Building a Shipping Container Home | EP02 Moving, Cutting, and Framing a Container House

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  • Published on:  Monday, February 25, 2019
  • In Episode 2 of How to Build a Shipping Container House we will go over how to move shipping containers with a crane and place them onto the concrete foundation. I will show how I cut openings for doors and windows in the shipping containers and then welded in different types of steel reinforcement. We started the process of installing the plumbing in the floor of the container and show how we had to cut away some of the steel beams to make room for the pipes. I will also talk about how the structural requirements for reinforcing shipping containers and outline the wood structural system we installed in the container.

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    Links and Notes:
    GoalZero solar panel and power packs:

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    The Forney Welder I used for all the welding:

    Ryobi Angle Grinder

    Ridgid Angle Grinder

    Buying the Shipping Containers:
    We purchased one trip condition hi-cube containers. California requires that shipping containers used for homes have documentation showing that have not had toxic or radioactive materials in them. This normally means that you need one trip condition containers with appropriate certificates. I bought my containers from
    and paid $4800 each for the 40-foot hi-cube containers and $3250 for the 20-foot hi-cube container. Hi-cube containers are a foot taller than typical shipping containers.

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  • Jon Myers

    Jon Myers

     13 hours ago

    Arent you supposed to get rid of the wood floors??? Don’t they have an incecticide in the wood that’s not good to breathe??

  • Gia


     21 hours ago +1

    I love that houses but I am wondering how expensive is it the construction and maintenance!

  • bluesharp59



    Thumbs Up Liked and Happy Holidays to you and all your subscribers.

  • Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson


    Immense carbon footprint.

  • gregory white

    gregory white


    ryobi sucks

  • Josh Vonhauger

    Josh Vonhauger

     2 days ago

    these are half-truths your the problem

  • Karl P

    Karl P

     3 days ago +1

    The amount of time and discs you wasted on this is crazy, just hire a plasma cutter, 90 mins to cut out that tiny window is daft, would have took 10 mins with a plasma cutter

  • Gecko


     3 days ago

    Wow so nice, I buy it ALL for $499.99

  • mike blubaugh

    mike blubaugh

     3 days ago

    How you get building permit to do this?no one is building these were i live.

  • Carlos Viquez

    Carlos Viquez

     3 days ago

    What gauge is the side sheet of the container??

  • Darren Elmes

    Darren Elmes

     4 days ago

    Sorry I don't mean to challenge you BUT a shipping container is designed to easily handle the structural demands of a domestic house. Definitely over designed building structural timber walls inside.. you need a risk taking engineer... just saying as Im an Architect.. a standard container can be stacked with 7 more containers on top fully loaded with goods , at the same time they have to handle a rocking ship in a storm..... they are very structurally sound..

  • Michael Ptasnik

    Michael Ptasnik

     4 days ago

    A container house that has to be wooden framed? What a ridiculous wasteful concept. It's absurd.

  • mauimudpup


     4 days ago

    critters = scorpions

  • Carlos E

    Carlos E

     5 days ago

    What of we fight for better salaries instead of promoving poverty?

  • kuldeep singh

    kuldeep singh

     5 days ago

    Hi bro is it possible in india

  • p penca

    p penca

     5 days ago

    air tools are the way to go. you can rent them and also an engine driven compressor. real tools like big hammers, 7 inch grinders, etc don´t come cordless. for the amateur air tools present the advantage that you can stall the tool and don´t burn it, you can drop it, rain, dust, you name it. battery tools are only good for the mfg of battery tools. when you factor time and consumables plasma beats a grinder

  • Skorpius


     5 days ago

    Legally, you have made a mobile home. Not sure where permitting comes in because it is not a permanent construction.

  • annakat


     6 days ago

    You need a new structural engineer if you think you need a header over a cut out that you put 3 inch square tubing and welded it to the existing corrugated. He needs to go back to school

  • Twoleggedkumulava


     6 days ago

    Building codes are different everywhere.
    Why spend all that money on pouring a slab to set the container on that'll never be used? Why not just pour four footings since there are only 4 points of contact on the container's?
    A lot of this construction doesn't make sense to me at all...
    FYI, Insulation used on refrigeration trucks works best for a whole lot less. 🤙🏼

  • Tommy Boy

    Tommy Boy

     6 days ago

    A little confused...Why would you put the window in off center of the container?