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Separating 10’ Shipping Containers (Duo-Cons)

03.02.2017 - Posted by Updated On 03.02.2017    

10' shipping containers, or "duo-cons" as they're typically called, make popular storage units for commercial and residential sites that have limited space, but need secure storage. However, unless you're purchasing from a retail location they're normally sold in pairs, and the buyer needs to separate them with a grinder or cutting torch.

Why are duo-cons sold in pairs? Shipping lines and port handing equipment are geared to move 20' or 40' containers; because of this they need to be welded together to build a size that can be moved within the currently logistics chain. 10' shipping containers


First, let's start off by addressing the normal panic when someone buys a duo-con, "hey, I can walk the entire way through, there's no wall!" It's normal, and quite easy, to not see it, but the wall panels are welded to the interior sides of the container. You'll need a grinder to cut the welding beads and after that the panel should come off easily.
The first thing you'll want to do is open all of the doors, simply because this will allow more light inside of the container and you'll be able to see what you're doing better.
The two containers are connected by connecting plates on the outside by the corner castings, and a cover plate on the inside. These will need to be cut off with a torch or similar tool.

With the 20' container now separated you can weld the front wall into place, giving you two secure 10' containers.

cutting a duo-con in half is an online marketplace for new and used shipping containers of all sizes. While 10' containers are typically always new, 20' and 40' containers can be readily found in new and used condition at many locations around the United States and around the world. If you have questions on a specific listing, please contact the seller directly through the site. If you have general shipping container questions the staff at can be contacted to assist you.

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