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A DIY Concrete Shelter Plan

Postby JC Refuge-Safecastle » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:39 am

I sell steel plate shelters because I believe wholeheartedly in them. But I am mostly concerned with folks installing a good shelter of ANY kind, as long as it's properly built.

For you DIYers and concrete guys--here's an oldie but goodie ... a plan for an underground blast and fallout shelter for 6 people. It was put together by the University of Maryland in 1963. It's a good plan, though I would greatly increase the thickness of the walls and ceiling to increase the durability and shelf life of the structure.

http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/plans/5957.pdf
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Re: A DIY Concrete Shelter Plan

Postby Crusis » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:59 pm

I agree that a shelter is something everyone should consider. Personally, I'd at least double the size of this one and try to make it so I could excavate a side AFTER the event was over so that it would be a secure shelter indefinitely that didn't require a ladder to get in and out of. I'd like at least double the floor space for my family of 5, and provide a room for sanitary waste. It wouldn't be too hard to attach a cistern to the structure for that purpose. With a pipe to the surface it could be pumped out when needed and still offer my ladies something of the comforts they will be loathe to give up. It will also be a simple thing to provide conduits through the wall that would later be excavated to provide for running water and solar/wind electric to be added after SHTF.

Another thing to consider is your preps, if YOU need a shelter, many of them will as well. Consider what it will cost to provide room for the food and water you will need to get by until you're back on your feet after SHTF.

The entrance to any shelter you build should be a DEEP SECRET. Put a doghouse over it, or a mini-barn. Make sure you have the shelter stocked, if you need it you may not have time to move your goods into it. If you do share it with another family or friends, make sure they understand the limits of the shelter and supplies so that they don't bring unexpected guests if that's not how you roll. It would be pretty upsetting to have a year of supplies for your family of 5 and a friends family of 5, only to have his entire extended family of 40 show up.

I haven't built mine, but these are ideas I will be following. My policy on guests will be simple. Which is more useful to me, the supplies you would consume or the skills you bring?
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Re: A DIY Concrete Shelter Plan

Postby Whisper » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:25 pm

Thanks for posting this JC, it's good stuff for a lot of people.
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Re: A DIY Concrete Shelter Plan

Postby blue fox » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:14 pm

Got to thinking about this the other day and wondered why you couldn't use pre cast sections like storm sewer catch basins. Put them together in clusters like rooms in a house and bury them underground
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Re: A DIY Concrete Shelter Plan

Postby SCPrepper » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:07 pm

how about a large septic tank...unused of course....just a random thought....
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Re: A DIY Concrete Shelter Plan

Postby Whisper » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:20 pm

I saw someone on the web somewhere doing this for a storm shelter.
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