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A little bit of Opera is good for the soul…

15 Aug

Recently, a reader sent me a few images of a really exciting “water home” he’d been harboring serious lust over.

He (like many readers who follow along) knows that we’re participating in the design and building of “floatel projects” that house oil rig workers offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Wikipedia, a “floatel” looks like this:

Manor_Floatel - from WikipediaThink this through for a moment. These really aren’t much more than floating platforms with modular housing stacked onto them. Now, imagine a stack of “housing modules” similar to those ISBU dorms we see all over the planet? I tell you what… this is fast-track worker housing, for sure.  Think about what you could do with a similar “floating housing block”.  You could easily create “Corten Villages” that floated just offshore, housing workers, scientists, enforcement personnel, etc…

(BTW: Mr Obama – The GULF is that big body of water bordered by places like Galveston, Biloxi, Mobile and even Tampa. It is NOT the body of water near places like Jacksonville, FL. Please, use a few taxpayer dollars to buy a map.) LOL!

He wondered if we could take the “idea” of the water home he’d seen and build something similar, using ISBUs as the basic structure.

We LOVE challenges and this one could be striking! So, I’m going to share the concept images with you and then as this lil gem starts to get refined, we’ll brag… um… share it with you. For some reason, we kept thinking about Foster’s Lager and Vegemite…

(I mean that in the nicest “national” sense… however… Vegemite is just repulsive! Now we understand why Mad Max was so mad… he probably had to eat tin after tin of this dreck! )

But, I digress;

Here we go: (These are Steeltec images, folks. We didn’t draw them. I gotta say, though… those Steeltec guys are really creative. We LOVE this.) 🙂

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I’m “Dwelling” on Prefab Construction…

12 Aug

Dwell Magazine (one of the mot respected architectural magazines in the trade) recently put us in their “Special Issue – Prefab Sourcebook”. It’s an “Industry Resource Guide for Prefab Construction”.


In our view, ISBU construction is what Prefab became, when it grew up! 🙂

Dwell is, IMHO – the cutting edge of architecture. It’s the “go-to” well-spring when you need inspiration, answers and encouragement. And… Dwell has talked about us before. This time, they put our book “Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings” in their “preferred reading list” category.

Dwell3You can find out more about our book in the sidebar.

When we asked “WHY?” (when inquiring about our inclusion in their “Special Issue”), they simply told us that;

“After seeing your work, we feel that people need to know who YOU are”.

Wow. Yes, we smiled smugly and felt like we were finally making a difference. Yes, we giggled with glee. Then… we looked at the pile of work on our desks… and we went back to work on ISBU projects scattered all over the globe.

About Prefab, Dwell went on to say:

“Dwell put prefab back on the mind map 12 years ago when we explored an “old” idea with innovative design minds eager to iterate a classic mid-century idea. Since then prefab has been innovated and evolved by smart designers the world over, and we return to it again and again because it is engages the hearts and minds of our readers and designers with the solutions it puts forth. It is a topic that people are drawn to with such zeal and interest because it inspires us to think of what is possible, and reminds us how beautiful prefab can be.”

We’re honored that the guys and gals at DWELL think highly enough of us to include us. We’ve been paying dues, one family at a time, for over 35 years. It’s about time our work started being noticed!

Stay tuned. We have some really exciting projects to share with you.

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Build a Solid Steel Cabin on Steroids that you can HAUL to your site!

20 May

There are “boxes” and then… there are “BOXES”.

We’ve all seen the “soft-sided” pop out boxes that are getting plastered everywhere from “Fresno to Facebook”. It’s a large RV “towable” that folds out to form a big “hardened tent”.

Accordian Cabin Concept for ISBU Conversion

Here at RR (and over at CHC – our business site) We’ve done similar things with 20′ ISBUs for guys who wanted to drop boxes on the beach or in the mountains for three-season holiday tours. They were  never meant to be used in difficult (hard winter) environments.

But what do you do when you need a “FOUR Season” solution?

Canvas or plastic just doesn’t cut it.

IN the ISBU realm, there are boxes called “Rapid Deployment” modules. These are used to create habitable areas that can be transported by truck and then dropped and popped… open.

Some of these boxes actually SLIDE open, allowing more space to be created in a fashion similar to those RVs we see passing us on the highway, hellbent for the nearest Good Sam’s Campground.

Using this “expansion method”, you could turn a 20′ High Cube single width box into a 24’x20’x8’6″ cabin shelter.

The Military uses similar boxes to build structures. There are a lot of reasons WHY they do it;

It’s an easily transported structure.

It’s light enough to be maneuvered into position using farm equipment.

It’s not “rocket science”. You can actually use simple diagrams to show how it all unfolds. This is particularly useful when you’re dealing with “natives” who don’t speak your language.

It sets up in MOMENTS. You deliver it to your site, drop it onto some kind of foundation (be it blocks, pilings, or a slab) and then you level it out and pop it open. About a half hour later (if you’ve NEVER done it before)… You’re ready to start moving furniture and people into that new “Corten Clad” space.

In “our” world, many families and groups want units that they can truck to site, set up and inhabit in a matter of hours. When they leave, they want to be able to secure those units from “Mother Nature or miscreant”. In most cases, these boxes are intended to be transported up into the mountains or someplace “rural” where they’ll stand against whatever comes.

And, they want to be able to “MOVE them to another location” if need be or danger arises”.

In most applications, these boxes are meant for arid or tropical deployment.

You can see by the video that the fold-out walls are quite “thin”. Even if you insulated them with SPF, you’d  only get an R-value of about R15 (not inclusive of any openings you cut in the walls, which would further reduce “R-values”).

We can do better. And, we can do it without having to somehow find these “Rapid Deployment” boxes sitting on Craigslist. Folks, that’s not going to happen.

We need something with a little bit more performance. We need to be able to deploy boxes that can travel from “Atlanta to Antarctica” without encroachment.

Okay, we’re not really going to build boxes (or box systems) that will stand up to “Antarctic” weather, but we’ll easily meet and exceed the requirements for structures dropped into places like Northern Montana or “upper Canada”.

Here at RR/CHC, we’re working on a new “addition” to some of our boxes. We’re building a “side frame” that welds onto each long side, that incorporates the bi-folds required to duplicate this in “harsh weather”.

We even incorporate the twistlocks to tie this system together.

An integral winch system will allow you to move the top and bottom segments out safely, with the push of a button. Think “truck winch and a PV charged deep cycle truck battery.”

In our view, the system has to be deployable by anyone in your party capable of  being tasked with this responsibility. I’m talking a pair of men, women or teenaged children.

Because all of your “mech and tech” (bath/galley/etc) are already installed in the interior of the existing (uncompromised) ISBU -shipping container, all you’ll do is drop the sides and then move the stacked furniture out into the created open areas to set up house! Heck, it’s easier than making a “Butterbar” look like an imbecile! 🙂

You can see how simple this is.

The trick is keeping the boxes narrow enough to allow them to be trailered to your Cabin or BOL (Bug Out Location) site behind a truck. There IS a way to do that. No, we’re not going to describe it. We have to keep some of this to ourselves… LOL!

Add a PV array to the roof for power and a reinforced area built into that roof for water bladders for domestic hot water (gravity assisted, no less) and you’re off-grid in style.

Add a pop-up to the top of the original High Cube ISBU and you have a “Penthouse” sleeping area above the din of the road…

Drop this unit onto a heavy chassis equipped with twistlocks (like maybe a modified Unimog chassis), add some leveler legs with ground plates to it  and you have the ultimate BOV.

Think “M-934ish 5 Ton Expando Vans”… 😉


OR… drop one of these incredible units on TOP of another 20′ High Cube and you have a “High Ground Home” with a place to park your BOV underneath!

(Yes, it’s do-able. You can stack a pair of 20′ High Cube boxes with a pair of bucket tractors. It’s tricky, but we do it all the time.) 🙂

We’ve got some really cool things in store. Watch and learn, Pilgrims.

Stay tuned.

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This is such a great idea that we’ve already paid patent atty’s and copyright guys to protect it. So, no funny business, folks! 🙂

Little Tiny Ideas!

7 May

I bet that you wouldn’t have to look twice to see a 20′ High Cube ISBU built out like this.

HOME!Need a guest room in your backyard?

A private room for your teen?

A place for your Mother-In-Law to stay, so she’s not under foot?

Just do it.

TIP: Click on the image to see in in “Wallpaper” size. It’s really nice! 🙂

Does HANES make Plywood underwear?

30 Apr

As we toil against a workload that is as challenging as “Spring’s Arrival” in Montana…

I’m going to reach into the mailbag and see what’s shakin’ in ISBU-land…

Here we go;

Dear Ronin,

We’re building our ISBU cabin in the woods. We’ve set our 20′ ISBUs on concrete pilings we cast from scrap sonotubes, just like you showed us. Steel plates and J-bolts allowed us to weld the boxes to the pilings, just like you specified. After removing most of the interior walls (our largest open span is less than 16′ – reinforced with columns made from 2″ box steel – again like you showed us)) we’ve welded 1/4th inch steel plate along all of the connecting rails (top and bottom), to stiffen things up.

SPF (Closed cell Spray Foam Insulation) followed after we glued in firring strips. We DID insulate inside, as much as you hate that. We WANT people to see the containers outer skin. It’s that “Urban Chic” look! We love it! We went heavier than we planned on the thickness of the insulation, thanks to a generous insulation guy who really dug what we were doing.

Now, we’re staring at SPF and firring strips.  Yuck. According to my wife, it feels like we’re living in a womb painted with vomit. SO, I’m anxious to get the insulation covered up.

You’ve said over and over again that you don’t like drywall (sheetrock).  Sheetrock prices have jumped through the roof here. I need a low cost solution to sheetrock that is also structural enough to hang things like shelves, light fixtures and cabinets.  We have an opportunity to buy 1/2″ MDO plywood sheets at a huge discount. It’s surplus from a big “boatyard” construction job that went bust. Thank you Craigslist! Can we use this? I can’t begin to picture what a “plywood interior” would look like.

We loved all the tricks you shared with us during our consult sessions. We literally saved thousands of dollars (contractors said it was impossible and YOU proved them wrong!) and it made completing this project within our budget possible!

Thank you so much!


Naked and exposed


Dear Nudist,

First, don’t sell yourselves short. I didn’t prove anything. YOU proved them wrong by starting with a good design and then applying liberal applications of common sense and repurposing. YOUR hard work is making your success possible. I’m just the guy standing behind the curtain. 🙂

I also told you early on that if a consultant or tradesman can’t save you enough (in the building process) to pay for his/her services, you need to kick them to the curb.

It’s true. I’m not a big fan of sheetrock. It must be all that smelly (rotten egg) Chinese drywall that got dumped in the South after Hurricane Katrina.

But seriously, when you’re building in a steel box, especially one that is clad with SPF, sheetrock just isn’t “necessary”.

Okay – first off, I have to say that using plywood IS more labor intensive and you have to think it through…

It doesn’t cut as fast as Sheetrock and it’s a “two man job” because it’s harder to handle.

We use 1/2″ (15/32 or better)  plywood in place of drywall all the time. MDO (Medium Density Overlay) is even better, for reasons I’ll explain later.

TIP: The best way to use plywood in an interior is to plan it so there are no visible seams that need to be taped. If you can do that, plywood is a joy to behold. If you are going to paint it, add a piece of molding over the seam (to hide it and add some visual interest). If you do it right, it’ll look like expensive “Architectural Paneling” when you’re finished, for about half the cost of cheap decorator panels.

Most of you know that we add firring strips into our Insulation plans (so that the SPF helps support them). This means that plywood cladding can be applied using glue and brads to secure it to the firring strips. If you do it like this, there aren’t any “screwholes” to fill.

One of the nice things about MDO is that it is legions stronger than drywall and it’s a “Marine Grade” plywood. MDO has a resin-bonded surface overlaid on it, so it’s so much more water-resistant than drywall. Prime it and paint it and it’ll be pretty much waterproof.

Okay, okay… nothing is waterproof. But, this plywood will be incredibly water resistant! And because it’s got that resin overcoat, the paint goes on smoother than a baby’s butt!

Another thing I want you to consider is that you should always build to code, even if you’re not building in a code-restricted area. It’s always best to build it right the first time with safety and integrity being a firm part of the partnership. That said; Walls (excluding trim and including paneling thicker than 1/4″) and the ceilings of a residential structure must not have a “flame-spread classification” greater than 200 (class A, B, or C) or a “smoke-developed index” greater than 450.

ALL common plywood construction panels are well within these these limits. And remember that any traditionally furred spaces must be fireblocked.

Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, I suggest something like THIS:

plywood paneling

Keep us posted as to the progress of your project. And send photos! 🙂

I hope this helps!

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Home Sweet Shipping Container Home

26 Apr

SLC sees first eco-friendly, affordable “tiny home”

Here at RR, we’ve talked about an ISBU project down in Utah that just further proves that good people with good intentions can do great things. The gang down at Sarah House is putting a Corten Band-Aid on housing wounds, healing families one at a time, just like we’re doing in many neighborhoods in America. We heartily applaud their progress and their civic goodness.

Evidently, Eric Peterson at “CityWeekly” thinks the same thing. Here’s a really good article he just wrote to highlight the ISBU project down there that we’ve all come to love…

Without further adieu, here we go;

By Eric S. Peterson

Posted // April 24,2013 –


The housing problem in Salt Lake City and the country is as stark as it is simple—not enough affordable homes leaves the economically vulnerable worried about keeping a roof over their heads. Now, a Salt Lake City man is taking an out-of-the-box approach to one of the problems of poverty by offering an in-the-box solution: “tiny homes” cheaply and efficiently constructed out of used shipping containers.

Jeff White, a real-estate broker and volunteer for low-income advocacy group Crossroads Urban Center, looked at what shipping companies scrap as junk and saw a treasured home. He decided to work on a design for the containers, which are shipped all over the country before sitting empty or being discarded, to repurpose them as low-income housing.

White has been working on this project for two years and has taken it from a pet project to one that’s found the support of Crossroads Urban Center and the office of Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. Becker’s office helped provide a grant for purchase of land for the unique abodes. White hopes to have a house ready to go and up for sale within a month, providing the first model of a new line that he hopes will catch on in the city and elsewhere.

White got the idea for his Sarah House Utah project from an elderly artist friend of his in San Francisco, who often found herself priced out of her living situations in the city and would have to move from one place to the next.

“Every time I went down there, it felt like I was moving this 75-year-old woman around,” White says. As a real-estate broker, White recognized that low-income single adults, especially seniors, were a demographic that could benefit from a small but affordable housing option. He also became enamored with the “tiny home” movement in homebuilding, which emphasizes small homes, and realized shipping containers could be the affordable skeleton of a tiny home.

White began Sarah House Utah as a hobby, working on a 40-foot-long, 9-foot-6-inches-tall and 8-foot-wide container in the driveway of his Sugar House home. That’s when, he says, “Ralph busted” him, after a city inspector took issue with White improvising a home on his property. But shortly thereafter, White says, Becker became intrigued with the project and began putting his office behind it, making things easier with city permits and inspections so that it could move forward.

White could also count the Crossroads Urban Center as a partner in the effort. White has long volunteered for the nonprofit, which has taken the lead on this first house, working with the city to secure a grant to purchase the .17-acre plot in Glendale where the house is located.

Glenn Bailey, executive director of Crossroads Urban, says he expects that White will be able to spin out from the project to create his own startup if Sarah House Utah is successful.

“[The first house is] nearing completion now, and we’re going to sell it, hopefully this spring, to a qualified buyer—a single person making $39,000 or less, or a couple making maybe $45,000 or less,” Bailey says. Bailey and White expect that the first 672-square-foot house will sell for roughly $100,000 to $125,000.

Bailey expects that the cost will go down in the future, as White will have design plans figured out and will know how to better work with the city permitting process. Bailey says that it’s the goal that homes will eventually be sold for between $60,000 and $80,000.

“The hope was to demonstrate what could be done and learn from this first project and how to make the process of building it more efficient and make the homes even more affordable,” Bailey says.

The first home was not without challenges, as White struggled to find architects who would seriously look at how to fit a metal box with all the amenities of a modern home.

“I just about got chased out of a couple architects’ offices when I came to them about this,” White says with a laugh. But eventually, the project attracted its share of people excited about its challenges and potential.

The home currently sits in a quiet Glendale neighborhood. Two shipping containers have been joined together on a concrete foundation, painted gray and sandwiched between a 1920s home and 1950s model home. It’s a design that catches the eye—in a good way. The home holds a living space, a kitchen, a bathroom—with shower only—and a small bedroom. The home is filled with natural light, as narrow windows line the north wall. It even has an innovative Mitsubishi mini-split heating/cooling system. Since the space is so small, the heater has an optical eye that follows movement in the house and directs heat or cool air to wherever the homeowner is—no space-wasting ducts necessary.

The green factor on the home also helps with the cost of ownership, White says, estimating that the energy bill will likely only cost $45 a month. White’s had good support from the city and community partners who, he says, recognize the model as being useful for low-income singles who might not receive support from charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity, for example, which provides housing for families.

White is also working on the side to raise money for the project with another unique idea—by creating and selling ornate funeral urns. The urns are expensive compared to other urns, but cheaper than caskets.

“It’s a rather unique way of running funds for a nonprofit—getting the dead to pay for the living,” White jokes.

But while the housing project has been helped by city officials, White says it’s also been hindered by a recent ordinance. The small homes would be ideal to be placed on existing properties under the city’s accessory-dwelling ordinance, which allows for construction of mother-in-law apartments and the like on homeowners’ existing properties. That ordinance, however, was changed September 2012 so that those units could only be constructed within half a mile of TRAX stations.

Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa is a big supporter of White’s home, which is located in his District 2, and is also disappointed by the ordinance change.

“It’s kind of a sad story,” LaMalfa says of the ordinance, which now seems to have halted permits for accessory dwellings. “So far, six inquiries have been made and zero permits have been issued, because they are not in the qualifying area.”

Still, it’s early in the shipping-container-home revolution, and White is optimistic about the future and the potential the home offers for a certain kind of person.

“It’s certainly not the type of home for people looking for mini-mansions with home theater rooms and gated communities,” White says. “These are for people who want a home with a small carbon footprint and enough room to hold their gear, a couple of pets and raise a garden.”


It’s happening, folks. Slowly but surely, ISBUs are starting to make an impact here in the US. It’s ironic that in the rest of the world, this is just “old news”…

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Is Housing Booming?

25 Apr

Despite what you might think as you watch MSNBC, CNN or FOX News;

Anyone who reads RR knows that we’ve always preached the Dogma of  “Do it Yourself”.

As time grow harder, more and more American families are struggling to insure that they keep a strong roof over their heads.

As we “feed our masses” with lore and loaves and fishes…

We’re getting hammered with hate-mail from building professionals and architects who say that we’re just spreading “doom and gloom” to discourage families from using THEIR services. They claim that the housing market is rebounding and that “everything is just fine”.

They finger-point at the news, where they spread the gospel of “massive gains in housing sales and price increases”.

Yeah? Bull.

It’s all “smoke and mirrors”, folks.

Just off the top of my shaved head (which is now seemingly frostbit from all the time I’ve spent playing in the snow lately – “Spring”… my butt…), I can think of several reasons why this position by those professionals is just “crap and pipe-dreams”;

(A) The “housing rebound” is purely “investor driven”. Investors are using low interest rates and suppressed “low” prices to increase their portfolios as they seek further profits. As interest rates and housing pricing rise in response to this, things will begin to curtail and then we’ll see the “housing boom” turn into a “housing bust” again.

It’s going to end badly, guys. Greed sucks. Watch and see.

(B) Speaking of “sucks”… The economy sucks. You have to have a strong economy to fuel a rebound in ANY sector, mush less sustain one. The lackluster economy is going to continue to hammer those who are supposedly the beneficiaries of this “Housing surge”.

If you cannot afford BREAD, how can you afford a housing move?

(C) The Government’s targeted  “spending cuts” aren’t going to do anything but harm homeowners. Folks, if you cannot afford to pay your mortgage, you cannot afford to move.

This “alleged upturn” is just knee-jerk. It will not last and it’s completely irrelevant to anything resembling a hope for “housing prosperity” in the near future, much less long-term housing forecasting.

History shows us that “busts” typically follow “booms” – in less than a decade.

Watch and see…

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ISBUs repel everything… including “Spring”!

16 Apr

Okay, so I thought I’d travel south to find “Spring”. Heck, we have ISBU projects everywhere. Spring has to be “somewhere”, right?

Waiting for “Spring” in Montana was turning out to be a bust. So, I thought that if Spring wouldn’t come to me… I’d go to it, even if it meant a thousand miles.

I guess you can wish until the cows come home, but some things just don’t change.

A day ago (I kid you not), the ISBU “drop area” looked like this;

Drop Zone

Using my truck for “scale”, you can tell that these are 40′ High Cube ISBUs.

Single trip boxes, no less. Pricey. NICE boxes. Nothing but the good stuff for this project!

Drop Zone II

Yes, there’s a bunch of them.

The site is clear, the boxes are here and it’s time to start making something that looks like progress, right? It’s not like we don’t have a plan for these boxes!

Yet, building isn’t without challenges. I mean, it’s rained a little bit and the ground has gotten a little mushy, but it’s really no big deal.

And then…

We get “hijacked” by that mother of all myths… “Spring”.


THIS is why you always set ISBUs on railroad ties. That way, your boxes don’t settle into the soil.


Guess what they didn’t do? Ugh. We’re gonna be digging those boxes out for days. 😦

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Beam me up, Scotty!

2 Apr

A few days ago, I ran a post that showed you a “truck fulla goodness”.

Glu-Lam Beams for ISBUs-3

When we preach “reusing, repurposing and recycling” around here, we ain’t kidding.

It’s just amazing what you can find if you just keep your eyes open. Sometimes “very conventional” materials can be used in really “unconventional” ways.

In our case, that means using “repurposed” utility poles as part of the timberframing between ISBU wings, to form a massive “clearspan” area between them.

Top that with SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) and then SSMR (Standing Seam Metal Roofing) and you  have  a system that will last for decades, maybe even a century.

(I say “maybe” only because – obviously – I’m not going to be around to document it and I don’t want any “smarty-pants”: “Hey Ronin, can you PROVE that?” email.)

Glu-Lam beams are just about the coolest thing I can think of, when I start thinking about “strength”.

Glued laminated timber, or glulam (also known as “Glu-Lam”) , is an  innovative and extremely versatile construction material that is engineered for a host of residential and commercial construction applications. Intelligent design values and massively improved product performance makes Glu-lams a cost competitive material that can be the natural choice for every project from simple beams and headers in residential construction to soaring glulam arches for domed stadium roofs spanning more than 500 feet.

500 feet. Wow.

But, you ask… what Is Glu-lam?

(First, stop calling me “but”. I get enough of that at home.) 🙂

A Glu-lam  beam is composed of many individual wood laminations, or “lams”, specifically selected and positioned in the timber, based on their performance characteristics. They are then bonded together with a whole bunch of durable, moisture-resistant adhesive. Glulam is available in depths from 6 to 72 inches or greater and in lengths up to 100 feet and longer. We’re talking MASSIVE. It’s just incredible how large these beams can get, from such “small” pieces of wood.

Glu-lams have almost unlimited design flexibility!

LeMay Car Museum constructionGlu-lam has greater strength and stiffness than comparable dimensional lumber and, pound for pound, is stronger than steel. Common uses include purlins, ridge beams, floor beams, headers, complex arches, commercial roof systems, bridges and utility poles. Glu-lam is available in a range of appearance characteristics to meet end-use requirements.

The strength and durability of glu-lam beams make them an ideal choice for large, open designs where long spans are required. Glu-lam beams can also be manufactured in virtually any size or shape. In fact, Glu-lam is the only engineered wood product that can be produced in curved shapes. The arched curve profile of the roof of the LeMay Car Museum (pictured) is just one example of the virtually unlimited design flexibility offered by glu-lam integration into construction projects.

And, you’ll be surprised where they turn up. Keep your eyes open. Seriously.

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Today we ask that age old question…

28 Mar

What in blazes are THOSE?

What do you get when you cross an auction with an “Alternative Home Builder”?

You get this:

Glu-Lam Beams for ISBUs
The loaded truck with it’s tandem trailers was over a 100 feet long.

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Imagine being the guy following that truck up the Continental Divide?

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Bet the MDOT guys make you wait until “off-hours” to move that sled!

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Why YES! I did have to take up all the parking places, thank you very much!

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.Let’s see how savvy you guys and gals are. I’ll give you a hint.

The longest one is 89′ feet long. The shortest one is 67′ feet long. The narrowest width (at the ends) is 12″.

Without peeking at the photo names… What are they… and what are they for?

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Now excuse me, because I have several chainsaws to sharpen!