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Toolkit about Abandoned Mobile Homes

View the videos in this Abandoned Mobile Homes Toolkit to see the step-by-step process to deconstruct an abandoned unit. Read the Resource Guide and Checklists to learn from case studies to help you decide whether to deconstruct your own unit. Tap into the toolkit’s Bibliography to find information resources on deconstruction training opportunities, disaster debris management, government regulations for mobile homes, and more. 

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Toolkit Videos

The abandonment of mobile homes creates numerous safety, economic and environmental concerns in a community. The following videos demonstrate the steps required to properly deconstruct a mobile home and salvage any reusable materials. In order to view these videos in full screen mode, please click the title of the video within the video frame to be directed to YouTube.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Pre-Deconstruction Assessment at Original Site

Chapter 3 - Assessment at Deconstruction Work Site

Chapter 4 - Safety

Chapter 5 - Tools

Chapter 6 - Deconstruction: Unit 1

Chapter 7 - Deconstruction: Unit 2

Chapter 8 - Deconstruction Wrap Up and Salvage

Chapter 9 - Processing

Chapter 10 - Reconstruction: New Toolshed

Chapter 11 - Credits

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Toolkit Documents

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  • Best Management Practices Resource Guide (PDF)(40 pp, 802 K)
    The Resource Guide provides an overview of the history of mobile home manufacturing; typical materials used in construction; information regarding hazardous materials that may have been used in the construction of the mobile homes; previous studies conducted regarding the feasibility of the deconstruction and recycling of abandoned mobile homes; and best management practices to assess, inventory, and plan the deconstruction of an abandoned mobile home.
  • Assessment Guide Checklists (PDF)(5 pp, 56 K)
    The Assessment Guide Checklists are designed to assist individuals in evaluating whether a mobile home unit is a good candidate for deconstruction, and, if so, to aid the deconstruction team in preparing for the deconstruction project. The Assessment Guide Checklists are comprised of four separate worksheets including: Assessing Mobile Home Candidates for Deconstruction, Preparing for the Deconstruction Event, Health and Safety Considerations, and A Daily Log for Deconstruction Activities.
  • Resource Bibliography (PDF)(13 pp, 525 K)
    The Resource Bibliography identifies key sources that discuss deconstruction and deconstruction-related topics. These sources not only provide best management practices, lessons learned, and guidance on deconstruction but also an overview of factors influencing the success or failure of deconstruction projects.