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How Modified Containers Solve Piping and Cord Challenges at Construction Sites

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Storing your materials, tools and equipment on the construction site is essential for your business. Using secure, custom 24ft shipping containers, you can take from site to site keeps your work at peak efficiency. Some essential conduits and piping are 20 feet long, barely too long to fit into a 20ft container. You could size up to a 40ft container, but you might not be able to move a container that’s double the length, especially if it’s fully loaded.

Your construction company can benefit from using modified storage containers, specifically one customized to 24 feet and outfitted with special racks for keeping everything in place and organized. Southwest Mobile Storage provides unique steel container solutions to various electric and plumbing contractors, so we know the challenges of keeping your piping, cords, tools and other equipment in one central location that’s convenient and easy to get to. This article looks at custom 24ft shipping containers designed to solve challenges for electricians and plumbers.

Choosing the Best Container Size

Doubling your storage container size from 20 feet to 40 feet solves the problem of not being able to fit your 20ft-long materials, but you can’t transport a 40-foot container loaded, forcing you to load and unload it every time you need to move it. Plus, on construction sites with limited space, a 40ft container might not even fit on site. The ability to store all your piping and conduit lines in one place while still being able to transport them loaded from site to site makes 24ft shipping containers ideal for your business.

With 24ft shipping containers, the extra four feet of length delivers 241.5 more cubic feet of storage than a standard 20ft container. This allows you enough room to store your longer pipes and materials and provides enough space for shelves and racks to hold your essentials in place. At this size, the storage containers can still be moved from one jobsite to another, so you don’t have to load and unload between projects, saving you precious time and money.

24ft shipping containers with wiring storage.
The ability to store all your lumber, piping and conduit lines in one place makes 24ft shipping containers ideal for your business.

Modification Add-Ons

24ft shipping containers are only as good as your construction company’s ability to use it effectively and efficiently. Disorganization hinders your employees’ ability to quickly get the tools and equipment they need, and it also wastes time and decreases productivity. Here are a some ideas on how you can get the most from your modified 24ft shipping containers:

Install Specialty Racks

Organizing 24ft shipping containers with specialty racks helps maximize your storage space while boosting productivity. Modify your container to include gorilla racks, open pipe racks and closed pipe racks for holding conduit, pipes and other materials to give them a designated location within the container that you and your crew can easily access. Having specific areas for certain tools and equipment in your freight container reduces clutter for a more productive and accessible work environment you only have to set up once.

Install Cargo Doors

Rather than open and close the large, heavy cargo doors whenever you need access, you can make it even easier and faster to retrieve and store items in your construction company’s custom 24ft shipping containers. Install custom doors to make moving conduit, cords, pipes, large equipment and everything else in and out of your container easier.

Consider an HVAC Unit

Going from the outside heat to inside a metal container that has been baking in the sun is a recipe for heat-related illnesses at your construction site. Adding insulation, HVAC units, vents and wind turbines to your custom 24ft shipping containers can make all the difference in the safety of your crew when entering your container.

Customizing 24ft Shipping Containers

The options when using modified 24ft shipping containers for your construction business are endless and can be customized to fit any needs required further your success. To inspire you, here are 10 more ways you can make your modified storage container even more efficient:

Here are 10 ways you can effectively store pipes and cords in modified 24ft shipping containers:

  1. PVC Pipe Storage: Use PVC pipes of varying diameters to create individual compartments for each pipe. Cut the pipes into appropriate lengths and arrange them vertically or horizontally within the container.
  2. Cord Coiling: Coil cords neatly and secure them with zip ties or Velcro straps in your 24ft shipping containers. Place the coiled cords in separate containers or use dividers within a larger container to keep them organized.
  3. Pegboard System: Attach a pegboard to the inside of the container’s walls. Hang pipes and cords using hooks or pegs for storing such items.
  4. Wall-Mounted Brackets: Install brackets on the container’s walls to create vertical or horizontal storage for pipes and cords. These brackets can be specifically designed for storing such items.
  5. Cable Management Box: Use cable management boxes with multiple compartments to neatly store and organize cords in your 24ft shipping containers. These boxes are usually equipped with cable slots to feed the cords through while keeping them contained.
  6. Magnetic Strips: Attach adhesive magnetic strips to the inside of the container’s walls. The strips can securely hold metal pipes and small tools with magnetic properties.
  7. Bungee Cord Wall: Stretch bungee cords horizontally across the container’s walls, creating a grid-like pattern. Slide pipes and cords behind the cords to keep them in place.
  8. Labeled Spools: Wind cords onto labeled spools to keep them organized and easily identifiable. Stack the spools within the container, creating a compact and organized storage solution.
  9. Hanging Storage Bags: Use hanging storage bags with multiple compartments. Hang these bags on hooks or rods within your 24ft shipping containers to store and categorize pipes and cords.
  10. Toolbox Inserts: Utilize toolbox inserts or organizers within your 24ft shipping containers to create compartments specifically designed for storing pipes and cords. These inserts typically have customizable dividers for optimal organization.
A forklift moving 24ft shipping containers.
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Why Choose SMS for Your Container Modification?

When it comes to shipping container modifications, entrusting the task to Southwest Mobile Storage is an intelligent decision. With our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, we stand out as a reliable and innovative provider in the industry. With SMS, we offer:

All-In-One Service

Southwest Mobile Storage offers a comprehensive range of services, including design, fabrication, and installation. This end-to-end approach saves clients valuable time and effort, as they can rely on a single provider for all their container modification needs.

Unparalleled Experience

First and foremost, Southwest Mobile Storage boasts a wealth of experience in container modifications. Their team of skilled professionals understands the intricacies of transforming a standard shipping container into a customized solution that meets specific needs. Whether converting a container into a portable office, a pop-up retail store, or a storage facility, they have the knowledge and capabilities to deliver exceptional results.

Cutting-Edge Innovation

Another reason to choose Southwest Mobile Storage is its dedication to innovation. We stay current with industry trends and technologies, enabling them to incorporate cutting-edge features into their container modifications. We can also enhance the container to suit various purposes by incorporating solar panels for sustainable energy, advanced security systems, or climate control mechanisms.

Complete Customer Satisfaction

Southwest Mobile Storage prioritizes customer satisfaction. We listen to our client’s requirements and work closely with them throughout the modification process. This collaboration ensures that the final product aligns perfectly with the client’s vision, maximizing functionality and efficiency.

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