Okay, I give…
Lately, I’ve been deluged with email from people who are either (a) starting to take me seriously, or (b) looking for enough evidence to indict me.
Questions run from; “Why?” to “How?“
So, I thought that over the next few days, I’d just share some information with you, and help you get to know “the box I’m building” on a more intimate level.
I’m going to pull questions out of my email, and answer them here, publicly, for all to see. After all, it’ll keep the lawyers busy for weeks. And we all know that a busy lawyer is a happy lawyer… LOL!
Question: I mean, really. Shipping containers? Are you nuts? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that shipping containers are just hot ovens if you use them for homes or offices!
Answer: What? Although you might think so, that’s just not true. I’m guessing that you’re comparing this idea to getting into a hot car in an overcrowded parking lot, on a really sunny day. But, it’s not the same situation at all.
If you just threw some furniture in it, and then slapped on a coat of paint, you might get that “warm oven” feeling, but today’s shipping container is really just a “big steel building block,” with a ton of potential.
All you have to do is insulate it.
Addendum: For some reason, the amendment to this post segment, which should have appended and aired late in 2008, has never posted. I checked and rechecked, but the “post played” as originally written, instead of with “the added commentary” after a lot of investigation took place.
So, let’s amend again, shall we?
During the Fall of 2008, I, like many others, fell into the hole dug by purveyors of the “hype and media blitz” that began touting the “Ceramic Coatings” parade. It was propped up by “tests’ (that later couldn’t be duplicated reliably), statistics that were later found to be seemingly built “out of thin air”, and statements that were off-times misleading. Nor, did they use a single “industry approved and recognized testing methodology.”
We didn’t know that THEN. We DO know that NOW.
So, we shared what we learned (based on those presented facts), only to be forced to recant later, as “proof” (and even “common sense”) undid us as the “real facts” came out.
What was I thinking?
I believed guys like BOB VILA, and the people he brought in to demonstrate it’s (Ceramic Coatings) worth.
I WANTED it to be true. I wanted it to be true so badly that I bought in, based on the test results I was “seeing”.
But alas, it wasn’t TRUE. You can’t use ceramic coatings to replace insulation in your home. It just doesn’t work.
I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.
I was wrong. “Ceramic Coatings” are NOT the way…
Did the producers of this material LIE?
I hope not. I think they believed (and some still do) that Ceramic Coatings are the answer. But those of us that work with ISBU containers, and understand basic physics now know otherwise.
So… with “much eating of crow…”
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”
Editor’s Note: April 3, 2010 – If you’re reading the blog on a regular basis, you now know that I’m actually killing that “Ceramic Coating” dream every chance I get. Although I was originally bombarded with a LOT of “test” result papers…
I’ve openly challenged product design engineers working in this field to provide both ME and my readers (thousands of them) with PROOF that Ceramic Coatings will work as INSULATION on steel structures. Just back up your statements with industry recognized and approved tests that we can duplicate, to prove your results.
We WANT you to be RIGHT.
Ceramic Coatings don’t work as some people would have you think. It won’t replace your insulation, and it won’t keep you warm (or even comfortable), in all locations. And in those places where it does perform, it’s been suggested more than once that a thick coat of white paint will duplicate the same “results.”
My thanks to Matt, who pointed out that the post was in error (the “amendment” didn’t show)…
Question: What about rust and corrosion? Won’t a metal shipping container rust quite easily?
Answer: No. Remember, an ISBU is a Shipping Container used for ocean shipping, humidity and saltwater. ISBU stands for “Intermodal Steel Building Unit.” It’s just a “trades term” for a shipping container that’s being used as part of a building or structure.
(In a way, I’m sorry to see this “ISBU” label. It means that the industry has caught on to the fact that “used” shipping containers are good building material. That can only mean that the price will go up, as we try to “reclaim them” for use as shelter…)
A shipping container is constructed out of special, non-corrosive Corten steel. When you properly insulate it (I use SPF almost exclusively), it becomes virtually rust proof, it’s highly antiseptic, and… it also prevents mildew and it’s ugly friend, MOLD!
Take it from me, after a hurricane, if you never have to see mold again, it’s way too soon!
FYI: Don’t use the term “ISBU” around here!! When I did, the authorities immediately thought I was building a missile installation!!
I’ve gotta go now, there’s a SWAT Team on my front porch!