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I think I read in one of the posts that steel stud use is now being used which does solve the crooked, undry lumber issue and they're not hard to use.
I plan to use a shipping container on site to avoid thief and dry lockup storage. I use several here and just drop one near the power pole and keep a small air conditioner that keeps the humidity low. Afterwards they make nice storage space for the car when gone and still lots of room for other things.
May I ask how you obtained a shipping container? (I assume you're talking about one of those huge, twenty- to forty-foot-long boxes used for international maritime shipment.) I anticipate arriving in Chile in February of 2009 but not bringing most of my possessions (by volume, chiefly books) until a year later. Having one here, then there, could prove very useful for me.copfish wrote:. . . . I plan to use a shipping container on site to avoid thief and dry lockup storage. I use several here and just drop one near the power pole and keep a small air conditioner that keeps the humidity low. Afterwards they make nice storage space for the car when gone and still lots of room for other things.
You should have no problem in finding one anywhere. In the states they can be found in the auto trader or other classifieds. Just make sure you find a place that has hundreds of them to choose from and you can get a better unit at a better price. Also make sure it not a leaker, cause it will cost money to repair and unless you can weld and blast and paint it better to spend a little more up front.
The reason I sandblasted the last one I bought was its going on a small island I have and its saltwater so I wanted little maitanance and one that is steel is also heavy and I'm placing it only 4 feet off the ground on concrete poured piers in an area that gets some flooding. The island is a little remote and fiberglass burns and aluminum is valuable as scrap so thats why I went with steel too as I have had some vandalizum.
This one will also have a gabled roof put on (metal roof) so I can catch rain water for irrigation and for two solar panels that will supply a little power for thing like small pumps etc.
Oh, these containers also have real nice hardwood floors, usually oak and can be belt sanded and clear coated to look great.
They also make refrigerated containers also and they sell them without the refrigeration units. The advantage usually is that they are insulated very well and have aluminum floors with slots for water to drain off of when used in transporting cold stuff.
I have a friend that has one of these ex-refrigerated one's on a work barge and uses part of it as an office and uses a 12000 btu a/c unit and it will freeze you out, thyats how well they are insulated.
I'd suppose that shipping lines would accept and move the packed container as readily as they would their own. As you point out, the container could prove useful in Chile as, in essence, a prefabricated storage building.
Again, thanks for information that I wouldn't otherwise have had.
Yes, they would.RWS wrote: I'd suppose that shipping lines would accept and move the packed container as readily as they would their own. As you point out, the container could prove useful in Chile as, in essence, a prefabricated storage building.
The combination of internationally accepted standard sizes, their structural strenght, their generous volume ( especially the 40' )
and their general practicality, make them very useful indeed, both as "storage boxes", and for all sorts of other purposes as well.
On top of that, they are available in the millions, all over the world, so they are not difficult to get hold of, or sell, when the time comes, after they have served their intended purpose.
Another friend buried one on his land and uses it as a tornado shelter. They do have many good uses and are very durable, naturally, and they can be made to look nice with little work.
Shipping companies have no problem coming to your place and snatching it up and delivering it to Chile or anywhere else. I have one time needed a crane service to come out to load it onto the truck to get it to the port, but usually no problems.
Normally a 40 footer will max out around 70,000.lbs. including the container and some a little more a some a little less depending on the type.
I suppose that my goods total not more than 20,000 lbs. (books are heavy!), but, regrettably, I doubt that I can cram all into a twenty-foot container. As a thirty-footer doesn't exist, I suppose that I must use a forty-foot one.
At least I've the consolation of knowing I could put the thing to good use afterward!
There is a simple way to find answers to these questions, and it is tocontact an international shipping company; they will provide quotationsand general advise to anyone interested in shipping a container abroad,with the hope of securing a future customer, but one does not need to have any particular commitment with any of them, in order to ask for information in order to take a decision about a future shipment.copfish wrote:RWS
I wonder if when you do ship your stuff to Chile would you indicate that the container was yours? maybe not if they don't ask, also wonder what the import tax would be on a container? I'd keep your reciept when you purchase it in case there is tax due.
Because this is what they do for a living, they know all the technicalitiesconcerning import and export, and all the relevant taxes and duties to be paid at the other end, on a country by country basis, so they can basically help with any aspect involved.
Normally a shipping company would have an agent at the country ofdestination, with whom they would liaise, who takes care of all the customs formalities and then deliver the container to the desired address and, because the containers would normally be the property of a shipping line, they would leave them on site for a certain amount of time, for it to be unloaded, and then pick it up and return it to whatever shipping line owns it, but in the case of a privately owned container, they would just deliver it, and that would be it.
Best thing to do, in my opinion, is to get quotations from 3 or 4 differentshipping companies, not just in order to compare prices, in order to get the best deal, but also to ensure that if one of them overlooks some aspect of the shipment ( especially with regard to import duties or documentation ) someone else might not, so that one knows exactlywhat is required, before going ahead, and avoid any kind of last minute surprise, because this document is missing, or that declaration wasn'tdone properly, etc.