The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #5: Still Trying

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 12-14-2009 05:51 PM 1117 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: It has been a long time.....climate inside the can Part 5 of The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can series Part 6: Adding Upper Storage Cabinets or Walls »

Yes, I am still in the can and still trying to work things out. Storage, electrical and such.

I have wanted to update the blog, but have not had a lot to say at the moment. Mainly because I wanted to have a solution to some of my issues rather than just telling you I am still working at it.

But all I really have right now is that I am still working at it. So let me tell you a little about what has failed thus far in relation to trying to hang some upper cabinets or storage.

I first tried to use construction glue to attach straps to the walls and then the plan was to attach the cabinets to those straps. Well, as I said, that was the plan. The plan quickly fell apart. I tried several different construction adhesives, too many to list. All said they would bond wood to metal. I can not really explain what possessed me to try this approach. That’s it! I was possessed! Seriously it was just me trying to avoid drilling holes into the walls, then having ensure that no water would leak into the shop. As the glue seems to have issues with the changing temperatures of the metal. Which I find strange considering, this is how I hung some pretty hefty florescent lights from the ceiling with no problems.

I am quickly coming to the realization that drilling holes into the walls to secure suitable mounts may be my only real solution.

Although, I have thought of simply gluing some sheet rock to the walls; then, putting anchors into the sheet rock and hanging the cabinets from there. But I really do not have good feelings about that either.

The more I think about it, the more I think I should just get some self tapping screws and coat the threads in silicone before using thing them to mount a strap to the wall and then hang the upper cabinets from there. I will tell you that this pretty much is the plan for running the conduit for the electrical, using self tapping screws to secure the conduit clamps to the walls.

Well that will have to be it for now.

I do promise to post some pictures soon.

Warmest Regards from inside the CAN.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 06:09 PM

panel adhesive should work with self tapping sheet metal screws if its not freezing

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 07:12 PM

How about the screws and washers made for metal roofing,. washer has neoprene bonded to it. screw from the outside into a 2×4 on the inside. if you do this on the roof ( I am assuming that it is corrugated) you might want to put blocking so you aren’t putting the screws in a valley.

Another thought that might help would be to put a wooden roof with shingles etc on top of the container, could put insulation in the attic. and ventilate, should help both the heat and the cold a bit. Run the ceiling joists on top of container, overhanging the sides by a foot or so, screw from inside, that way you don’t need to worry about holes in ceiling and even the sides would be sheltered a bit by the overhang if you are planning to be able to move the container, might want to go with a nearly flat roof though, check to see what your maximum height would need to be limited to

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 07:25 PM

I was thinking Lag bolts from the outside, with LOTS of clear silicone…

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 11:50 PM

Any way to glue 1” furring strips (floor to ceiling) to the can, and then tack on OSB or sheetrock??

Having put together more than one yard shed in my day, I also know that you can flash over the screw holes and stay water tight until The Big One hits :-)

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 07:46 PM

I wanted to get back here and first thank everyone for their suggestions.

I am thinking of using both Neil, Fred, or roman’s suggestions together. I am first going to glue some 1” furring strips to the wall then use either screws and washers made for metal roofing or the self sheet metal screws from the outside to anchor the furring strips. Then, tack on OSB.

Either way, they were all great ideas and I thank all of you for posting them. As soon as I am able I will post a new blog entry telling what I did and how it came out and I also promise to post pictures.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 07:57 PM

It sounds like you might want to add some spray-in or styrofoam insulation behind the OSB panels. This would be an ideal time to get some insulation on those walls. The screws fredf mentioned are also self drilling/tapping.

This is a great blog, and a novel idea for a shop.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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