We Purchased a KARSTEN Modular Home and what a mistake.

jaybird98367February 8, 2012

We purchased a Karsten home in 2005, what poor workmanship and cheaply it was made. ever since we have had some work done on the house, we have noticed how poorly our house was built. they didnt put any barier wrap on the house and we live in the Northwest where it rains alot. and the OSB board, nope, they cut strips of OSB and ran it down the outside of the 2x6 exterior and much many more issues, this home has changed my mind on never buying a modular home. so becareful when you purchase and specially a Karsten Home

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Please tell me how this differs from the construction of any other home, manufactured, stick-built, or modular. Barrier wrap is not the Thing To Do anymore, as it caused houses to be too airtight, leading to problems with mold and mildew from the moisture unable to escape the house. We all breathe out several pints of water a day. Add in steam from showers and cooking liquids and you have a lot of moisture buildup internally. I have seen stick-built houses only 5 years with mold problems ultimately caused by the barrier wrap.

You have 2x6 external framing, which older stick-built houses do not have. You have OSB because it is actually stronger than plywood. If your house is like mine there isn't a level window or plumb wall in the entire place - but you won't find those things in ANY house today. Construction is crappy because they are all about speed, not quality, and it's not limited to manufactured homes by any means. Tour some model homes with a critical eye and see what I mean.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 2:33PM
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LilFlowers MJLN

Hmm I hate to say it but OSB is NOT stronger than plywood! It is cheaper than plywood for a reason. Unless you are buying a cheaper grade plywood, OSB is NOT stronger. There have been MANY tests that proved this VERY point! Believe me, I am in hurricane country. I will be building with plywood. I have seen OSB disasters, mainly in the trailer house that we purchased and redid floors with it. I would NEVER use that CRAP again!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 5:10PM
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You are correct about plywood being stronger but not necessarily if it is on 3 ply and not 5 ply

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 9:48AM
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