Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Terminology Tuesday - Cinder Block

(A stack of rectangular concrete blocks). Source: Wikipedia

(Note: I think it's important to know the terminology and words used when learning any new business including mobile home investing. I came up with 'Terminology Tuesday' as a day to go over the terminology used in the mobile home business. It's important to know the terminology when talking to people in the business so you're all on the same page).

As defined in Wikipedia:

"Cinder block may refer to:

In the United States, a concrete masonry unit (CMU) — also called concrete block, cement block or foundation block — is a large rectangular brick used in construction. Concrete blocks are made from cast concrete, i.e. Portland cement and aggregate, usually sand and fine gravel for high-density blocks.

Sizes and Structure

Concrete blocks may be produced with hollow centres to reduce weight or improve insulation. The use of blockwork allows structures to be built in the traditional masonry style with layers (or courses) of overlapping blocks. Blocks come in many sizes. In the US, the most common size is 8 in × 8 in × 16 in (20 cm × 20 cm × 41 cm); the actual size is usually about 3/8 in (1 cm) smaller to allow for mortar joints."

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Cinder blocks (aka concrete blocks) are used to support a mobile home. Concrete blocks are placed underneath a mobile home for support.

When moving a mobile home, the mobile home mover will attempt to remove the concrete blocks from underneath the home to prepare for the move. Once the mobile home has been transported to its new location, the concrete blocks will need to be placed underneath the mobile home again for support.

One thing you want to be sure when negotiating a move with a mobile home mover, is to see if the price quoted includes removing and replacing the concrete blocks. Some mobile home movers will only quote you a price to move a home, but may not include the removing and replacing of the concrete blocks for the move and the new location of the mobile home once transported.

Here's a video showing a mobile home move in preparation. In the video, you'll see the concrete blocks being removed from underneath the mobile home to get ready for the move. Check it out!

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1 comment:

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