Tools and Equipment – Odpod
Question from Elle:
“This is awesome. I’m glad I stumbled onto your project. I want to build something similar in the Philippines — I like how it’s 2-stories. I heard these containers are waterproof too (for when used during shipping). Are the structures capable of handling extreme storms and earthquakes? I’ve spoken to a place there that can sell me shipping containers, but I want to know what equipment I would need for the build.”
The equipment you need really depends on the type of structure you want to build. For example if you want plaster walls then you will need plastering tools, if you want to leave them raw then you won’t need them. If you want to make a house you will need all the regular construction tools and then extra tools to modify the containers. I have made a list of these extra tools we used below.
- Decent MIG welder with suitable power. (you could use an ARC it’s just slower)
- 5″ grinders 9″ grinders with lots of cutting disks and grinding disks, (we have used over 300 for the 5″)
- You will need to be able to fabricate steel or buy laser-cut components.
- Hammers, cold chisels.
- Safety gear, mask, goggles, earmuffs, gloves, protective clothing.
- Lifting gear, like a block and tackle or slings.
- Band saw for cutting large sections of steel.
- A drill press is handy for larger holes.
- Drill and drill bits.
- Straight edge, string line, level, plumb etc.
- Accurate measuring and marking equipment.
- A laser level and dumpy level is good to have.
- Laptop for calculating levels, angles etc.
- A utility or truck to transport materials (very handy to have your own)
- Zinc rich paint.
- First aid kit to deal with welding and grinding injuries, most common are burns splinters and eye debris.
- Air compressor and pneumatic caulking gun (or battery) for sealing big gaps.
- Raw steel for reinforcing the cutouts in open plan spaces, around windows and doors.
Thanks Elle let me know if you have any other questions.