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When were stabilizer plates first required in Florida for diagonal (frame tie) anchors?
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The requirement for a plate installed at each tie-down anchor was part of the major changes to Florida’s Rule15C-1 for mobile home installation, which became effective on March 29th, 1999. The plates can be steel or ABS plastic, minimum of 180 square inches of surface area, and must be approved by the Florida Division of Motorist Services, Manufactured Housing Section. Steel plates should be hot-dip zinc galvanized at 0.60 ounces per square foot or zinc coated. While the specs are important, the most one thing is to be sure to confirm is that the specific manufacturer’s product you use is Florida-approved. Stabilizer plates are not required at vertical tie-downs that do not have a diagonal/frame tie attached (diagonal load).
And for a listing of typical foundation and tie-down requirements and defects, see our blog post What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers? and What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?
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