Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This is nearly a perfect guide to exactly the WRONG way to construct a shelter using a shipping container. These folks have built themselves an almost perfect death trap. Having had personal experience with precisely the same sort of mistakes, I can promise you that at some point this shelter will fold sideways and accordion the humans inside it. It is only a matter of time. It will make for a very horrible and messy death when it happens, as well. Being pinched by several tons of concrete should leave you enough time to know what has happened to you and what a terrible error in judgement you made.
I would recommend you study this video until you know for a fact what they did wrong here, before you attempt to build using a shipping container. I am leaning strongly towards several for my next shelter and I already know you would NEVER build it the way shown here.
EDIT : Excellent link by reader to engineering problems involved
I knew about all of these problems previously, but after reviewing them at this link above I realized that a shipping container is as lousy an idea as it seems. You cannot turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. I think that the ICF box with the arch barrel on top (Hoag Shelter Design) is still the most effective compromise between a full blown pipe like Firehold Bravo and a comfortable living space.