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Old 06-09-2008, 09:24 PM
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I am looking into burying a shipping container into the side of a hill right next to my house. I was wondering how much weight of soil or how many inches or feet of soil you could put on top of it.

I understand they can also cave in from the side so how would you go about reinforcing one. I can do concrete and welding work myself.

I also know I would probabaly need to coat the outside with something to prevent corrosion in my acidic soil (mine reclaim). Would tar and tar paper be a good thing to do?
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See the other post on this. ISO containers are not ment to support weight on the sides or roof. Only the corner castings.

those castings can take empty cans stacked 6 high.

I don't know 100% offhand for your sea can, but based on previous projects, I would suggest about 25 lbs per sft for the roof, and maybe 50lbs per sft for the walls.
This would be a concentrated load. A distributed load would be waaaaay less PSF.

I would not recommend such an endeavor.


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