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Old 06-09-2016, 07:11 AM
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Default How do you move a shipping container?

I need to move my conex.

The problem is I've built a carport of sorts on the side of it. Everything is welded and the poles have concrete around them in the ground.

I'm going to have a truck come out and pick it up but I'm wondering if I can brace the carport instead of tearing it all down?

Also, if I do need to tear it down whats the best way to cut all the welds?
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:39 AM
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Looking at the pictures I would zipcut the welds and drop or lift off the lean-to, and set it on a trailer to move.
If the can is empty of lightly loaded, they are easy to move.
An empty can weighs 7000lb.
I have moved mine by lifting one end with a loader, backing my 30 ft trailer under it and lowering the can onto the deck. I put some 2 inch pipes under the can so it could be rolled off at the destination.

The "serve and protect" crowd dislikes a 10 ft overhang on the trailer so I took the backroads to move it.
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:40 AM
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Oxy/Ace hot saw will remove those welds in a jiffy, but if not available an angle grinder will be a bit more work.
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:48 AM
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...The "serve and protect" crowd dislikes a 10 ft overhang on the trailer so I took the backroads to move it.
Yup, Gerry likes the backroads for sure... Been there, got the T-shirt...
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:54 AM
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Sigh... Used to do lots of backroad moves. Way too many people around this area anymore.

How far you are moving the container and the load inside would possibly change how I went about it.

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Old 06-09-2016, 09:34 AM
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We drug ours at the range about 200yds downhill just using chains and a chevy truck. It wasn't empty, but wasn't loaded down either. Just had a desk and tables and such in it. The fella then maneuvered it into final position with a winch just to show off more than anything else.

Cut the overhead structure loose, drag it out from underneath where the truck has better/easier access, then let them take it wherever you want it to go.
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:47 AM
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I'd put additional poles, and 2 braces on each of the four corners. I am assuming you are going to use it as a simple roof and that the sliding wind break wall is gone. If you leave the wall, wind loading will require much more bracing. Your tractor should be able to pull the container away from the carport and then you can load.
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Bill's idea sounds simple enough, I just assumed you were going to move the lid as well as the box.
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Brace the end closest to the container with a "red" metal angle like you did the opposite side and center the pallet rack underneath it to support it. Then get some more uprights and concrete to support the container side... Maybe get a picnic table to put underneath when done.

If you want to take it down, O/A would probably be the quickest and easiest, then plasma, then a cut-off wheel on a hand grinder, then a sawzall...
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It's only getting moved about 1000 feet on my property.
I'm thinking about building some braces that will run from the bottom of the container out to the angle iron holding up the car port, basically on a 45 degree angle. That should transfer the load back to the container.

I'm trying to avoid taking all the corrugated metal off but...
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