Leveling a Storage Container

Site Considerations

  • Is there enough room to place the container (ie; 14’ x 26’ or 14’ x 46’)?
  • Is there enough room for the delivery truck and/or trailer (ie; 50’ or 70’?)?
  • Are there any other hazards for the delivery truck and/or trailer?
  • Is the site reasonably level?
  • Is there sufficient provision for water run off to prevent pooling under the container?
  • Are there any nearby obstacles overhead or otherwise that may inhibit the safe placing and use of the container?
  • Where do you want to access the doors on the tail end of your container?


Site Preparation

  • Clear debris, stumps and vegetation
    • (Footprint plus minimum 3’ perimeter recommended)
  • Containers are designed to bear their weight on the reinforced corner posts
  • Remove topsoil corresponding to where the four corners will sit
    • (Leaving 4 level areas of hard clay, approximately 3’ in diameter each)


Receiving Your Container

  • Unless there is a reason, your container will normally be delivered on tilt deck equipment so that it can be grounded
  • Alternately a crane or lift truck can be hired if space is tight or the delivery distance is sufficiently long mitigating the cost of a tilt deck delivery
  • At your discretion, the container will be loaded “doors to cab” or “doors to tail” depending on how you want the container oriented on your site
  • Have your dolly pads and shims ready to place under the corners


Preparing To Level Your Container

  • Purchase or make four “dolly pads” of sufficient size to spread the weight of the container and act as a base for shims during the leveling process
  • Purchase or make number a number of “shims” to level the corners
  • Obtain the use of a “jack-all” (or crane) to provide the lift necessary to level your container


Leveling Your Container

  • Place a dolly pad under each corner
  • First, using the jack-all and shims, lift and place shims sufficient to level the nose
  • Second, using the jack-all and shims, lift and place shims sufficient to level the tail
  • Be aware that the doors will not operate properly if the container is not level and the door jamb is allowed to go out of square
  • HINT; if you wish to store wheeled vehicles or equipment, that may not have a reverse gear, it can be advantageous to have the container slope from nose to tail (ie; 2" - 4”) to facilitate easier unload


Caring For Your Container

  • Oil the hinges and latching mechanisms regularly
  • Paint the container, with rust paint, to keep rust at bay and the container attractive. (Brush & roller or spraying is recommended, subject to overspray caution in windy conditions)
  • At your discretion, most containers have provisions for venting requiring a small plate to be cut out
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