Shipping Container House - Foundations




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Ob Fuscated: "I was just wondering if there was any sort of prefab product that could have been used to assist in those foundations" Sonotube and similar products are designed for convenient cylindrical foundation pours. "I see bolts but I read welding to steal in bed into the cement is better.... Why did you choice bolts?" No, it isn't necessarily "better". If you bolt and the foundation settles over time, you can loosen the bolt and shim the container. Welding means getting the torch or grinder out first and MUCH more work. You can bolt externally to the corner fittings by welding on flat plates with holes cut for bolts if you want the greatest ease of installation combined with the ability to use large L-style concrete anchors which are threaded for nuts. The only way I'd prefer welding to a "foundation" is as in in my installation where I welded my ISOs together and to the large I-beams which support them on the ends, but I want to keep them together and lift or lower them together if needed. If I need to move them (I don't plan to) a cutting torch can make very clean cuts which will allow welding them back together afterwards, but most homeowners don't have all that equipment. Those who DO have welding gear would be well served to visit welding forums such as Weldingweb and the Miller and Hobart forums. Many folks there who professionally mod ISO containers and can clue you in with a welders perspective. I have my welders inside, ground to the shell, and run a single lead to stick or suitcase feeder depending on the task. Welders will LOVE ISOs, but when a welder works on one they should think "welding and fabrication" when attacking a challenge. Visit the Sea Box site for ideas.

Paul Chambers: I have seen both and it is harder to move a container to a new location if its welded down. More destructive. I dont intend to move them but I can if I have to.

jalberti3637: I see bolts but I read welding to steal in bed into the cement is better.... Why did you choice bolts?

Uriel1816: This type of planning you are explaining here is very helpful to me. My plans are to do the same type of homesteading in the next few years.

Paul Chambers: Here is one being attached. Watch my video titled "Shipping Container House - levelling the containers" I thought the corners had holes that went completely through and bought 2.5 m lengths of pipe to bolt down with metal straps. I was wrong, the holes were blind. I cut short poles and am cantilevering them down with a packer. I am about to join the containers with a walkway and will revisit the securing method. That is my next step so will have a new video soon. Cheers Paul

Droyder Nps: why did you put the black plastic inside the hall ? why not over it ?? hehehe

Droyder Nps: nice video by the way

Eco Habitat: Thanks for sharing, nice video

jalberti3637: What method did you use to attach the conexs to the cement?

fewinhibitions: Very informative. thank you for your series on your container home. Well done and very much appreciated!

Paul Chambers: Hi Amanda and welding hubby. They were only square because I was using donated wood to make the frames and I found plywood in a skip. I looked for round cardboard tubing that they make car park pillars but could not find a supplier. I thought about using a barrel as a shape holder. This would have meant I needed 8 barrels, as I was going for a single pour, not making one at a time (too costly). I share other ideas in a book just released. buildshippingcontainerhouse (link). Best of luck Paul

Amanda Green: Hey Paul, luv the videos, I was just wondering if there was any sort of prefab product that could have been used to assist in those foundations, like some sort of big hollow tubing that you could bury and fill with cement and steel supports, Is it building regs that they have to be square ??? I love the idea of building a house with containers, but dont really have your skills but we would still love to do the whole thing our self, lucky for me the hubby can weld :)

brown55061: Excellent series, I'm watching it all. How much is land per acre out in the bush? You should get some money back for excessive rain! =)

ThunderLightenBolt: Great video..looking forward to the finished home. Keep up the good work..it's very helpful..thanks !

Paul Chambers: I saw a 100 acre block with power to the front and two shipping containers advertised for 310K recently but land prices are not my area of knowledge. As for the rain, when I didnt need it or have the ability to collect it I was drowning in it. Now I have a rain tank I havent seen rain in about a month. I am certain it will iron out over time however. Thankyou for the feedback.
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