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Shipping container cabin
« on: January 29, 2009, 10:27:50 AM »

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 10:37:00 AM »
Man, this would be nice to have. Pretty sweet little set up.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 11:15:55 AM »
Totally sweet  :)

I'd love to bury one... you know... as an underground 'storm' shelter... *cough cough*  ;)

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 11:36:01 AM »
Now that is what i'm talking about.  Absolutely love it.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 12:36:19 PM »
Pretty cool!  Thanks for posting this B!

We used trimmed out containers as rental offices at a construction site for a little over a year.  Pretty nice and stout setup:  http://trailers-g.mobilemini.com/offices/security/securityoffice2.php

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2009, 01:54:12 PM »
I wonder if they could mod a 40ft or 80ft container that way.  Have bedrooms in the back?  =-o

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2009, 02:39:30 PM »
You can modify any size but 40 may be the max length.  also transporting anything longer then 40 would be a pretty big undertaking.

You can google container homes and find some pretty cool stuff.  Bob Villa has some stuff on his website as well.

I thought it would be cool to bury one with a concret slab over it and an opening for access and then bolting down anotherone on top of it.  In the Seattle area you can get used empty containers for under $2,000 apeice.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2009, 05:44:47 PM »
I don't recommend buring one, but if you do be sure to reinforce the sides if you are burying a container.  They are tough, but the sidewalls will cave in over time if buried.  The 20'ers may be more resistant, but a little reiforcing would give a lot of peace of mind.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009, 06:37:39 PM »
I don't recommend buring one, but if you do be sure to reinforce the sides if you are burying a container.  They are tough, but the sidewalls will cave in over time if buried.  The 20'ers may be more resistant, but a little reiforcing would give a lot of peace of mind.
LMAO...my first thought from the podcast was to bury one...reminded me of that arsenal in Terminator...

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009, 07:08:13 PM »
Totally sweet  :)

I'd love to bury one... you know... as an underground 'storm' shelter... *cough cough*  ;)

A note shipping containers do very porely when buried. All the strength is in the steel framework. The side walls will fail if fully buried. we used a container in Nevada and it lasted less than a month. the walls collapsed. We buried it at 12 feet to get a 3 foot cover of earth.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2009, 07:12:10 PM »
Wow...expensive lesson...  =-[

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009, 08:11:04 PM »
My neighbor has one buried in his horse pasture...its not uncommon to see a couple of full grown Arabians standing on top of it.  Three years and no problems.

I'm sure the type and amount of backfill makes a big difference in reliability.




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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2009, 09:50:45 PM »
One tough cabin...

http://www.softstainless.com/

Thanks for the posts on this.  I was kind of thinking might be good for a storm shelter and you guys gave me something more to think about.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2009, 08:22:01 AM »
There was a guy on Arfcom that took 2 and made a "work shop". Very cool and zombie proof. I dont have a link but will search later. I have seen a few places that have taken the 40' , stacked them 2 high in a u shape and then put a roof over the whole thing. Ugly as the day is long but cheap and roomy.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2009, 09:34:07 AM »
My neighbor has one buried in his horse pasture...its not uncommon to see a couple of full grown Arabians standing on top of it.  Three years and no problems.

I'm sure the type and amount of backfill makes a big difference in reliability.





OK, why did he bury it?

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2009, 10:15:47 AM »
Totally sweet  :)

I'd love to bury one... you know... as an underground 'storm' shelter... *cough cough*  ;)

A note shipping containers do very porely when buried. All the strength is in the steel framework. The side walls will fail if fully buried. we used a container in Nevada and it lasted less than a month. the walls collapsed. We buried it at 12 feet to get a 3 foot cover of earth.

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That sucks! On a side note what did you do to prep the ground underneath the container? I've heard some have had good success using railroad ties as a base spread out every couple of feet.  ???

Between a 230 volt mig welder and a trip to the scrap yard I don't think it would be that hard to brace some triangulated cross members in there, specifically from the roof to the sides....

Cutting a hole in the bottom to be able to access a sump pump would also be a good idea

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2009, 07:38:26 PM »

OK, why did he bury it?

BP

To make the smallest footprint possible...

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2009, 09:50:57 AM »

OK, why did he bury it?

BP

To make the smallest footprint possible...

OK, I get that, but is it being used as a fall out shelter, storage, tornado shelter, or BOL?  Just curious.....
 Any problems with water leakage?

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2009, 10:49:09 AM »

OK, why did he bury it?

BP

To make the smallest footprint possible...

OK, I get that, but is it being used as a fall out shelter, storage, tornado shelter, or BOL?  Just curious.....
 Any problems with water leakage?

I'm curious too, I'm guessing it's a shelter for the horses.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2009, 05:34:28 PM »
He just keeps feed and a few miscellaneous horse supplies in it; he keeps the entrance open but blocked off so the horses can't get in.  The doors being left open keep the humidity down.  He laid a good layer of gravel down under the container before he buried it to make sure it water drained away.  It is also on a very slight angle to make any rain water run away.

Also, if you dig the hole just big enough for the container you don't have to worry about much pressure from the surrounding disturbed soil.

His only has about a foot of dirt on top of it at the deepest point. 

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2009, 05:37:31 PM »
People bury school buses with no problems.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2009, 07:40:22 PM »
I had forgotten about the school busses.  Check out this site - amazing...and a little creepy.

http://www.ki4u.com/nuclearsurvival/arktwo/pictures.htm

I still haven't figured out why they would put a map to their BOL on the internet.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2009, 08:20:48 PM »
I would love to bury at 20' container with a 40' container sitting on top of it at ground level.  You could have a spiral staircase leading downstairs.  It would be a great bedroom or pantry.

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2009, 07:54:25 PM »
I found this and I thought you guys might find it interesting.

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/michael-cannell/cannell/would-you-live-shipping-container

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Re: Shipping container cabin
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2009, 11:42:59 AM »
I just collected a bunch of good container videos from youtube.

I put them all here at http://shippingcontainercabins.blogspot.com/ so that they could be found easier.