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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:32 am 
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Hi, everyone! First time, here, and I'd like some advice. I'm a teacher in Japan, and one of the beaches near me is now filled with smashed up 40ft shipping containers as a result of the tsunami. The area relies pretty heavily on tourism in the summers, but, obviously, with these containers sitting everywhere, that's not likely to happen. I've had some experience using an acetylene torch, so I'm wondering if any of you have advice about cutting one (or 30...) of these things apart. The metal is surprisingly thin (less than 2 millimeters), but there's a lot of it, and the pieces we cut it into would have to be small enough to be pulled out onto a road by truck, so that's a lot of cutting. Add to that the fact that some of these are in water (or just wet, depending on the tides), and it seems like it might be a bad idea...

Any advice/experience? You can tell people that you aided the humanitarian work in Japan!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:36 pm 
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Chain them up if possible and winch them out onto dry ground, it would likely make the job easier and a lot safer (no tide dodging) if they need to be broken up in situ, rather than simply being trucked away, however it depends on if they can be winched out of course.

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Oxy fuel cutting would be best bet, easier to move around than acetylene. Probably a cheaper fuel gas too.

A nice small nozzle so it cuts rather than melting it back together as you cut, and a nice set of long hoses.
After one or two, youll get the hang of it, and see the easiest way to cut them up.


If they are wet it wont matter too much.

As above though, if

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all container have a unique number on them telling you who owns them
you cannot without authority go about disposing off other peoples property
who's authority have you gained

now i understand the sad tragic circumstances that have put you in this position perhaps the local authority can help or give there blessing in the circumstances

good luck and hope it goes well

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Have a look at this Dead link removed - RichAndo The links show a container construction so it might help give you a strategy to deconstruct.

I was sorry to see the suffering that was caused by the disaster but I admire the determination of the people and their efforts in repairing the damage.

Good luck with your efforts

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big-all wrote:
all container have a unique number on them telling you who owns them
you cannot without authority go about disposing off other peoples property
who's authority have you gained


Don't want to put a downer on your plans but I think Big-all's right, or they'll belong to the insurance company by now...in the UK messing with "drift" material is an offence as it belongs to someone.

Good luck sorting out your troubles :)

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