A standard shipping container is not specifically designed to meet the occupied building design criteria for wind loads and snow loads instead they are intended to meet the load for being stacked three to ten fully loaded containers high provided the load is transferred down through the corner posts and carry a weight of up to 70,000 lbs. The stacking loads are ”point load” conditions on the corners versus a snow load which is distributed over the entire roof surface. Once the container is modified, like the side wall cut open to allow a container to mate up to another container to create a large open space, then the roof snow load can no longer be properly transferred down through walls and onto the foundation. A header or support member must be installed on the container opening and this piece should be properly engineered according to the load conditions for the region in which the container building will be placed.
Water is fickle. It can be as light as air and as heavy as a rock. Digging a pit, of the exact dimensions of the container, in the ground and fitting in the pool is not enough. It has to be strengthened to ensure that it can bear the force of water. Plus, shipping containers are created to withstand pressure only on the floor and corners. Hence, the second phase of installing a container pool is hiring a firm or individual who has a structural engineering background. They will guarantee that the pool and ground are reinforced.
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The problem of affordable housing has been a problem in many areas of the world for a long time, even before our current economic turn for the worse happened along. To combat this problem and also to address the issue of sustainability, some architects started looking at alternative building materials.
A shipping container is 2.4 meters deep, and not everyone is comfortable with the same depth for a swimming pool. The third stage of building a container pool is to customise the structure. Decide how deep the pool should be and cut the container to that depth. Furthermore, the edge of the tank should be blunted and a lip attached to them to prevent accidents from sharp ends.
The first step to modifying a container into a swimming pool is to get the required consent from local authorities. Do due diligence on all guidelines and regulations that may halt construction such as fence building and depth limits. Always get this step out of the way before ordering a shipping container, else you might get stuck with a forty feet structure in your backyard without any water in it.
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