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Securing mobile storage units against high winds

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I’m in charge of a number of Rubb warehouses and, in anticipation of the forthcoming cyclone season, I’m concerned about their stability and resilience in strong winds. Can you suggest any steps I might take to safeguard the Rubbhalls?

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You need to fasten the unit to the ground or weigh it down even more than usual. You don’t say what type of ground your Rubbhalls are standing on: concrete, asphalt, earth, sand….

Rubb sell propriety kits: a. Ground anchor kit for virgin land with steel spikes. b. Ballast weight kit (ballast not included). c. Expansion bolt kit for fastening to concrete. d. Bolts for resin anchoring (hard core/asphalt).

You can extemporise similar solutions using local materials.

If you have the version of the Rubbhall which has footplates at the bottom of the legs, you can bolt or spike these down directly.

There are also proprietary brands of tie-downs/anchors which can be used for most moveable structures including shipping containers. See, for example: https://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies... in the UK http://3dliving.com.au/PRODUCTS/SECUR... in Australia https://americanearthanchors.com/whic... in the USA

If you have not already done so, place sandbags all round the outside to stop the wind (and rain) getting underneath the side flaps. Also check all over the fabric cover and repair/strengthen any holes or weak points, to stop the wind getting in and ripping the cover further.

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Strapping some IBC 1000 liter water containers to the frame at some strategic locations should also help.

Krischan Makowka gravatar imageKrischan Makowka ( 2017-11-22 04:01:09 -0500 )edit
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If you can consolidate your stocks into fewer rubbhalls so as to leave one or more empty, take the covers off the empty one(s) so the wind can blow through the framework.

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