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Frequently Asked Questions for Shipping Container Site Set-Up

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Consider for a moment that you’ve recently ordered a shipping container structure – or maybe you’re about to begin your ordering process. You’re probably wondering what your company should do to prepare the structure’s future site.  It’s important to make sure your site is ready for placement and that you’ve hired the necessary professionals – such as plumbers and electricians – to help set up your new container. Preparedness helps you save valuable time and allows you to use your structure sooner.

To get you started, we’re answering frequently asked questions about shipping container site set-up, prior to delivery, to ensure your process run smoothly. Let’s get started.

“How do I prepare my site before delivery?”

Where and how to place your container will depend on the type of soil, how often the container will be relocated, and the size of the container structure.

Single Unit Containers That Will Be Relocated Often:

  • The container can be placed on flat (less than 2-degree grade), dry, level ground. This can include bare earth and parking lots.
  • Gravel and concrete pads are also an option but not necessary.

Single Unit Container Structures That Will Spend One Month or More in One Place:

  • The container may be placed on bare earth using the guidelines above. However, consider a gravel pad to reduce the risk of the container settling into an unlevel position over time.
  • Unleveled containers can pose a plumbing risk and make opening the doors difficult.
  • If placing on bare earth, check the container every month to be sure it’s level.

“What steps should I take to prepare for delivery?”

Here’s a helpful checklist of key items to prepare before the delivery of your container:

After you receive an estimated delivery date from Falcon:

  • If necessary, confirm the rental of any equipment needed for moving your container.
  • Contact a local plumber/electrician for pricing and timeline of scheduling. It is recommended to contact a plumber/electrician as soon as a target delivery date is provided.

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“How do I prepare for electrical connections?”

Keep in mind that connecting to power can be dangerous. Only licensed electricians should connect a container to power.

Before delivery and connection to power:

  • Contact local jurisdiction to determine if permits are required.
  • Confirm service amperage is compatible with the container purchased.
  • Schedule a licensed electrician for connection.
  • Confirm power is available at the site.

Before contacting an electrician, prepare the following:

  1. Determine how many exterior disconnect panels need to be supplied with power and the amperage of each. Your container manufacturer should be able to provide this information.
  2. Determine if you’ll be connecting to utility service (aerial/ground) or a generator.

“How do I prepare for plumbing set-up?”

For health and safety reasons, we recommend hiring a licensed plumber to connect all water and sewer lines.

Before delivery and connecting plumbing:

  • Contact local jurisdiction to determine if permits are required.
  • Schedule a licensed plumber for connection.
  • Confirm water and sewer/septic lines are available.

Learn More About Modified Shipping Container Structures

In no way do these answers cover every aspect of shipping container placement, but this information provides a good place to start. If you choose to modify your shipping container with Falcon, we will provide you with detailed documentation describing what you should know prior to setting up your container. If you have questions, or if you’d like to learn more about ordering a modified shipping container, give us a call at 877-704-0177 or email us at We will be happy to talk more about your company’s needs.

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