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Old 10-23-2009, 09:41 AM
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I recently purchased 160 acres (I won't say where), but would like to build an underground shelter for a 6-12 month stay. I know all of the provisions and how to filter the air and provide for power, but....

I recently came across a website that built an underground shelter from salvaged steel culvert. I have looked allover the web trying to find 10' or 12' steel culvert in 50'-100' lengths.... but no luck.

Does anyone happen to know an estimate of pricing per foot or where I can find the culvert?

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Old 10-23-2009, 10:52 AM
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check with your city or county purchaseing agent, they would have a list of companies for supplies for road work ect..
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These guys seem to have what you need. Their pricing sheet lists up to 50 feet long.

http://www.disastershelters.net/
http://www.disastershelters.net/ordering.php

These are not steel culverts but most are similar in design and are supposed large enough for your needs.

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Radius underground emergency protection system shelters are totally self-contained fiberglass high pressure structures designed to protect 6 – 1000 adults for 1 month to 5 years.
http://www.bomb-shelter.net/
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Welcome to the forums!! It seems that you'd want to add some material for insulation, sound dampening, creature comforts, etc. Any thoughts on what you will use for that? I like your idea and would think that there might even be a few Quonset styles sitting around unused that you could pick up economically.
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!
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pm and i will tell you where to get a custom tank maker that make a 15.ft round-x-15.ft tall-x-50.ft long and longer ..
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I've been thinking about best approaches also. Have you considered Shipping Containers? Most are 8-8.5 feet wide and 40' long. Sealed steel and wood interior. Can be purchased on Ebay for 1,500 to 2,000. This would still require considerable modification but seems like it might make a good start if burried.

Any thoughts?
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I'm going to wind up making a 50'x50' square perimeter with two crosswalks so that it looks like a big X with a square around it. The floor as I've designed it will be 4' wide with a section hinged every 8' so that under the floor can be used for water storage.

I've talked with a company that will PVC coat the outer shell and fill around it with bio-life foam and gravel. It will be able to sleep 20+ people and have most of the creature comforts.

I've spent the last 6 years saving for this project and depending on the final bid for the culvert (albeit the most important, but as of yet unfound) I've budgeted $225k for the entire project, but done right it will outlive me and be there for my sons.

I'm hoping to break ground in the spring and will post the URL here of the progress.

Thanks for the links...
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I've been thinking about best approaches also. Have you considered Shipping Containers? Most are 8-8.5 feet wide and 40' long. Sealed steel and wood interior. Can be purchased on Ebay for 1,500 to 2,000. This would still require considerable modification but seems like it might make a good start if burried.

Any thoughts?
There ya' go...

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=63219
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For that kind of money check out ICF's [Insulated concrete forms]
http://www.buildblock.com/icfbasement.asp

They even have concrete roof systems.

I'm very happy with the walls.
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my cousin is currentley building one of these homes
i was impressed how easy his system was to build and the fact that it will be 6inches of concrete surrounded by 1inch of foam at each side and the fact him and his wife done most of the work themselves and i mean by them selves if you can count and bend rebar and twist small wires together yyou can almost build one yourself
i know this is oversimplifying but not by much when we build above or below ground this will defenetly be the wway to go
stay safe gunman
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my cousin is currentley building one of these homes
i was impressed how easy his system was to build and the fact that it will be 6inches of concrete surrounded by 1inch of foam at each side and the fact him and his wife done most of the work themselves and i mean by them selves if you can count and bend rebar and twist small wires together yyou can almost build one yourself
i know this is oversimplifying but not by much when we build above or below ground this will defenetly be the wway to go
stay safe gunman
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