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  • Lots of people use shipping containers for storage, but there are some clever people getting very creative and maximizing every square foot available in, and around, their storage containers – and they're using simple steel or wooden trusses to do it. The first question to address is why would you want to put a trussed roof span on two shipping containers? The quick and simple answer is to c ...
  • Last week we mentioned that all new shipping containers built in 2017 would be painted with waterborne paint, and since then we’ve taken several questions on what the difference is between waterborne paints, water based paints, and solvent paints. And to be honest, there isn’t a huge difference in the first two, but there is a difference between waterborne/water based paints and solven ...
  • Shipping containers, by design, are wind and water tight; so the automatic conclusion that many people make is "how do I get fresh air when I'm locked inside of my shipping container home/storage unit?" The answer is simple, once you add doors and windows, and probably an HVAC system, there will be more than enough airflow to allow you and your family to survive. Even if you're using it as a ...
  • "How do I get a shipping container with no rust?" is a common question that we receive through the website; and that question is subjective based on the requirements of the buyer and what they plan on doing with the container. Most used shipping containers will have some surface rust and that's by design based on the container being made of COR-TEN steel. What is COR-TEN Steel? More generically ca ...
  • Occasionally, the rods on the door of a shipping container will bend, leaving the container doors unable to be closed or opened properly. It’s not common, especially in everyday use, but if they are bent it is usually during movement or when hit by container handling equipment. While it may cause problems, it’s not impossible or very expensive to fix. However, it may be necessary to ca ...
  • Shipping container doors move the best when the container is sitting level. However, sometimes containers can fall out of alignment and this can be caused by any number of reasons. The two most common reasons are the ground under the container settling over time, or the container could be loaded the distributed unevenly. How do I tell if my storage container is out of alignment? Checking if your c ...
  • Shipping containers are designed to be wind and water tight, but if you’re using a container as a commercial or residential storage unit it might require a little extra ventilation to help regulate the humidity and potential moisture build up, especially in the coming summer months. Shipping containers are equipped with small "breather" vents at the factory that allow a l ...
  • Shipping containers aren’t high tech, and they aren’t low tech; at the heart of the matter shipping containers could be described as “no tech”. They have no electrical components and no gears or parts that rely on a series of other cogs or sprockets to make them move. Since their introduction to the market in the 1950’s there have been relatively few improvements to t ...
  • Sometimes' the factory equipped security features on a used shipping container just don't measure up for residential or commercial uses and you need to beef things up a little to make sure all of the things stored inside' remain inside the unit  until you're ready to use them. There are two directions you can take to solve this problem: specialized locks' or a lock box. Both have pros and co ...
  • Shipping being used for long term, single location residential or commercial storage containers can gain a few extra years of life if they’re put on some type of foundation. A foundation will keep the container off the damp ground and typically allow for some airflow or dead air space to expedite the drying process. In the past we discussed concrete footing foundations, and simple railroad ...
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