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I started building my shelter last summer and I'm almost done. I had a high water problem because of a wet summer last year, a record snow depth this winter and also record rain this spring. I solved my water problem with a 30" deep crock with a sump pump which will run off my solar. I built the shelter from two 1000 gal. septic tanks with one turned upside down for the top. The pics will explain the construction. I used a computer fan for the intake fan on a knife switch running off the solar. The doors are 2" thick and made from ash. Also there is 22" of gravel under the TOMB.























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All I can say is WOW!
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That's very nice. Great job!
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Thats awesome.
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All I can say is WOW!
Let me add my WOW to that. Really impressive and lots of work. WOW
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That is outstanding,you did a great job of building.I like the fact that you did not bury it too deep .
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Maximum points for creativity! A good looking finished product.

Question. Did you compare the cost of the two storm shelters to concrete blocks?
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Very, very nice.
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I like it. I have one comment meant to be constructive and in no way critical (being my first post and all) since I have not done anything as cool as this. Your outer door to your shelter, you might want it to swing "in" rather than "out" in case of debris blocking it while you are sheltering inside. A blown tree or something could potentially pin you inside. Great job though!
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Very cool. How long did this project take you to complete? Can you talk a little about the solar panels? Output, uses, etc. I assume you have a stash of batteries in there?
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Very cool. How long did this project take you to complete? Can you talk a little about the solar panels? Output, uses, etc. I assume you have a stash of batteries in there?
concur with solar panel info... did you buy from harbor freight???
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congratulations... what a lot of hard work and what peace of mind to know you have it now!
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What is the primary purpose? Tornado protection? Sorry if you already said and I missed it. It looks like you put a lot of thought and good labor into it. I hope it serves you well.

(I am a little confused on something. Is there and inner door and an outer door or did you move the door when you built the cinder-block extension?
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Darn man, that made me jealous. Good job!
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Maximum points for creativity! A good looking finished product.

Question. Did you compare the cost of the two storm shelters to concrete blocks?
The two septic tanks cost me a total of $500.00 delivered and put in place. I didn't get a price for doing block but I believe it would have been a lot more. Poured floor, what kind of ceiling or roof? labor cause I'm not a mason. The tanks have reenforcing rod in them already so it should be pretty strong.
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I like it. I have one comment meant to be constructive and in no way critical (being my first post and all) since I have not done anything as cool as this. Your outer door to your shelter, you might want it to swing "in" rather than "out" in case of debris blocking it while you are sheltering inside. A blown tree or something could potentially pin you inside. Great job though!

Thanks! I love constructive criticism. I read about having a door go in instead of out after I had hung it and I don't know if I'll change it for now. There are no
trees real close by so we'll see.
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looks good.

Storm shelter?
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Very cool. How long did this project take you to complete? Can you talk a little about the solar panels? Output, uses, etc. I assume you have a stash of batteries in there?

I started it last June and it was complete except for the bolders I'm putting in front and finishing the landscaping. But about 6" of water came in this spring and I removed all the bracing inside, put 5" out stone inside and now I'm topping that off with 5" of concrete for the floor to get above the water table if it should go so high again. I also added the sump crock in front of the shelter
to drain that area of water if needed.

The solar is the Harborfrieght 45 watt kit and it will run a fan light in the entry,
a fan light in the tomb, the intake fan and my sump pump. I only use one deep cycle battery. A lot cheaper the running wiring 150 feet.
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concur with solar panel info... did you buy from harbor freight???

YES! I got it from HF.
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