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  • Coalsmoke
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    I wonder if a fan and vent moving air through there would help? I carry steel here on the 'north-wet coast' and have no problems, and the steel is not in a heated zome, but a door is open every day to let the air flow through

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  • Portable Welder
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    Tig man you may very well be right, and no I dont turn my inventory all that fast, I will play it by ear,
    I was thinking I may have to insulate the roof some how.
    I figured some one here has to be the ginny pig to see how long it takes to rust in this enviroment.

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  • fun4now
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    WOW
    i wana come play at your place.
    great idea, and i'm shore it will pay for its self X2 or more and thats not even counting the agrivation it will save you. i'm shore i'm not the only one to need something only to be told..aaaa next week we can have that for ya. and like said above emergency ready if ever i seen it. good looking racks too, shows real profeshinalisem (even if i cant spell it )
    congrats it should serve ya well.

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  • Paul Seaman
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    Very nice setup indeed, I would like to suggest a de-humidifier, when summer gets near. High Humidity is a trouble maker for that much money sitting around. Love the Idea and love the ease of design, very cool

    Keep your ideas coming, I might need some more!!!

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  • trukfan24
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    Pretty sweet. But how do you load it? Do you do it all by hand, or can you fork it in there somehow w/ a forktruck?

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  • tigman250
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    do you plan to heat the container? if not it will pick up moisture from the temp changes here in MI and rust rather quickly unless you can turn your inventory over quick enough.

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  • calweld
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    Maybe container prices are similar both here and there . . .

    One thing I would like to mention, though. Now you have inventory, I found it too time-consuming to keep separate prices for each item. I just price everything out at the same price per pound, here $.75/lb seems fair. Anytime I do a substantial job, I normally order steel just for that job, delivered to the jobsite, and mark up the cost of that order, but smaller jobs that come out of inventory get charged the flat rate. Of course, some of this stuff I paid $.20/lb for a few years ago, but who's telling????

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  • Portable Welder
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    Cal Weld, They also wanted $ 2,500.00 - 3,000.00 For a nice one, I told the guy I wanted an old one That needed work. When I met one of his guys at the yard that works on them, his guy seen my truck and wanted to talk welding, so after me spending a 1/2 hr talking with him his guy let me have a 1500.00 container for 1200.00 the 1200.00 containers had ripped up floors which were more work than I would have done.

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  • calweld
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    Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post
    H eh Cal weld, yes it is a 40' container, I bought one about 4 years ago when they were affordable for $ 600.00 and it was in perfect condition, hauling it cost about $ 300.00

    The one I just picked up was in pretty bad condition, and needed work, I paid $ 1,200.00 for this one and $ 150.00 for hauling.

    As to where you can buy them I couldnt tell you, just look in the big truck trader for your area and you can usually find sellers in there.
    Even the containers, here a decent one will cost $2400, the 20 footers cost almost as much as the 40's, there's more demand for the smaller ones. I got a 20 a few months ago for $1200 delivered, in good shape except for a few patched holes on top, I got it cheap because it needed to be moved and I had cash. You'd think both the containers and the steel would be cheaper here, the biggest ports are all in this state??? Maybe I should start looking into trucking rates from Michigan to California, order a shipping container full of steel and have it hauled out here I have a friend/ex-customer, line-hauls across the country, moved to Wisconson last year, maybe I should call him sometime?????

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  • calweld
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    Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post
    I ended up buying 18,565 Lbs
    Pipe cost .54 a LB
    Square tube was .53 a LB.
    Channel was .40 a LB
    angle was .37 a LB.
    Flat Bar was .40 a LB.

    I'm in Michigan and am wondering what kind of price per LB you guys pay when buying a large quantity.
    I would think since steel is governed by the stock market we should all be paying the same price across the country.
    Huh!! I wish . . .

    have to get the calculator out for the pipe and tube, it's usually sold by the foot here.

    Last spring I made a couple 15,000# -- 20,000# orders, mainly structural channel, price was .43 -.45 / lb. Right now, for smaller orders, rough rule of thumb here is about .50-.55/lb for angle, flat, or channel. I just made a 7000# order last month, 8" channel was .59/lb., 6" and 4" were .57.

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  • Portable Welder
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    The container is 40' and steel is the normal size, Pipe is 21', Square tubes are 24' ,Angle, channel & Flat bar, round bar, and square bar are 20'

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  • BRK
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    Portable,

    Those look great!! Did you make the racks to hold 20' sections, or are those 10' racks? How long is the container?

    BRK

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  • Portable Welder
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    H eh Cal weld, yes it is a 40' container, I bought one about 4 years ago when they were affordable for $ 600.00 and it was in perfect condition, hauling it cost about $ 300.00

    The one I just picked up was in pretty bad condition, and needed work, I paid $ 1,200.00 for this one and $ 150.00 for hauling.

    As to where you can buy them I couldnt tell you, just look in the big truck trader for your area and you can usually find sellers in there.

    I ended up buying 18,565 Lbs
    Pipe cost .54 a LB
    Square tube was .53 a LB.
    Channel was .40 a LB
    angle was .37 a LB.
    Flat Bar was .40 a LB.

    I'm in Michigan and am wondering what kind of price per LB you guys pay when buying a large quantity.
    I would think since steel is governed by the stock market we should all be paying the same price across the country.

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  • Richard
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    Hey Portable,

    That is a nice set up, looks sweet.
    I also have a problem with all the steel that I have. I been collecting and filling up all the space. . . . I have some friends at the local steel suplier they have lots of good drops and well sell them to me a Great prices.
    thses guys are good people, I usuly drop by every week and this ends up with me having lots of steel. but a man has to have plenty of steel for those prodgets.....ha ha

    I like your set up . . . . maybe one day I can get a container set-up like you have.
    question how did you get that container ? . do they sell them often, or are they hard to find ?
    also I guess they will deliver the container when you buy it ?

    ........................
    Richard

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  • calweld
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    Me too, I just pile mine on pallets on the ground, I don't have to worry about being able to date my inventory, I just gauge the amount of rust and I know exactly how old it is

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