Its something we talk about a lot here at home about “getting one” but this week its been a case of we needed one! The cut was right down to the bone and without compression on the wound blood poured out of it. A simple mistake as someone had left some glass blades outside my office door which I tripped over leaving the room and swiftly found a deep cut and needing 4 stitches to put it all back together again.
The important thing here though is we are near the hospital and we did have stuff readily available, many shipping container home developments though are off-grid and in locations if working alone you may struggle to get back from. Adapting a first aid kit as well as getting in the habit of contacting people every hour if lone working is important for your own safety especially when doing construction work on your shipping container home. Commercially many of the lone working rules actually forbid the ability to do some of the stuff we do as private individuals if you were doing it for a company. So as you can see its pretty serious stuff and well worth preparing yourself for any emergencies.
When looking to build a shipping container home be aware that some skills are needed and if you haven’t got them its worth getting someone else in to cover the bits you don’t know. For example I can do electrical,heating,cooling,carpentry and joinery but welding isn’t something I have had to utilize in my construction work before because generally we build with brick in the UK. At the same time if needed I would be willing to spend time learning if need be. You have to remember this is your home your building and not just a weekend project. If done wrong it could be a disaster and a project that has to be rebuilt. I would always advise taking advice from professionals at the same time there are things you can do to make life easier such as buying the shipping containers “pre cut” at the dockside to save you time and also to make sure the holes are the right size and in the right place. If they make a mistake its their problem they have to put right not yours.
40ft Flat Rack Shipping Container Dimensions have been added into Container Living primarily so people know what one is if asked if they want one and by mistake think its a full shipping container unit with sides and roof. The dimensions are shown below :-
Maximum Gross Weight: 99,212 lbs.
Tare Weight: 10,803 lbs.
Payload: 88,409 lbs.
Concentrated Load Over Center 2 Meter Span: 56,000 lbs.
Length (between end panels): 39′ 6"
Length (between corner posts): 38′ 3"
Width (over bottom side rail): 7′ 2"
Width (between corner posts): 7′ 7"
Height (side rail to top casting): 6′ 4"
Height: 8′ 6"
If looking to buy your shipping container always be aware where the seller is and the distance they are from you as well as the transportation options and cost to get it from the location of the shipping container seller to your place of construction. Buying without taking this into consideration can be an expensive mistake to learn. Trucking has never been cheap and adding to that you may need a crane or some other way of unloading the shipping container you need to way up the options of if its practical or better to wait until someone nearer has one for sale.
You really need to go over this list of things to consider when transporting a shipping container and be able to tick them all off before you get into a sales transaction :-
- Discuss within your neighbourhood with your neighbours in advance as you may be able to smooth disputes over before they happen as often its just a case of a “nosey neighbour” wanting to know what your up to rather than anything personal.
- Check the local town planning and regulations as discussing it with the people that may block it in advance lets them have they’re opinion and even as a temporary building just giving them the heads up they appreciate it and likely to leave you to it. Also as a temporary structure which is generally how shipping containers are seen your exempt of many of the legal requirements and standards of a "normal" building structure.
- The container will no doubt arrive on a semi tractor trailer which slides the shipping container off the back of the trailer so having a place set aside if you don’t have the final location ready such as the bottom of a dead end road or somewhere else its not going to be obtrusive until it can be relocated. I plan this even if I do have a crane due on site incase they have a breakdown or some other reason to reschedule. Access is also going to be an issue so make sure the road can take the weight and length of the truck and trailer as it will need to have enough room to get in and out.
- Height clearance for not only unloading the shipping container but also if a crane is needed to drop into final location. Power cables and telephone wires are a common issue. Contacting your power and telephone company if the wires are in the way should be done long in advance to find a solution.
- Be nice to the driver! Can’t say this enough as I after a long drive the driver may be unsociable but a cup of tea and a few biscuits go a long way as does maybe a little bribe to put the shipping container where you want it. Just be aware if putting it on the ground the risk of moisture and if possible try and get it situated off the ground. If its not going to be on the main road make the company aware in advance as they may request it to be lifted from the road side due to risk of the truck becoming embedded in soft ground and stuck.
- If its being situated somewhere temporary try and get it in a location that is suitably stable and even as well as having good drainage. The door ends twist which is why its important to get a level location as the doors will bind otherwise. On the drainage front try and get it sat on concrete footings, railroad sleepers or gravel something allowing water to drain away.