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Build Your Own Bomb Shelter!

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If you find that the prefabricated or custom-built bomb shelter routes are too expensive for your budget, or if you are simply the type who enjoys an ambitious DIY project, consider building your own bomb shelter. Limited only by your budget and your imagination, you can build a shelter that meets the exact needs of your family. We HIGLHY recommend if you are going the DIY route to purchase this book. It has everything you need to build a shelter.

The materials you use in constructing your underground bomb shelter can range from cement block to stone, wood, poured reinforced concrete, or steel. You can build your shelter from scratch or purchase a DIY kit. The most important factors are strength and support: the shelter must be strong enough to withstand the pressure being exerted on it while supporting three feet of soil above it; keep in mind that soil becomes heavier in rain or snow.
Factors to Consider
One of the most critical features to consider when exploring the DIY route is the size of your shelter. While 12’x12’ doesn’t seem like much space for a family of four to share for a minimum of 2 weeks, such a size is already too large in length relative to width and would require additional supports placed along the center of the room. A wood-frame shelter short in girth, on the other hand, (6 feet wide, for example) could extend much further in length, and if constructed correctly would not need additional interior supports. A shelter built with a properly treated and fitted wooden frame can match a variety of size requirements and is much easier for the layman to build than a block frame shelter (not to mention cheaper).
Another important factor to consider is the quality and consistency of the soil where you plan to dig your shelter. How heavy and thick is the soil in different seasons? Different types of soil will allow for different methods of excavation and different shelter shapes, which will both have an impact on your budget and your ability to build the shelter without hiring outside help. Make sure you have a good understanding of your soil at all times of the year before you attempt to dig a shelter.
Other essential considerations include actual location (you want to put as much solid mass as possible between yourself and the direction of detonation/fallout), methods of ventilation, food and water storage capabilities, and sanitation.
Why DIY?
With the considerable hassle that accompanies such a project, you may wonder whether you should bother trying to build your own shelter. Why not just hire a contractor? The reasons are many, and ultimately it is up to you to decide what is most important and where you are willing to compromise. As with most DIY projects, with adequate planning and a great deal of care, you can save significant cash by doing it yourself. You also have the option of increased customization on your own timeframe: you can build your basic shelter and then continue to customize and improve it as budget and time allows for as long as you live in your home. Lastly, in uncertain times many of us place great value in a sense of personal privacy. As unpleasant as the thought is, a shelter is only so big, and you likely do not wish to alert the entire neighborhood to what you are doing. Constructing your shelter yourself, at your own pace, allows you full autonomy and control of the process. Get this book now to be on your way.