Adobe Acrobat Reader
This Takes the Cake
By George Porter
Well I did it again this week. I met yet another person who
wants to try to make the rules for the installation of Manufactured
Housing simple by having only one way to do it. First of all,
if that were possible surely someone would have done it by now!
The only fun in all of this for me is to try to keep inventing
new ways to explain why it can't be done. For the last 10 years
I have used the differences in the roof close up as an example.
Sometimes I use the marriage line blocking differences or the
placement of exterior windows, or sometimes spark plugs.
Spark plugs used to be my favorite for a while. I would say
that putting together these homes is a lot like working on cars.
If you wanted to tune up your car, would you simply go down to
the auto parts store and ask them what spark plugs were on sale?
Suppose they had some discontinued ones they would let you have
real cheap, but there weren't enough of them, so they would throw
in a couple of other kinds to get enough to fill your needs. You
could probably save a bunch of money, BUT, would they fit; would
they work if they did fit; would they damage your car? Probably
all the above! Everyone knows that you need to read the owners
manual to make sure you get the proper plugs. The type of engine,
the year and make of the car or truck make a big difference, so
reading the manual is absolutely necessary. Most folks don't think
this car thing is so hard to understand, why is it so hard with
Manufactured Housing? What we need is a law saying that all cars
must have the same spark plugs; this would make tune-ups easier.
Right, that would work!
My new example is cake. Manufactured houses are like cakes.
(Better image than a car engine isn't it?) Cakes are sort of complicated
to make, what with all the different recipes available. So, we
need a law saying that all cakes will be made with the same recipe,
what do you think of that? The response is always, "but not
all cakes are the same, some are a lot different from others,
who would want only one kind of cake?" At which time I usually
say, "exactly the point I wanted to make!" Cakes are
different from each other, but they are still called cakes. The
variations in the types of cakes are what make it necessary to
change the recipes a little bit, sometimes a lot. All our homes
are called Manufactured Homes but that doesn't make them all the
If you want the manufacturers home to come out like it is supposed
to, you have to follow the recipe made up by that manufacturer.
It is called the installation instructions.
I am now working on an example for used homes, which by the
way, still need to be installed the same way they were meant to
be installed if you want them to work. Used cake sort of conjures
up a very bad image, repossessed spark plugs doesn't work either.
I am having a problem with this one, but I will work on it.