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  • Underground Fiberglass Shelter

    Has anyone installed or seen any installations of these fiberglass underground shelters?

    After thinking about designing my own these fiberglass shelters look like a good way to go.
    I have been looking at severeweatherpods.com and a few others but they are running anywhere from 3-7k. most of these are for storm protection only. My budget is 10k

    Any thoughts, ideas or mistakes I can learn from?

    Thanks in advance for any pointers good or bad.

    B.B.

  • #2
    You know Billy I haven't looked into them to much but I think you could dig and pour a concrete bunker for alot cheaper than that, the fiberglass isn't going to protect from much. It really depends and what you have in mind, what you want protection from, and how long you're going to be staying where you currently live
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    • #3
      I would invest the 10K in concrete and rebar for an underground shelter; the fiberglass might be, might be, okay for storage, but not living space, Just my worthless two cents...
      LH

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      • #4
        now my expertise come's in handy rent a back hor for the week end dig 15 x 20 hole square side 300.00 bucks get price on rebar and concrete week end two install rebar include worter line's and two 4 inch pvc line out in too yard for fresh air include electrical main and sewer line week three pour concrete install two basket ball goals on your new court quite feasable for well under 10 grand i figure seven and that leaves 3 grand for supplies ,now that is considering you do most of the work
        the pack that plays together stays together

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        • #5
          Thanks guys BUT here is the deal, I own a back hoe and have land, diging a big hole is no problem but my problem is with the concrete company's around here. I have been told by three different drivers of 3 different concrete companys that they have to report to their boss what every pour is for and where or be fired, that is why I was thinking large pipe or one of these fiberglass deals. I can take my truck and traler go pick these things up and no one knows where I live OR where I have built my shelter on my land. Any thoughts on mixing my own concrete? I am a mechanical designer so coming up with a design is no problem. But mixing this much concrete to make it right is in my thoughts too much for one mixer to keep up with and will result in cold joints and leaks, any concrete workers have some advice to give me about this? I know where I can buy a large mixer reasonable.

          I am going to build a house down on the farm soon and could make me a "deep wine celler" but I am thinking about a secret bug out shelter in a remote part on the farm. I want a min of 4' of cover and that is the max the fiberglass shelters can take. Just kicking around my options but in the recent light of our political enviroment I feel the need to step up my efforts for my shelter first house second.

          Thanks again for the help.

          B.B.

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          • #6
            You should check these guys out. If a shelter is installed underground, then it does not need to be bullerproof. Your door is the weak spot, but it will be with a concrete shelter also. I don't see being able to do a proper underground concrete shelter for $10k, but these guys or similar might be in the price range. They do fiberglass, concrete & steel shelters.

            http://www.shelters-of-texas.com/inside.html

            I would suggest adding an additional fresh air outlet or two and running them a couple hundred feet away in different directions and coming up with a way to hide them. That is your biggest weakness if you shelter underground.

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            • #7
              the purpose of an underground bunker is not to be bulletproof lol

              Billy, i wouldn't sweat telling them what the pour is for, it's not that uncommon. You can simply have them say it's a fondation, or for wine storage, etc you can get creative and not have to sweat what anyone thinks or passes on. If your shelter is to protect from big bangs, and not just to hide out in or from the weather, then i'd seriously consider concrete or ferocement
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              • #8
                correct diesel if you already own all that and you live here get every thing ready on your own pour the concrete for your new wine cellear and when you pour it go ahead and spend the money on a good steel door you can make the door yourself if you own a back hoe you more than likely have the skills to do all your own work if you really need help pm me we will exchange numbers and i can try to get you set up i live in cola but have been workin on385a by the way you may use palmetto concrete out of cola but it will be more exspensive
                the pack that plays together stays together

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                • #9
                  What about putting an old school buss underground?

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                  • #10
                    what is that going to do for you or protect u from?
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                    • #11
                      Well, an underground school bus would be original. And you'd have lots of places to sit. Not to mention, burying it would camouflage that bright yellow paint. You just couldn't open the windows, that's all.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                        what is that going to do for you or protect u from?
                        It would eliminate an eye sore sitting in your field.:D
                        Being buried I would think that the weight of the dirt would start to cave the top in rather quickly ,and that should start glass breakage which leads to ground water leaking into the bus/shelter,which will lead to the vehicle rusting away completely. I would look for alternatives JMO.
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                        • #13
                          I think it'd be a lotta work to get the kids to school too.

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                          • #14
                            One more reason to Home school

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                            • #15
                              that right thar was funny diesel
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