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Old 03-25-2011, 02:50 AM
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I buried a shipping container under my backyard patio slab. I essentially used the shipping container for a concrete form and welded 6" rebar studs to the side of the container. I ran two courses of rebar, one at 3" and one at 6". I then tied used barn tin to the rebar for outer concrete forms.

On the interior, I built shelves and prewired lighting and made a workbench at one end, on which a matress could be placed.

I welded in metal stairs from a salvage yard, and painted the interior bright white. I welded in 3" pipe to support the roof spaced 4" apart. This was very important to support the weight of the concrete. All of this work was done with the large access doors open; there's a lot of trips in and out, didn't want to be climbing stairs.

I had a friend in construction dig the hole, and another close friend did the concrete work. OPSEC. He made 4 concrete piers to set the container on, ran perforated 4" pipe around the perimeter, and placed clean 3/4" rock between the piers.

It took two trackhoes to load it onto a trailer and to position it in the hole.

We backfilled the hole with sand. This is a pic of the sidewall just prior to pouring concrete.

As we backfilled, also ran the electricity and water; it was only 5 ft. away from where we dug the hole. Trackhoe found both lines when digging trench for perforated line drain.

Poured 8" of concrete on top for patio.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:50 AM
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I have to say im a bit jealous. Looks like a great setup to me farmboy. congratulations on the work you have done.
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Looks phenomenal, I am definitely jealous !

How many wheelbarrows of cash did that take?
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Looks like it will work great. Impressive amount of work you have put into that!

Can you share a bit more info about the foundation? That is a lot of concrete to set upon a few footers.... Is your soil pretty solid there? I would think that this type of construction would want to compress and settle out here where I live...

Also; a question regarding venting and airflow... Any moisture/condensation concerns?
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Very cool. Do you have any pics of the finished project? And what type of entry door did you put on it?
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Future plans? What are you going to do about ventilation? I want one!
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What were all the different sized pipes on the container? I saw one that was big enough for an exhust fan of some sort. The another smaller one below it that looked like a water pipe maybe?
Tell us!! LMAO!!
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Originally Posted by Swordbearer View Post
I have to say im a bit jealous.
I am not a "bit" jealous, I am a lot jealous.

farmboyJD - Your shelter looks amazing, wish I had one like that.
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Originally Posted by kev View Post
I am not a "bit" jealous, I am a lot jealous.

farmboyJD - Your shelter looks amazing, wish I had one like that.
I'm not a lot jealous. I'm am envious.
Spectacular job and planning.
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Great job. I hope it never comes in handy other then a great root celler, but man oh man if it is ever needed you are set
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That is a fantastic idea. It's convenient, secure and camouflaged.

I would love to see pictures of the finished interior as well.
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good job

what did it cost
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sweet job, great idea
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Very cool!
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Nice job! That is awesome!

We call ours the "little Winco" (superstore round these parts).

I began work on another one for my friends place...too bad it's under 3' of snow at the moment...anxious to get it finished!
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing and please post some additional photos of the finished product.
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As I wipe the drool from my keyboard, I am rethinking how I will do things around here now.

Great idea and execution. Hey, my kids will do ok at a state school right?
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Yeah, pictures! Of the exterior! With maps. Google Earth. What kind of lock are you using on the hatch?

*totally kidding*
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How many people did you have to use this on? Nice!
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that is awesome!


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