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When does “BOB” become “Robert”?

27 Nov

Greetings…

Ye inhabitants of the Misguided Menagerie! Welcome back! Take a seat! Grab a cold drink! Write me a big check… um…er… what? Did I say that with my “outside ” voice? Ah crap…! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey… ya can’t blame a fella for tryin… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about “Bob.”

Since when did we start sending Contractor Geezers into space? Huh?

Now, I’m not talking about Bob Vila. Enough has been said about ole’ Bob to fill several books, and most of it was even “printable.”

(Okay, there was that one incident in Tucson…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

I ain’t talking about “Robert.”

Are you talking to me? ‘Cuz… I ain’t talking about DeNiro.

Nor am I referring to “Robbie.”

Man… you know times are tough when Hollywood Robots are forced to take second jobs as Alarm Clocks…

If I had HIM, he’d be doing all my ISBU fabrication, so that I wouldn’t hurt myself with power tools and plasma cutters! ๐Ÿ™‚

I ain’t even talking about “Bond Girl” Tanya Roberts

Even though she was cooler in “That 70’s” thing… If she takes a second job as an alarm clock, I want on the list! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m just talking about “BOB.” Good old “Bug Out Box”… BOB.

Now most people who play out in the woods hear “BOB” and they immediately think of a 72 hour survival kit, in a … say it with me… box.

But I’m taking it a step further. I’m suggesting that you LIVE in that box…so it’s gonna have to be a little bit larger. After all,ย  your butt is probably bigger than it was in High School, right?

So, in order to make sure that you don’t get acid rain, or maybe even rocks and bottles falling on your um…er… butt… We were talking about building an octagon out of sturdy 8′ walls, and then replacing the wall segments by plugging in Shipping Containers to fill the gap.

This could be done over time, as things quieted down, or you could just do it right from the beginning.

And, in the last few posts about “BOB,” I showed you how I’d do it, if I were you.

But, I lied. I wouldn’t do it like that. If I ever built BOB again, I’d build it differently. I’d do it like this:

I’d take that octagon for a joyride, and then I’d give it something to brag about.

You see, anyone who knows me already knows that I spend a lot of time sleeping on the couch.

It’s not because I actually like the couch, it’s because… well… let just say I’m “a handful” and leave it at that. That being the case, if the world decides to throw itself a “I’m fed up and I’m going to explode” party…ย  I at least want the option of having my own room to sleep in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Al least that way I’ll get some of the blankets… ARGH! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, the idea here is simple. Start with a 310 square foot Octagon, and then add Shipping containers to the “openings…” to form an insect looking thing that will shelter you from the storm.

Be that storm rain, sleet, or hail, this baby will prevail!

Hey that rhymes! It’s almost like I planned that! Whoa Dude!

The idea is to build it fast, build it cheap, and built it to last.

We talked about it’s beginnings, here.

We talked about pushing the boundaries, and even the roof structure and it’s SIPs origins, here.

And now, you see the “rest of the story.”

It’s pretty self-explanatory.

You’re just adding more space, because you never know who’ll drop in unannounced.ย  It’ll be that idiot “brother-in-law” of mine, the way my luck runs. But, IF it is… after he crawls away from the beating I’m gonna give him for wrecking my Corvette in 1997…

He’ll have his own room to recuperate in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And yeah, I’m only going to build ONE bathroom. The idea is to cover the basics, and then spend the rest of your time and money doing other things, like building chicken coops, greenhouses, and windmills.

So, money is a big factor, here. If they’re close enough to show up on your porch seeking shelter, they’re close enough to get the snot beat out of them for not lowering the seat in the bathroom. Finally, my wife will have someone to yell at, besides ME…

Here’s the deal;

The ISBU additions hang on the lip of the octagonal deck, and then get welded to the box next to them.ย  (2) Sonotube pilings are placed, (1) at each corner, to hold up “the ugly end.”ย  Now, put two more pilings about halfway between both ends.

(ISBUs FLEX, so they’ll “bounce” if you don’t support the floor at least every 10′ or so. Laugh now, but when your drywall starts cracking, your windows start leaking, or your stuff starts shifting around, your wife will make you miserable until you fix it… I guarantee!)

Plus… now you have a house with crawlspaces, that you can cram stuff under… stuff like the dogs, chickens, goats, pesky door-to-door salesmen, Amway Ladies, unruly schoolkids, Girl Scouts selling cookies for $17 a box (“Thin Mints…” my butt. The only thing that they thin is your wallet!), your loud-mouthed relatives… you name it.

And, its a good place to stuff your toys, too.

If you do it right, and you use your noggin… you still won’t exceed the capacity of that fancy HVAC system I described in the previous post.

And best of all, the basic structure isn’t going to cost you more than about $25 grand to build, and it will last for decades.

With the help of three friends and your significant other to help nag you to freakin’… um… er… “keep you on the right track…” (Gawd… I hate it when my wife looks over my shoulder when I type… “Hi Honey! See? I put you in the post…”) to set the containers, you can build all by yourself… it in a month, or… one container at a time…

Stay tuned.

All About “B.O.B.”

18 Nov

Welcome back!

To another exciting episode of:

“What’s that Shipping Container Idiot up to now?”

The other day a friend of mine (yeah… Ronin has a friend… didn’t think it was possible, did you? Huh?) and I were talking about the number of people who subscribed to our blogs using RSS and the like.

Now SHE has about eleventy-gillion subscribers, because her blog is;

  • (a) well written and readable,
  • (b) very informative and…
  • (c) even “catchy” and entertaining!

Plus, people actually “like” her. She teaches them really cool (and very affordable) “green stuff” to enhance their lives and brighten their day!

My blog, as we all know… is;

  • rambling to the point of documented psychosis,
  • incoherent to the point of wondering if I missed my med’s that day, and…
  • “Excedrin Headache #205”ย  waiting to happen to anyone foolish enough to try to digest it.

I suspect that people tune in here to watch “the train wreck” that occurs on each page… ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I realized that (not unlike just about everything else on the planet) I had no clue as to how to figure out the answer. I mean, if I had all the answers, would I be living in a horrible hovel in Mississippi?

I think not. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I went to a forum filled with people whose brain cells actually touch each other… and asked about how one figures out these “complicated and mysterious things…”

I was recently contacted by a “programmer type” who was answering said inquiry about how I could determine the number of people whose minds I had bent… in my attempt at recruiting more “Corten Cronies…” ๐Ÿ™‚

We traded some information, and he did a little bit of checking, and it turns out that I have over 20,000 subscribers to my RSS feed.

How he determined that, I have no idea. There’s gotta be some kind of mistake. That number CAN’T be right… It’s IMPOSSIBLE.

I PRAY that it’s wrong. Why? Because if it’s right (and it can’t be…), all I know is that I’m gonna be looking atย  defending myself in a “class action lawsuit” when those 20,000+ people get together and decide to prosecute me for filling their head with “Corten Craziness.”

Now… as I’m a Jew (hey, you all know that… right?) I’m used to persecution… so… bring it on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As a “Container Cult Leader…” I can only say that I’m just trying to “spread the word among the pilgrims…”

And, after all, somebody has to lead us to the “promised land…” huh? Might as well be me.

I’m gonna have to do some more homework on this one, because if I have a bunch of RSS “follower’s…” the rubes…ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ …
… then my “view” count (not my “bodycount”) should jump quite a bit, with each published post. And by gauging that,ย  I canย  start compiling data that I might be able to find useful. You know, stuff like which posts do well and point to stuff I can fill your minds with, to further cloud the issues with facts. Wait… you’ll get the posts whether you want them or not, in an RSS situation, right? Oy Vey…
I wonder… Is “RSS post retrieval” considered some “other” kind of server action, thusย  it doesn’t actually get processed through a counter system I can see? Hell, I don’t know.ย  All this is giving ME a headache.

So… back to the show;

As you probably already know my family has decided to irritate just about everyone on the planet, for daring to stray outside the box… by wanting to live in one. At least, that’s the neighbor’s consensus…

While the idiots… um… er…ย  “authorities” in Mississippi continue to “debate” the merit of our home project, we’re helping other people (who fortunately live in areas where people are using theirs brains for something besides fertilizing their hair) build THEIR ISBU homes.

This is frustrating, but I’ll tell you, it definitely has moved us to looking beyond the borders of this backwater State, to find a suitable home, for our home. And that search continues, with vigor.

Why… just the other day I was talking about going out to the garage and loading up the car…

Corten_Car1Yep, ‘leftover’ Corten Steel makes great panels for auto body work too! ๐Ÿ™‚

And heading for greener pastures. But then I remembered… we ain’t even GOT a car, much less a garage.

But, we’re working on it… ๐Ÿ™‚

When I’m not researching… I’m packing stuff up, just so we have a little bit more room around here. You’d be surprised just how much space this little tiny kid takes up…

Ever step on a Hot Wheels car in bare feet at 3am in the dark… trying to get to the bathroom? I’ve actually learned to suppress a scream of pain!

Now that’s a handy survival skill!ย  Ole’ Freddie Kruger and his hatchet won’t know I’m hiding in the closet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Where was I? Oh yeah…

Right now, I’m boxing up old DVD movies that we haven’t watched in a while… And…

I have a DVD of a cartoon movie called Titan AE…

… in that movie, “no-good rotten S.O.B.’s” blow up the earth, and the heroes (who barely escape the disaster as children) grow up to fight like dogs against the high-tech bad guys… until they finally overcome insurmountable odds, danger, death threats, and airline food…ย  and create a new planet.

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And, they named that planet… “Bob.”

A while back, I told you about an affordable “alternative housing”ย  solution I’d come up with… instead of those plastic domes you see bandied around everywhere…

And, I called it… you guessed it… “BOB.”

That’s short for “Bug Out Box” to those of you who aren’t savvy in “b@stardized survivalist lingo…”

Actually, a BOB is really a designation for a “bug out bag”, but we thought BOL (Bug Out Location) sounded stupid… ๐Ÿ™‚

If we’d have titled this post “All About BOL” you wouldn’t have gotten it and we couldn’t have included both a reference to TITAN AE and a chance to further immortalize “the BOB” – Bob Vila…

And, I got a lot of heat for it. Surprisingly, I got even more heat than I anticipated. But, most of it wasn’t from people claiming I’d ambushed Intershelter’s polycarbonate dome project…

And, it wasn’t from people who were mad because I took the “name of Bob in vain…” ๐Ÿ™‚

All Hail “THE Bob.”

It was from people who thought that an Emergency Shelter that only enclosed 300 square feet was a dead end!

Now, I’m betting these same people pack up the SUV and go camping in the summertime, in a tent or even an RV that is MUCH smaller than the octagonal shelter that I suggested could be built… for pennies on the dollar, compared to “off-the-shelf” housing solutions.

Lemme see… the average 9’x10′ is only 90 square feet, with no room to go UP. Even if it’s something cool like this:

custom_camping_tentIt’s not gonna be more than about 120 square feet…

But wait! There’s MORE!

f “your tent has wheels…” the national average for RV’s is right at about 20′ (according to national auto insurance surveys I read) and we all know that the maximum width for an RV is right at about 8′.

Ya like that curly-cue “I” thingy? I just wanted to demonstrate how much style and sophistication I possess…ย  I just usually don’t waste it on “the likes of you!”ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, there’s 160 square feet, plus a loft or two, maybe. 200 square feet, tops.ย  And, I guarantee you that RV or trailer is gonna cost you way more than $6200, if you bought anything with any quality built into it.

So, from where I’m standing, 310 square feet sounds pretty luxurious. But just for the sake of argument, let’s see where this “dead-end” octagon get’s you.

If you build it the way I described it, you have this:

Octagon BOBIt’sย  310 “clear-spanned”ย  square feet, to cut up any way you please. I could easily sleep 12 men in there, if I had to. And, I’d have room for all of their gear.

But, if you delete just one wall, and “you did the math….” (remember the “pop quiz?”) you’ll install a 20′ shipping container into that pre-engineered 8′ x9.6″ opening, and you have this:

Octagon BOB-r2Now, if you were to put your kitchen, a storage pantry, and a bathroom into that 20′ “add-on,” all your plumbing would essentially be in the same place.ย  There IS space for all three, you just have to get creative.

Build a galley kitchen and you’ll get about 16′ of countertop out of that kitchen (8′ on each side), and a huge pantry right behind it. Your kitchen at home may not even be that large. Build that pantry “galley style” too (gaining yourself several deep shelves on each side), and you’ll have a passageway back to a big over-sized bathroom in the rear. Yes, a washing machine will fit in there, too. It’s not gonna be a cave, either. We’ll plug in some strip windows over the top of the kitchen and pantry to add some daylight.

The bathroom will get windows of it’s own, so it will be “bright and airy.” I guar-unnnn-tee!

NOTE: NO Dryer. It takes too much energy to dry clothes that way… especially when you’re making your own power or trying to make ends meet during hard times. Hang your clothes outside and let the sun work on ’em. They’ll smell better, too!

If you have to have a dryer, then just reduce the size of the pantry and put the washer and dryer across from each other, ya big wuss! ๐Ÿ™‚

addendum: If you’re MADRIGORNE… I guess that you can have a dryer. Nobody likes doing “frozen clothing” aerobics. But no one, else… the rest of you are all “wussies…” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, back to the basics;

Now, you have a big open “gathering/sleeping room,” and a “kitchen wing.” And that ISBU connection was pretty easy, even for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But wait! There’s MORE…

I bet you could do it a few more times. After all, an octagon has (8) sides, right?

So, instead of buying (1) 20′ container, and just hacking the doors off of it…

Buy (3) more 20′ High Cube containers. Don’t buy 40′ boxes and cut them up like we did the first time. You CAN do it, but it’s hard work. And, the building inspector will drive you crazy with requests for engineering formulas and “proof.” So let’s just spend a few more dollars, and get rid of a bunch of headaches. Okay? Okay? Hey! I’m talking to YOU. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, you WILL have to modify your roofย  slightly, to allow for that new section of roof (over the new ISBU) to kiss it,ย  but it will be well worth it. (I suggest putting a Hip Roof over the 20′ box sections. A Hip Roof is strong, durable,ย  really weather resistant. I’d top it all off with Standing Seam Metal Roofing.)

And, hey… while you’re at it… weld the angled corner braces from the old wall sections to each side of the container openings, and you’ll get an incredibly (and I mean INCREDIBLY) strong box.ย  After you do that, it’ll look like this:


Now, I went ahead and drew in some interior walls for you, but it’s just to demonstrate just how much room you end up with. Plugging those (4) sections of ISBU into the Octagon grants you the ability to house a pretty good sized family, and guarantee that everyone has their own space.

In the Master bedroom, note that there is a built-in shelving system (right across from the closet) that will hold pull-out baskets for clothes. It’ll hold 24 (1 cubic foot+) baskets – 2 for you, and 22 for her… After all, a man’s gotta have a place to put his socks and skivvies, right?

You’ll also get a coat closet (so that all your “survivalist friends” will think you’re “royalty”…) and an “office” right behind that, so you can jump on the computer and play games, to wile away the hours out of sight of your better half.ย  After all, if she can see you, you’re not out doing chores, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

The configuration I’ve shown you would allow a family of 6 to live “out and away” for quite a while, in relative comfort. And, they could do it pretty affordably.

container-bedroomA nice place for Mom and Dad to bed down…

Just add a well, a septic tank, a solar panel or two for hot water production, and an array of photovoltaic panels, or even a wind turbine for power (electricity) and you’d be “totally off-grid and definitely in style.”

If you want to go a step further, add a greenhouse and a water tank/cistern.

As you can see, it’s very “doable” by anyone that can use basic hand tools.

IBH-BEDROOMYou could do this in your kid’s room REALLY easy.

And it’d happen fast, fast, fast…

It just might have to, ‘cuz my wife gets pretty P.O.’d with me sometimes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I gotta go now. I’m working on a project in a “borrowed” garage… And man, these plywood 4×8’s are heavy!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay tuned.

The Renaissance Ronin

Well… ISBU to YOU, too!

14 Sep

Bob Vila, Bob Schmila… sheesh…


“Bob Vila says this… Bob Vila says that…” Oy freakin Vey! Enough already!

You’d think that Bob invented ISBU (Intermodal Steel Building Unit) shipping container housing…

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Actually, I’m being way too hard on Bob. For years growing up, I sat mesmerized in front of the TV, watching Bob rave about this or that, while he taught me how to solve housing problems. He was one of my heroes. How old is he, now? About a thousand? ๐Ÿ™‚

Sure, I always envied him because he got really cool stuff for free. Sure, the manufacturers would send their guys to make sure it was installed properly. Sure, he made some great “advertising noises…” Lucky Bob. I envy Bob. There, I said it. Kill me now, I’m wishing I was Bob Vila…

Admit it, YOU like FREE STUFF, too! So don’t be makin no “Jewish” cracks… huh? Shame on you for even thinking them! Stereotypes are baaaaad! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

bobsbday.jpegOkay, he’s still alive…

Actually, I wish I was Norm Abrams. That guy can build anything! Give him a tablesaw, a toothpick and a bottle of wood glue, and he’ll build you a four bedroom house! And, he’ll do it in 30 freakin minutes! He’s the damned MacGiver of Wood, I tell ya! ๐Ÿ™‚

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You didn’t hear it from me, but I had a signed photograph of Norm hanging on my woodshop wall, right next to my idol… Richard Nixon, for years… After a while, I actually forgot which one of them I was saluting!

Okay, you did hear it from me. I admit it… ๐Ÿ™‚

I WAS gonna dazzle you, with tales of “harnessing Mother Nature” in “a bountiful bondage of benevolence…” but somebody got my blood-pressure boiling again… Actually it was SEVERAL somebody’s… I was gonna continue our hair-raising saga about “GEO somethin or other…”

But, it seems that people tune in lately, just to heckle me, and see if they can get a rise out of me.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah… Bob Vila…

Once upon a time…

Ahem… and then “ole’ Bob buddy” stumbled onto the guys at SG Blocks, and did a series on a house they were building out of shipping containers.

Incidentally, the lady that lives in that house (it’s a few years old now) says that the house is doing splendidly, and she just loves it!

Now, David Cross and his crewย  at SG Blocks are doing what some of us have been doing for years. Here’s the one glaring difference;

Cross is making a profit. At least, I hope he is.

We, on the other hand… built house after house, for friends and the families of fallen comrades, as a labor of love. We’ve done it for decades. And, now, all of a sudden, you can’t turn on the damned cable TV without seeing an “Extreme Somethin or Other”ย  show where some nut-job spent $300 or $400 a square foot, to do what we’ve been doing for years, for about one third of that cash.

In fact, I bet it’s more like a fourth, or even a fifth.

It’s become fashionable to be “green” by going “brown, or blue…”

  • I’ve written articles where guys are turning ISBU (Shipping container) boxes into homes in Mexico, for about $8,000.00.
  • I’ve written articles about houses WE built, that we actually buried in the ground, so that you can’t see them.
  • Hell, I’ve even written articles about jug-headed politicians who cry about housing, but can’t see the solution staring them in the face, every time they drive down the coast in their limousines.
  • And now, I’m writing articles about how you can build a container home for your own family, if you harness your energy and your enthusiasm, and learn to use “the new wood…

Of course, I’m talking about Corten Steel.

Somebody recently told me that 18 million shipping containers ply the high seas, every day. Man! If that’s a good number, it boggles the mind! And many of those containers end up sitting “un-needed, unwanted, unloved, and unused” in a shipping port near you!

Why? Well… because it’s cheaper to build a new one, than send one back empty for re-use. That’s WHY!

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They’re not just for hauling toys, kids… One look at a shipping container will convince you that they are “Tonka Tough!” After seeing this, I kinda guess that they HAVE to be! What a nightmare! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stacked up to 9 boxes high and stretched as wide as the ocean (or so it seems) those same empty boxes could house thousands.

Did you know that in Amsterdam, they built an apartment complex out of them, to house a thousand students?

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Take a tour of one of the dorm rooms!

Did you know that hotel chains build hotels out of them?

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Did you know that even the military uses them as quarters for their personnel?

Well, did ya? ๐Ÿ™‚

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20′ ISBUs if ever I saw them…

It’s easy to see that these boxes can be configured into just about any shape that you can imagine.

Shipping containers are designed to get the crap beat out of them, and then, just like a Timex… they just keep on ticking…ย  And, they’ll bear the load of even your biggest “In-Law.”ย  A shipping container can carry 60,000 pounds. With minor modifications, they are easily transformed into living quarters. Talk about your weather resistant shelter!

Now, here’s why I’m doing the “ISBU to you, too!” sermon, yet again…

I don’t know if it’s the ungodly heat lately, or a rise in humidity, the economy (or lack thereof), a disdain for the way the nation is headed, or whatever, but…

A lot of you have sent me email recently, scolding me for not suggesting that we just melt empty shipping containers down, so that they can be re-used as raw steel. But here’s the rub;

Shipping containers average out at about 9,000 pounds, empty.

And, it takes 9,000 kilowatt hours of energy to melt down 9,000 pounds of steel. Not to mention the labor of removing the wood floors first. Or, PAYING the labor to haul it to your scrapyard, and then dismantle it, so you can smash it all up and then shred it.

Okay, you say… “you still end up with the steel.”

Big deal.

Have you been watching all this “Cash for Clunkers” nonsense? Those cars that are getting scrapped are only worth about $100 in scrap steel. And all of a sudden, there are hundreds of thousands of them… Dodge, Chevy, Ford… even (gasp!) imports! Brrrrrr! pick your slab of perforated and punched steel…

Nobody wants them. Nobody.

It’s the next “big dilemma.” Why? Because in America, we’re in a terrible building and manufacturing slump. Scrap steel is virtually worthless right now. So those hulks will bleed out oil, anti-freeze, and brake fluid, while they slowly rust away, for years.

It doesn’t make any sense to add more of it to the pile!

But, if you take that same Shipping container, and modify that existing piece of steel, it only takes about 400 kilowatt hours of energyย  to turn it into a “building component.”

Hmmmm, carry the three… take away two… multiply by the square root ofย  “Geez, that Ronin is a genius!”

That’s a 95 percent energy footprint reduction!

But, how much energy have you really saved? Well, the energy saved by transforming a single shipping container into a part of a home (instead of melting it down) can power a standard 70-watt lightbulb for 15 years.

15 years!

And for all you “Carbon Junkies…” you get a much lower carbon footprint out of an ISBU home.

And here’s another plus;

You get a STEEL home, not a house made out of wood. And, that steel house assembles much faster! So, you get a “tougher” house that saves you labor building it. The average container house takes half the labor to build. HALF!

According to statistics, the average single family (tract) home takes 4 to 8 months to build. But…

The average ISBU home, including the “modification” time, takes only 2 to 4 months.

And, most of that time is spent with the box in a controlled environment (like a factory building or old aircraft hangar), getting it’s guts added, safely tucked away out of the weather.ย  This means no material loss to weather damage, a much smaller amount of scrap left over on your site, and an installation time that takes almost no time at all once the boxes are on the curb, ready to set up.

And why stop at using them to build single family homes? Why not stack them up and build multi-family complexes out of them?

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After all, they’re designed to be STACKED. Duh!

You’d get a mid-rise building made of steel, that is more durable and has a lower carbon footprint. It’s also water resistant and termite resistant. It’s not that much different than those 100′ tall monstrosities you already have downtown!

And it’s stronger, too.

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Every single container locks together. It’s like a gigantic “Rubik’s Cube” of a steel cocoon. Think about it…

Would you rather live in a wood house, nailed together (as fast as possible) so that the contractor could get on to the next one (after all, he’s gotta eat too!), or would your rather live in a steel shell, with hundreds of interlocking “points” that will defy the weather and aging process? I choose that “honeycombed” steel cocoon…

If you chose the wood house… well… you’re on the wrong blog.

Plus, the construction becomes cheaper as you get into multi-family homes. After all, you’re doing the same things over and over again, you’re buying larger quantities of material to build them with (so you get a price break) and you can set up jigs and templates to make it almost mind-numbingly simple.” Multi-family mid-rise units can cost 10 to 15 percent less than typical “stick frame” homes. All day long. Easy…

They don’t have to look like industrial scrapyards, or military barracks. You can make them look like anything you want. This is one pig that is easily clad in a prom dress…

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And they’re tough.

They’re made out of steel, remember? Regardless of what they’re clad with… be it bricks, stucco or siding, each container already has its own roof.ย  Sure, when multiple containers are put together side by side, there are gaps between the boxes. So, you just fill the gaps between the boxes. Then, on the top of the structure, you build a traditional roof, to provide additional safety in case Mother Nature shows up on your porch, all P.O.’d at you…

Remember that once the boxes are joined together and the gaps between them are sealed up, even if a hurricane or tornado eats your “roof,” you still have some protection.

I could go on and on… In fact, I usually do. But, for now…

Here’s the gist;

Recycling a “pre-weatherized steel box” to make a place for your family to live, just makes sense…

Sorry… didn’t mean to “shout!”ย  That’s all I’m gonna say… for now.

Stay tuned.

The Renaissance RoninI bet you thought I’d do some “911” posts, huh? Nah… enough is being said. We should never , ever forget the lives of those we lose in acts of violence…anywhere. Each innocent life is precious.
And, we should try real hard, to do whatever we must, to keep it from ever happening again. Amen.
‘Nuff said.