It's time to start my growout tank project. The first step is picking a container. That's coming up. Hey everyone, Steve Poland here, And in my last tutorial I introduced you to a new project, which is a growout system for african cichlids in my basement crawlspace. If you missed that tutorial, please go back and watch it before you watch this one so you'll have a full understanding of what I'm trying to do. I'll put a link down in the description. Now the most important component to this project in my mind has always been what type of container.
I use for the fish. All of the other stuff will be easy enough to customize or change down the road, but the tank is key to accomplishing all of my goals within the limits of my project. And the main goals for this part of the project are to maximize water volume and minimize the chance of leaks. So I looked at a ton of different options and ranked them according to price per gallon then I looked at the positives and negatives of each. The first thing I looked at, which has the lowest price per gallon is an Intex Above.
Ground Pool. Many people have used these for fish and a pool with a 10 foot diameter holds around 1200 gallons of water and costs around $125. Awesome, right Well maybe it's awesome if it's in your backyard, but I've heard way too many stories about these pools leaking and 1200 gallons of water leaking into my crawlspace is not anything that I want to think about. Not to mention it would take up my entire 10 foot by 10 foot area. But mostly when I tried to picture an above ground pool in my basement crawlspace I just.
Couldn't do it. Next I looked at IBCs. IBC stands for Intermediate bulk container. These are used extensively in the aquaponics community. I could get one that holds around 330 gallons of water for about 30 bucks on craigslist. But the entrance to my crawlspace is only around 60 inches wide by 30 inches tall. So to use these I'd have to cut them down significantly. And I considered it for a long time but ultimately I just didn't want to have to modify my container right off the bat in that type of a way.
Another thing I could get on Craigslist are 55 gallon plastic barrel drums. These are around 20 bucks a piece but really the container shape of a barrel isn't ideal for the type of fish that I want to keep. It gives them almost no horizontal swimming space. But I did keep these in mind for other parts of the project down the road like filtration. I also came really close to building a plywood tank. Essentially it would be like an above ground pond and there are tons of plans on the internet.
For this. It would be a wooden frame with plywood sides and then a pond liner inside. This could have worked and I could have built around a 500 gallon tank for what I estimated to be about $250. But much like the pool, I just couldn't let myself do it. I know that pond liners are pretty reliable and I even could have coated the inside of the box with something like pond shield but ultimately I just never felt like I would trust it. The option that I probably came the closest to using was a series of rubbermaid stock.
Tanks. Ideally I would have gotten a 300 gallon version but much like the IBCs, there was no way it would fit through my crawl space. And unlike the IBCs, you can't cut it down at all. But I did think about getting multiple 100 or 150 gallon versions because they sell them at Tractor Supply. If I could have gotten them a little bit cheaper I probably would have done it. There did have some used ones on craigslist but they were all pretty nasty. So after all of that, the solution that I went with has a large water volume and extremely.
Low chance of leaking. I found two 180 gallon bulk bins on craiglist for $100 a piece. They're one solid piece and are made of FDA approved materials. They even came with lids. You can't really tell from the pictures but they're actually very clean. It was a tight fit getting them into my crawlspace but now that they're in there I think they're going to be perfect. In the next part of the series I'll talk about filtration, so be sure not to miss that, and if this is your first time here then I would love to have you subscribe.
Building a Sustainable Tiny House Part 2
I think that sustainability should reach multiple aspects of our lives, so in this class we're dealing with the building of a sustainable home using sustainable practices. I think I would define sustainability as reusing material that has already been used for something that wasn't sustainable. This project has definitely made me think of sustainability in a different way because before, I honestly never really thought about it so now I have definitely learned the importance and how it can be useful to the environment and how it can be useful to things that you are building.
This project helped me understand exactly how products are made and who makes them and what is used in the product before you even get it in the house, which I think is important because people are like, just read the label that says 'oh this is green', but they don't know exactly how green it is, and I think that is very important which this class really helped me understand. This semester has really been focused on actually beginning to construct the house, and so we've framed up, and insulated, and built the floor system, and the insulation for the project.
Was actually salvaged mineral wool from a local construction site. We actually rescued it from being thrown away. I think that a project like this really challenges notions of American consumerism, and maybe offers an alternative as well as makes us think about ways that we could live differently. I feel like most Americans live outside of their means by buying bigger houses than they need, that take up more space than they need with appliances and home accessories that are completely unnecessary, whereas in a tiny house you're restricted to things that you really only absolutely need.
Shipping Container Home Coming to Redondo Beach
Here in Los Angeles housing is expensive but there's an alternative which could save about thirty percent on construction cost shipping container homes CBS News Tuesday market shows us more as the cost of living rises the way we live is changing people are living in modular homes prefab homes and even shipping container homes. containers get all the headlines countless shipping containers come into the ports of LA and Long Beach and many of them stay but some are being repurposed into everything from retail spaces to homes when Paula approached me about a shipping container home I thought this is insane.
And then I met Peter and I still thought it was insane. Matt and Paula dowd are using shipping containers to build two shipping container homes in Redondo Beach one for them and one for Grandma. I can age in place and my grandchildren will grow up here and I'll be with my daughter and my son inlaw. they're building with architect Peter DeMaria but it's an idea that still stirs controversy. In this area you mostly find Mediterranean or craftsman style homes and you bring something like this to the city and.
They're like, yeah I don't know it took several trips to the City Council to get their property approved with multiple modifications to the design and Matt had the same concerns as the city. my opinion was oh my gosh it's going to be boxy and corrugated but many homes built from shipping containers look like this and this all of these homes were designed by the architect very few people be able to tell wow that's a shipping container home. containers are the thing that really breaks down the door and people say.
Maybe I can do the little bit differently and I'm not going to sacrifice quality and I'm not going to sacrifice on the size of the house and all of it translates into doing it less expensively. most containers can be covered with any surface like wood stucco or vinyl siding and it's affordable while maintaining quality in general they're around 30 percent less than traditional construction a great value but the quality of construction is a heavy gauge steel that that blows away wood frame house a comforting thought in quakeprone.
Southern California and by upcycling metal containers it's one of the greenest options available so the containers become a means to an end we're changing the way we think about building and we're saving the planet. we're taking material and upcycling it as opposed to cutting down five or six acres of forest every time we put up a new wood frame house. DeMaria says there's a revolution to change how we live and the Dowd's are early adopters and I think this is how a great progress is made really this.
Shipping containers housing new businesses in growing neighborhood
TAKE A LOOK. THESE ARE NOT ARE AVERAGE SHIPPING CONTAINERS. THE SEAPORT DISTRICT IS GIVING A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE TALKS LUNCH. WE SHOW YOU HOW A CONTAINERS ARE BEING USED FOR NEW BUSINESSES AND WHAT'S GOING ON HERE AT THE INNOVATION AND DESIGN CENTER AMID THE BULLDOZERS, DUMPSTERS AND ROLLING EQUIPMENT, AN OASIS OF CIVILIZATION, PERSONAL GROOMING SPOTS, AND YES NEW FOOD , OPTIONS FOR THE 2,000 PLUS WORKERS IN THIS RENOVATED DISTRICT. RUNNING WATER, AIR CONDITIONING, AND FIRE ALARMS. HE HAS USED 160 FOOT SQUARE THINGS AS KIOSKS.
IT WAS OPPORTUNITY WE CANNOT PASS UP AS A COMPANY, HAVE WHOLESALE PRODUCTION AND BE ABLE TO SHARE OUR FOOD WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE DESIGN CENTER. IT IS STILL A TOUGH TEST KITCHEN. THIS IS A FOR THINKING AND WE HAVE A POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SERVING OUR TENANTS OF THE BUILDING. WE CAN EXPERIMENT WITH NEW WAYS OF SERVING FOOD. MEI MEI'S WILL OPEN LATER THIS WEEK AS WILL OTHER MINIATURE FOOD EMPORIUMS EAGER TO SERVE THIS CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. I JUST TRIED SOME SOUP AND IT WAS DELICIOUS.
Off Grid Living Part 2
The other part of our off grid living is the design ever house it is a breamed house and it is on a slab and like I said before we have a centralized heat which is just our wood stove so the slab has styrofoam underneath it and we designed it so that it has plenty of windows with plenty of light not only do we have a great view You can look on a nice sunny day and we are still at a twenty fivedegrees we have a little bit of a wind chill sun shining in.
Started a fire last night yesterday probably 5 six this morning haven't had any heat since then and its still 70 degrees. This slab gets heated up it just generates hetas throughout the day then with the sunshine in yea it just warms it up we will also have some stones on the stove here and its still quite warm just radiating all that heat very efficient, im just burning junk wood, popel Which is not by any means the greatest wood and we have no problem heating this whole place up.
And we have we have the cathedral ceiling. and the other part like I said about the breamed house all these doors um there there well basically what in in the dirt the whole back half yeah wall yes that cement wall dirt is butted into the mountain all these rooms dont need immediate heat they arent cold by any means, but if you close the doors in the evening it will get colder ummm you really dont need to heat the rooms up to this temperature and even in the summer our pantry stays quite cool the bathroom stays a little cooler.
Umm samething and also with the slab the other great this is in summertime gets ninety degrees out this slab stays nice and cool! you'll stay seventy degrees in here when its 90 degrees outside! granted we have some shades over the have windows so yeah.we have Super thick walls lots of insulation and the other thing is this little nock here we start all our earlyseason seeds this converts to like a little a little green house we we put a fluorescent lamp hanging from the ceiling there and we just up on a cement blocks.
Meet the enormous boats that carry your stuff
This is the Empire State Building. With 102 floors, it's one of the tallest buildings in the US. But it's 4 floors shorter than the MSC Oscar. Which isn't a building, but a boat The largest container ship in the world. Launched in January 2015, the MSC Oscar is nearly the size of four football fields laid endtoend. It has a draft of 16 meters, which means that if you were to stand at the bottom of the ship, you'd be 5 stories underwater. It's one of 5000 container ships crossing the world's oceans, carrying the vast majority.
Of products you buy and the parts those products were made from. These ships are the engine of the global economy, but 60 years ago, they didn't even exist. How did all this happen For hundreds of years, shipping was a bit of a nightmare. Goods had to be unloaded into storage at ports, then individually packed onto ships and unpacked afterwards. This process was painfully slow and expensive, and it left items vulnerable to damage and theft. In 1956, Malcom McLean, an American trucking executive, proved that you could save time.
And money by loading truck containers directly onto ships. On the other side they'd be put back onto trucks or trains, and reach their destination without ever being opened. McLean later got the government on board by using containerized service to help the military provide supplies for the Vietnam War. Some of the more notable innovations in solving the logistical problems in Vietnam have been in the field of containerization After the industry recognized how efficient container shipping was, the use of container ships exploded. International standardization was the key. The unit of measurement is TEU, or twentyfoot.
Equivalent. Most containers used today are twice as long. Shippers quickly realized that the larger the boat, the cheaper the shipping price per container. So the size of the largest ships has grown exponentially. In 1999, a shipping executive predicted an eventual ceiling of 12,000 TEU. But the MSC Oscar has a capacity of over 19,000. To accommodate these huge ships, ports have been rebuilt, with vast yards to store the containers and huge cranes to load and unload them simultaneously, in a specific order. Today's biggest ships are so huge that they can't actually fit through the Panama canal.
Or dock at any American port. They're used mostly for shipping between Europe and Asia. It's hard to overstate how much all this has transformed the world economy. After containerization, global trade in merchandise soared while insurance costs and inventories decreased. Jobs at ports and in factories in the U.S. dropped while consumers gained access to a greater variety of products at a lower price. As a result, products we buy can be made with parts from several different countries, by people on the other side of the world. And it's hard to imagine any of this happening without someone first deciding to put the.
Unpacking shipping containers
In the last five years, we have investigated 21 incidents in New South Wales involving workers unpacking shipping containers. Three of these workers were killed. The most serious incidents involved unpacking sheet material such as glass, stone, sandwich panel and timber. If freight isn't packed with safe unloading in mind or if it becomes unstable during transit, workers unpacking it can be at risk of serious injury or death. If you unpack shipping containers, keep your people safe. Work with suppliers to ensure the load is appropriately packed for safe transit and unpacking.
Ask them to use racks or crates and to secure freight with wrapping or strapping. You can also ask suppliers to use containers that are open at both ends or have an open top for safer access. Plan before you unpack the container, and consider what equipment you will need. Choose an area with flat ground and unpack at ground level where possible. Be careful when opening the container in case the load has shifted. Keep looking for risks as you unpack and adjust your plan as conditions change. Instruct workers about safety procedures.
And make sure they are appropriately experienced and supervised. Use a crane or a forklift with attachments such as grabs, spikes or slippers to avoid manual unloading. Never allow people in or around the container while using machinery to unload. If you're using a crane and it's necessary to guide the load, make sure it's from a safe distance using a tagline. Never allow workers inside the container if there's any risk of objects moving and trapping them. Where there is a risk, brace freight with suitably rated restraint devices such as props, braces or frames.
Sand Island shipping containers turned into homes
We're beginning to get a better picture of what the temporary homeless housing facility on Sand Island will look like now that the first container living units were installed today. KITV 4's Ashley Moser shows us the latest additions now on site. NAT beep beep The wait is over. the first look inside the shipping containersturned home s is here. These pastel yellow and orange shipping containers are the first living units installed at Hale Mauliola on Sand Island. Their meant to help combat Hawaii's housing epidemic. NAT 3741 click click.
Moving second one back One by one they're put in place taking up two 8 by 20 foot spaces on this one acre lot. NAT on floor 3714 plopped down City officials say both units are ADA compliant and each can house two people. Ed 2955 BY THE SURVEYS WE HAVE TO ALLOW FOR ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE HANDICAP PEOPLE AND WE KNEW I LOOKING AT THE POPULATION OF THE HOMELESS ALL OVER THE ISLAND. 3007 The project a little over a year old was put on hold until this summer.
Because of questions about the land. Ed 2747 THERE WERE SPECULATIONS BEFORE THAT THE SOIL WAS CONTAMINATED SO WE WAITED FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO TEST THE SOIL. 2755 The results nothing beyond the allowable limits for hazardous material. So crews cleared the overgrown brush added a fence and these light poles. Standup Ashley 5310 CREWS HAD TO ADD ABOUT 6 INCHES OF GRAVEL TO LEVEL OFF THIS AREA AND TO ADD A PROPER STORM DRAIN. THE GRAVEL USED. 5522 IS RECYCLED ASPHALT PAVING COLLECTED FROM ROADWORK.
AROUND THE CITY. 5529 The material makes for mobility so crews can move the containers if needed. By December there will be 25 of these, half offering 3 bedrooms and the other 2 bedrooms. Each one is insulated and coated with heat resistant paint to keep occupants cool. Chris 4747 IF YOU'RE OUTSIDE IN THE SUN AND IT'S 90 IF YOU GO UNDER A SHADE TREE IT'S 85 WELL WE'VE GOT SOMETHING HERE THAT'S EVEN BETTER THAN THAT. 4756 Container Storage Company of Hawaii fitted the spaces with code access.
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