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Old 04-04-2012, 10:22 AM
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I'd say plywood and 2x4's to brace the side walls, you'd hate to find them trapped after a ground shift. As easy as it was to dig that size hole. Better safe than sorry.
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Kudos for being a cool enough dad to build their kids a fort! Too many parents today will only do what's "practical" and it drives me crazy. My own father is like you and let me do stuff like this when I was younger. Its the best possible way to grow up.
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Great project for the kiddos!
My brother and I did pretty much the same thing when we were kids.
A word of advice, have the talk now about not playing with fire.
We decided that we needed a fireplace in ours and my brother eventually set the fence on fire!
I guess it isn't a bad idea to mention that to them...

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dont forget the grenade sump.

curious, did they build it themselves, how many hours of work did it take them?
They dug the hole by themselves, with a little bit of help from me getting the larger rocks out. I primarily built the roof and laid out the cinder blocks, but with their help. I would have let them do that too... Except I don't think it would be wise to let a 7 and 9 year old design a roof that will be holding hundreds of pounds of dirt!

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Just to let you know, in PA its illegal to collect stones from your local creek or river. If your caught you could face a stiff fine.

Your neighbors must think your nutty digging such deep holes in your backyard.
Ha. I didn't know that. Thanks for the info. I'm in a rural enough area that no one cares much about stuff like that though. I collected up literally over a ton of rocks last summer when I built a 400 gallon garden pond in the backyard. I guess I'm taking a risk... But it's one I'm willing to take.

I do wonder what my neighbors think about the bunker in the yard. My one neighbor has kept a close eye on my kids' progress, as she thinks it's pretty cool what they've been doing. Honestly though, I'm lucky to have really good neighbors on all sides of me. The neighbors to my right and left are retired women who are both very friendly and not the nosy type at all, and the guy who I share my back yard fence line with is a retired vet who flies a Gadsden flag.

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I was thinking the same thing- I can dig a much larger hole, including water and grenade sump in less than 2 hours, by myself. Also, why they be spreading their dirt everywhere instead of building up a parapet around the outside?
Good for you. Sounds like you have much more experience at this type of thing than my two children.

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I'd say plywood and 2x4's to brace the side walls, you'd hate to find them trapped after a ground shift. As easy as it was to dig that size hole. Better safe than sorry.
The ground is very solid and mostly clay. It's highly, highly improbable that the sides would cave in.

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Kudos for being a cool enough dad to build their kids a fort! Too many parents today will only do what's "practical" and it drives me crazy. My own father is like you and let me do stuff like this when I was younger. Its the best possible way to grow up.
My dad was the same way... Which is probably why it just seems natural to do this type of thing with my kids.
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Good for you. Sounds like you have much more experience at this type of thing than my two children.
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Good job dad! My brother and I loved our foxhole when we were young. We had a couple of false starts when we dug ours and left several 12"-14" holes scattered around the yard for our dad to find when he was mowing, those holes didn't go over to well with The Man.
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