No basement. I wish I did, because that's exacttly where I would build it. As for the water level, I've tried looking it up online, but no luck. I think I need to make a few calls.Do you have a basement or is the water level an issue?
My crawl space runs from about four feet at the entrance to about 1.5 feet at the other end. I've thought about this idea, but I would want it accessible from inside the house.Since you only need it for very short times, why not just dig a storm cellar like they used to (and add a few modern safety things)? Shovel-dug hole in the dirt under the house with an angled door and a latch inside. Keep wipes, TP, plastic bags, case of water, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlight, weather radio with power output capability, batteries, axe, air horn, whistle, and a couple bottle jacks inside. Maybe an old cell phone (911 only capability). All fits in a milk crate.
Garden-type back-hoe with long-reach, you could do it in an afternoon (unless bedrock too close to the surface).
For those that don't know what 'm talking about, first part of Wizard of Oz.
The worst possible direction: Southwest. The crawl space opening is on the Southeast end.Which direction is the house facing (which side is the exposed part of the crawl space)?
If anything is going to be above ground i would pack dirt around it to stabilize it.I'm very interested in the culvert idea, but with a slight twist. Rather than laying it horizontally, as most people do, I would love to find a piece that's 10-foot diameter by about nine or ten feet long, then pour a round concrete base and set it in vertically. I assume there are pre-made caps for these? If so, I could get a cap and cut an opening for the entrance and a smaller one for an air vent.
But so far I've had very little luck finding anything less than about 30 feet long for $10k or more.
I'm pretty sold on being underground.If anything is going to be above ground i would pack dirt around it to stabilize it.
This very thing was done by some people I knew growing up, using an old ambulance van (via Google Maps).Just spitballing, but what about a old van buried into a hillside? Maybe seal the seams with silicone or roll the whole thing with tar? 🤷🏻♂️
Trap door in the floor. Recess the handle and latch control on the house side. Cover with mat or lightweight rug. If carpeting in that part of the house, the right kind will camouflage it nicely.My crawl space runs from about four feet at the entrance to about 1.5 feet at the other end. I've thought about this idea, but I would want it accessible from inside the house.
Thanks. I might drop them a line about what I'm looking for. I have feeling that shipping from Oklahoma to Tennessee won't be cheap, though.A storm shelter isn't a bunker, it's the crudest sort of shelter, so it can be pretty crappy.
Used or surplus culvert might better suit your needs. It's frequently available at half cost or less, and 48" culvert works pretty well and is easy to ship.
Tinhorn, out of Tulsa is pretty good: "TINHORN CULVERT CORRUGATED METAL PIPE PLASTIC STEEL" bridge Culvert
They've got 13' sections of 48″ Polypro pipe for $2,145 .
If you order by the foot, he's got 48″ Plastic Culvert, (20 days to delivery) for $170 / linear ft and they regularly get in oddball stuff for cheap.
If you put in a request and ask them to email you, you may be surprised what turns up in a few weeks.
As for the ends, you may want to locate a 48" hollow plastic endwall and fill that with sand or cement, and you have a nice solid wall to attach a steel door and frame to. If you just want to enclose the other end, put a 4" vent through it and seal it with a concrete plug.
That's something I might consider. I like the idea of it being accessible from inside the house.Trap door in the floor.
Basically, I want something of decent quality and permanence, but cheap and relatively easy. I know. "Santa, I want it all." I don't really want to do the tire or earth bag thing, but I also don't need a "bunker" for long-term living. If I lived further South, I would go a little more elaborate, something for spending nights in as needed. When we have a real warning here, it's rare, but it's also a sick feeling to have nowhere to go at all.Is this a storm shelter that you will be spending hours in every time you have a storm or a tornado is on the way get in. I find that those are very different. It sounds like it’s something you want to spend some time in. If this was for emergency only a stack of buried tractor tires 8’ down will work. Even has built in shelves and ladder! crushed rock floor with a way to shovel out but there won’t a top so it will be easy to get out the top. A shelter you will spend a while in is definitely different and the cost goes way up.
Two things to think about:Basically, I want something of decent quality and permanence, but cheap and relatively easy.
I agree. I think I can pretty much discard the "easy" concept -or- just bite the bullet and have a prefab shipped. I'm not afraid of putting in the work, because the quality is more important.Two things to think about:
1) Decent quality, cheap and easy seldom work out very well when you try and combine them together.
2) I'd never chance and / or bet my or my family's life on number one.
My father had a similar sign in his shop that I found to be accurate. 'Fast, Cheap, Good. You get to pick two.'1) Decent quality, cheap and easy seldom work out very well when you try and combine them together.
Even on a multiple ship truckload, you may well be right. If that turns out to be an issue, I'd at least ask him if he has any competition closer to you that you might be able to afford.I have feeling that shipping from Oklahoma to Tennessee won't be cheap, though.