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Consider The Possibilities
By George Porter
Do you believe in "Murphys Law"? Well if you don't
yet you soon will! Hud has been very busy this year and the summer
and fall have produced some interesting results. There are of
course the three new wind zones, requiring different construction
and installation standards for each one. These have replaced the
original two zones. There are also three new thermal zones to
replace the previous two. The only thing that has not changed
(yet) are the three roof load zones.
Now I am not a mathematician so I called two people that are
and they said that this means that there are 27 !!!! different
ways to build the same floorplan of a single home. What do you
think the possibility is of you getting one of those combinations
that you can't sell at your dealership?
Suppose you are manufacturing in the state of North Carolina
around Statesville for instance. There are several factories
there and if you go 75 miles to the north you will be in thermal
zone 3. If you go 75 miles to the south you'll be in thermal zone
If you stay in Statesville you will be in thermal zone 2, so
they have to make all 3 thermal zones there because they ship
the homes both north and south. North Carolina also contains all
three wind zones. The factories there only make one roof load
so that means that out of one plant you have 9 different ways
to get the same floorplan.
Suppose your lot is over the N.C. border in Virginia, what
do you suppose the possibility is of getting a home that you could
not use in Virginia? If you got a thermal zone 1 or 2 you would
not be able to place it in the state, what would you do with it?
The manufactures are well aware of this potential problem and
they are being as careful as they can be but they are human the
same as you. You better check each home out when it is delivered
to you to be sure it is right. This is going to happen to someone,
don't let it be you.