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Work Begins on the Interior Supports - Stairs and Window Frames

January 14, 2011 - This week we just about finished cutting out all of the common walls (only one more wall to go)!  With the common walls removed, we needed to add 2" x 2" x 1/8" steel columns to support the floors and ceilings.  It is amazing how "bouncy" the center of the floors between the containers are when the walls are removed. We had been using Triple S Steel for our red iron, but decided to look around and found another source (on Craigslist) that saved us some money.  Roger at SRS Steel Recycling Sales has a nice inventory and worked with us on the pricing for the tubing and 6" C channel we needed.

We then headed over to Triple S for the stairs. They have stair raisers and supports all ready to go. The first job on the list was to build the platform for the second floor landing. Building the stairs was a challenge. It took us some time to make sure the rise and run of the stairs met the ADA codes, but the time spent was worth it since the stairs passed inspection later in the week. We used Sketchup to make sure our stair calculations were right. Adam built a jig to keep the spacing consistent and speed installation.  Once they got going, Adam and Mike got the stairs up quickly. After a couple of weeks of climbing ladders with our welding and cutting equipment, walking up the stairs was great. Being able to walk from container to container on the second floor was very cool.

Since we were at a point where we were going to do some serious welding, we wanted to make sure that our work to date was in compliance with all ADA codes.  George Harris is the ADA Engineer we are working with, and he was happy to make a trip to the job site to check things out.  We did a walk through with George of the interior and exterior of the building, and reviewed our plans for the upcoming work.  He pointed out a couple of things we needed to fix that were minimal (one of our second floor supports was not 6'8" off the ground, so we will just reposition and weld it so we will be good to go.

We also made a quick trip to Home Depot and got some 4' x 8' T&G (Tongue and Grove) 3/4" OSB board for the floors of containers 3&4 on the second floor.  We also got some 6 mil (heavy duty) polyethylene that will serve as a vapor barrier under the OSB decking.  Later this week we will install the floors and wall studs.

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George Harris RAS #151 Hi Vic, I'm impressed. The project is moving right along and looks pretty good, I hope the cold spell didn't slow you down to much. I still think this has the greatest of potentials for 3rd world countries and emergency situations (like in Haiti). Look forward to my next walk thru! GH
2011 02 08

dani ellis hola chaps. well you are doing a fine job there.I am interested in converting 3 containers into a house of about 80sqmt and will follow your progress to see if I can learn some of the skills required.I used to be a sheetmetal worker in a former life...when I was 15(now 60)so have a little know how somewhere in the old head.well good luck with the project,take care.Dani(in argentina but from england)
2011 02 24

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Red iron tubing from SRS Steel Recycling Sales.

The jig made by Adam to insure the stairs are aligned and spaced correctly.

The jig used to set the riser spacing on the stairs.

The landing on the 2nd floor

Stairs to the second floor - no longer do we need to climb ladders!

ADA Engineer George Harris uses his Iphone to make sure the sidewalk landing is OK for handicapped access.

Close up of the level app on his Iphone - Very Cool.

The temperature dipped into the 20's this week prompting us to buy some portable propane heaters.

Mike of Gulf Coast Graphics was a life saver with his Boom truck

Adam starts to build the frames for the 2nd floor balcony.

Adam working on the red iron for the 2nd floor balcony.

The center seam of the floor shown before the additional column supports are added.

Here you can see the two vertical columns added on the first floor.  They are continued on the second floor.

Band saw used to cut the tubing for the window frames.

Mike set up a work bench and jig to insure each window frame would be square.

The frames for the window next to a window unit.

Tony adding some Protecto Wrap pressure sensitive sealing tape to the seams.

After the tape was applied to the roof, Adam added some heat to active the adhesive.

Edge detail showing the water proofing tape in use.

View South from the top of the containers to the epic studio

Tongue and Grove OSB board and 6mil film for the decking on the 2nd floor. Next week we will add deck containers 3&4 on the second floor.