What Are All The Parts And Components Of A Shipping Container?

Shipping containers are a durable box that can be used for a variety of purposes, but have you ever wondered, “what are shipping containers made of?”  Shipping containers are more than just metal welded together, as they have lots of different parts. Of course, you could judge the look, shape, and size of a container outwardly and think that’s all there is to it, but there’s more to its parts than meets the eyes.

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What Materials are Used in Making Shipping Containers?

Every shipping container you see is made primarily from a unique steel material, known as Corten or weathering steel. Corten comprises a group of steel alloys that were fabricated and specifically designed not to require painting. Unlike other types of steel, Corten’s physical properties make it rust-resistant. A thin layer of rust can form on the surface of the container but cannot easily penetrate. This steel is also easy to weld.

Note that other shipping container parts are made of varying materials aside from this primary component of a shipping container.

Features of a Shipping Container

Most shipping containers you’ll find out there possess most, if not all, of these features.

Cargo Doors

As the name suggests, cargo doors are two steel doors found at one or sometimes both ends of the container. Some specialty containers will have doors along the side. Aside from loading, cargo doors serve another purpose, and that’s to provide reinforced security for the products in the container against theft. The doors are sealed around the edge to protect the assets from weather intrusion.

Corner Casting

The corner casting is specially designed to be strong and withstand high amounts of pressure. Even when the container is fully loaded, the container can be lifted by the corners using crane rigging. The load is evenly distributed on the four corners.

Forklift Pockets

Forklift pockets are where the forklift tines can easily glide through to lift the shipping container. In many standard 20-foot and 40-foot containers, you’ll find the two openings at the bottom edge of the structures. These allow the container to be moved by a forklift without the container tipping off the tines.

Twist Locks

Twist Locks on the corner castings are used when stacking containers. Locking the containers together when stacking them makes them secure and stable.

Cross Members

Cross members comprise the beam and joist of the shipping container. They create space between the container’s flooring and the ground (lifts & supports the container above ground level) to prevent moisture intrusion. They also provide adequate support to the floor of the shipping container. Shipping containers can be modified into comfortable offices and living spaces because of this critical feature.

Carolina Containers

Shipping containers are formidable and highly functional. They can be modified and customized for storage, work, or living purposes. For more ideas and options on choosing the perfect containers for your project, don’t delay contacting Carolina Containers for information. Call 919-562-9187.

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Using A Shipping Container to Move or to Transport Goods

Planning a move can be complicated. Transporting all your belongings to your new location can be expensive. If you already have a Conex container to store items, this problem is easily solved. Conex containers are a convenient way to pack and ship items. These shipping containers allow individuals to make a move at their own pace.

Being able to sort and pack your items at your pace makes the moving experience less stressful. Personal items will be safe and secure because shipping containers are weatherproof, durable, and able to accommodate a houseful of items. Conex containers are incredibly mobile. They can be moved from one location to another location with ease and for a reasonable price.

There are a few techniques to use when packing a container that will make a move successful. Filling a container too hastily and with little thought can be dangerous for your property, especially if breakable items are placed improperly. When packing a container, one needs to take time and plan accordingly. Planning the packing will make the unpacking easier and with minimal damage to your belongings. Pack the items you need to have immediately at your new home last. That way you’ll unpack them first at the new place.

Pack Smart, Don’t Risk Breaking Anything

Boxes can be filled but should not weigh more than thirty pounds. This weight limit makes boxes easy to handle and stack. Also, be mindful of the placement of the boxes. Don’t just put them anywhere. As a rule of thumb, the heavier boxes should be below the lighter boxes. This placement avoids lighter boxes being crushed by heavier boxes.

Wrap breakable or delicate items before placing them in a box. Newspaper or bubble wrap works well, but if it’s a short-distance move, some people use clothing. No matter which wrapping material is used, make sure there is minimal space inside the boxes, and items don’t bump into one another. Tight packing with cushioning material will reduce breakage.

A Shipping Container can Secure and Transport your goods

Furniture can be placed in the container to fill more of the space. Wrap edges of all furniture that could be scratched. If needed, strap the furniture in place to keep it from shifting during transport. Try disassembling the large piece of furniture for easier placement in the container.

Container Site Setup: 

Part of any container placement on site is in the planning. It’s critical that the area preparation is completed correctly. Not doing so could risk the items or people inside the container. A strong, stable base has to be created. Containers are massive and need a sturdy place to sit, or they’ll sink into the ground.

Planning Questions to think about:

How to Prepare for Container Site Setup and Delivery?

Many things have to be considered when planning the preparation – size of the site, soil conditions, the slope of the ground, size of the container, and container usage are important factors. Each of these items may require a separate process. If the soil needs to be leveled, does that mean bringing in extra dirt or removing it? Will the container need to be accessed frequently (it’s an office or tool storage) or infrequently (long term supply storage)? Review what will need to be done and in what order they will need to be completed.

Will the Container Be Moved Frequently?

If the container will be moved frequently, it should be placed on dry, flat soil. The ground should be level to ease container relocation. The site should have easy access for a truck to deliver and pick-up the container. Spending money preparing the site should be kept to a minimum.

Will the Container Stay in One Place on the Site?

When a container sits in one location for a lengthy period, the site setup should still not only be on level ground but consider using gravel pads to prevent the container from sinking into the ground or becoming stuck. Often, dirt settles over time, and the gravel pad will prevent the container from sinking with it. A best practice is to check the container and levelness with the ground routinely.

Does the Container Need Electricity and Plumbing?

A licensed electrician and plumbing company are needed for site setup. Sometimes permits are required to set up electricity and plumbing, so it’s essential to call the local permit office during the planning process. Before you call, check that power is possible at the container setup site. Confirm the presence of water/sewer/septic lines if a plumbing hookup is needed. If the container is being modified, check the number of disconnect panels required for setup. Determine if electricity will be through a generator or utility service. Finally, schedule an appointment with an electrician and professional plumber for installation.

How Do I Prepare for a Container Delivery?

The container site setup extends beyond the level ground. Different counties require regulations for container sites. Check with local offices for any necessary permits or codes for the site. Some jurisdictions do not allow containers to be placed at specific locations, so check early in your planning.

Finalize Plans

Double-check delivery dates so that all permits and site preparation, such as electricity and plumbing are in place. Be sure to contact Carolina Containers to confirm the delivery date of the container.

What to think about for the sizing of your shipping container: 

All the Sizes and Configurations That Custom Storage Containers Come In

Do you have a lot of cargo to transport? You might be wondering, what size do I need my custom containers? What kind of max carry weight do I need? Are there even different types of storage containers? It is good to be aware of what all is out there so you can make the BEST choice for your own needs. The weight and dimensions will often affect the type of things that can be stored in it. At Carolina Containers, our goal is to meet your storage needs as adequately as we can. Our storage containers come in three main size variations, namely 10’, 20’, and 40’. However, each variation comes with certain container configurations. Below is a brief outlook on our most popular containers. You can go to both our rent and buy pages and check out the specs of all of our containers. Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or thoughts!

  • 10-foot mini custom containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 10 by 8 by 8.5 feet. Its tare weight is about 2,866.01 lbs and it can load contents weighing up to 19,532.97 lbs.  It also has a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 9.25 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 7.42 feet.
  • 10-foot high containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 10 by 8 by 9.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is 3,262.84 lbs. and can load contents weighing up to 22,046.24 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 9.25 by 7.66 by 8.87 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 8.40 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 20-foot standard containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 8.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 4,949.38 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 62,247.57 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door. These are the most common containers by far, frequently what you’ll find moving goods on ships.
  • 20-foot high containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 9.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 5,335.19 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 61,861.76 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 8.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 8.50 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 20-foot double-door containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 8.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 4,949.38 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 62,247.57 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 7.40 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 20-foot high cube double-door containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 20 by 8 by 9.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 5,335.19 lbs and can load contents weighing up to 61,861.76 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 19.25 by 7.66 by 8.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 8.50 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.
  • 40-foot standard containers: 20-foot double-door containers: The exterior dimensions of the container is 24 by 8 by 8.5 feet. These containers’ tare weight is about 8,168.13 lbs. and can load contents weighing up to 59,028.82 lbs. These containers have a volume of 1,172.55 cubic feet. Its interior dimensions are 39.40 by 7.66 by 7.85 feet. The end door of the container is 7.67 by 7.40 feet. They do not have a rooftop or side door.

Carolina Containers is ready to ease container site setup and delivery. Learn more about our services today by calling 919-562-9187.

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The Signs That Your Shipping Container May Need Maintenance

Shipping containers are pretty durable. Since they’re giant steel boxes, these containers can take a lot of punishment, yet they can get worn or damaged over time. While the containers are pretty inexpensive, some simple storage container maintenance is needed to keep them safe and in proper working order.

Storage Container Maintenance

Rust Control

One of the biggest dangers for a container is rust. If rust is spotted anywhere on the container, it should be addressed immediately. There are several ways to combat rust. Step one is to keep the exterior painted. Paint prevents moisture from reacting with the steel surface. Moisture is the enemy of steel – it corrodes and weakens. Keeping all surfaces, both outside and inside, free of standing water is a priority. Ice, snow, water, and debris should be kept off the roof.

Roof

The roof of a shipping container is a weak spot of the structure. A sagging roof can be a sign of compromised structural integrity. Once the roof sags, there is little that can be done to repair it. To prevent sagging, do not place heavy items atop the container.

Hinges

Another weak point for shipping containers is the hinges. They can wear out over time and get stuck or squeaky. Metal scraping against metal as the hinge moves can remove paint, which allows for rust and can damage the hinges further. Keep the hinges well lubricated, painted, and replace them as needed.

Mold

If mold or rust is discovered on the interior of a climate-controlled container, check the container’s heating/cooling system. This system should be balancing the humidity inside the container, and mold or rust are signs of high moisture. Follow the manufacturer guidelines to ensure the HVAC system remains in good working order. Regular inspections and replacement of the air filters will ensure such modified containers will stay in good working order.

Floor

An uneven or buckling floor is a sign of trouble. If the container isn’t sitting on a hard, level surface, the container will settle, which can cause it to list to one side or twist. This twisting and listing can displace the supporting integrity (the corners), placing pressure on weaker places bending the metal, weakening the whole structure. Whenever containers are stored for the long term, they need to be placed on a flat, hard surface.

Shipping containers used for storage are incredibly useful in a variety of fields, trades, and purposes. They are pretty cheap overall, but some simple maintenance and inspection work can help keep them lasting longer, which means even more significant savings over the years.

Carolina Containers

We have a large inventory of shipping containers that can be used for various business purposes, including storage. For more information on storage container maintenance, contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

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What are the benefits of buying a used shipping container?

Purchasing a used shipping container means you can save cash, especially if the purpose doesn’t require one in new condition, and aesthetics aren’t an issue.

Things to Look for With Used Shipping Containers
When buying in Durham, storage containers are an asset where a company can save money by purchasing a used container. Used shipping containers in good condition are not an investment risk. One determination of whether to buy a new container or a used one is the performance needed from the container. Here are some items to consider when looking at using a shipping container as a storage container:

  • Usage What do you intend to do with the shipping container? Function determines if you want a new one or a used one. If you need a storage container, check if the container is still watertight. Look for rust areas. Are there any cracks? Check the doors to see if they seal tightly. Many used containers have only been used once, while others have been in use for many years.
  • Budget Sometimes you find that you need a proper storage container, but you are low on cash. If this is the case, then buying a used container is a viable option. Used shipping containers cost up to 40% less than the new containers. This savings translates to thousands of dollars on the purchase. Whether your storage needs are temporary or permanent, a shipping container is a great option.
  • Modification You can modify the container to meet your specific needs by adding roll-up doors, windows, ventilation, electricity, and climate control. These requirements are vital if you plan to store furniture, chemicals, and other valuable items.
  • Interior Requirements If valuable or delicate items are to be stored in the container, interior climate control is required. Local weather affects not only the exterior of the container but also the interior.

Have you ever heard of the container rain phenomenon? It’s caused by swift changes in temperature from cold to warm and vice versa inside the container. The warm and humid air in the container condenses and collects on the container’s cooler contents, walls, and inner ceiling. When this condensation occurs to a significant amount, the droplets from the ceiling fall like rain inside the container. Installing vents and fans to circulate the interior air can prevent this condition.

Used shipping containers are not a risk at all. They are useful and save you a substantial amount of money if you find one that fits your requirements. Take the time to personally inspect the container thoroughly before buying to avoid any problems later.

Advantages of Refurbishing the Used Containers
Environmentalists around the world emphasize reuse and recycle. For shipping containers, this concept of reusing fits in perfectly. Listed below are some of the advantages of refurbishing the old containers:

  • Affordability: Shipping containers are expensive but reap good profits for the transport business. Reusing these containers in place of discarding them can be beneficial and more affordable.
  • Environmentally friendly: Recycling and reusing old containers reduces the burden on landfills. The other option is allowing them to rust away, sitting on a property – this is undesirable environmentally and aesthetically.
  • Long-lasting: Shipping containers are highly durable. Refurbishing the containers can extend the life of these containers by 5- 10 years easily.

How to Refurbish the Durham Storage Containers?
Consider refurbishing as a project and yourself as the project manager. You need to plan everything and then execute the refurbishing task with expertise.

  • Decide the purpose: As mentioned previously, you can put the containers into reuse for various purposes, like building a home, workspace, or restaurant. The first step is to decide the purpose so that the appropriate customizations can be planned.
  • Rustproofing: The primary reason for discarding the old container is rust. If you’re refurbishing the old container, then carefully do rust proofing on the entire container. Look for weakened areas and give them special attention.
  • Plan a budget and be creative: Many people have used their containers to build restaurants, cafes, workspaces, art studios, pop-up shops, private offices, she sheds, man caves, kids’ playhouses, guest houses, fishing cabins – the sky’s the limit. So think of broader and outside-the-box ways in which you can reuse your Durham storage container. Accordingly, finalize a budget and get to work.

Shipping containers are one of the essential commodities on which the entire import/export business stands. Hence, these huge metal containers are not going to disappear anytime soon. It is wise to invest in new containers for shipping products and repurpose the old ones rather than discard them.

In case you need any more assistance on a refurbishing project, feel free to connect with our experts at Carolina Containers. Call 919-562-9187.

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Moving Your Custom Shipping Container – What Are Your Shipping Container Transport Options?

Shipping containers are an excellent and versatile building medium. Customization teams can outfit a shipping container with all kinds of modifications—ready for delivery and immediate use. But what’s the next step? How do you move a shipping container to your site? Standard empty shipping containers weigh anywhere between 4,500 lbs. (20ft) to 8,500 lbs. (40ft). These specs, along with other logistical considerations, make for a complex and risky moving process.

Selecting the best shipping container transport option comes down to safety, ease of transport, the weight/size of the container, and budget. For this post, we will highlight the best shipping container transport options based on the distance of delivery.

Shipping Container Transport Options

On-Site Moves

Short moves include relocating a shipping container from one end of a construction site to another or loading it onto a trailer for a long-distance move. The two main choices available are forklifts and cranes. The best method will depend on the size of the container.

Forklifts: When using a forklift, it’s crucial to ensure that the arms (tines) are sufficiently wide to distribute the weight and robust enough to lift the container. A forklift with 6-foot tines is sufficient for containers that are less than 20 feet long. Any container longer than 20 feet typically requires a specialty forklift with 8-foot tines.

Cranes: Cranes offer a faster and easier method of loading or moving shipping containers within a small radius. However, they are costlier, and they require special licensing to operate.

Property-to-Property Moves

Property-to-property transportation includes moving across town, to another part of the state, to a different state, or even to another country. There are three main options to move custom containers over a long distance.

Trucks: Container transport services often employ different types of trucks depending on the cost and applicability. Flatbed and Step-Deck Trucks have fixed flat platforms with no surrounding walls. A forklift or crane is required for loading. Alternatively, you can use a Tilt Bed Truck. As the name implies, its bed is tilted at an angle to allow the container to slide off with no additional equipment.

Train: Is there a rail line near the modified container’s origin and destination? If so, then transporting shipping containers by train is a viable option. But please note that this method is hampered by several additional steps involving additional costs, longer delivery times, and a need for railyard certification.

Ship: If you need a shipping container moved overseas, you’ll need to arrange for truck transport to a port before having the container loaded onto an overseas ship. Overseas container transport is a multi-step process and will require a truck, ship, and possibly a train.

Carolina Containers

Do you need a shipping container moved? Caroline Containers & Transport is your reliable, hassle-free, and affordable go-to shipping container transport company to move containers from one site to another. We specialize in all kinds of container moves—backed by a highly-skilled, personable team and the best moving equipment. Our goal is simple; to give you peace of mind when transporting a shipping container. Give us a call at (919) 562-9187 to find out more about our services.

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Durable Floor Options for Shipping Containers

Metal shipping containers are durable, reliable, and incredibly versatile. Whether as storage, a home, or for a mobile office in Raleigh, or any other city, storage containers have plenty of uses and can be found cheaply. Even though they’re already pretty sturdy, sometimes it pays to put in a little extra to make them even better.

Shipping Container Modifications – Flooring

One such way to improve on a container is to add flooring. The original metal floor might get the job done for storing crates and the like. Still, if the container is holding something more delicate or converted for another use, a nice-looking, sturdy floor is probably a good idea. There are some excellent flooring options on the market, depending on the container’s intended use.

Plywood & Bamboo
Plywood or bamboo flooring is an excellent example of versatile and durable flooring used in a storage container converted into an office, spare classroom, or pop-up store. It can also be handy for creating a level storage floor for items that need to be easily rolled into or out of the container.

Imitation Wood Flooring
Imitation wood flooring is a type of vinyl flooring. It imitates the look of wood but is much more carefree than natural wood flooring. There are also tons of designs and color options. Shipping container offices and living spaces benefit the most from this flooring option.

Vinyl Planking
Vinyl planking can also be used. Imitation wood vinyl is usually used for offices and homes, so it is perfect for converted containers. The same is true for coin vinyl. Coin vinyl has a more industrial look with the added benefit of being water-resistant. If liquids are being stored or the container’s location is damp, water resistance is an added value.

Aluminum Plating
For ultimate durability, the best way to ensure the metal’s strength is to reinforce it with more metal. Aluminum plating is useful if the container is on the older side and needs to be strengthened. Aluminum plating is either smooth or treaded and is water-resistant. Though better suited for storage than an office or home, it’s still a good option thanks to the extra strength it provides to the container and the water resistance. One note: this flooring can become slippery when wet.

Steel Flooring
Steel flooring is incredibly durable. If you are making multiple shipments year-round, this is an ideal option. Steel flooring is the easiest type of flooring to maintain. It does not scratch or fade like other materials. Also, steel flooring is a reliable and sturdy option for shipping container transport.

Epoxy Coating
For simplicity and versatility, a simple epoxy coating is hard to beat. Many containers get an epoxy coating over their original flooring or even an old metal floor. This coating adds additional strength to the container, a bit of sound dampening, and extra water resistance.

There are a variety of flooring options for storage containers on the market. Choosing the right one depends mainly on what the container is getting used for and the owner’s preference.

Carolina Containers
We can modify any shipping container to meet your needs. We also supply shipping container transport. Contact Carolina Containers today and see what we can do for you. Call 919-562-9187.

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Enhancing The Security Of Your Shipping Containers

In general, shipping containers are some of the safest and most secure structures to store your belongings. These large metal boxes are made from the most durable materials and feature heavy steel doors that can be difficult to move and cut through. The construction alone deters thieves and other criminals from seeking to enter a shipping container.

Shipping containers are now not only used for shipping. With a few modifications, these containers can be used as offices, shops, and even homes. With a new purpose, you may want to enhance the security of your shipping container, making sure no one ever breaks in. Here are a few security modifications you can make.

Top Ways You Can Enhance the Security of Your Shipping Containers

Keypad Entry

The doors of your shipping container are already hard to penetrate. But, if you want to add an extra layer of security, consider placing a keypad entry on the container. A keypad can be helpful for shipping containers modified into offices or living quarters, making entry and departing the container much safer. Even if you only have supplies stored, keypads can be helpful.

Latch Guard

Latch guards are another option to consider, and they can even be in addition to a keypad. Typically, latch guards are placed over the doors of your container near the lock. They are made from metal and prevent burglars and thieves from forcibly entering your container.

Window Burglar Bars

If your container has been modified and contains windows, you may want to install burglar bars. Unfortunately, windows are an easy access point for criminals. Burglar bars are an excellent solution for this problem. You can have them custom-made and placed over each window frame.

Security Lights

Another safeguard you can place around your shipping container is security lighting. Security lights keep your container well-lit and prevent thieves from hiding in the shadows. Lighting reduces a container’s vulnerability and is less likely to be targeted by criminals.

Carolina Containers

Modified shipping containers are gaining popularity for a variety of uses, both business and personal. Carolina Containers is a leader in customizing shipping containers for any use. Our experts will work with you to make the changes you need and then deliver the finished product to the designated site. Contact us at 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.

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How to Store Shipping Containers and Make them Last Long Term

Shipping containers are an incredible storage and transportation device. These glorified steel boxes revolutionized cargo transportation across land and sea. Durable and reliable, these containers can be found all across the world. Shipping container sales and their use are consistently high, and so some might ponder just how long the average shipping container lasts.

Shipping Container Design
Shipping containers are designed to take a lot of abuse and see a lot of use, and as a result, they can last for up to twenty-five years. Despite this, shipping containers are often only used once for shipping and then spend the rest of their days as storage or in some other capacity, including oversized paperweight.

The reason for this is pragmatic economics. The cost of transporting an empty shipping container is often more than only purchasing a new or used one to replace the transported container. As a result, the containers tend to build up, but fortunately, their long life and durability make them incredibly versatile.

Storage Containers
Shipping containers are often used for large storage at locations such as construction sites. Their large size and longevity mean they can be set, loaded, and even moved from site to site relatively quickly. Another everyday use due to their lasting nature is for mobile offices, classrooms, and the like. Their large size and portability make them ideal for quick and cheap office space, as long as the user of such an office doesn’t mind Spartan accommodations.

Though durable and long-lasting, that’s not to say storage containers don’t need at least some maintenance to keep going strong. Their hinges need to work and paint to prevent storage, and conversion to an office or classroom can require a bit of work. By and large, though, the containers should perform just fine in whatever capacity you have in mind for them as long as it takes the whole giant steel box issue into account.

Repurpose Shipping Containers
Though they tend only to be used for cargo transport once, shipping containers can easily last over twenty years. This once-use practice means plenty of shipping containers in decent condition can be used for storage, mobile offices, and even transportation of supplies and cargo. Shipping container sales are high because of shipping costs for empty ones, but there are plenty of used ones on the market. Taking advantage of that situation means there are opportunities to save money when looking for cheap office and storage space.

What would happen if your containers could serve you longer than their average life span? Doesn’t that mean more profit since you wouldn’t have to invest in a replacement? Absolutely!

Storage Container Maintenance
Shipping containers perform multiple functions: they serve as storage units, equipment enclosures, and some organizations convert them into a workspace. Irrespective of what it’s used for, here we share practical tips on storage container maintenance to help you keep your containers in good shape for the long haul.

How To Prolong The Lifespan Of Your Container
Although shipping containers are durable and not easily damaged by the elements, you still have a role in ensuring their longevity.

Re-level Your Container
Your container unit should always be placed on a flat, level surface. But after a while, you may observe the container beginning to shift, and that’s when you need to re-level it. The four edges should touch the ground to ensure balance while the floor cross members are elevated. When balanced, the container’s weight is evenly distributed across all four edges—thereby prolonging its lifespan.

Watch Out For Rust
If your container is kept in an open space or any area subject to natural elements like snow and rainfall, rust could develop. For proper storage container maintenance, inspect the container, especially the rooftop, caulk, and weathering strips. Clean every trace of dirt, rust or debris, using vinegar and a wire brush.

Similarly, identify areas with dents where water can accumulate and paint with moisture-resistant paint.

Prioritize Maintenance
If you want your containers to last for several more years, you need to prioritize storage container maintenance. The excuse of “containers are durable and resistant to rust” is not going to help you extend its life span. Make allocations for scheduled maintenance. It’s the smart way to preserve your shipping containers.

Lubricant Door Hinges
Open the right door of your container and clean its cam, door hinges, and keeper. After proper cleaning, add some lubricant to the door’s hinges and repeat the same for the left door. You will see lots of improvement, and it’ll serve you much longer.

Stacking Shipping Containers Can Help Reduce Wear and Tear

Shipping containers are like the soul of the export/import industry. During their lifetime, wear and tear of these massive containers are very common. Some of that damage is due to weather conditions experienced during transport, but some are due to mishandling. Businesses using containers surely do not want their investment to be wasted.

When shipping containers are used internationally or are used for storage, they are often stacked to save space. It is essential to stack the containers appropriately to avoid damage. Here are some safety tips to follow when stacking shipping containers.

Stacking Containers
Shipping containers are constructed in standard design and sizes to be used in any combination, no matter the manufacturer. The general rule is, containers must be stacked no more than eight high. The containers are designed to fit together and lock on the four corner posts. The corner posts and flooring of these boxes are capable of bearing the weight of the containers above it.

Cranes or Forklifts
The first thing is to get the containers to the site of loading. Usually, the containers are delivered via truck, but if unloading or loading in a shipyard, railcars could also be used.

When stacking, there are two pieces of equipment used: cranes and forklifts. Large stationary cranes are used in shipyards to load and unload cargo from ships. The containers are stacked both onboard the vessel and in the shipyard.

Mobiles cranes can be used on sites where a stationary crane is impractical. Special care is taken when stacking the containers using cranes. It is done very carefully by placing straps on all four corners.

Sometimes the use of a forklift is more useful. Forklifts are usually used when containers don’t have to be stacked very high, limited room, or when the containers have to be moved about frequently. It’s important to hire trained forklift operators who have experience in the container stacking procedure.

Setting the Base
If the base containers are set precisely, then the multi-level structure’s upper layers will also be secure. All necessary safety precautions should be taken to form the base level correctly. For the upper layers, employ the container stacking system wherein locks are placed at all four corners.

Final Adjustments
If the containers are in one place for a long time, check that the containers are weatherproof. To do so, caulk all the seams. This sealant prevents water from entering the containers and damaging the goods inside. Some owners add a roof cap to deflect snow and rainwater.

If creating an office or living space using containers, electrical and plumbing can be connected once everything is set.

Carolina Containers
Keep your shipping containers in the best condition with regular storage container maintenance. What’s more, it’s a proven way to prolong its lifespan. When you need additional onsite storage, you will get only the very best when you source it from Carolina Containers. Call us at 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.

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Mobile Shipping Container Trailer – What You Need To Know

Repurposed shipping containers are gaining popularity because of their easy-to-customize features. It’s no longer uncommon to find offices, bars, retail stores, and other businesses using these modified shipping containers for a workspace, as they are affordable, spacious, and safe to use. These containers have also been fashioned for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes, and they continue to gain widespread usage and recognition.

Gone are the days when a physical structure could restrict the mobility of a home or office. Today, with options like modified shipping containers, any individual/company can decide to have a mobile office that can be relocated to a new location when needed.

How is this Relocation Possible?

When companies want to tow their modified containers, the usual option is to use a flatbed truck. A crane or forklift is used to lift the container onto the truck. However, when you have to haul the container over poor road conditions or need to elevate the container on-site, then utilizing a chassis is the best bet.

Is it Safe to Put a Shipping Container on a Chassis?

The term chassis or shipping container trailer refer to the same equipment. Trailers have steel frames and provide firm support to the container to keep it rigid and firmly balanced. They can support the weight of modified shipping containers.

Here are is a scenario where the shipping container trailer proved to be a great choice for a construction company.

Construction Site Scenario

Construction was about to begin on a new remote site, and the workforce had to relocate to the building location. Since the workers lived in different places, the company thought it would be safer and more productive to have them all in a housing unit not too far from the construction site.

During deliberation, motor and trailer homes were considered as options for housing these workers. It was determined that those homes might not be the best housing option for the location because of their size and level of maintenance.

Modified shipping containers proved to be the better solution. They would last till the end of the construction project and required minimal maintenance.

The workers were happy with their housing arrangements, and after a day’s work on the construction site, the modified shipping containers provided a comfort zone. After the job was completed, they were quickly moved to a new location.

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Workspace, storage, retail space are all ways businesses use modified shipping containers. Does your business need a mobile office? Contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.

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Transportation and Delivery of Shipping Containers

The name ‘shipping container’ doesn’t cover all the uses for these extremely simple containers. Also called Conex boxes, shipping containers are large steel containers used in various industries and not just shipping. They’re used for everything from storage to living space plus shipping container transport is an easy affair.

Shipping Container Uses
Some of the many industries that use shipping containers are:

  • Retail: For storing items for showrooms, stores, restaurants, mobile pop-up retail space
  • Education: Storing equipment for sports, office records, and surplus furniture. Also, additional classrooms or offices
  • Construction: Storing tools and materials on-site
  • Industrial: Storing equipment and parts
  • Government: Storing documents and other sensitive materials
  • Automotive: Storing extra parts, tools, and tires
  • Healthcare: Storing laundry, records, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and medical equipment
  • Agriculture: Storing farm equipment, tools, and machinery
  • Shelter: Temporary office spaces, emergency housing, or mobile clinics

The attribute that matters the most with a shipping container is its weight. Logistics, longevity, and maintenance of the shipping container all revolve around this one attribute.

Mobility & Durability
The reason why shipping containers are so versatile is their mobility and durability. Shipping containers were designed to withstand plenty of abuse while protecting the contents. They are weathertight and built from steel – practically indestructible. The bonus is these robust steel boxes are entirely mobile.

This mobility allows them to be used on sites where they are needed temporarily and then moved to another location. A temporary need may be due to a project (construction), a season, or a short-term solution (overflow inventory). A shipping container can be modified to meet the immediate need and delivered on short notice.

Moving
With shipping container transport, you must factor in safety, efficiency, space, costs, and logistics. Popular methods to move a shipping container are by truck, train, and boat, for which they were specifically designed. Many companies can be contracted to transport shipping containers. The outsourcing price depends on container size, the number of containers, transport method, distance to site location, and other costs like stacking and siting. A forklift or a crane is sometimes needed for shipping container placement. The maneuverability space at the destination site will determine if extra equipment will be required. Always check if any additional insurance is necessary when moving the container.

Are you planning to get a shipping container delivery?

Anyone who has purchased a shipping container needs to prepare for delivery ahead of time. The buyer wants the delivery process to be smooth and straightforward. They need to develop a plan where the shipping container will be transported and stored. This post will go over the steps necessary to have a shipping container transported and placed successfully.

Best Ways to Prepare

Adapt Location If Needed
A shipping container needs to be delivered to a specific location. Choose where this location will be ahead of time and think carefully about this area. Make sure this place is somewhere where you and the company delivering the container can easily access it.

Verify that the size of the location is big enough. If your shipping container doesn’t fit on the site, this will be a big problem. This area should also be level and solid to support the shipping container. Remember, shipping containers are weighty and large.

Create a Foundation
Before the shipping container comes, look at the area you have chosen. Is the ground flat enough and sturdy enough? Concrete, gravel, and other foundation surfaces are excellent for shipping container stabilization. Place the container on a firm foundation to prevent sinking into the ground and begin to list. If the container is transported across the soft ground for final placement, use wood planks placed on the ground to create a delivery truck pathway.

Clear The Area
Once the ground is stable enough for the shipping container, make sure that there is nothing in the way. Clear the land and the surrounding area so the truck delivering your container can get in and out with ease. Remember to look up for power lines, trees, and other overhead obstructions.

How Will Shipping Container Be Delivered
How the shipping container is delivered will depend on a few factors:

  • Whether container has Front or Side Door Entry
  • Length of container
  • Size of placement site
  • Access to the placement site

A flatbed tilt truck can be used if the site has enough maneuvering space for the truck to back into the placement site and slide the container off. A flatbed truck can be used when there is tighter space but still needs room for a forklift or crane to deliver the container to the final placement.

Make a Schedule
Lastly, ensure that you have scheduled a time for your delivery. Talk beforehand to the delivery company. Confirm when and where you will meet. Be on time, and do not make the truck wait for you to arrive.

Here are some frequently asked questions to help with the planning process:

How to Prepare for Container Site Setup and Delivery?
Many things have to be considered when planning the preparation – size of the site, soil conditions, the slope of the ground, size of the container, and container usage are important factors. Each of these items may require a separate process. If the soil needs to be leveled, does that mean bringing in extra dirt or removing it? Will the container need to be accessed frequently (it’s an office or tool storage) or infrequently (long-term supply storage)? Review what will need to be done and in what order they will need to be completed.

Will the Container Be Moved Frequently?
If the container will be moved frequently, it should be placed on dry, flat soil. The ground should be level to ease container relocation. The site should have easy access for a truck to deliver and pick-up the container. Spending money preparing the site should be kept to a minimum.

Will the Container Stay in One Place on the Site?
When a container sits in one location for a lengthy period, the site setup should still not only be on level ground but consider using gravel pads to prevent the container from sinking into the ground or becoming stuck. Often, dirt settles over time, and the gravel pad will prevent the container from sinking with it. A best practice is to check the container and levelness with the ground routinely.

Does the Container Need Electricity and Plumbing?
A licensed electrician and plumbing company are needed for site setup. Sometimes permits are required to set up electricity and plumbing, so it’s essential to call the local permit office during the planning process. Before you call, check that power is possible at the container setup site. Confirm the presence of water/sewer/septic lines if a plumbing hookup is needed. If the container is being modified, check the number of disconnect panels required for setup. Determine if electricity will be through a generator or utility service. Finally, schedule an appointment with an electrician and professional plumber for installation.

How Do I Prepare for a Container Delivery?
The container site setup extends beyond the level ground. Different counties require regulations for container sites. Check with local offices for any necessary permits or codes for the site. Some jurisdictions do not allow containers to be placed at specific locations, so check early in your planning.

Finalize Plans
Double-check delivery dates so that all permits and site preparation, such as electricity and plumbing are in place. Be sure to contact Carolina Containers to confirm the delivery date of the container.

Contact Carolina Containers
Carolina Containers is ready to ease container site setup and delivery. Learn more about our services today by calling 919-562-9187.

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