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Door latch to secure Shipping Container Shop needed

I discovered today that I could have a potentially deadly situation with my steel container shop.

If a gust of wind pops up and slams my side door shut while Iím inside, I canít open it from inside. Sometimes Iím alone for a couple of days and it were to happen during the summer when its 110į out, I might not be able to survive if I get locked in.

Iím going to have to take extra precautions immediately like always having a cell phone and blocking the door so it canít close. Eventually Iím going to have cut the existing latch off and weld a different one on that can be opened from the inside. I just donít know what kind of latch or where to buy such a thing.

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I would look into a pre-hung metal door from the box store
and just frame it in on one of the sides like you would on any workshop.
that would be your "Escape Hatch" as well as just another door.

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walk in freezers have latches with a "open from inside" safety feature
such as:

https://walkincoolerparts.com/produc...ason-58-flush/
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Just use the lock itself ...

Take the lock and run it through one of the holes and lock it. That way no one can come along and lock you in because the hole is blocked.
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I guess I could remove the door altogether and replace it, but I like the security of this. The bottom latch is definitely got to get cut off because I planning on poring a 16x40 ft slab in front of it which will eventually be my work area. This latch is going to cause problems and I don't want to notch the concrete. It would be great I can find something that could latch on the bottom and the top. I understand its not going to be Fort Knox, but the more secure it is they better I feel about.

Oh also the main reason why I like the door to be latched on both top and bottom is because of driving monsoon rains and tornado type winds.
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Take the lock and run it through one of the holes and lock it. That way no one can come along and lock you in because the hole is blocked.
This is probably what I will need to do for now. Thanks

Actually the more I think about this, I can't believe I didn't think about this before because I've had 4x4s propping the door open and the winds sometimes even blow the 4x4 over

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I just tried locking the latch while the door was open and I have to say that works pretty well.

I admit that I have thought about someone locking me in although there isn't anybody around. I know this is a major trafficking route from south of the border which worries me, but I haven't seen anybody yet. Someone dropped off a whole lot of illegals near town to a church and they have said they are overwhelmed with immigrants. ICE has been dropping them off at the greyhound bus station and its no telling where they're heading from there.

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Do you have to notch the concrete?

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I guess I could remove the door altogether and replace it, but I like the security of this. The bottom latch is definitely got to get cut off because I planning on poring a 16x40 ft slab in front of it which will eventually be my work area. This latch is going to cause problems and I don't want to notch the concrete. It would be great I can find something that could latch on the bottom and the top. I understand its not going to be Fort Knox, but the more secure it is they better I feel about.

Oh also the main reason why I like the door to be latched on both top and bottom is because of driving monsoon rains and tornado type winds.

Can't you just drill a hole for the rod to drop into? Or leave an opening by the door sill?

I wouldn't want to lose the bottom latch either, so figure out something....
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Build a whole new end wall inside the doors,,, place for AC, drop down window for target practice,,,,,designed so outer steel doors canít be shut until you pull the lever,,, or whatever you design to keep it safe.... then when you leave, lock the inner door, close the outer steel doors, and park your tractor with the front end loader against the steel doors, worked for me in Texas
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Build a whole new end wall inside the doors,,, place for AC, drop down window for target practice,,,,,designed so outer steel doors canít be shut until you pull the lever,,, or whatever you design to keep it safe.... then when you leave, lock the inner door, close the outer steel doors, and park your tractor with the front end loader against the steel doors, worked for me in Texas
" and park your tractor with the front end loader against the steel doors"

If you go to that extent, it's a sure sign that you are protecting something very valuable, and around here they will just cut a hole in the side to get in because you have over secured it. A locked SeaCan is adequate protection to keep all but the most dedicated thieves out, and it's not an indication that there is something very valuable inside. Don't over do it. It's like waving a big flag at them that says "valuables inside". Just use a tamper proof padlock. The one shaped like a disk with a notch in it and the curved lock pin goes across the notch when you lock it. This is what I'm referring to:
https://www.amazon.com/ABUS-20-70-St...=fsclp_pl_dp_3

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" and park your tractor with the front end loader against the steel doors"

If you go to that extent, it's a sure sign that you are protecting something very valuable, and around here they will just cut a hole in the side to get in because you have over secured it. A locked SeaCan is adequate protection to keep all but the most dedicated thieves out, and it's not an indication that there is something very valuable inside. Don't over do it. It's like waving a big flag at them that says "valuables inside". Just use a tamper proof padlock. The one shaped like a disk with a notch in it and the curved lock pin goes across the notch when you lock it. This is what I'm referring to:
https://www.amazon.com/ABUS-20-70-St...=fsclp_pl_dp_3

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If they really want in, they will figure out a way. I saw a recent photo where they not only cut into one and stole all the tools and equipment, but they stole the truck w/trailer that was blocking the door. I would not be here if it were that bad here.

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