of up to two-4” thick concrete blocks and not more than one-2” hardwood lumber. ◦ Lumber must be at the top of the pier. ◦ A 4” block cannot be the bottom block in the pier but by be mixed with other blocks

50 Caps The cap must be the same width and length as the top of the pier A two-piece cap shall be positioned with the joint perpendicular to the frame

51 Federal Installation Standard The location and spacing of piers depends upon: ◦ The dimensions of the home ◦ Live and dead loads ◦ Soil bearing capacity ◦ I-Beam size ◦ Footing size ◦ Factors such as location of doors/windows Unlike the WI Standard for Pre-2007 homes the maximum spacing is 10 ft unless the manufacturer provides for a greater distance

52 Federal Installation Standard A single stack concrete pier load must not exceed 8,000 lbs The concrete blocks must conform to ASTM C-90 Prior to 2000, ASTM C90 included two different type designations for concrete masonry units: Type I units were defined as moisture-controlled units; Type II units were defined as non-moisture controlled units. All units must still comply with the requirements for minimum compressive strength, maximum water absorption, maximum variation in dimensions, face shell thickness, web thickness, equivalent web thickness, and maximum linear drying shrinkage exactly as they had before the removal of type designations.

53 Pay special attention where a mating wall does not support the ridge beam this is considered an unsupported span Where there is an open span that is greater than 10 ft, an intermediate pier is required 10 ft on center despite the fact there is no direct support above to the ridge beam Piers can be off set up to 6” to clear plumbing, electrical, mechanical, crawspaces or other devices

54 Federal Installation Standard If outriggers or floor joists are used as an alternative to perimeter supports, the loan design must consider the additional loads when sizing the pier and footings The end piers under the I-Beams may be setback from the outside edge of the home a maximum of 24” (This compares to 36” in the Pre-2007 code. This ends the Federal Installation Standard section

55 UDC Enforcement – SPS 320 The UDC is a minimum-maximum code meaning that a municipality may not adopt an ordinance on any subject within the scope of the UDC including restrictions on occupancy for any reason other than noncompliance with the Code. A municipality cannot adopt that are less stringent that the UDC Installation of manufactured home is a part of the UDC.

56 UDC Enforcement Is broader than just one and two family dwellings, adult family homes providing care, treatment and services for 3 or 4 unrelated adults are also covered by the UDC. Additions and alterations may be covered by the code at the option of municipality Determining if the code applies to an addition or alternation is whether the ordinance doing so was in effect at the time of permit application or the beginning of the project if no permit is required

57 UDC Enforcement “Addition" means new construction performed on a dwelling which increases the outside dimensions of the dwelling. "Alteration" means an enhancement, upgrading or substantial change or modification other than an addition or repair to a dwelling or to electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other systems within a dwelling.

58 "Approved" means an approval by the department or its authorized representative. (Approval is not to be construed as an assumption of any legal responsibility for the design or construction of the dwelling or building component.)

59 UDC Enforcement Municipalities adopting the UDC must do so in its entirety Where an existing building or manufactured home is placed on a different foundation, the new foundation is consider an addition or alteration.

60 UDC Enforcement In the case where a municipality does not adopt the UDC, enforcement falls to the Department of Safety & Professional Services which may then contract for that function If a municipality adopts an ordinance while a permitted project is underway, oversight then shifts to the municipality

61 UDC Enforcement The UDC does not override local zoning The UDC does not apply to Indian reservation land held in trust by the US government

62 UDC Enforcement Action to approve or deny a uniform building permit application shall be completed within 10 business days of receipt of all forms, fees, plans and documents required to process the application, and completion of other local prerequisite permitting requirements The sole reason for municipality or authorized UDC inspection agency denying a building permit application or the plans is that they do not substantially conform to the provisions of the code and other legal requirements

63 UDC Enforcement Upon a finding of noncompliance with the UDC, the municipality or inspection agency must notify the permit applicant and the owner. This completes the UDC Enforcement section.

64 Understanding Soils Soil type refers to the different sizes of mineral particles in a particular sample. Soil is made up of finely ground rock particles, grouped according to size as sand and silt in addition to clay and organic mater such as decomposed plant matter

65 Soils The largest particles, sand determine aeration and drainage characteristics of soil Clay’s tiniest sub- microscopic particles are chemically active which binds with water and plant nutrients The ratio of these particle sizes determines soil type: ◦ Clay ◦ Loam ◦ Clay-Loam There are three soil types

66 Soils In testing a soil, try to make a ball. If you can roll a ball in your hand the soil is clay

67 Soils The Proctor compaction test is a laboratory method of experimentally determining the optimal moisture content at which a given soil type will become most dense and achieve its maximum dry density.

68 Soils The "Modified Proctor" test uses a 10 lb. hammer falling through 18 inches, with 25 blows on each of five lifts (layers). The compactive effort of about 56,000 ft-lbf/ft³ is achieved in the Modified Proctor Test.

69 Soils The original Proctor test uses a 4-inch- diameter. The Proctor test gives two important results: the maximum density of the soil and the effects of moisture on soil density. The most widely used field tests for field compaction are: 1. Sand Cone Method (ASTM D-1556) 2. Drive Tube Method 3. Nuclear Method

70 Soils Unlike the use of a pocket penetrometer, The Proctor and Modified Proctor Tests are conducted in the lab, not the field.

71 Soils To compact clay soils a vibratory roller is generally used. (Pictured below left) To compact clayey and silty soils, a sheepsfoot roller is used mainly. (Pictured below right)

72 Soils Generally a contractor is given a percentage of optimum compaction that must be attained in the field. This is referred to as the Relative Density or R(%). Acceptable relative densities generally range from 90 to 95% Part requires compaction to 90%.

73 Soils Grading contractors usually limit the depth of fill to 8” layers before compaction.

74 Water and Frost The volume of water expands a maximum of 9% when frozen. Vertical loads caused by ice become a problem when: ◦ they add to existing vertical loads ◦ act in a different direction ◦ act sequentially to aggravate the problem

75 Water and Frost Water is unusual as a compound because it expands when frozen Water is the only compound that can cause frost heave in soil During frost heave, one or more soil-free ice lenses grow, and their growth displaces the soil above them

76 Water and Frost Owing to the Gibbs-Thomson effect of the confinement of liquids in pores, water in soil can remain liquid at a temperature that is below the bulk freezing point of water. In fact, this leads to a decrease in the freezing point / melting point that is inversely proportional to the pore size

77 Water and Frost Frost heaving requires: ◦ a frost-susceptible soil ◦ a continual supply of water ◦ freezing temperatures penetrating into the soil Therefore, remove the water even in a frost-susceptible soil and there is no heaving

78 Slides Completed Please download the course exam at this time. Send your completed exam to Julie Patten call her at (608) for further directions.


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