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    Default Shipping containers used to build houses?!?!

    Has anyone seen or heard of the use of shipping containers being used to construct houses? We have one being built in my city and frankly... it screams of backdraft.

    I have several photo's I would be happy to share with the group if anyone wishes to see.

    I am looking to see if this is cropping up anywhere else? We have on being built now with 25 more on the way within the year.

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    Grant, I've never even heard of this before. I would love to see some pictures when you get a chance.......

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    Wow...apparantley there's a whole architectural sub-culture on these things:

    http://www.fabprefab.com/fabfiles/containerbayhome.htm
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    Thanks for the link, Dal......... And that just did it for me........


    They are even uglier than I had pictured them in my head!!!!

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    I'm thinking they'd be rather loud in a hard rain...
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    Wonder if they will float in a flood?

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    This is not a new concept. People have been using railway cars and other types of shipping containers for years.

    In the small rail town where I grew up, there were dozens of houses that began as decommissioned railway car boxes, and once the owners had finished with the porches, siding, and roofing, you would have no idea what they were.

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    Lightbulb A Few Observations................

    I have no question that those things will not get past our zoning board, heck, they turn down fairly normal housing design. Now:
    1. No need for a lightning rod.
    2. Extingushment is easy, Fill it with water.
    3. Seat of the Fire is easy to find, look for the glowing metal.
    4. No need to worry about which blade is on the vent saw.
    5. Occupants will be outside, or dead.
    6. PPV should work OK - Limited openings.
    7. Electrical short at ANY location will energize entire "Structure"
    8. 800Mhz Radios won't work inside.
    9. Easy cleanup - just load it on a flatbed and drive off into the sunset.......
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    Default Re: A Few Observations................

    Originally posted by hwoods
    I have no question that those things will not get past our zoning board, heck, they turn down fairly normal housing design. Now:
    1. No need for a lightning rod.


    Downed power lines draped over your roof anyone.

    2. Extingushment is easy, Fill it with water.


    Or just close the door tight, let it suffocate and cool.

    Dont even have to pull any hose that way!

    3. Seat of the Fire is easy to find, look for the glowing metal.
    And then maybe use a sledge to punch an 90 degree penetraitor nozzle in where its glowing????

    4. No need to worry about which blade is on the vent saw.


    Maybe cutting torches on all the egines?

    5. Occupants will be outside, or dead.


    Yes.

    6. PPV should work OK - Limited openings.
    Blower oven.

    7. Electrical short at ANY location will energize entire "Structure"


    Shocking...

    8. 800Mhz Radios won't work inside.
    It would also probly microwave your eyeballs like they do if you try to use them in a USFS wildfire shelter.

    9. Easy cleanup - just load it on a flatbed and drive off into the sunset.......
    You just invented an entirely new form of mobile home.

    If you house used to tranport toilet paper...

    You might be a redneck.
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    I was about to say, it looks like the concept of a trailer park for the 21st century.
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    If you look at the link and go down to 'U' then look at project #50 'Tower Hamlets College, East London' that is a large (and god awful full of gangs and islamic extremists) College just behind our Fire Station. There are serious assults, riots, gang fights and all sorts there on a regular basis... not a nice place.

    Anyway, the structures meet all of the Fire Safety Regulations as far as means of escape ect are concerned. I have to admit I have never looked it it from a Fire Development point of view...thank Grant. I'll pop by tomorrow (They are on Summer break, so I should be safe from attack!!!) take some pictures and have a look.

    We'd definately be making an interior attack if they were involved in fire, althoug by the size of the windows I'd be looking at some extrenal vewntialtion as a matter of course before sending anyone into that oven.

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    They are on Summer break, so I should be safe from attack!!!
    I don't know Steve, I went to the site and looked at yours, those things look pretty scary. Do you need a bodyguard?

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    My brother in law who works as in the import export business has been involved with building homes from shipping containers for years. Just not in this country. It is by no stretch a new concept.

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    WOW >............you know I have also seen where homes are made out of old airplane fuselages (sp)...........and I thought maybe this was about burn buildings.........but to live in one .......if it burns it has gotta be a hot one !
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    "9-11 : What is your emergency ?"
    "My container house is on fire !!"
    "We're dispatching units now. Where do you live ?"
    "Well... come down to the docks and turn left up Terminal Row from Route 1. You'll pass a few stacks of empty NedLloyds. Turn right past them and you'll see 4 stacks of 3 high P&O's with one China Shipping between them. Turn left there and we're just before the Hapag Lloyds in the NYK's. We're in the 1st stack, 6th one up with the forklift ding in the side...And hurry, we wanna get loaded tonight!"


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    Shipping containers were also used as command posts at fire support bases in the vietnam war.
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    We are starting to see them as Command and Control structures (rapidly deployable) out at this end of the world. As well as being fitted with major air compressors for rehab, mass decon and other fire related appliations... but I have not seen one used in a residential application.
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